ADHD PodcastOur guest contributor, Australian ADHD expert Rob Hanly, joins me for the latest podcast.

Rob fills us in on what it’s like to be a person living with ADHD in Australia. And I have to tell you that I was surprised by some of what he had to say!

We also shoot the breeze about a whole bunch of ADHD-related things, and have a few laughs doing it.

Take a listen to:

  • Get some great (and somewhat uncommon) tips for succeeding with ADHD
  • Explore the ADHD medication debate–from both sides
  • Be inspired by a couple of positive ADHDers who are loving life and helping others do the same!



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And if you like what Rob has to say, then do be sure to read Rob’s posts here on ADHDmanagement.com, as well as visit his website at ADDucation.com.au!

 

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Jennifer Koretsky About Jennifer Koretsky

Jennifer Koretsky, SCAC is the Managing Partner of the ADD Management Group, LLC and Chief Executive Officer of ADHDmanagement.com. She is a Senior Certified ADHD Coach, and the author of Odd One Out: The Maverick's Guide to Adult ADD.

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  1. I was diagnosed as an adult at around 31 by a leading Australian expert who refuses to use the terms attention deficit disorder and told me ADD should instead stand for attention differential difficulties. He said i did not have a deficit of attention, my attention just worked differently and that i did not have a disorder, my brain had big advantages in many circumstances but that the differences could sometimes cause problems or difficulties in my life. It was the difficulties, not the difference that i might need help to manage from time to time and stop them impacting acting my life negatively. I think this was so helpful to me and really made sense. One of the reasons I wasn’t diagnosed for so long was that I was a high academic achiever and I (and many others) associates ADD with stereotypes about learning difficulties and kids who struggle at school.

  2. Thanks for another podcast. Good to hear you and Rob’s interactions as I’ve enjoyed his past blog posts here.

    I’ll admit for me if I had ADHD I’d be more in Rob’s camp of avoiding medications personally. However, I’ve definitely softened my stance over the years especially from my education and volunteer work with medications role in other mental disorders such as depression as well as getting to know my wife.

    Currently, we are working at building a strong foundation based on self care for her with nutrition, exercise, meditation, and learning other mental strategies to help her cope when things get overwhelming as well as getting more enjoyment out of life. This has definitely helped her outlook in addition to taking medication. Another reason I am pushing her at building this foundation is to prepare her for the future when we eventually decide to start a family and she will not be on medication for the pregnancy and nursing stages.

    Again, I haven’t mined your whole website, but would love to learn more with how you coped with your pregnancy. It’s telling and brings a smile from your comment about how eager you were to get back on Concerta. (My wife is on concerta too)

    • Jennifer Koretsky Jennifer Koretsky says:

      Michael, one of these days I will get around to writing that post about pregnancy/nursing without ADHD meds. My short answer is that pregnancy and nursing affect everyone differently, much like ADHD does. Some women find their ADHD improves dramatically when their bodies are flooded with happy feminine hormones! But others are so tired and/or feel so sick that they simply can’t do half as much as they could before they were pregnant, regardless of ADHD. I was probably somewhere in the middle. In all honestly, it wasn’t that bad. But by the time my daughter was weaned at 1 year old, I was ready to get my life back and really needed the help of my Concerta to rebuild my structure.

      Hope that’s somewhat helpful!

  3. I enjoyed it too. Nice to meet Rob! He sounds like a fun guy. Jen Your ADDitude about ADD is what I liked so much about you and your book in the first place. I am better off now that I know there is nothing wrong with me, I am just differently wired. I would like more podcasts like this one please!

  4. Thank you for this podcast. I know that I’ve struggled with this but have honestly never simply accepted it. I’ve never accepted that I work differently, which is okay. I don’t need to clean the same way others do-I can do it differently and still come out with the same result.
    I also liked this discussion about using medication as a crutch. I know that I did when I first began taking medication 6 years ago. Medication doesn’t fix all things, but it does help .
    Thanks again for the wonderful podcast. Would you mind if I linked to it in a blog post I’ll do shortly?

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