ADDitude ADHD Experts Podcast

Listen to “How Mindfulness Helps You Feel Less Overwhelmed and Be More Productive” with Lidia Zylowska, M.D.

People with ADHD often struggle with anxiety, either as a co-occurring or a secondary disorder. Tune in to listen as Lidia Zylowska, M.D., shares mindfulness techniques to dial down the worry.

Young redhead woman over grey grunge wall looking stressed and nervous with hands on mouth biting nails. Anxiety problem.
Young redhead woman over grey grunge wall looking stressed and nervous with hands on mouth biting nails. Anxiety problem.

Listen to “How Mindfulness Helps You Feel Less Overwhelmed and Be More Productive” with Lidia Zylowska, M.D.

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People with ADHD often struggle with anxiety, either as a co-occurring disorder or a consequence of ADHD itself. ADHD difficulties often provoke worry, tension, and feelings of overwhelm that can be unbearable and sometimes poorly understood by the person having the anxiety. The anxiety symptoms often set the stage for further difficulties with procrastination, avoidance, overreacting, perfectionism, or self-criticism.

Mindfulness offers a new, more effective way of living with anxiety. By practicing mindful attention and an attitude shift, you learn how anxiety shows up in your day and what you can do about it. Through mindful activity, you can learn to move your mind-body state from stressed to more relaxed, and increase your problem-solving ability. Mindfulness can also help you uncover which emotions or beliefs may be driving anxiety or worry in the first place.

In this episode:

  • The different ways anxiety and ADHD symptoms co-exist
  • Common patterns of worry related to ADHD
  • How anxiety drains your energy and makes management of ADHD difficult
  • How mindfulness can help dial down anxiety through breathing or mindful activity
  • How mindfulness can help bring a “compassionate magnifying glass” to anxiety and untangle the patterns that keep you stuck

Listener testimonials:

  • I gained great insight on the understanding of ADHD and strategies useful for eliminating or managing intense stress or anxiety.”
  • Dr. Zylowska is extremely knowledgeable and easy to learn from. Thank you for sharing with us!
  • Well-organized and nicely paced. Excellent resources. Great format, with mindful pauses included!”

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This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on December 10, 2019. ADDitude thanks our sponsors for supporting our webinars. Sponsorship has no influence on speaker selection or webinar content.

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Updated on January 31, 2020

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