Taking Control: The Adhd Podcast


Since 2010, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright have offered support, life management strategies, and time and technology tips, dedicated to anyone looking to take control while living with ADHD.


  • In the Money Zone — A Budgetary Q$A!

    In the Money Zone — A Budgetary Q$A!

    30/06/2020 Duration: 53min

    We're at the end of our mini-series on ADHD and money and, just like with our finances, we have to be ready to PIVOT! When a guest has a last minute conflict, we're ready to talk about budgets, and bills, and more with your questions!Links & NotesYou Need A Budget

  • Budgeting  Debt with Chelsea Brennan from SmartMoneyMamas.com

    Budgeting & Debt with Chelsea Brennan from SmartMoneyMamas.com

    23/06/2020 Duration: 01h02min

    Do you get the feeling that ADHD is in the way of your relationship with money? While it may feel like you're struggling alone, money is a struggle for many people, with and without ADHD. This week on the show, SmartMoneyMamas.com's Chelsea Brennan sits down with us to talk about foundational skills for budgeting and getting out of debt that will go a long way toward living a healthy life with money AND our ADHD!Links & Notes Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon!SmartMoneyMamas.comFollow Chelsea on TwitterYouNeedABudget.com

  • Mindset, Money,  ADHD

    Mindset, Money, & ADHD

    16/06/2020 Duration: 38min

    Symptoms of ADHD have a tendency to impact how we deal with our finances. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer lays out the facts as we embark on a series of conversations dedicated to ADHD and money. While our upcoming guests will help us through budgeting and getting out of debt, this week we focus on finding the money mindset as we set ourselves on a path to live in a more healthy relationship with our finances!

  • Q  A!

    Q & A!

    09/06/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    We've been piling on episodes the last 8 weeks so it's time to take a break to do a little listener email! This round we’re taking on routines, planning for adaptation and change, home exercise, separating work from personal time at home, taking breaks, clogging tasks, and more! Thanks to all who have written in — please keep 'em coming: questions@takecontroladhd.com. Links & Notes Your Daily Does of Kristin — Workouts with Pete’s Sister-in-LawPete’s Headphones: ATH-m50x

  • 08:46


    02/06/2020 Duration: 08min

    The shows of RashPixel.FM, including The ADHD Podcast, are silent this week in support of all those who stand and fight for justice, equality, and peace. Thanks to the Cult 45 Podcast team for starting up this Podcast Blackout movement with this episode.#BlackoutTuesday #PodcastBlackout #TheShowMustBePausedConsider lending your support to the following organizations, each working to end police violence and defend those impacted by it.ActBlue’s split donation between 39 community bail fundsCampaignZero.orgThe Show Must Be PausedAnti-Racism Resources

  • The Sunday Basket with Lisa Woodruff

    The Sunday Basket with Lisa Woodruff

    26/05/2020 Duration: 43min

    Lisa Woodruff is a home organization expert, productivity specialist, and speaker. She has two books, The Mindset of Organization and How ADHD Affects Home Organization, which are Amazon best sellers in their categories, and as we continue our journey through ADHD and organizing, Lisa is the perfect guest to help us with a system to start the week right: The Sunday Basket.Just what is The Sunday Basket? It's a weekly appointment with your future self. It's the promise you make to manage your home and support your responsibilities. Oh, and it's a bucket... the most powerful bucket you'll own. Links & NotesOrganize365.comThe Organize365 PodcastThe Sunday Basket at Organize365

  • Quick Organizing Tips to Help You Feel Great!

    Quick Organizing Tips to Help You Feel Great!

    19/05/2020 Duration: 28min

    This is not an episode about COVID-19. Not really.But it is about what has happened to us all at home because of our contexts right now. And one of the things we know is that putting into place some basic organizing tools can help you spruce up your home or workspace, get your co-habitants working together, and make you feel great. So this week on the show we're going back to basics as Nikki Kinzer reminds us all to do what we know, treat ourselves well, and give ourselves permission to be great no matter how the house looks!

  • Comparison, Guilt, and Shame with Michelle Frank

    Comparison, Guilt, and Shame with Michelle Frank

    12/05/2020 Duration: 42min

    Dr. Michelle Frank is a clinical psychologist specializing in providing diagnostic and treatment services to individuals with ADHD. Her work with clients is all about finding strengths-based approaches to learning how to live with ADHD. Last time she was here, she helped us work through shame and how it impacts relationships. As it turns out, there's more guilt, shame, and relativism in ADHD than we thought. So, she's back to help us take our understanding to the next level! She works with college students, adults, and families and the book she co-authored with Sari Solden — A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers — was released last summer. Links & NotesThank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon!Follow Michelle on InstagramA Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers by Michelle Frank and Sari Solden — Amazon.com About Dr. Michelle FrankThe ADHD Podcast Masks!The Squirrel Squirre

  • Leaning Into Not Planning

    Leaning Into Not Planning

    05/05/2020 Duration: 26min

    We've been talking a lot about planning on the show and how to approach routines, breaking negative patterns, and so on over the last handful of weeks. We've heard the struggles and believe it when we tell you: We're struggling too!This week we have some thought on the hard stuff: leaning into not planning. While we likely don't have the answers to all your questions, we do have some thoughts on short term and long term planning that should go a long way toward freeing yourself from the stress and anxiety that comes with uncertainty. Forgive yourself, adjust your expectations, and face the hard stuff as it comes.

  • Parenting and ADHD with Dr. Marcy Caldwell

    Parenting and ADHD with Dr. Marcy Caldwell

    28/04/2020 Duration: 41min

    Parents are faced with an extraordinary set of new responsibilities under at-home directives around the country. Being able to work at home, if possible, and take on the additional roles of schedule-keepers, quarantine teachers, and more can be an incredible strain on the parent-child relationship.This week on the show, Dr. Marcy Caldwell joins Nikki and Pete to talk about the pillars of successful parenting, and how to maintain your reserves when you're feeling tested. She introduces us to the STOPP model, which is a comforting acronym for your own emotional regulation (S: Separate, T: Take a Breath, O: Observe yourself first, then observe what just happened, P: Perspective, P: Proceed).Links & NotesCalm: Meditation and mindfulnessFreedomADDept.org: Thriving with ADHD

  • Routines: When nothings routine... and everything is!

    Routines: When nothing's routine... and everything is!

    21/04/2020 Duration: 28min

    We're all living day-to-day, week-to-week now. The distant future is out of our control. We know things are changing around us, the world is moving forward fluidly, and we know transition is always on the horizon... we just don't know when.What do you do when the routines you trusted are thrown into chaos? It's all about bookends and anchors. Now isn't the time to be the most productive you've ever been in your life. It's time to build new and resilient routines and patterns into your days to keep you moving, and moving forward. This week on the show, Nikki and Pete walk through the tools you need to build momentum into your life in times of chaos and feel confident that even in uncertainty, you can continue to contribute.Links & NotesADHD Study Hall

  • Adjusting to a different normal

    Adjusting to a different normal

    14/04/2020 Duration: 37min

    We posted a question on our Facebook page asking you how you were adjusting, what you were facing in terms of your own challenges, as we move into whatever comes next for us on this planet. Starting with what we all know: this is hard. We're hurting. We're confused. But there is a silver lining: We're all doing those things together. This week on the show, we're going to share some of those challenges faced by so many of you who responded and, more importantly, a collection of the incredible responses you offered one another in support. Links & Notes"Why You Should Ignore All That Coronovirus-Inspired Productivity Productivity Pressure" — Aisha S. Ahmad, The Chronicle of Higher Education Sawbones Episode 316: The Coronavirus Part 2

  • Interrupting Negative Patterns with Dr. Dodge Rea

    Interrupting Negative Patterns with Dr. Dodge Rea

    07/04/2020 Duration: 41min

    Environmental stress can make you feel like you're in a never-ending loop. The anxiety that comes with the rapidly changing world around us and the barrage of negative news can amplify negative patterns in our thoughts and behaviors. What we need is a pattern interrupt, a set of tools that can help us to step out of the cycle and regain a sense of calm or peace.Today on the show, Dr. Dodge Rea gives us some tools to interrupt those negative patterns. He introduces a valuable resource in the work of Les Fehmi on alpha and beta brainwaves, and leads us through a meditation on open focus that can serve as your start in a practice to calm your mind and body.Links & NotesThe Open-Focused Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body by Les Fehmi and Jim Robbins About Dodge Rea

  • Working Smarter at Home with Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus

    Working Smarter at Home with Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus

    31/03/2020 Duration: 53min

    Continuing our conversation about the massive shift we're facing as we wade through the global shutdown, today we're talking about technology. What are you doing to make the shift? How are you communication? How are you staying productive? How are you keeping your wits about you?  This week on the show, Bob "Dr. Mac" Levitus is back with us to share what he's learned over the last few weeks in working remotely. From protocol for conducting a great video conference to just how hard he leans on his simple, analog tools to keep productive, Bob's got some great tools and recommendations for whatever level of home work you're trying to accomplish!Links & NotesDigital and Analog Tips for Life Cooped Up at Home — Bob LeVitus at houstonchronicle.comWorkingSmarterForMacUsers.com/free — Download Bob's Daily Productivity ChecklistZonebox for Pomodoro (macOS)Working Smarter for Mac Users 5-Hour Online Course — use code TakeControlADHD at checkout to save 90%!Blue Yeti NanoATR2100x USB MicrophoneLibby — Access your li

  • Talking to Your Children about the Coronavirus with Caroline Maguire

    Talking to Your Children about the Coronavirus with Caroline Maguire

    24/03/2020 Duration: 46min

    With our own emotions taxed during this time of pandemic, it's easy to misunderstand how our children are living through this same experience. These emotions of fear and uncertainty are amplified for them, and figuring out how to talk about both the disease and the isolation as unique events is becoming more critical in helping them to understand why we are living the way we are right now.This week on the show, coach and author Caroline Maguire is back to help us through these thorny issues. Her book, Why Will No One Play With Me? has already helped so many in our own community addressing social challenges for our kids. Today, we're turning the tools she outlines in the book toward living through the pandemic together.Links & NotesThank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon!Why Will No One Play With Me?: The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive by Caroline Maguire"5 Ways to Maintain Your Child's Social Skills Right Now" by Caroline Maguire

  • The ADHD Storm of the Century with James Ochoa

    The ADHD Storm of the Century with James Ochoa

    23/03/2020 Duration: 44min

    We're living through a time of crisis. The pandemic is of course the global medical crisis. But inside each of us, we're living through our own, individual crises. If you're living with ADHD, you're likely keeping an eye on the horizion ... the ADHD Storm of the Century is on us.That's why we're so lucky to have our friend James Ochoa back on the show this week. Author of Focused Forward, James joins us to talk about the emotional distress onslaught that comes with the fear and uncertainty we're living with today. We take on trauma and grief as we navigate losses behind us, and ahead, and he provides a fantastic framework for connecting meaning to our individual experiences as a form of mindful grounding through this experience.Links & NotesThank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon!JamesOchoa.comListen to The Complex

  • Dealing with Phone Anxiety and ADHD

    Dealing with Phone Anxiety and ADHD

    19/03/2020 Duration: 38min

    Telephone anxiety is its own special breed of Social Phobia. As such, it brings a raft of psychological and behavioral baggage that is not specifically part of the ADHD catalog. Throw ADHD into the mix and you have a new concoction, one that celebrates the fear of navigating the phone with the distraction and rejection sensitivity that we’ve all come to know and love.This week on the show, Nikki and Pete are kicking off a series on communication and starting with a tool that frustrates many: the phone. From addressing social phobia to building and overcoming the fear hierarchy, we’re all about building a new relationship with the phone today… and maybe even conquering your voicemail!Links & NotesThank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon!The Exposure HierarchyHow to Know If You Have a Phone PhobiaPsychologists Explain Your Phone Anxiety (and How to Get Over It)ADD and Phone AnxietyBest Visual Voicemail Apps of 2020

  • Lies  ADHD with Ari Tuckman

    Lies & ADHD with Ari Tuckman

    17/03/2020 Duration: 38min

    If you live with ADHD you know the precarious line that you can walk between fact and fiction. Whether you’re tempted to lie to yourself about what you’re capable of in a given time period or lie to your boss about what you’ve accomplished this week, the instinct to make those around you feel better by smoothing the edges of reality is strong. This week, we’re thrilled to have Ari Tuckman back on the show to talk about ADHD and lies, the situations that are most likely to cause you to push that button, and how to reframe your behavior and make amends if you’ve found yourself in uncomfortable, lie-inducing situations. Links & NotesThank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon!Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBAADHD After Dark: Better Sex Life, Better Relationship by Ari TuckmanTell Me No Lies: How to stop lying to your partner — and yourself — in the four stages of marriage by Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson

  • The Sudden Reality of Working From Home

    The Sudden Reality of Working From Home

    17/03/2020 Duration: 22min

    In part 2 of our special podcast on pandemic anxiety and ADHD we’re talking about the more practical fears that crop up around this unprecedented transition: how do you work from home? That makes it sound far more simple than it is… take it from us! As two people who have been working from home for more than a decade, we know just how complicated it can be to juggle the distractions and demands of work and home when the two worlds collide. But we’re here to tell you: it can be done, and you might even find a few things to appreciate about the experience.

  • Pandemic Anxiety with Dr. Doug

    Pandemic Anxiety with Dr. Doug

    16/03/2020 Duration: 37min

    We interrupt our regularly-scheduled podcast to inject a couple of ideas in your path today. In this first episode, Dr. Doug Herr is back to talk about the anxiety and stress that comes with living with the unknown.This week, Dr. Doug joins Nikki and Pete to talk about our emotions, but not by belittling them or running from them or even moving through them. He approaches our emotional response to living in the world of uncertainty that comes with the pandemic by helping us understand what our emotions are, why they exist, and how we can better come to terms with our reactions this way. Dr. Doug is planning a webinar in which he teaches these techniques more deeply for next week. We encourage you to sign up to be notified — it’s free and should be incredibly helpful.Links & NotesThank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon!How to manage Coronavirus Anxiety with Dr. Doug Herr

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