100 episodes

This podcast is for smart, high-ability ADD/ADHD (diagnosed or suspecting) women who see their symptoms as more positive than negative. I’m Tracy Otsuka your host and I’m committed to changing the conversation around ADHD. When I was diagnosed eight months after my son, my entire life suddenly made perfect sense but all I heard about was everything that my ADHD brain SHOULD be struggling with when in fact I would come to learn that my ADHD is responsible for some of my greatest superpowers.

One other thing, we constantly hear about all the successful ADHD men, but no one talks about the women. This podcast is here to change that dynamic. ADHD women are my people, and I’m here to acknowledge, support and cheer them on.

*THE CONTENT IN THIS PODCAST IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL OR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY IN SEEKING IT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING YOU HAVE SEEN OR HEARD FROM TRACY OTSUKA OR THIS PODCAST.

ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka Tracy Otsuka

    • Alternative Health
    • 4.8 • 55 Ratings

This podcast is for smart, high-ability ADD/ADHD (diagnosed or suspecting) women who see their symptoms as more positive than negative. I’m Tracy Otsuka your host and I’m committed to changing the conversation around ADHD. When I was diagnosed eight months after my son, my entire life suddenly made perfect sense but all I heard about was everything that my ADHD brain SHOULD be struggling with when in fact I would come to learn that my ADHD is responsible for some of my greatest superpowers.

One other thing, we constantly hear about all the successful ADHD men, but no one talks about the women. This podcast is here to change that dynamic. ADHD women are my people, and I’m here to acknowledge, support and cheer them on.

*THE CONTENT IN THIS PODCAST IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL OR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY IN SEEKING IT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING YOU HAVE SEEN OR HEARD FROM TRACY OTSUKA OR THIS PODCAST.

    EP. 108: Professional Organizer Judith Houlding

    EP. 108: Professional Organizer Judith Houlding

    Join Tracy in episode 108 where she introduces you to Judith Houlding. She has been a professional organizer for 11 years. She is also an ADHD coach who has trained in “brain-based differences” and has received certification from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, Coach Approach for Organizers, and the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals.

    Judith Houlding's Website: space-editing.com
    challengingdisorganization.org
    napo.net

    tracyotsuka.com/ilovemybrain

    • 55 min
    EP. 107: From High School Dropout to College Success with Lucy Van den Heuvel

    EP. 107: From High School Dropout to College Success with Lucy Van den Heuvel

    Join Tracy and 18-yr-old Lucy Van den Heuvel. At 16 Lucy left high school, not knowing how she was going forward with her education. She eventually found a college that accepted students as young as 16, and applied. In May, Lucy will graduate from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where she'll receive her AA Degree instead of a high school diploma. In college she is studying sustainable agriculture, and co-manages the campus farm.

    Lucy's FB: bit.ly/3nZLpDP
    Bard College at Simon's Rock: simons-rock.edu/

    • 52 min
    EP. 106: ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Edward Hallowell

    EP. 106: ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Edward Hallowell

    Join Tracy as she breaks her women only guest rule by welcoming the leading authority in the field of ADHD, Dr. Edward Hallowell to Episode 106 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women to discuss his brand new strength focused book called ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction.

    drhallowell.com
    drhallowell.com/read/books-by-ned/
    amzn.to/3ifH0v9 ebook
    tracyotsuka.com/ilovemybrain

    • 59 min
    EP. 105: ADHD, Emotion and Choosing the Right College with Collegiate Athlete, Mikayla Kee

    EP. 105: ADHD, Emotion and Choosing the Right College with Collegiate Athlete, Mikayla Kee

    In this episode of ADHD for Smart Ass Women, Tracy introduces you to 21 year-old, Mikayla Kee, currently a senior, finishing her bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College in WA. She'll be entering the Master’s in Teaching program next. Mikayla also volunteers as a para educator at a local elementary school and, in true ADHD fashion, has been doing all of this while working as a semi pro soccer player for the past 3 years.

    Instagram: @mikaylakfit
    Spark By John Ratey: johnratey.com/Books.php

    • 43 min
    EP. 104: Goal Setting and Planning for ADHD

    EP. 104: Goal Setting and Planning for ADHD

    Tracy Otsuka welcomes you to Episode 104 of ADHD for Smart Ass Women where she talks about goal setting, planners and planning, the perfect subject for the last podcast of 2020.

    Ep. 8: Why Am I Always Late? ADHD and Time https://apple.co/34VnxdN
    Ep. 9: Practical Strategies for Being on Time and Better Planning
    https://apple.co/3mYwvND

    https://www.tracyotsuka.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    EP. 103: Helping Black Women Kick the Shame of ADHD with Stacey Machelle

    EP. 103: Helping Black Women Kick the Shame of ADHD with Stacey Machelle

    Stacey Machelle is a multi-hyphenate doer of things. She is a sketch writer/performer, producer, comedian and former broadcast news reporter and anchor. Stacey’s credits include on-air contributor and writer for TMZ, commercials, television and film roles. She is also a live studio audience warmup comic in Los Angeles, most recently for the late-night show "A Little Late With Lilly Singh."

    Stacey's Youtube: https://bit.ly/3h9IvKU
    The A-OK! EVERY DAY Planner: https://bit.ly/37IZSPD

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

kabanagurl ,

SO HELPFUL

I was diagnosed with adhd in college but no one in my family believed it. Only recently have I started looking into it and realizing how true it is. It has been so motivating having my feelings validated. Thank you so much for your research and taking such a positive approach. I’ve been binging your pod and I feel like you’ve become like a mum.💜💜this has already been SUCH a resource. I can’t thank you enough

Fifty49 ,

If I had only known...

I have been suffering my entire life. Undiagnosed. Report cards: She talks to much. Parents: You never finish anything. I out worked everyone, everywhere, women and mostly men! I never was good enough but I was always doing better than anyone. How come I never did enough to make anyone happy but I out-achieved everyone? This, this podcast explains so much!

633wakeup ,

LOVE THE GIFT

Diagnosed in my early 40’s after 3 of my 4 kids were diagnosed! I didn’t suspect after the first child, or the second and not even the third! It was an experiment on a really bad brain day for me and I did what you shouldn’t do... in desperation I took my child’s medication. Just one, wondering if it would help. No kidding! In 20-30 min, I was in shock! I compared it to a loud static radio station having just been tuned into good reception!
Acceptance was immediate for me, like someone had just showed me the picture of the puzzle that I had been struggling to put together for years!
I sought my doctors advice the same day.
For the next 15 years I did see it as a disability but now I see it as a gift! I learn as much as I can about how my brain ticks and when and how it works best. I believe it is a gift... Attentive Devine Design!
Love your show! Would love your course! Hoping to take it in my future!

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