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“Why Are You So Sensitive? Understand How Sensory Processing Sensitivity Affects the ADHD Brain” [Video Replay & Podcast #333]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#333), download the slide presentation, and learn how to get a certificate of attendance for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on November 18, 2020.

Episode Description

Are you easily overwhelmed by bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or loud sirens? Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time? You may have Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) — the formal diagnosis for a highly sensitive person (HSP). Approximately 20 to 30 percent of the population has SPS, according to recent studies, and the propensity is even higher among people with ADHD.

The overlap with ADHD is clear: The inability to control emotions, being more easily overwhelmed and overstimulated than neurotypicals, and struggling with low self-esteem are all symptoms of being a HSP. Listen and learn from Bianca Acevedo, Ph.D., about:

  • The symptoms of SPS and how it affects the brain
  • How ADHD behavior of ruminating and overthinking situations and life events can contribute to SPS
  • How to manage SPS alongside ADHD

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Obtain a Certificate of Attendance

If you attended the live webinar on November 18, 2020, watched the video replay, or listened to the podcast, you may purchase a certificate of attendance option (cost: $10). Note: ADDitude does not offer CEU credits. Click here to purchase the certificate of attendance option »

Meet the Expert Speaker:

Bianca Acevedo, Ph.D., is a researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She is an internationally recognized expert in sensory processing sensitivity, love, and attachment. She co-authored and edited the recently released book, “The Highly Sensitive Brain.” She is the developer of the LoveSmart app and was the recipient of the 2012 International Women in Science Award. You can reach her at www.biancaacevedo.com. | See expert’s full bio »

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Listener Testimonials

  • “Dr. Bianca Acevedo offered thought provoking information in a calm, pleasant manner that was a perfect method of transferring data to someone who is a HSP and ADHD individual.”
  • “Great talk!  More discussion of treatment options in future lectures would be terrific!”
  • “I enjoyed the in depth look at SPS, but I felt the presentation focused on the distinctions between adhd and sps, and I was hoping to hear more about the combination of adhd and sps. Maybe a future webinar topic?”

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2 Comments & Reviews

  1. I couldn’t follow her very well even with the slides. Is there a text version of her lecture? I really genuinely want to understand this and I’m frustrated with myself.

  2. I think there’s some misunderstanding about SPS, or HSP/highly sensitive people. The reason there aren’t treatments for it is because it’s a genetic trait, like height, skin color or eye color. It’s a variation in temperament that has both positive and negative aspects. Just like some people can tolerate sun for hours without a burn, others may blister, the somewhat less sensitive majority can tolerate fluorescent lights, constant mechanical noise and interruptions that are common in the workplace (pre-COVID, anyway), this same environment can be overstimulating for an HSP. And like the fair skinned person that continues to overexpose their skin, HSP will also suffer physical ailments eventually from ignoring their body’s warning signs (symptoms). The solution is to honor our nature rather than trying to fit into the “normal” mold. Play to our individual strengths.

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