Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Mothers and ADHD—Permit Yourself to Breathe

May 12, 2020

Podcast Transcript: 
https://chadd.org/podcasts/guidance-for-uncertain-times-mothers-and-adhd-permit-yourself-to-breathe/  

Summary: 
Women with ADHD who are mothers often have several challenges they face in their everyday life. With the current pandemic, daily life can become even more difficult with ADHD symptoms. There are difficulties of procrastination, feeling overwhelmed, being disorganized, as well as being distracted. At times, it can be difficult to even get through the day, especially when working from home. Providing care for kids with or without ADHD brings on additional challenges for mothers with ADHD.  

What are some strategies to cope with symptoms and challenges as a woman and a mother with ADHD? Terry Matlen discusses coping strategies during uncertain times and how to support children’s schooling while working from home.  

Terry Matlen, ACSW: 
Terry Matlen is a therapist, consultant, writer, speaker, and ADHD coach. She is the author of The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done, and Survival Tips for Women with ADHD. She is the director for two websites, ADDconsults.com and queensofdistraction.com. Terry served as the vice president of Attention Deficit Disorder Association and as the CHADD coordinator in Minnesota.  

Learning Objectives: 
1.  Gain an understanding of the challenges faced by women with ADHD who are mothers 
2.  Learn coping strategies for daily ADHD challenges and the challenges added by uncertain times 
3.  Understand how to support children in school while working from home 
4.  Discover how to cope when both mom and children have ADHD 
5.  Learn the importance of reaching out when help is needed

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