In this episode of the ADHD Post-Lockdown diaries, author and educator Emma Mahony and broadcaster and journalist Clare Catford explore their shared view of physician Gabor Maté’s theories about ADHD, which he himself has and two of his children. Despite this, he argues that it is not hereditary but the result of early trauma and lack of attunement. Most recently he argued this when he diagnosed Prince Harry in an interview. What’s your view?
Penguin’s 7 essential books on Neurodiversity
What did you last read on neurodiversity? If you haven’t read any of these books – here are some of the latest thinkers and scientists writing accessibly on how the brain works. It’s good to see ADHD in the mix with my book ‘Better Late than Never’ included. https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2023/01/neurodiversity-books-characters-memoir-diagnosis
ADHD Post-lockdown diaries – 2023 New Year, new you?
Author, journalist and teacher Emma Mahony along with broadcaster and media consultant Clare Catford discuss during new(ish) year resolutions and how helpful dangling year-long intentions are in front of an ADHDer’s brain.
Taking a Risk – ADHD Post-lockdown Diaries
This ADHD Awareness month, Author and Teacher Emma Mahony and Broadcaster and Podcaster Clare Catford encourage ADHD-ers to follow their gut and take a risk, after years of feeling “wrong” in a neuro-typical world. How risk-taking can be a strength of an ADHD diagnosis, not a curse. As Clare demonstrates while protesting on behalf of the Posties…
Good Grief. Handling big feelings with ADHD
On the eve of travelling up to the ADHD Foundation conference, author Emma Mahony and broadcaster Clare Catford explore the different reactions to their parents dying recently and ask whether it is “me or the ADHD”?
ADHD Post-Lockdown diaries: Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) and ADHD
Author Emma Mahony and Broadcaster Clare Catford explore this little known aspect of ADHD where sufferers are more sensitive than others to criticism, perhaps because, by the age of 12, ADHDers receive up to 20,000 more negative comments about themselves than other children. So what effect does RSD have on friendships, relationships and self-esteem?
New year, new intentions -ADHD style
How great that the internet offers a chance to review your 2020 intentions to see how you are doing, while setting a course for a new year. Aiming for calm, creating chaos. Broadcaster Clare Catford and journalist Emma Mahony do just that, while reminding ADHDers everywhere that they are not alone with this struggle.
ADHD Post-Lockdown diaries: Asking for Help
At the beginning of October’s ADHD Awareness month, we posted this podcast to remind people that there’s no shame in asking for help if you have this complex neuro-developmental disorder. In fact, we believe it can be key to making your life, career and relationships a success, so try making it a habit. All too often people with ADHD think they “should” be able to function in the same way as everyone else, and so try harder, leading to burn out or dropping out in an effort to keep up. All along, if they just asked for help occasionally instead, they would have more time for the things where they are really good at – and let their creativity shine through. We think this message is so important that we are going to close ADHD Awareness month with this thought. After all, what’s the point of having a diagnosis if you don’t use it to get more help?
Would you consider a mid-life career change?
At 1hour 8 minutes in, on Jo Good’s BBC London Show, we discuss the challenges of starting again at the ripe age of 52 – with a little help from your friends at Now Teach.
ADHD Post-lockdown diaries: Meds and levelling the playing field
Emma Mahony in discussion with Clare Catford on how taking medication for ADHD improves their ability to function in a neurotypical world.