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For mothers with ADHD, from a mom with ADHD. Changing the paradigm: ADHD does NOT mean you're doomed to be a hot mess, mama! Sharing strategies and life skills. Encouraging you in happiness and success during motherhood. Loving who we are, ADHD and all!

Patricia Sung


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    E151: Get Ready for the First Day of School: Transitioning Back to School for ADHD Moms & Kids - "Top Tips" Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 30:34

    Transitions are rough for ADHD.  Back to School season brings a mountain of new details to absorb, way too many forms to keep track of, and deadlines swarming like flies.  So I created a Back To School preparedness list: let's turn the craziness into calm in August and September. When we have thought about how we can prepare for what we know is coming, it makes the doing a lot less overwhelming. That means that we can use our finite amount of energy that's left over to tackle the unpredictable that inevitably comes with a new school year. And if the school year has already started for you, listen in; these tips can be used to make any part of the school year feel in control. For more on school support for kids and moms with ADHD, listen to: - Episode 26: Build a supportive Partnership with your child's teacher  Episode 27: How to tell your Child's Teacher about their ADHD  Episode 34: How to use Parent-Teacher Conferences to Help your ADHD Child at School  This episode originally aired in August of 2019. As I take a break for the summer and quality time with my family, I'm sharing episodes that will help you get ready for the summer, support you with some integral support skills for ADHD, and then get ready for the new school year. To hang out with me over the summer, you can: 1) hop on over to our free Facebook community to meet your people and feel like you're not a weirdo -AND/OR-  2) join me on Wednesdays during our weekly meetings by signing up for my course, Daily Planning for ADHD Moms, where you'll get your day organized and actually show up for stuff mostly on time, or my program, Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms where you'll create the best daily routine for you and your family that your ADHD brain will actually be okay with following. Get stuff done while you love your life & your brain.  I'm cooking up some good stuff behind the scenes. Plus I'll see you in the fall with brand new episodes! Talk to you then, Successful Mama! Read the transcript and view the show notes on the Motherhood in ADHD blog. 

    E150: How to be Less Late: An ADHD Guide for Improving Timeliness When You Are Time Blind - "Top Tips" Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 25:53

    Less late is the goal.  Sure, we wish we were on time.  Let's take some baby steps and be a little less late.  Today we'll discuss why we are frequently running late, discuss executive functions involved in the project of leaving your house with kids in tow, find our motivation to make changes, and walk through a few skills, like counting up the minutes you truly need to walk out that door calmly with everything you need.  If you're as time blind as I am, you'll want to ask for help in completing this homework since chances are you were overly optimistic (a.k.a. mindbogglingly incorrect) in your estimations. Being more timely is a learned skill, so we are not doomed for all eternity, mama!  **Note: This episode originally aired in May of 2019. As I take a break for the summer and quality time with my family, I'm sharing episodes that will help you get ready for the summer, support you with some integral support skills for ADHD, and then get ready for the new school year. To hang out with me over the summer, you can: 1) hop on over to our free Facebook community -AND/OR-  2) join me on Wednesdays during our weekly meetings by signing up for my course, Daily Planning for ADHD Moms, or my program, Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms.  I'm cooking up some good stuff behind the scenes. Plus, I'll see you in the fall with brand new episodes! Talk to you then, Successful Mama! Read the transcript and view the show notes on the Motherhood in ADHD blog. 

    Bonus: Rest is Different than Recovery - Behind The Scenes Summer Update 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 13:54

    Behind The Scenes Sneak Peek? Yes, please! My summer devolved into chaos, and I'm sharing why. Things have not - at all - gone as planned, yet I'm leaning into it.  The difference between rest and recovery is confusing, and our ADHD brains like neither. We like to plan lots of stuff to do in our rest time. And then we're surprised when it's not restful! Yet rest is a must-have for our busy brains.  Figuring out how to serve you better is always on my mind, so here's what I've been working on behind the scenes. In this raw, unedited episode, I'm sharing what's happening Behind the Scenes this summer, including the very first Successful As A Mother Retreat. When you want to show up on time and prioritize your To Do List in a way that makes sense to your ADHD brain, join Daily Planning for ADHD Moms. Payment plan available until July 31st.

    Bonus: That Time I Got “Let Go” - Behind The Scenes Summer Update 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 13:17

    Behind The Scenes Sneak Peek? Yes, please! What horrible work experience have you had? Were you fired? “Let go”? Embarrassed for all of time? In this raw, unedited episode, I'm sharing what's going on Behind The Scenes this summer, and today it's the story of when I was “let go” from work. Sharing our stories is what allows us to connect, so I'm going first. How can we grow our ADHD Mom Community?  By hanging out together, in person! You're invited on an all-inclusive, curated weekend getaway with Patricia is the first of its kind: for ADHD Moms (and moms that think they have ADHD.) You'll enjoy 4-star accommodations, unparalleled experiences, and gourmet meals, all while making friends with moms who understand how you think and love you just the way you are.  Best of all, you don't need to plan or organize anything once you arrive at the hotel. I'm taking care of YOU! Every meal, every activity… you simply arrive at the hotel, and everything is taken care of for you from there. You'll arrive home refreshed and rested. Book your ticket here:  https://www.patriciasung.com/adhd-mom-retreat by August 8th for early bird pricing. This is a small group, so if you're coming, don't wait long to reserve your spot. Pack your bags, and I'll see you in October!

    Bonus: ADDA Global Gathering - Behind The Scenes Summer Update 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 11:26

    Behind The Scenes Sneak Peek? Yes, please! In this raw, unedited episode, I'm sharing what's going on Behind The Scenes this summer as I take a break from creating new episodes to... make a new episode today! Over the last 6 months, I've been volunteering with ADDA, a non-profit that serves Adults with ADHD. This weekend is the ADDA Global Gathering - an innovative, virtual, around-the-clock international conference for Adults with ADHD.  You're invited to visit the new virtual reality "ADDA-verse" (free for the 36 hours of the conference) to learn about ADHD in an ADHD-friendly way, and mingle with other ADHD Adults.  Join me for an informal conversation on Friday night about "Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: ADHD & Self-Doubt," and as I co-host the Women's Town Hall on Saturday night.  Let's hang out! Register at no charge here: https://add.org/addaverse-open-house/ You can attend the main sessions as well (ticket required: https://homecoming.add.org/ ) on ADHD@Work, ADHD & Me, and You, Me & ADHD. Come find me in the ADDAverse July 22 and 23 and say hi! (I'll be dressed in head-to-toe yellow as one of the volunteers.)

    E149: Do You Have ADHD? How to Get an Adult ADHD Diagnosis and Find the Right Doctor to Help You - "Top Tips" Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 20:42

    Don't you wish there was a five-question Cosmo quiz that would tell you a definitive yes/no answer to the question "Do you have ADHD?" Well, our brains are a little more complex than that. I'm no doctor, but here's the first time I addressed this question on the podcast.  Let me point you in the right direction and help you figure out the right doctor that can help you find out if you have ADHD. Getting the right diagnosis from a qualified and experienced professional is the first step in your journey to healing and a joy-filled life.  **Note: This episode originally aired in June of 2019. As I take a break for the summer and quality time with my family, I'm sharing episodes that will help you get ready for the summer, support you with some integral support skills for ADHD, and then get ready for the new school year. To hang out with me over the summer, you can: 1) hop on over to our free Facebook community to meet your people and feel like you're not a weirdo -AND/OR-  2) join me on Wednesdays during our weekly meetings by signing up for my course, Daily Planning for ADHD Moms, where you'll get your day organized and actually show up for stuff mostly on time, or my program, Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms where you'll create the best daily routine for you and your family that your ADHD brain will actually be okay with following. Get stuff done while you love your life & your brain.  I'm cooking up some good stuff behind the scenes. Plus, I'll see you in the fall with brand new episodes! Talk to you then, Successful Mama!  Read the transcript and view the show notes on the Motherhood in ADHD blog. 

    E148: Stop the Summer Chaos! 5 Simple Steps to creating a flexible summer schedule for the ADHD family - Q&A Session: "Top Tips" Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 19:58

    It's June, and your kids are either home now or about to be home for the whole summer.  That is three unstructured months of chaos ahead of you... cue panic! Wait! It doesn't have to be! You asked; I answered: What does Patricia's summer schedule look like?  With a few minutes of planning, you'll create a flexible structure to fit any family during the summer break and all year long.  No need to panic nor roll your eyes at me! Having a schedule doesn't mean you're stuck with a minute-by-minute inflexible itinerary sucking the fun out of every hour. Your summer vacation can still be full of fun and freedom and impromptu activities without you losing your sanity on the daily. Having a running list of activities to keep everyone entertained keeps my stress down and decision fatigue low. There's no scrambling around in the morning trying to figure out, "Mom, what are we going to do today?" Or the wasted mornings where I can't figure out what the answer is, and all of a sudden its lunchtime, and I still don't know what we're going to do today, and it's half over! Today we're walking through what the schedule setup looks like, as well as how I have implemented that framework for our family with specifics on time and activities. Our family has used this basic schedule for multiple years, and we adapt it as our kids grow from babies to toddlers to preschoolers to elementary school to adults (that's for me, the mom.)  **Note: This episode originally aired in June of 2021. As I take a break for the summer and quality time with my family, I'm sharing episodes that will help you get ready for the summer, support you with some integral support skills for ADHD, and then get ready for the new school year. To hang out with me over the summer, you can: 1) hop on over to our free Facebook community to meet your people and feel like you're not a weirdo -AND/OR-  2) join me on Wednesdays during our weekly meetings by signing up for my course, Daily Planning for ADHD Moms, where you'll get your day organized and actually show up for stuff mostly on time, or my program, Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms where you'll create the best daily routine for you and your family that your ADHD brain will actually be okay with following. Get stuff done while you love your life & your brain.  I'm cooking up some other stuff behind the scenes. Plus, I'll see you in the fall with brand new episodes! Talk to you then, Successful Mama!  Read the transcript and view the show notes on the Motherhood in ADHD blog. 

    E147: What I Wish I Knew Before Taking ADHD Medication: Your Questions Answered!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 38:35

    How do you feel when you think about taking ADHD medication? Nervous?  Hopeful?  Overwhelmed?  The process of obtaining and finding the right medication can feel like A LOT. First, you have to approach the subject with your doctor (who may or may not be well-informed about ADHD) -- and then there is finding the right type and dosing of medication, dealing with potential side effects, and the whole process of trial and error. It never goes perfectly. But it can go more smoothly -- when you take a few steps to plan and prepare for it.  On this episode of Motherhood in ADHD, I share all my best tips and strategies for starting ADHD medication that I learned the hard way -- from tackling the first conversation with your doc, to riding out your first few months.  You'll learn:  - Tips for remembering to take your medication daily (No more, "Ugh, did I actually take that today?" moments) - How to take your medication for maximum effectiveness - How to work with your doctor to start and stop medication safely - Tips for finding the right dosing - What to do if you can't afford your ADHD medication - Tips for approaching the topic of ADHD medication with your doctor (No, you're not a "drug seeker"!) - And so much more! Your first go-round with ADHD medication doesn't have to be a disaster. You deserve to feel confident, informed, and fear-free while you find a treatment plan that works for you. This material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or a trained medical professional to find the treatment plan that best fits your personal situation. What if you could look back at your day, and know you did everything on your to-do list? What if you could feel productive and accomplished, knowing you showed up for the people and things you love most? It's all possible with the Daily Planning for Moms with ADHD course, where I teach you how to keep a calendar and organize your to-do lists in a way that makes sense for your ADHD brain.  Join today at: bit.ly/adhdplan  Read the transcript and view the show notes on the Motherhood in ADHD blog. 

    E146: 10 ADHD Medication Myths Busted: Honestly Discussing the Truth about Stimulant ADHD Medicines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 41:41

    Stimulant medication for ADHD is a hot-button topic.  Everyone has something to say -- your friends, your coworkers, your uncle's cousin's brother's barber, and of course, the internet.  They'll tell you about the person they knew who "went crazy" on stimulants.   They'll tell you how ADHD medication will change your personality or turn you into a zoned-out zombie.  They'll tell you, you probably don't need medication unless you're struggling in school or at work.  SO when that small voice inside of you asks, "Could medication help?" It's hard to hear it through all that noise. And while most people are well-meaning, most of the negative stories you hear about stimulant medications for ADHD are utter nonsense. It's "Medication May" (and June) on the Motherhood in ADHD podcast, and we're continuing our series with an episode dedicated to busting myths about stimulant medication. And boy, are there a lot of 'em! But we're just choosing 10 for this episode, including: - Will ADHD medication make me a zombie?  - Is medication just for kids?  - Can ADHD medication become addicting?  - Do I need periodic breaks from my medication?  - Is coffee a safer alternative to stimulant medication?  - And 5 more pervasive myths you won't want to miss!  This isn't medical advice. The point of this series is to take away the fear and shame of taking ADHD medication and to arm you with quality information so you can make the right decision for yourself and your life. And hopefully, you can serve as an educator to the people in your circle with mistaken beliefs about ADHD medication. And we can end the stigma together.    This material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or a trained medical professional to find the treatment plan that best fits your personal situation.   Would you love a more peaceful morning as an ADHD mom? How about some help to navigate ADHD time blindness, so you can finally get your kids to school on time? You can get these in your inbox TODAY by visiting patriciasung.com/resources. Read the transcript and view the show notes on the Motherhood in ADHD blog. 

    E145: Stimulants and Non-Stimulants, Common Side Effects, and Squashing Rumors: An Introduction to ADHD Medication with Dr. Carolyn Lentzsch-Parcells

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 49:01

    Can I get addicted to ADHD medication? Is Adderall the same as meth?  With questions like these circling within communities and around the internet, it's no wonder so many ADHDers are confused, and sometimes terrified to take ADHD medication -- or to tell their family and friends they're on it. It's "Medication May" on the Motherhood in ADHD podcast, and the goal of this episode series is to break stigma, bust myths and equip you with as much knowledge as possible about ADHD medication. So you can feel confident in making the choice that's right for you.  On this episode, we continue our conversation with Board-Certified Pediatrician and ADHD specialist Dr. Carolyn Parcells. She gives us an overview of ADHD medication, answers commonly-asked questions, and busts several pervasive myths. You'll hear about:  - The basics of ADHD medication -- the different types and how they work in the brain - The differences between stimulant and non-stimulant ADHD medication - ADHD medication and kids -- the types of medication for different age groups, risks, and benefits - The complete low-down on ADHD medication and risk of addiction Answers to questions like: - Why is my medication less effective before and during my period? - Can I double my dose if it's not working? - Are there certain people who should avoid stimulants? - Should I take a break from my medication so I don't develop a tolerance? - And more! Thank you, Dr. Parcells for your sharing your wealth of knowledge as an ADHD specialist! This material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or a trained medical professional to find the treatment plan that best fits your personal situation.   What if you could learn an easy, 3-step system for organizing your day, sorting through your to-do lists, and keeping your commitments? What if you had a group of other ADHD moms to hold you accountable week to week?  It's all possible with Daily Planning for ADHD Moms. Figure out your life in a way that makes sense for both your mom-life and your ADHD brain. Join us here!  Connect with Dr. Parcells, read the transcript, and view the show notes on the Motherhood in ADHD blog.

    E144: Overcoming the Shame, Fear, and Embarrassment of ADHD Medication For Your Best Treatment Plan - Because Parenting with ADHD is a Different Ball Game! with Dr. Carolyn Lentzsch-Parcells

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 42:52

    You should be able to get your kids to school on time. You should be able to remember all your appointments.  You should be able to handle life without medications.  So many moms with ADHD have a habit of should-ing all over themselves. Because we're still fighting the shame, embarrassment, and stigma associated with adult ADHD diagnosis.  During “Medication May” on the Motherhood in ADHD podcast, we want to encourage you to replace all your “shoulds” with “deserve.” You deserve to be able to get your kids to school on time.  You deserve to be able to remember your appointments.  You deserve mediation so you can handle your life better.  This episode features Board-Certified Pediatrician and ADHD Specialist Dr. Carolyn Lentzsch-Parcells. As a doctor, and a mom with ADHD, she's very familiar with the shame, stigma, and “shoulds”. In part one of this two-part conversation, you'll hear about: - The hidden strengths in ADHDers - The pros and cons of “leaning in” to your ADHD brain and doing things differently - How the ADHD community can work to fight the shame and stigma of seeking treatment or medication for ADHD - Why getting treated for your ADHD is never a “waste of resources” - How to handle the fear and potential shame of telling friends and family you have ADHD - And more! Thank you, Dr. Parcells – for sharing your stories and insights! In 11 weeks, you'll set up a smooth, low-stress plan for your mom-life by designing your daily rhythms and routines fit for your ADHD brain. Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms is starting NOW! Join us here: http://bit.ly/adhdframework Connect with Dr. Parcells, read the transcript, and view the show notes on the Motherhood in ADHD blog.  

    E143: Should You Take ADHD Medication? How to Make the Difficult Decision to Try ADHD Medicine for Your Child or Yourself with Psychotherapist Christina Crowe

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 57:09

    How will ADHD medication affect my life? What will my family and friends think if I tell them? Will ADHD medication change my personality? There are so many fears, worries, and what-if's surrounding taking ADHD medication.  You may have heard family or cultural messages your entire life that says medication is wrong, harmful, or shameful.  With all of the stigma and negative buzz, it's no wonder so many ADHD'ers are confused and worried about taking it.  There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of about taking ADHD medication. When you really dig into the data, it paints a very different picture -- one that deserves a closer look. It's “Medication May” on the Motherhood in ADHD podcast. This episode series aims to arm you with the knowledge and confidence you need to make the right choice about taking (or not taking) ADHD medication.  In this episode, Canadian Psychotherapist and fellow ADHD mama Christina Crowe discusses: - The pros and cons of taking ADHD medication, and the surprising risks of untreated ADHD - Questions to ask when you're choosing a doctor to treat your ADHD - What to consider when deciding if medication is right for you - Christina's thoughts on “big pharma” and the idea that the pharmaceutical industry is profiting off of mental illness medication (and other common fears) - Christina's personal journey with ADHD diagnosis in her late 30's and her biggest struggles with parenting her ADHD child - The difference between mindfulness and meditation (Yes, there's a difference!) - And more! Thank you, Christina, for joining us and offering your incredible knowledge and insights! Connect with Christina, read the transcript, and view the show notes on the Motherhood in ADHD blog. This material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or a trained medical professional to find the treatment plan that best fits your personal situation. ----- What if you could learn an easy, 3-step system for organizing your day, sorting through your to-do lists, and keeping your commitments? What if you had a group of other ADHD moms to hold you accountable week to week? It's all possible with Daily Planning for ADHD moms. Figure out your life in a way that makes sense for both your mom-life and your ADHD brain. Join us today! bit.ly/adhdplan

    E142: Why I Choose to Take ADHD Medication and My Journey for the Best ADHD Treatment Plan

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 47:13

    How do you feel about ADHD medication?  Are you taking it? Does it help you focus and thrive? Or are you medication-curious, and a little freaked out about it? That's totally okay.  Are you anti-medicine? That's alright, too. Most ADHDers who are new to medication have a LOT of questions, like: - How does ADHD medicine feel? - How do you know if your ADHD medication is working? - How do you decide if medication is the right choice? On the Motherhood in ADHD podcast, we're kicking off “Medication May” (and probably a bit of June too!), by giving you the complete low-down on ADHD medication, so you can make the choice that's right for you.  In this episode, you'll hear about: - Why I choose to take medicine, and my personal experience with different types of ADHD medication over the past 20 years - Why I stopped taking medication in the past, and how I managed without it - The unnecessary shame and embarrassment many ADHDers feel when seeking ADHD meds (Let's break the stigma, shall we?!) - How to tackle the fears and “what ifs” around taking medication by becoming as informed as possible - How ADHD medication isn't a “magic wand” that solves all your problems – and additional ways to support yourself - The difference between stimulant and non-stimulant ADHD medication (and my experience with both) - Why it's okay to start and stop medication (and how to work with your doctor to do this safely) - Answers to the most frequent questions asked by listeners - And more!  Let me be clear: This is not medical advice. I'm not here to tell you what you should or should not do. My goal in sharing my treatment journey is to share with you as much knowledge and confidence as possible, so you can decide if ADHD medicine is an option you'd like to try.  Because you are the only one who can decide what is best for you. This material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or a trained medical professional to find the treatment plan that best fits your personal situation. Read the transcript and view the show notes on the Motherhood in ADHD blog.    Lower your stress and learn how to create a rhythm for your day with Time Management Mastery for Moms with ADHD. Over the next 11 weeks, you'll create a flexible framework for your day that's fluid enough for your ADHD brain to stick with, and structured enough to feel like you're in control.  Join today by visiting this link: bit.ly/adhdframework

    E141: How to Succeed when You're Leading Your Family On Your Own - 5 Single Moms with ADHD Share: Ask The Experts Roundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 13:20

    Parenting as a single mom is hard.  Parenting as a single mom with adult ADHD is extra hard.  There's homework, housework, and after-school activities to manage on your own.  There's the pressure to put healthy food on the table every night when you're already exhausted.  There are bills to pay on one income.  And then there's your ADHD symptoms and emotional exhaustion – the guilt, shame and inadequacy that come with being divorced and never feeling like you're good enough. If you need to hear this today: You are a fantastic mom. And you're not alone.  There are a bunch of single moms in our Motherhood in ADHD Community. Reach out and find your village! Since I'm not a single parent, I reached out for some help from a few friends. In this special request (from one of YOU!) episode of Motherhood in ADHD, you'll hear expert advice from 5 single moms who know the struggle and have found tools to help them thrive in parenting and in life. These single moms shared: - Self-care tips for single moms  - How to let go of the perfectionism and comparison  - The benefits of living simply as a single mom with ADHD  - Advocating for your children with ADHD  - The importance of setting boundaries as a single mom  - And more!  A special thank you to the incredible single moms who contributed their heartfelt wisdom to this episode: Pam McCurry, Motherhood in ADHD listener  Yakini Pierce, ADHD Parenting Coach and Podcaster, ADHD Love  Instagram: @adhdlove2020 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDLove2020 Nicki Maher, ADHD Mom Influencer Instagram: @nickimarieinc Facebook: Homebase with Nicki Anna Lopez, Psychiatric Physician's Assistant Instagram: @adhdinatx Natalie Nolan, ADHD Coach for Divorced Women Instagram: @ADHDDivorce   Which Mama Animal are you? Take the Quiz: What's your ADHD Mama Parenting Style? Because you're #NotYourAverageMamaBear Share and tag me on Social Media!   What if you could find a group of ADHD moms to connect with and ask questions, share advice, and most importantly – know you're not alone? You can! Join the Motherhood in ADHD Facebook Group today!

    E140: What Does ADHD Look Like in Women? When to get an Adult ADHD Diagnosis with Dr. Sasha Hamdani

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 43:37

    What does your ADHD look like? Does it look like impulsiveness, hyperactivity and the irresistible urge to fidget – the signs we constantly hear about in men and boys?  Or does it look more like forgetting to put on deodorant or brush your teeth, trouble keeping track of all your kid's appointments, absent-mindedly twirling your hair, or excessive talking when you get excited?  (If you've ever gotten “talks too much” on your report card as a kid, you know what I mean!) ADHD can look different in women – and just because you don't have the “classic” signs, doesn't mean you don't have ADHD.  In this episode of Motherhood in ADHD, Dr. Sasha Hamdani, a board-certified psychiatrist and ADHD specialist, shares about the symptoms of ADHD in women, and SO much more, including: - Dr. Sasha's own diagnosis story, and her experience as a mom with ADHD - ADHD diagnosis in children: how to talk to your kids about their diagnosis in a non-judgmental and supportive way - When it's time to seek professional help for your ADHD symptoms - ADHD and hormones: how your cycle affects your symptoms - Self-care tips for the emotional side of ADHD - The benefits of partnering with an ADHD specialist, and how to find the right professional - How to speak to your loved ones about your ADHD, while clarifying it's an explanation and not an excuse - Answers to all YOUR burning questions that you shared in our Motherhood in ADHD private Facebook group (P.S. You should join if you haven't yet!) BIG thanks to Dr. Sasha Hamdani for sharing your wisdom and expertise with us!  To hear more about ADHD from Dr. Sasha, follow her on Instagram: @thepsychdoctormd To learn more about Dr. Sasha's psychiatry practice, visit her website: drhamdanimd.com   Learn how to feel more put together by organizing your to-do list in an ADHD friendly way, and keeping your commitments to yourself - all part of the Daily Planning for ADHD Moms course. Join here: bit.ly/adhdplan   Which Mama Animal are you? Take the Quiz: What's your ADHD Mama Parenting Style? Because you're #NotYourAverageMamaBear Red the transcript and view the show notes on the Motherhood in ADHD blog.  This material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or a trained medical professional to find the treatment plan that best fits your personal situation.

    E139: Is an ADHD Self-Diagnosis Valid? 5 Reasons to get an ADHD diagnosis beyond getting a prescription for ADHD medication

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 17:28

    How did you figure out you (possibly) have ADHD? We all have our own unique journey to an ADHD diagnosis.  Maybe you have a formal diagnosis from a doctor and a prescription for ADHD medication, and it's helping you live your best life.  Or maybe your ADHD is self-diagnosed. You've done the research, you check all the boxes, you know in your heart that this is why you're struggling, and you're choosing to manage it on your own.   What matters most is that you feel seen, supported, and encouraged.  But what if you're on the fence about getting a professional diagnosis for your ADHD? What if you're (understandably) concerned about the cost of care, or feeling overwhelmed by the process of finding the right doctor? Maybe you've had a bad experience in the past where you've felt uninformed, shamed, embarrassed, or doubted your own perspective. In this episode of Motherhood in ADHD, I'll share my thoughts on this topic. You'll hear: - Why people decide to stick with ADHD self-diagnosis (Absolutely NO judgement here!)  - Why the simple validation that you have ADHD can improve your mental health and wellbeing - 5 reasons why a formal diagnosis can improve your mental health, work and school accommodations, relationships with others, and more  This episode will help you take the worry out of the equation and feel supported and validated that you are making the best decision for you. In 11 weeks, you'll set up a smooth, low-stress plan for your mom life by designing your daily rhythms and routines fit for your ADHD brain. Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms is starting NOW! Join us here: bit.ly/adhdframework. Read the transcript and view the show notes on the Motherhood in ADHD blog. 

    E138: Cycle Syncing your ADHD Parenting: How to Give Your Family the Best Version of Mom with Spicy Child Parenting Coach Mary Van Geffen

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 43:35

    What's wrong with my child? Why won't they listen? Why is everything a negotiation? Why do I have to keep yelling, making threats, and going from 0-100 in a split second?  What's wrong with me? Mama–you're not the first one to ask these questions. We've all flipped our lids, cried in the bathroom, felt horribly guilty for yelling at our kids and wondered, at the end of the day, if we're just defective parents.  What if there's nothing wrong with your child, even though they're a little…spicy? And what if there's nothing wrong with you? What if a few more tools in your toolbelt are enough to be the kind and compassionate parent you want to be?  Meet Mary Van Geffen, parenting coach for parents with spicy children. She's helped thousands of moms practice staying calm, kind, and firm with their strong-willed children, and she's a mom with ADHD, just like us.  In this episode of Motherhood in ADHD, Mary and I discuss: - Mary's journey to her ADHD diagnosis and the self-acceptance that followed - Her struggles with parenting as an ADHD mom and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and how tools like self-compassion help her cope with overstimulation - What it means to have a “spicy child,” and why we can stop trying to figure out “what's wrong” with our kids - Self-regulation, self-compassion, and other practices that support us through parenting stress and overwhelm - Cycle syncing and parenting – how we can sync our parenting style with our menstrual cycle to plan activities around our energy levels and show up for our children as the best version of ourselves - The 1-minute meditation that helps you get out of your swirling mind and into the calmness of your body when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed During the episode, Mary mentions Rich Roll, who had Lisa Miller, PhD on his show (episode #654). She wrote the book called The Awaken Brain.  Mary also mentions during the meditation Shirzad Chamine, who researched and wrote a book around Positive Intelligence. Find it here: We Should All Be Millionaires A big thank you to Mary Van Geffen for sharing her heart-centered wisdom with us!  To learn more tools for parenting spicy children, follow Mary on Instagram at: @maryvangeffen Visit her website: https://www.maryvangeffen.com/ Or join the waitlist for her live, 8-week course, Moms of Spicy Ones: http://www.maryvangeffen.com/waitlist  Learn how to organize your to-do list and your commitments to yourself in the Daily Planning for ADHD Moms course. Join here: bit.ly/adhdplan Click for full transcript.

    E137: What's Your Escape Plan? 11 lessons from my solo ADHD mom self care vacation

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 30:01

    Mama–when was the last time you spent time alone? And no–I don't mean the 2 minutes you spend in the bathroom while the dog scratches at the door and you can hear someone yelling “moooom??” from some distant corner of the house.  I mean real alone time–as in, away from your family, inaccessible, OFF THE CLOCK.  Has it been a while?  Have you…ever had any real alone time? If you haven't, it's understandable. Maybe you just can't find the time. Or the childcare help.  Maybe you feel selfish or wrong for taking time to yourself.  We feel like we have to be the glue that holds families together, right? Without you, wouldn't your family just…fall apart? Maybe. But maybe that's okay.  In this episode of Motherhood in ADHD, I'll share 11 lessons I learned from my first solo vacation as an ADHD mom, and more. We'll talk about: -Overwhelmed moms who formed “escape plans”--from becoming a nun to checking into rehab (Yeah, motherhood is hard.) -How my vacation almost didn't happen because my ADHD brain mixed up the dates and miscommunicated them to my spouse.  -How I felt after getting 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep (YES, this really happened) -How stepping back can increase our kids' resilience -Relationships and ADHD–why it's so important for us to voice what's in our head so our partners can understand how our extraordinary brains work -The time-driven nature of motherhood, and how getting “off the clock” can relieve anxiety for moms with ADHD -The difference between self-care and after-care, and why it matters -Chronic illness and motherhood–how you're more capable than you think when you've slid into a dark spot As an ADHD mama, you're already a superstar. Listen to this episode to find out how self-care can help you shine even brighter.  Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms is starting NOW! In 11 weeks, you'll design your daily rhythms and routines for a smooth and successful day. Join us here: bit.ly/adhdframework 

    E136: Should You Go to Therapy for your ADHD? How to Hire and Fire Your Therapist, Hobby Hopping, Cycle Breaking, and ADHD Friendship with Psychologist & BIPOC Advocate Dr. Han Ren

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 49:12

    Have you ever wondered if you need therapy for your ADHD?  That question can feel overwhelming for ADHD mamas. You're thinking:  Do I really need therapy if I'm not in crisis? What if my therapist doesn't understand my ADHD brain? What if they tell me I'm just a hot mess and there's no hope for improvement? What if I don't like my therapist and I'm stuck in weekly sessions I don't know how to get out of? I hear you mama, and I've been there.  But what if I told you I knew someone who could answer all these questions–a licensed psychologist, consultant, speaker, educator, and most importantly–a mom with ADHD?  Meet Dr. Han Ren–she's our guest for this episode of Motherhood in ADHD, and she addresses all these questions and SO much more. We talk about: -Dr. Ren's own journey to ADHD diagnosis, and how she felt like she was “tricking” her psychiatrist into prescribing stimulants (Until she realized she ACTUALLY needed them!)  -The cultural impact of ADHD, breaking generational cycles, and how Dr. Ren worked to decondition her belief that it was a character flaw -Navigating friendship with ADHD–and how to handle it when you feel like you've been “too much” in your relationship  -Normalizing indecision and changing your mind–why it's totally okay to hobby hop -When to go to therapy–and how it can help ADHD moms thrive, even when we're not in crisis -How to choose the right therapist for you, AND how to fire your therapist if they're not a good fit–no guilt, shame or ghosting necessary!  -Parenting well with ADHD–Dr. Ren shares how it's made her a more compassionate mom -How Dr. Han sucks at cleaning her house (YES, she really is just like us!)  Mama, you deserve to feel your best, and if that means finding a therapist to walk through life with you, then I support you 100%, and this episode is for you! I want to thank Dr. Han Ren for gifting us with her incredible knowledge, inspiring activism, and empathy as an ADHD mom.  https://www.amazon.com/What-My-Bones-Know-Healing/dp/0593238109/ref=nodl_ To watch Dr. Ren normalize therapy and lift up communities of color through relatable and educational content, follow her on Tik Tok: @drhanren and Instagram: @dr.han.ren  To learn more about Dr. Ren's therapy practice, visit her website. Get your life together next month when Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms opens for enrollment. In 11 weeks, you'll design your daily rhythms and routines for a smooth and successful day. Join the waitlist here: bit.ly/tmmwaitlist

    E135: Discounting Disability and Dismissing Disadvantages: Why We Don't All Have the Same 24 Hours in a Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 10:38

    True or false: we all have the same 24 hours in a day…? If you said FALSE, you're 100% right, mama. Sure, we have 24 physical hours. But depending on our abilities, circumstances and responsibilities… Those hours look VERY different. To a carefree, neurotypical teenaged boy, an hour might feel like eternity. He can hang out with friends, do some homework, watch a show, eat some food. Leisurely. To a work-at-home mama of 3 with ADHD, dinner on the stove, laundry to fold, an appointment she's late for, keys she can't find (again) and a puppy that needs house training… Not so much. A 500lb barbell is the same weight to an Olympic weightlifting champion as it is to me! But he and I have a unique set of skills and abilities that mean he can lift it, while I just look at it and laugh. Time is the same way, friend. It's measured the same. But we are not all equipped equally in how we spend it. You're putting in double the effort to get half the output than other people can. I see you. This week's episode of Motherhood in ADHD is your permission slip to STOP beating yourself up for being 'bad with time' and not ‘hustling' your way to success. Give it a listen and discover why you may have a different 24 hours than 'other moms.' And as always, head over to patriciasung.com/resources for loads of free tools to help you feel more in control of your day and life.

    E134: Hate Reading and Math? You're Not Stupid! How Irlen Syndrome Affects Your Learning Affects Your Vision and Learning

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2022 23:52

    Do you struggle with reading or math? Do you lose your place easily when working? Is reading sheet music ridiculously hard? Well, it might not be your eyes OR your ADHD, mama. It might be something called Irlen Syndrome. Not only does it tend to go along with ADHD (& autism!), it can lead to misdiagnosis. Irlen Syndrome, also called Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, is a perceptual processing disorder, not a vision problem. For those of us who have it, it can lead to some funky vision impairment and: - Extreme light sensitivity - Wanting/needing to read in dim light - Seeing waves or “rivers” in between the lines of text as we read - Poor depth perception - Bad coordination issues & clumsiness - Low self-esteem or motivation …and more.   However, even if you get this diagnosis, there's good news: There are things that can help! Tune in to this week's episode of Motherhood in ADHD to find out more about this condition and learn what you can do to counter these tough symptoms, including what symptoms to look for in children. Learn more about Irlen Syndrome. Free download of color filter for your computer screen. And if you're tired of labeling yourself as a disorganized hot mess mama and could use some real life organization skills designed specifically for ADHD mamas… Click here to learn more about Daily Planning for ADHD Moms - where you'll learn how your unique brain can best use a Planner and a To Do List to stay organized and on track.

    E134: Hate Reading and Math? You're Not Stupid! How Irlen Syndrome Affects Your Vision and Learning

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 10:38

    Do you struggle with reading or math? Do you lose your place easily when working? Is reading sheet music ridiculously hard?   Well, it might not be your eyes OR your ADHD, mama. It might be something called Irlen Syndrome.   Not only does it tend to go along with ADHD (& autism!), it can lead to misdiagnosis.   Irlen Syndrome, also called Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, is a perceptual processing disorder, not a vision problem. For those of us who have it, it can lead to some funky vision impairment and:   - Extreme light sensitivity - Wanting/needing to read in dim light - Seeing waves or “rivers” in between the lines of text as we read - Poor depth perception - Bad coordination issues & clumsiness - Low self-esteem or motivation   …and more.   However, even if you get this diagnosis, there's good news:   There are things that can help!   Tune in to this week's episode of Motherhood in ADHD to find out more about this condition and learn what you can do to counter these tough symptoms, including what symptoms to look for in children.   Learn more about Irlen Syndrome.    Free download of color filter for your computer screen.   And if you're tired of labeling yourself as a disorganized hot mess mama and could use some real life organization skills designed specifically for ADHD mamas…   Click here to learn more about Daily Planning for ADHD Moms - where you'll learn how your unique brain can best use a Planner and a To Do List to stay organized and on track.

    E133: Too Many Ideas? 3 steps to Step into a Visionary Role as an ADHD Mama: Recognizing your value and ADHD strengths with Angel McElhaney

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 40:14

    Do you judge yourself, mama? Do you ever wonder why YOU'RE the mom who can't seem to keep it all together? Why you hop from idea to idea, project to project, and can't seem to stay organized enough to get anything DONE? This week's episode is permission to knock it THE HECK off. We're talking to multi-passionate entrepreneur, professional idea hopper, and mom of 4, Angel McElhaney. She's an ADHD mom, just like you, who used to think there was something wrong with being the big picture idea person instead of the nitty gritty details lady… Until she realized there's magic here. We'll hear from Angel how her life and motherhood changed when she embraced one of the superpowers of her ADHDness. Listen as she explains the difference between being a visionary - the idea person - and an integrator - the doer. Friend, be prepared to be extraordinarily impressed with yourself and your abilities after this episode. And bring a pen because we talk about real life hacks that'll give you some a-ha moments, guaranteed. Catch up with Angel here: Website: www.angelmcelhaney.com Social Media: @angel.McElhaney @controlthechaosmamapodcast @podcastschoolforsquirrels Join our free Facebook Community for Moms with ADHD.

    E132: Time Management Mastery Student Spotlight: Was It Worth It? ADHD Moms Tell All

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 50:09

    “Less crying. Less meltdowns. And that's just for me!”  That's what Jess, Time Management Mastery graduate & ADHD mom of 2 said after her 11 weeks in the Time Management Mastery program. Instead of listing all the life-changing features you'll find inside of Time Management Mastery, this week we're letting you hear it from your peers… The moms who've walked every day in your shoes. They've lived through the chaos, guilt, frustration and loneliness of ADHD motherhood.  But thanks to Time Management Mastery, they're no longer hanging on by a thread. They're letting go of perfectionism and unrealistic expectations, and learning how to trust themselves. These mamas understand more of their ADHD brains, empowering them to build the life they want to live.  In this week's episode, you'll hear from Jess, Mel and Dominique. Moms just like you who've been treading water and barely keeping their heads above the surface. Sick of ending each day feeling frazzled and upset… They took the leap to ask for help. Now hear how they've gone from hot mess express to smooth(ish) operators. They'll share their a-ha moments and biggest takeaways as they transformed their lives with Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms. You're not alone, mama. Take a few moments to listen to this episode and if the ONLY thing you take away is the realization that you belong to this amazing group of women… It'll be worth it. Sign up for Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms here: bit.ly/adhdframework Prefer reading? Click here to read the transcription of this episode.

    E131: Is Your ADHD Holding You Back? How to be Successful when you have ADHD

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 22:02

    Are you an ADHD mom who's tired of barely treading water? Sick of ending each day feeling depressed and frustrated with yourself? I get it, mama. You start every day with the best intentions. But somewhere between kids, work, laundry, the puppy that keeps peeing on the floor, the bills you forgot to pay AGAIN, and so. much. more… It all feels like too much. If you're like me, you'd LOVE to have solid routines for morning and bedtime… You'd kill to be able to stick to a schedule and just feel so much more organized. But… Planners, programs, and experts haven't been able to help you because they're designed for those brains that can just ‘decide' to do something and then…do it. AKA: not your brain. It's time to stop fighting against the way your amazing brain works, my friend. Episode 131 dives into a unique new resource created JUST for moms with ADHD so they can work WITH their unique brains to finally master time management. If you're ready to say goodbye to always feeling behind and just surviving motherhood…This episode is for you.  Discover the step-by-step process that'll take you from Hot Mess Express to Time Management Master. Prefer reading? Click here to read the transcription of this episode.

    E130: Live Coaching: Make a Daily Schedule that Fits Your ADHD Brain and Mom Life with Time Management Mastery Student Amanda

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 72:48

    Not all experts are created equal.  There's literally an expert for EVERYTHING under the sun.  Productivity, positivity, mindfulness, fashion, health, wellness, love, parenting… Pick any topic and there's someone shouting their opinions about it. Yes, they offer tons of information, insight, and guidance and help LOTS of people.  The problem is…many of these experts are spouting advice from a neurotypical brain FOR a neurotypical brain.  Now don't get it twisted…I'm not saying ADHD brains can't latch on and get great value from some of those experts. What I'm saying is there's a big gap in the information given and how ADHD brains processes that information.  And for ADHD moms who are trying to get their crap together and finally start having FUN being as a mother…all of this “expert” advice can leave them feeling frustrated, defeated, and totally helpless.  Have you ever found a system from the latest productivity book and tried implementing it in your life and it just didn't work? Did you think, “I'm trying all these things they say to do…WHHHHY won't these strategies work for me!?” Well, on today's episode we'll talk with an ADHD mom and Time Management Mastery student, Amanda, about her journey with ADHD. She talks about how she kicked non-ADHD standards out the window and opted for ADHD systems created BY and FOR ADHD brains.  We cover #allthethings including: - Common ADHD misdiagnosis (bipolar, anxiety, depression) - How Time Management Mastery was developed and how it helps - Why learning to manage our time is important for our kids  - Creating a system that builds in FLEXIBILITY for ADHD - Overcoming obstacles and finding JOY in being an ADHD mom If you often struggle with managing your day-to-day life…I encourage you to join the waitlist for Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms.  Amanda's story is a true testament of what can happen when ADHD moms finally decide to do things differently and create systems that work for THEIR minds.  The waitlist is still open for the next session of Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms. Be the FIRST to know when doors open and get a special BONUS for being an early bird for once. Join the waitlist here ---> https://bit.ly/tmmwaitlist

    E129: 3 Steps for Getting Your Crap Together! Time Management for ADHD Moms with Guest Host and ADHD Mom Entrepreneur Angel McElhaney

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 40:35

    Mother Necessity has dropped a lot of babies on this earth. When was the last time you learned something new or figured out a major problem out of pure necessity? Like, if you didn't figure something out and FAST - you would lose your ever-lovin' mind? or job? or partner? Today is a treat: ADHD Mom Entrepreneur Angel McElhaney guest hosts the podcast and asks me all about how and why I created the framework behind Time Management Mastery for ADHD Moms.   This system was born out of SHEER necessity (for my sanity) and now it's helping dozens of ADHD moms figure out how to work WITH their ADHD brains and build a daily routine that fits their special flavor of ADHD + their family dynamics. Back in the day, I was in a place where mothering was not fun. All my pre-mom skills were not working and I was falling apart at the seams. I felt like I couldn't keep up, and I was in a perpetual state of failure. I was one more sensory overload input away from a total MOM-SPLOSION. It was a hard tour of duty, and I often wanted to give up.   I KNOW there are many of you reading this right now who are currently in that trench that feels like the pit of despair.  Big hugs, mama. After I finally realized what I was doing wasn't in alignment with what my ADHD MOM brain NEEDED, I decided "the heck with normal...I'm gonna do this MY WAY." While I'd been trying to organize my time, I was using 2 unworthy starting points: A) what *the experts* say is the right way and B) my previous phase of life, aka, a non-mom.  And motherhood changes things (as if you hadn't noticed, lol!) So, what did I do?  I used my super creative problem-solving ADHD brain and unpacked what was REALLY happening during my day that made everything feel so overwhelmingly scattered and #hotmess vibes.  Through my own ADHD knowledge and a TON of outside research, I built a system for myself that eventually developed into a framework that has been helping DOZENS of ADHD moms finally feel like they have the tools to manage their days like a totally in control boss.  The waitlist opened today for the next session of Time Management for ADHD Moms. Sign up before the official opening, and grab your special BONUS for being an early bird for once. :Smile: Join the waitlist here ---> https://bit.ly/tmmwaitlist Click for full transcript.

    128: The Gut Brain Connection: How our gut health impacts our mind, hormones, and mental health with Heidi Hogarth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 28:56

    Where is 95% of serotonin is created?  In YOUR GUT! Clean gut + Good bacteria = MORE Seratonin AND a Happier Brain  Our bodies are amazing and far more interconnected than we often realize. Today's episode is part two of a fascinating conversation with naturopath, a mom of two, and a PMDD survivor, Heidi Hogarth. Heidi is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to understanding our body chemistry. I couldn't get enough! Today's episode covered: The connection between gut health & brain health Why it's important to focus on creating a healthy gut microbiome How anti-inflammatory diets help minimize extreme hormonal shifts What foods, supplements, and vitamins promote a healthy gut Using Tapping or EFT to help regulate stress What cycle syncing teaches us about our bodies I left this conversation feeling more intrigued about how our bodies work, and ready to hyperfocus on my next biology lesson.  It's also encouraging to know that there are simple diet changes and natural remedies we can make in our every day lives to bring ourselves to a more balanced hormonal and emotional state.  Learning about how your body works can REALLY help you live better. My hope is you take away at least one tip or piece of information that leads you down a path to healing.  Healing is hard work, but sooooo worth it, Successful Mama!  A big thank you to Heidi for helping women understand their bodies so they can do what they can to live a happy and healthy life. You can learn more about Heidi by visiting her website. You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook to learn more about PMDD.  If you are looking for more resources to help you along in your ADHD journey I would like to invite you to head to my resource page and snag some great free tools. Go to patriciasung.com/resources. Not only will you be able to download ADHD resources on the spot, but you'll also get more ADHD mom tips right to your inbox. :) Links to resources mentioned in this episode: International Association of Premenstrual Disorders Wild Power: Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power Book Cycle Synching Basics for ADHD Women: Your Hormones are Your Energy Superpower #116 Tapping (EFT) as Treatment and Self Care for Adult ADHD with Kate Moryoussef #89

    MIA 127: Feeling the Rage before your Period? Beyond PMS: Symptoms & Treatment for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 28:37

    When you've got PMS on steroids, the rage and depression are exponential. Ever hear of pre-menstrual dysphoria disorder? They call it PMDD for short, and it's a very real and serious hormonal disorder that affects up to 10% of women! Symptoms include things mood swings (aka rage attacks), sadness, anxiety, hopelessness, depression, and even severe panic attacks. Many women with PMDD are either extremely tired or have bouts of insomnia. And then there's excessive crying and other emotional swings. Not to mention all the bloating, gastro issues, food cravings, and possible weight gain. Phew. I need a nap after writing that alone! Today my guest Heidi and I unpack what PMDD is, the symptoms of PMDD, how PMDD can be linked to post-partum issues, and how to talk to your doctor about getting a diagnosis. If you've been following along on in the last few months, we've talked a lot about menstrual health, hormones, and cycle syncing. We've uncovered numerous ways our menstrual cycle relates to ADHD symptoms in women. It's fascinating and disturbing at the same time. But there is hope, Successful Mama! Heidi Hogarth is a naturopath, a mom of two, and a PMDD survivor. She's on a mission to support women who suffer from PMDD and help them find the best natural health tools so they can get off the hormonal emotional rollercoasters & back to their calm, positive, and loving selves. She's a wealth of knowledge when it comes to understanding symptoms of PMDD. She offers insight into what supplements and dietary changes can help you when you feel like you are suffering from PMDD. A big thank you to Heidi for helping women understand their bodies so they can do what they can to live a happy and healthy life. If you are looking for more resources to help you along in your ADHD journey I would like to invite you to head to my resource page and snag some great free tools. Go to patriciasung.com/resources. Not only will you be able to download ADHD resources on the spot, but you'll also get more ADHD mom tips right to your inbox. :) ➡️ Tell me in the comments, have you ever experienced any PMDD symptoms and wondered if there was more going on under the surface? ⬅️ FOR THE BLOG: Links to resources mentioned in this episode: International Association of Premenstrual Disorders Wild Power: Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power Book Cycle Synching Basics for ADHD Women: Your Hormones are Your Energy Superpower #116 Tapping (EFT) as Treatment and Self Care for Adult ADHD with Kate Moryoussef #89 Click for full transcript.

    E126: The #1 Reason Your Day Feels Chaotic and Out of Control as a Mom with ADHD - Top 3 Episodes Encore!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 19:48

    Scatterbrained. Distracted. Overwhelmed. Drowning. No motivation. I know why your day feels so chaotic and out of control as a mom with ADHD because I am a mom with ADHD. As I reflected on the episodes we produced over the last two and a half years, I realized that some of the top-rated Motherhood in ADHD episodes deserved another time in the spotlight. These topics were just TOO GOOD. Today's "Episode Encore" is all about understanding the #1 reason your day feels chaotic and out of control as a mom with ADHD. We talk about the frequent ways our ADHD derails us. As a mom living with ADHD you have tons of things to manage - kids' appointments, house things, work, relationships...etcetera...etcetera. Phew...Not to mention finding time to take care of your own health and well-being. Trying to find the time for it all can make you want to crawl back into bed and hide under the covers! Look, I totally get it! There are LOTS of mamas out there feeling the exact same way as you and it hurts my heart. So, now I teach ADHD moms how to overcome this challenge in the Time Management Mastery for ADHD moms course! By implementing this simple framework in your life it will take you from frazzled and freaked out too, "Hey...I have my crap together!" You CAN manage your ADHD brain AND your time - to make them BOTH work for you. I want you to feel amazing about your schedule. I want you to be overjoyed when you reflect on your week and realize - you did SO MANY things that you wanted to do with your time! Time Management Mastery opens back up NEXT MONTH so get your spot on the waitlist to be the first to know when you can join. Sign up here: bit.ly/adhdframework Click here for full episode transcription.

    E125: Self Regulation: Executive Function and ADHD - Top 3 Episodes Encore!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 15:37

    "I'm a failure. People don't like me. I just keep screwing everything up!" If any of those thoughts have crossed your mind and you are continually overcritical of yourself...this episode is for you.  These types of thoughts happen to everyone (including our neurotypical friends). For those of us with ADHD, these constant and reoccurring negative thoughts are a force to be reckoned with. But they don't have to control you or overshadow your life. As I reflected on the episodes we produced during 2021, I realized that some of the top-rated Motherhood in ADHD episodes deserved another time in the spotlight. These topics were just TOO GOOD.  Today's "Episode Encore" is all about understanding Self Regulation and our executive function plays a part in how we feel about ourselves.  I share information about Self Regulation including reflection, impairment, sensory overload, fear, frustration, anger, embarrassment, anxiety, friendships, dopamine, CBT, celebrating our wins, managing self-criticism, and Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria.  It's the whole enchilada in this one! Have a listen and let's learn about our ADHD brains and how we can work WITH them instead of against them! DID YOU KNOW? There's a place where you can get your calendar and to-do list organized one step at a time, so you enjoy more time with your kids while feeling confident + capable in your day... even when your ADHD hijacks your plan. Register for Daily Planning for ADHD Moms - sign up here --> bit.ly/adhdplan Looking for a little more added support? There's a place for you! Here >>> JOIN THE MOTHERHOOD IN ADHD COMMUNITY Click here for full transcription. 

    E124: Emotional Regulation: Executive Function and ADHD - Top 3 Episodes Encore!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 31:12

    Do your feelings go from 0-100 in no time flat? As we wrap up 2021, let's revisit a few of Motherhood in ADHD's top-rated episodes. Today's "Episode Encore" is all about understanding emotional regulation and how executive function plays a part in how people with ADHD manage their emotions. Explaining ADHD WITHOUT discussing Executive Function is like reading a book and skipping every other chapter. It just doesn't make sense because you lose part of the context, right? Executive functioning is the CEO of our brain. And as the CEO of our brain if regulates pretty much everything in today's discussion about Emotional Regulation. Today we cover the basics around sensory overload, fear, fight or flight, frustration, children pushing our buttons, anger, embarrassment, period cycles, hormones, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Bipolar, and Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria. Holy Moly, Batman! Lots of juicy good stuff in this one. Have a listen and let's learn about our ADHD brains and how they work. Guess what, I have LOTS of free resources for you, Successful Mama. Check out all the goodies I've created for you on my resource page here. Not only will you be able to download ADHD resources on the spot, but you'll be on your way to getting more ADHD mom tips right to your inbox. :) DID YOU KNOW? There's a place where you can get your calendar and to-do list organized one step at a time, so you enjoy more time with your kids while feeling confident + capable in your day... even when your ADHD hijacks your plan. Register for Daily Planning for ADHD Moms - sign up here --> bit.ly/adhdplan Looking for a little more added support? There's a place for you! Here >>> JOIN THE MOTHERHOOD IN ADHD COMMUNITY Listen to the transcription here. Links to resources mentioned in this episode: Episode 37 on Letting Go of Thoughts Dr. Sandra Kooij's Women, ADHD, and Hormones webinar with ADHD Europe Dr. David Goodman's article on Emotional Regulation What happens when brains feel fear? What is Emotional Lability? Defining Sensory Processing Disorders Free resource from Patricia: Managing ADHD Beyond Medicine The Disorganized Mom's Guide to a Peaceful Morning: Patricia's free how-to video series to bring calm to your mornings in 5 steps

    E123: Why It's Difficult to Prioritize Your To-Do List and Actually Stick with your Plan as a Mom with ADHD

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 18:24

    Feeling stuck is temporary...when you have the right tools. Understanding how YOUR brain actually works makes it easier to establish systems and create a plan that will work for YOUR brain. Plain and simple. Simple...but not necessarily easy. Let's just say ADHD and executive function aren't great friends. What does that mean for us? It means we end up fighting our brains in a battle royale of figuring out what the MOST important thing is we should be doing at any given time. Many times it feels like we're stuck trying to solve the longest word problem in 12th-grade algebra. Ain't nobody got time for that! ESPECIALLY for moms. It's a real challenge for ADHD brains. But if I had to guess I'd say you're the type of mom that's always up for a good challenge. In today's episode, we talk all about why moms with ADHD struggle with prioritizing and what to do so you can actually stick with your plan. Did you know there's a place where you can get your calendar and to-do list organized one step at a time, so you enjoy more time with your kids while feeling confident + capable in your day... even when your ADHD hijacks your plan. If you've been following along you'll know that I've been celebrating my 40th birthday this week by giving YOU a gift! Today's the last day to save $40 on Daily Planning for ADHD Moms! Use code HAPPY40 and sign up here --> bit.ly/adhdplan Looking for a little more added support? There's a place for you! Here >>> JOIN THE MOTHERHOOD IN ADHD COMMUNITY   Click here for the full transcription.

    My 40th Birthday Gift for You

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 4:46

    Today is my 40th birthday! As I celebrate a new decade, I'm taking a moment to appreciate all of you, and say thank you for your support. I want your 2022 to be start off with you feeling confident and capable about how you approach your day. As Annie Dillard says, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." This is why I created Daily Planning for ADHD Moms for you. To build a life that you love - and that starts by knowing how you want to run your day, using a system that is set up by an ADHD brain for your ADHD brain. And fits mom life. We learn how to keep up with our calendar and tackle the mile-long to do list, so that you can stop feeling the shame of forgetting appointments or "not doing anything today" and start feeling good about yourself again. My birthday flash sale starts today and runs through Thursday, December 16th, so use the coupon code HAPPY40 and snag Daily Planning for ADHD Moms for $40 off in honor of my 40th trip around the sun. Sign up at bit.ly/adhdplan  Next year is going to be your year to bloom, so let's see where you go, and how you change and grow! Click here for transcription.

    E122: Tantrum or ADHD Meltdown? How to Deal with our Children's BIG Emotions with Dr. Laura Froyen

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 36:31

    Don't "manage emotions". Understand them instead. Dr. Laura Froyen is our guest this week and she digs into the underlying causes that propel our kiddo's BIG FEELINGS. Listen to this episode to learn more about: Understanding the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown Why and when our children might need to "borrow" regulation from us How to react and what to say when your child seems inconsolable The importance of allowing feelings and emotions to move through the body without getting stuck Learning more about emotional regulation helps us ALL understand our big feelings and unpack the root cause behind the emotion. The way she speaks with kindness and patience in her voice is not only because she is a professional in the field of emotional regulation, she's also a mother...a mother with ADHD at that. So she gets it, Successful Mama. We can do this! Teaching a child how to self-regulate their emotions can feel like an uphill battle, especially when we struggle with it ourselves. But with the right information and the right support...YOU CAN make progress and YOU WILL help your child understand the information UNDER the emotion. You got this. Speaking of support and resources, head over to my website to download a plethora of helpful ADHD tools and resources to help you navigate your world as an ADHD mom. Download your free resources at patriciasung.com/resources Oh - and I popped in a little hint about an upcoming surprise I have in store for you. Make sure you tune in next week to see what it is! Post any tactics you've found to help your kiddo through their BIG emotions in the comments. The more information the better! Dr. Lauren Froyen has her Ph.D. in human development and family studies and has been helping individuals, partners, and co-parents become the parents they truly want to be. She uses her experience specializing in marriage and family therapy to help restore balance and compassion to families while bringing calm and JOY back into their daily lives. Follow her on Instagram and check out her podcast here. You can also join her Facebook Community here. Links to things mentioned in this episode: The Invisible String Book The Kissing Hands Book The Purrble Calming Toy Companion The Enchanted Life: Reclaiming the Magic and Wisdom of the Natural World  Looking for a little more added support? There's a place for you! Join here >>> JOIN THE MOTHERHOOD IN ADHD COMMUNITY Click here for transcription. 

    E121: Estrogen, Progesterone, and Your Menstrual Cycle: Do scientific research studies prove that our ADHD symptoms are affected by our hormone levels? with Dr. Michelle Martel

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 32:26

    What is scientific research REALLY doing for women with ADHD? It might *feel* like there is no research being done to help women with ADHD...but my guest today has insight into what's ACTUALLY going on behind the scientific research curtain. Dr. Michelle Martel, a professor and Director of Clinical Training of Psychology for the University of Kentucky, utilizes a translational, “bench to bedside” perspective to examine developmental pathways to Disruptive Behavior Disorders (DBD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), using multiple levels of analysis. Her bio is impressive and our conversation is SO GOOD. Her research uncovers what's really going on in the brains of people with ADHD and further - figures out what's going on internally with our hormones. Dr. Martel brings tons of knowledge around how our hormonal fluctuations affect our ADHD symptoms AND what that means for our mental and emotional health. I'm thankful for people like Dr. Martel who have dedicated time and energy to helping the ADHD community. Her research is not only fascinating, it gives YOU, Successful Mama, options to improve your life by understanding your body.   DID YOU KNOW? There's a place where you can get your calendar and to-do list organized one step at a time, so you enjoy more time with your kids while feeling confident + capable in your day... even when your ADHD hijacks your plan. Register for Daily Planning for ADHD Moms - sign up here --> bit.ly/adhdplan Looking for a little more added support? There's a place for you! Here >>> JOIN THE MOTHERHOOD IN ADHD COMMUNITY Click here for transcription.