The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

By Sarah Snyder

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Anna
 Aug 6, 2022
These experiences of trauma, masking, ADHD and being a 'goody two shoes' have resonated with a lot of women. It was a pleasure to speak with you!

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We don't talk enough about women with ADHD, especially the impact hormones have on mental health. Former journalist and current ADHD'er Sarah Snyder unpacks this topic through patient stories, expert interviews and personal narrative.

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Jul 25, 2022
90 - ADHD, Trauma & Burnout with ND Coach Anna Granta
16:35

[Pssst … To access the podcast archives, visit patreon.com/adultingwithadhd.]

In this episode, I’m joined by Anna Granta, an ADHD’er who coaches neurodivergent adults on overcoming burnout.

Highlights:

  • Anna’s ADHD diagnosis story
  • How ADHD hid trauma for Anna
  • The steps Anna took to address this in her life
  • Anna’s major learnings about ADHD and trauma

Mentions/links:

Jul 25, 2022
89 - Mirror Neuron Therapy with Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis
18:34
[Pssst … To access the podcast archives, visit patreon.com/adultingwithadhd.]

In this episode, I’m joined by therapist Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis! Dr. Joan specializes in trauma and uses mirror neuron therapy to help her clients find relief. 

Highlights:

  • How Dr. Joan came to specialize in trauma recovery.
  • What is mirror neuron therapy and how does it work?
  • What are the benefits? What are the drawbacks?
  • How does one know when their trauma work is done?

Mentions/links:

Jul 11, 2022
88 - Adverse Childhood Experiences with Nicoleta Porojanu
28:07
[Pssst … To access the podcast archives, visit patreon.com/adultingwithadhd.]

In this episode, I’m joined by therapist Nicoleta Porojanu, who uses her clinical background and personal experience in trauma to help others find healing. 

Highlights:

  • Nicoleta’s story
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences defined
  • Psychotherapy's role in addressing ACEs - is it enough on its own?
  • How does a patient know when the healing is done? Is it ever done?

Mentions/links:

 

Jun 27, 2022
87 - Trauma, ADHD & Tapping with Theresa Lear Levine
18:42
[Pssst … To access the podcast archives, visit patreon.com/adultingwithadhd.]

In this episode, I’m joined by ADHD’er Theresa Lear Levine, a practitioner of the emotional freedom technique (EFT).

Highlights:

  • How Theresa’s ADHD struggles and trauma inform her work as an EFT coach.
  • What is EFT and how it works.
  • How Theresa’s EFT work impacts her ADHD symptoms.
  • The most impactful learning Theresa has about ADHD and trauma.

Mentions/links:

Jun 13, 2022
86 - Untangling Trauma & ADHD with Candace Baker
17:23
[Pssst … To access the podcast archives, visit patreon.com/adultingwithadhd.]

Kicking off our ADHD & trauma series of episodes, I’m joined today by therapist Candace Baker. An Arkansas-based counselor specializing in ADHD and trauma, Candace has extensive first-hand experience in navigating both. 

Highlights:

  • Candace’s background as a therapist and ADHD’er
  • The relationship between ADHD and trauma
  • Why trauma-informed therapy is important for ADHD'ers
  • What to do if you feel like you’re grappling with both

Mentioned in this episode:

What the Health - https://www.whatthehealthfilm.com

May 30, 2022
85 - ADHD, Gender Bias & Medical Research with Creator Sydni Rubio
15:31
This week I talk with ADHD content creator Sydni Rubio about gender bias in medicine and what to look out for as a patient.

Highlights:
  • Sydni's diagnosis story and personal experience with gender bias
  • Sydni gives her take as a scientist on the gender issues in medical research
  • How can patients be more discerning when reviewing medical research
  • Sydni's work with Inflow and how she came to do what she loves for a living
Mentioned this episode:
May 16, 2022
84 - ADHD & Hormones with Saskia Wenniger
21:10

If you're a woman struggling with ADHD and hormones, this is a can't-miss episode. I sit down with Saskia Wenniger, an ADHD coach who shares her own struggles with ADHD, hormones and finding a path to relief.

Highlights:

  • Saskia's ADHD diagnosis story and her path to becoming an ADHD coach.

  • Her experience in navigating ADHD, hormones and doctor's offices.

  • Saskia's major learnings after navigating hormones, ADHD and midlife.

To connect with Saskia, find her on Twitter at @CoachSaskia (Dutch) or @ADHD_Cyborg (English) or visit her coaching site at www.brilliantlydiverse.com.

 

May 02, 2022
83 - Healthy Brain Aging with Angel Shannon, MS, CRNP
23:08
This week I talked with Angel Shannon, a board-certified nurse practitioner and founder of Seva Health. We discuss strategies for brain fog and optimizing brain health in midlife.

Highlights:
  • Angel's background and how she got into this line of work. 
  • The most important thing we can do to help combat brain fog as we age (especially if we're already struggling with ADHD).
  • Advice for people considering supplements.
  • Certain foods that can help.
Mentioned in this episode:
Seva Health Group - www.sevahealthgroup.com
Angel's Community - www.getfitandfunctionalforlife.com
Apr 19, 2022
82 - 'Twice Nothing': A Story About ADHD and Hormones
07:26

This week on the Adulting With ADHD podcast, I'm doing something a little different. As always, for podcast archives and to support the show, please visit patreon.com/adultingwithadhd!

Apr 04, 2022
81 - Surviving Menopause Med-Free with Angela Counsel
24:05
[Pssst … To access the podcast archives, visit patreon.com/adultingwithadhd.] In this episode, I’m joined by naturopath and menopause coach Angela Counsel to discuss how to survive menopause naturally. Highlights: -Angela’s menopause story -Is HRT the only way to get through menopause? -What can women do to make menopause easier for them -Angela’s take-home message for every woman struggling with menopause To learn more about Angela, visit angelacounsel.com.
Mar 21, 2022
80 - Menopause & Mindfulness with Clarissa Kristjansson
18:27
In this episode, I'm joined by Clarissa Kristjansson, a menopause health coach and mindfulness practitioner.  Menopause & Work

Clarissa worked in corporate roles for three decades and when she went through menopause her mental health suffered. 

A self-described high functioning anxiety sufferer, she had managed her job. Until menopause hit. 

Clarissa explained when she started to go through menopause she wasn't sleeping well, her anxiety was worse, and she no longer coped with things like she used to. 

Her tipping point came early in a new role where she realized it was not the job for her. 

Mindfulness & Menopause

Clarissa has found mindfulness has helped her navigate the highs and lows of menopause. Women/ people can be in menopause for years, Clarissa pointed out learning to be in the moment can help accept this. 

A different outlook on menopause

Menopause has been a taboo topic, many have no idea what to expect when they start experiencing changes. 

Clarissa says she likes to reframe the way menopause is viewed. For some people who may have been parents, they can view it as their time. Or as motivation to take a chance and change things. 

Don't miss the full conversation! 

Clarissa's Link
https://clarissakristjansson.com/

About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages.

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more.

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at 

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Show highlights

2:56 I probably now realize many years down the road that I was an anxiety sufferer, but I was very good at hiding it. 

4:32 But by that stage, I thought I was going to be stuck here in cities, something terrible was going to happen.

And then I had a panic attack at work, and that really was the tipping point. 

12:00 It all sounds so bad if we only think about the symptoms, but the good side is that we get up, the changes are to reframe. 

 

Mar 07, 2022
79 - PCOS & ADHD with Katherine Maslen
14:57
In this episode, I'm joined by the host of The Shift podcast and naturopath, Katherine Maslen.  What is PCOS?

Katherine explained PCOS stands for polycystic ovary syndrome and there are a number of subtypes. When she treats a patient who may have PCOS she looks at how their hormone levels fluctuate during the month. 

When she treats patients she tries to look at the big picture instead of just treating the PCOS. She points out it's very treatable.  

PCOS & Your Mental Health 

She shares the possible link between hormone receptors and the way they influence a person's mental health. 

In relation to PCOS, women can have elevated testosterone. This can lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, acne, and more. 

Katherine dives into the different ways PCOS can impact a person's life and that there is a range of treatment options. 

Don't miss this great conversation about how PCOS can impact your mental health. 

Katherines Link

https://www.theshiftclinic.com/


About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages.

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more.

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at 

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Show highlights

1:30 my real passion is helping women to heal. The health. And I guess the way that we look at things at shifts from, from our point of view is we're really interested in understanding the landscape of your entire health.

7:00  I do think it's important to get a diagnosis. And I think it's important to see somebody who will look at that bigger picture 

09:00 Outside of putting you on Metformin, which, you know, may or may not be effective in some way. Really the treatment options are the oral contraceptive pill, which isn't a treatment. The pill doesn't fix your period. It doesn't regulate it.

 

Feb 21, 2022
78 - New ADHD Care: Adi Diner Talks About iFocus
08:34
In this episode, I'm excited to be joined by one of the first members of a support group I use to run.  Adi Diner was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult when she was studying for her Ph.D. Following her son's diagnosis three years ago, Adi started to explore new tools to help children and adults with ADHD.  She launched iFocus, an AI-powered digital health device that can determine if a person's ADHD treatment is working. 

Check out our conversation to find out more about how it works. 

Adi's Link
https://www.ifocustest.com/

About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages.

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more.

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at https://adultingwithadhd.com/hormones.

 

Feb 07, 2022
77 - ADHD & PMDD: Alisha Crossley Shares Her Experience
28:24
In this episode, I'm joined by fellow podcaster and ADHDEr Alisha Crossley.  Alisha reached out to me after listening to the podcast and her story resonated with me!  Adult Diagnosis of ADHD

Alisha's road to diagnosis may sound too familiar to many of you. Alisha was diagnosed with anxiety when she was a teenager, after having children she developed PMDD. 

During a cardiologist appointment, Alisha shared her trouble with focusing, often relied on caffeine, and was trying to juggle 3 children and a business! 

Her cardiologist referred her to a psychiatrist and during the Zoom consultation, she was diagnosed with ADHD. 

Genetic Factors

Alisha reflected on her upbringing and her parents' struggles with addiction. She now wonders if their drug use was a way of coping with undiagnosed ADHD. 

Managing PMDD and ADHD

Once Alisha understood her ADHD and PMDD she was able to find a way to manage both. One tool she has found helpful is to track her cycle so she knows when her PMDD symptoms are likely to start. 

Once she understood what her mood is like at different stages of her cycle, Alisha found it much easier to plan her days. 

Listen to the full episode to find out more about Alisha's journey. 

Alisha's Link

https://alishacrossley.com/https://adhdyoga.ca/adhd-yoga-

About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages.

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more.

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at https://adultingwithadhd.com/hormones.

Show highlights

2:40 diagnosed with anxiety through my teenage years, struggled with, um, PMDD after having children

6:10 I didn't even realize it, but she was screening me for ADHD. We taught to wow for two hours. And I really felt like I was more in a therapy session.

10:00 I'm always being sensitive to those changes prior looking at my cycles, but that ultimately is what made the ADHD symptoms more apparent and more problematic.

 

Show edited by HK Productions

 

 

 

Jan 24, 2022
76 - Body Doubling & ADHD with Taucha Post
18:17
In this episode, I catch up with ADHDer and yoga teacher Taucha Post to talk about her pregnancy. 

ADHD & Pregnancy

The last time we caught up with Taucha she was trying to conceive, at the time of recording Taucha was ready to give birth. She shared how she has built her online yoga business into a community. 

Taucha made the decision to stop taking her medication while she and her husband were trying to conceive. While it was challenging she found it helpful to surround herself with people who could help her with everyday tasks. 

Body Doubling For ADHD

Like many expecting moms, Taucha was trying to figure out how to balance being a new mom and keeping her yoga studio going. She wanted to make sure she takes care of herself, her baby, and clients. 

Taucha has built a library of yoga sessions and resources, especially for people with ADHD. One idea she came up with to keep supporting ADHDers was to turn her online sessions into body doubling sessions. 

If you're not familiar with body doubling, it basically means having someone with you while you do a task. Which is super helpful for people with ADHD! 

It was great catching up with Taucha, don't miss the full conversation in this episode. 

Taucha's Link

https://adhdyoga.ca/adhd-yoga-

About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages.

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more.

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at https://adultingwithadhd.com/hormones.

Show highlights

4:00 Balancing a baby, business, and ADHD 

8:00 Body Doubling 

9:00 Full moon practice & setting intentions

 

Show edited by HK Productions

Jan 11, 2022
75 - Racism in Healthcare: A Conversation with Sonia Lewis
21:24
In this episode, I'm joined by an anti-racism specialist and founder of ASCRIBE Educational Consulting, Sonia Lewis, to talk about racism in healthcare. 

Inequality in our hospitals

Sonia is a trained doula and mom so she knows a lot about childbirth. She shares how many people of color find it challenging to articulate their needs when they seek medical treatment. She recommends people articulate their needs and make sure they document anything that happens during a consultation. 

What does a 'just' health system look like?

Sonia describes a just health system as one where everyone has access. Equality means it does not matter what your status is, you are treated with the same level of care as everyone else. 

She also believes bedside manner is key, if a healthcare professional listens to their patient it creates a far better experience. Being your own advocate and feeling like you have agency are also important components to a fair system. 

Don't miss this important conversation about what we can all do to create a fairer system. Sonia shares one of her most challenging situations in a hospital and what she did to demand a good outcome. 

Sonia's Link

https://www.drlesliek.com/

About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages.

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more.

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at https://adultingwithadhd.com/hormones.

Show highlights

7:30 A just health care system is equitable in the sense everyone has access 

10:00 It's incredible that we have been allowed, especially in this country to lead every industry around the world, but other countries are getting it right.

15:00 And I proceed to have my last baby all by myself. I brought him up onto my chest. I reached over, I had enough time and wherewithal in my mind. I reached over and grabbed my cell phone out of my bag.

Show edited by HK Productions

 

Dec 27, 2021
74 - Gut Health & Hormones With Wellness Coach Leslie Kasanoff
19:14
In this episode, I'm joined by wellness coach, Leslie Kasanoff, for a conversation about how our gut health can help our hormonal health. 

Hormones & your gut

Leslie has over three decades working in the wellness space, both as a chiropractor and wellness coach. She works mostly with women who need help with their hormones. 

Through her work, Leslie has learned more about how gut health impacts hormonal health. She points out hormones aid digestion, impact moods, and energy levels. 

Dealing with brain fog

One of the most common complaints Leslie hears is about brain fog! Especially for people in peri-menopause or menopause. Leslie has found working on gut microbiology and a person's diet can improve brain fog. 

The role of exercise

Finding an exercise you love is another important element to improving brain fog. Leslie walks every morning and explains it helps set her up for the day

Eat your greens

One of the most important tips Leslie gives is making sure you're getting at least one serving of leafy greens in a day. An easy way of doing this is making a smoothie. Getting a good dose of nutrition helps our gut and our mood. 

Check out the full episode to learn more insights from Leslie on how we can improve our brain health. 

Leslie's Link

https://www.drlesliek.com/

About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages.

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more.

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at https://adultingwithadhd.com/hormones.

Show highlights

3:20 Brain fog & hormones

4:30 Gut microbiomes and what you eat

10:40 The role of exercise

13:30 Eating daily greens

 

Show edited by HK Productions

 

 

 

Dec 13, 2021
73 - Neurodivergence & Transitioning: Anna Grunseth shares her story
24:06
In this episode, I'm joined by Anna Grunseth to answer questions many of you have been asking about transitioning and ADHD!

Transitioning as an adult

Anna started her transition in 2013 when she was 32. She explains she had privately identified as transgender for a number of years before she felt comfortable coming out. 

She came out to a few people at a time as she continued to explore her identity. After connecting with other trans people online, Anna got help from a gender counselor. She went on hormone replacement therapy and started with her social transition. 

Anna knows not everyone has an easy time when they transition. her experience was not without complications. Living in rural Wisconsin at the time, Anna was cautious. 

Finding the right support when you're transitioning 

Living in a small town meant Anna had to travel an hour each way to see a therapist. Although the therapist didn't specialize in gender counseling, she was experienced with LGBTQ+ issues. 

The other hurdle was finding a doctor who was knowledgeable with trans patients and knew how to administer hormone therapy. Anna had to travel out of state to visit a doctor who was able to help her with this part of her transition. 

ADHD and autism diagnosis as an adult 

Anna has struggled with OCD since she was 11. At the time she was also assessed for ADHD but the specialist decided she didn't have it. Anna thinks one of the reasons for this is because of her gender presentation at the time and that she didn't fit into the stereotype of a hyperactive young boy. 

When she was in college she started to think the specialist had got it wrong. She had trouble focusing on her coursework and difficulties with her working memory.

Over the past few years, Anna started to learn more about the spectrum of experiences of people with ADHD and started to explore the possibility they had missed it when she was younger. 

Following a conversation with her doctor, Anna was assessed and diagnosed with both ADHD and autism. 

Check out the full episode to learn more about Anna's story and what she recommends for anyone who might be transitioning. 

About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages.

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more.

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at https://adultingwithadhd.com/hormones.

Show highlights

1:00 Anna's transition story

2:00 Finding the right doctor and support

06:30 OCD as a child, doctors decided Anna didn't have ADHD 

7:15 Revisiting ADHD as an adult and diagnosis

13:13 Dealing with hormone therapy and emotions 

Show edited by HK Productions

 

Nov 29, 2021
72 - Postpartum & ADHD: Coach Elizabeth Brink Shares Her Top Tips
24:35
In this episode, neurodivesity coach Elizabeth Brink joins me to talk about navigating the postpartum period. 

Elizabeth shared her experience of going into early menopause in a previous episode.

ADHD & Postpartum

Elizabeth shares she wasn't prepared for the challenges she faced during the postpartum period following the birth of her first child. Looking back, she says she had increasing anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and her cognitive functioning was impacted. 

Wading through the information

Moms will know there is a lot of information for new parents, one of the issues can be figuring out what is helpful and what is predatory on new parents. 

Elizabeth says when you're over-tired, undernourished, and already prone to overwhelm going on Google late at night may not be the best idea!

She recommends figuring out who your safe people are and leaning on them when you need support. 

Sensory issues & early motherhood

Many people with ADHD struggle with sensory issues, Elizabeth found once she had kids some of these were amplified. If she was under stress, making dinner, felt hot, or there was a lot of background noise she found it very hard to cope. 

Prioritizing when you're a new parent with ADHD

The hormonal changes we experience post-partum can be even more of a challenge with ADHD. Elizabeth explains with the hormonal shifts on top of challenging cognitive functions, a person with ADHD might experience depression and anxiety. 

She points out there is nothing wrong with needing extra support during this time to make sure you have everything you need. 

Check out the full episode for a great conversation on the postpartum period. 

Elizabeth’s links

https://twitter.com/ADHDmamacoach

https://www.thrivingsistercoaching.com/

About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages.

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more.

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at https://adultingwithadhd.com/hormones.

Show highlights

2:30 the impact of ADHD on the postpartum period

5:00 dealing with fear-mongering and misinformation

8:15 ADHD & sensory issues as a parent 

14:00 adjusting to parenting 

 

Show edited by HK Productions

 

 

Nov 15, 2021
71 - ADHD & PMDD: How to Manage Both
19:11
In this episode, I catch up with Savannah LeJeune a Colorado-based photographer to talk about how PMDD (pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder) impacts her ADHD. 

Living with PMDD

She discovered she has PMDD before her diagnosis of ADHD. After leaving college, Savannah was living in LA and working in the fast-paced film industry. 

 She experienced what she describes as extreme mood swings before her period would start. After reading up about PMS Savannah felt what she experienced went beyond 'normal' PMS. 

Once a month she found couldn't cope with day-to-day tasks because she felt exhausted and unmotivated. Savannah started to see the link between the lead-up to her period and when she struggled.

Finding answers

Savannah decided to move home to Colorado and sort help from a therapist who specialized in PMDD. The therapist suggested Savannah might also have ADHD and encouraged her to see a psychiatrist. 

She found the first psychiatrist dismissive of her experience and sort a second opinion who diagnosed her with ADHD.

ADHD & PMDD - the hormonal link

Like many of my previous guests have discussed, the drop in estrogen before a period starts can make managing ADHD a lot harder. For Savannah, having PMDD means the volume has been turned up on her symptoms. 

Working with her psychiatrist, Savannah has found taking Vyvanse for her ADHD and Prozac for her PMDD has made a world of difference. She explains she feels good four weeks out of the month instead of three. 

She encourages other people to keep trying and find someone who will listen to them. 

Savannah's links

Website

About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages. 

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more. 

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at https://adultingwithadhd.com/hormones.

Show highlights

:59 Savannah's diagnosis story

2: 00 Symptoms of PMDD

7:45 Relationship between PMDD & ADHD

 12:00 Managing PMDD & ADHD

 

Show edited by HK Productions

 

 

Nov 01, 2021
70 - ADHD & Pregnancy: How Midwives Can Support You
18:02
In this episode, I talk with Tamara Hiller a Portugal-based midwife about how having a midwife could help you during your pregnancy.

What is a midwife?

Tamara explained her role as a midwife as a primary caregiver during a person's pregnancy. She's a medical professional who supports people during and beyond birth.  Tamara makes an interesting point that pregnancy isn't only a medical procedure. This is why midwifery usually has a more holistic approach to pregnancy by looking after bother the practical and emotional side of the experience. 

How a Midwife Can Help During Pregnancy

After talking to another ADHD coach about the role of the midwife I starting thinking about how useful having a midwife would be during pregnancy. In some countries, it's the norm to have a midwife as your primary carer during pregnancy. I like the idea of having a midwife because there's one person whose only job is to look out for your well-being. 

Supplements that support pregnancy

Tamara also has a background in natural medicine. We talked about what type of supplements can support you during pregnancy. Omega-three was top of the list because it supports brain health. She also recommends B complex and magnesium, both of which would be helpful for people with ADHD. 

Midwife as Lead Maternity Carer

Many countries in Europe, and places such as Australia and New Zealand, have a public health system. Tamara explained in these health systems midwives play a central role and are viewed as medical professionals. She says one of the benefits of working with a midwife is a more empowered birth. Tamara recommends writing a birth plan and talking it through with your midwife. She believes women can empower themselves by writing out a birth plan. 

 

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About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages. 

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more. 

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at https://adultingwithadhd.com/hormones.

Show highlights

1:30 Explaination of midwifery 

7:00 Supplements during pregnancy

12:45 Empowered pregnancy and midwives 

 

Show edited by HK Productions

 

Oct 18, 2021
69 - Empowered Menopause: Balancing Your Hormones
20:24
In this episode, I'm joined by wellness coach Eileen Franco who shares how going through perimenopause impacted her corporate career. She now uses her experience to empower people going through menopause. 

Climbing the Corporate Ladder

In 2017 Eileen was promoted to become a program manager. It was a stressful time because the company had gone through a time of restructuring. 
At the same time, Eileen entered into perimenopause. She explains the start of perimenopause created a lot of chaos in her life. 

Chronic Stress & menopause

Eileen says her body gave out, she had insomnia, depression, and anxiety. As she started to recover, Eileen decided to train as a wellness coach.

After a doctor told her she just had to put up with the symptoms of perimenopause she was determined to find a different way of managing.

Hormonal imbalance

Eileen recommends getting your hormones tested to understand what's going on. She says stress is one of the biggest culprits to the difficulties many of us face. She explains how stress impacts the parasympathetic system and why it's important to address stress levels. 

Highlights

4:15 Eileen discusses stress and hormones

8:30 The role of progesterone in anxiety 

10:20 Balancing hormones 

15:20 Lifestyle changes for managing menopause 

 

 

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About The Adulting With ADHD Podcast

It’s not just you – we aren’t talking enough about ADHD and hormones. There are so many things I wish I had known about hormones and ADHD earlier. They play such a fundamental role in the human body, deeply impacting a person’s life at all of their life stages.

As a former journalist and current ADHD’er, I unpack this topic through patient stories, expert interviews, and personal narrative.

With new episodes biweekly on Wednesdays, The Adulting With ADHD Podcast covers a variety of ADHD hormone topics including puberty, menopause, perimenopause, PMS, PMDD, and more. Why aren’t we talking about this more? What do you do if you find yourself struggling with ADHD and hormones? We discuss this and much more.

Need basic info about ADHD and hormones? Get the free quick guide at https://adultingwithadhd.com/hormones.

Oct 04, 2021