Powerful Possibilities: ADHD from New Diagnosis & Beyond

Debunking 10 ADHD Myths & 5 ways to spot the scammers!

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ADHD Coach Katherine Sanders (ACCG) presents: Debunking common ADHD Myths

Welcome back to "ADHD Powerful Possibilities," where your host, ADHD Coach Katherine, dives deep into the world of ADHD myths.

This week, we're tackling the misinformation surrounding ADHD, how to spot reliable information, and why it's crucial to sift through the sea of myths.

Join me to debunk some of the most common and offensive myths about ADHD, explore the impact of misinformation on emotional well-being, and equip you with tools to critically assess ADHD-related information.

Timestamps & Highlights:

  • [00:00:00] Introduction to the episode: The prevalence of ADHD myths and the importance of accurate information.
  • [00:00:57] A shocking example from a council meeting in England, sparking the need for this episode.
  • [00:01:42] The double-edged sword of social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram in spreading ADHD awareness and misinformation.
  • [00:03:32] Deep dive into a popular myth: Can a ketogenic diet cure ADHD?
  • [00:05:42] The dangers of promoting restrictive diets as cures for ADHD, especially among vulnerable groups.
  • [00:07:06] The real impact of diet on ADHD and the importance of a balanced approach.
  • [00:09:39] Debunking the myth that modern diets and schooling create ADHD.
  • [00:10:32] Why ADHD myths persist and the role of impulsivity in their popularity.
  • [00:12:46] Countdown of the top 10 myths about ADHD, providing clarity and debunking misinformation.
  • [00:21:01] Five critical questions to help you evaluate the reliability of ADHD information.
  • [00:25:17] Managing impulsivity in information consumption and the benefits of community support.
  • [00:28:04] Preview of the upcoming episode on building an emotional regulation toolkit for ADHD.

Key Takeaways:

  • ADHD myths often contain a grain of truth but are largely misleading and harmful.
  • Critical thinking and skepticism are essential when encountering new ADHD information.
  • Consulting reputable sources and healthcare professionals is crucial for accurate understanding.
  • Emotional well-being can be significantly impacted by misinformation about ADHD.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Notion template for tracking energy, focus, and creating personal ADHD management strategies - coming February 28th 2024.

Call to Action:

  • Share this episode with someone who might benefit from debunking ADHD myths.
  • Leave a review and let us know the most outrageous ADHD myth you've encountered.
  • Stay tuned for our next episode on creating your own emotional regulation toolkit.

Closing Thoughts:

Misinformation about ADHD is rampant, but armed with the right tools and a critical mindset, we can navigate through the myths to find the truths that empower us. Remember, understanding and managing ADHD is a journey, and you're not alone. Join us next time for more powerful possibilities in the world of ADHD.

Contact Information:

  • For questions, feedback, or to share your ADHD myth experiences, contact us at [email protected] or @adhd_coach_katherine on instagram

Thank you for tuning in, and see you in the next episode of "ADHD Powerful Possibilities."

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Support for ARFID:

Look for people with specific training on ADHD and ARFID, who also have experience with the Food Chaining technique.

  List of Easily Accessible Resources for Reliable ADHD Information  

  Charities and Organizations:  

1.   USA:   Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)(https://chadd.org) - A national non-profit organization providing evidence-based information and support for ADHD.

2.   UK:   ADHD Foundation (https://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk) - Offers support and information on ADHD, including training and resources for both individuals and professionals.

3.   Australia:   ADHD Australia (https://www.adhdaustralia.org.au) - Provides information, resources, and support services for people affected by ADHD across Australia.

4.   Europe:   ADHD Europe (https://adhdeurope.eu) - An organization advocating for the rights and dignities of people with ADHD across Europe.

  Online Directories for Healthcare Professionals:  

1.   USA:   Psychology Today’s Therapist Directory (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/adhd) - Offers a comprehensive directory of therapists with ADHD expertise.

2.   UK:   The British Psychological Society’s Directory (https://www.bps.org.uk/public/find-psychologist) - Find accredited psychologists with experience in ADHD.

3.   Australia:   Australian Psychological Society’s Find a Psychologist (https://www.psychology.org.au/Find-a-Psychologist) - A tool to locate psychologists with various specialties, including ADHD.

4.   Europe:   European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA)(https://www.efpa.eu) - Provides resources and information on finding psychologists in European countries.

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