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Podcast Episode #305: “I Thought I’d Be More Productive! Why Women with ADHD Are Struggling to Stay at Home” with Michelle Frank, Psy.D.

Tune in as Michelle Frank, Psy.D., reminds us that we don’t need to be perfectly productive or organize our garages under quarantine.

Woman resting on couch
Woman resting on couch

Listen to “’I Thought I’d Be More Productive!’ Why Women with ADHD Are Struggling to Stay at Home” with Michelle Frank, Psy.D.

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It seems societal norms — and too many ambitious Facebook friends — expect us to “catch up” on all those lingering household projects, plus take up bread baking and gardening and sewing, during this quarantine. After two months, that has not happened — and many of us feel ashamed that we’re “missing an opportunity” because we can’t balance all of life’s new daily responsibilities, plus the stress of this slow-motion trauma. “Good enough” should be good enough right now, but it sure doesn’t feel that way.

You might notice more difficulty managing ADHD symptoms lately. You might feel trapped, stuck, and immobilized with more time at home than you can stand. Perhaps you are someone who feels a sense of relief or increased productivity amidst the stress and uncertainty of the world today. Maybe you are someone who finds yourself anxious one moment, productive and engaged the next, and feeling like a complete couch potato a few hours later, ending the day exhausted but unsure why exactly it was so draining.

All of these are valid responses to the stress and uncertainty unfolding around us, and the last thing women with ADHD need during a global pandemic is the pressure and constriction of deeply internalized messages about what it means to be and do “enough.” This webinar will gently remind you that you don’t need to be perfectly productive, get fit, learn a new skill, and organize your garage while under quarantine. Dr. Michelle Frank, clinical psychologist, ADHD specialist, and co-author of A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD, will

  • break down the science on the human stress response
  • talk about the interplay between stress and ADHD
  • and demonstrate some easy, practical mind-body coping strategies to help you live well with ADHD, especially in the time of COVID.

Listener testimonials 

  • “The speaker was fantastic, well thought out with her presentation. Timed perfectly, simple messages, but with great insight that was worded perfectly to address the difficulties we face with the pandemic today. Excellent!”
  • “I always find that Dr. Michelle Frank’s viewpoint really resonates with me. Her ideas and strategies are always so helpful. Thank you!”
  • “Thank you! Great timing and great content!  As always, excellent quality of speaker and technology. You all rock!”
  • “This was the first time I felt validated as an adult woman with ADHD!”
  • “So wonderful and normalizing for me and presented in such a loving and caring manner!”

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This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on  May 13, 2020. ADDitude thanks our sponsors for supporting our webinars. Sponsorship has no influence on speaker selection or webinar content.

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Updated on November 12, 2020

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