206 episodes

I have NEVER met an ADHD woman who wasn't truly brilliant at something!
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This podcast with over 3 million downloads is for smart, high-ability ADD/ADHD (diagnosed or suspecting) women who see their symptoms as more positive than negative. If you want to fall in love with your ADHD brain and discover where your brilliance lies, this podcast is for you!
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ADHD for Smart Ass Women is globally ranked in the top one-half percent of all podcasts in the world on any subject. It's streamed in more than 160 countries and is downloaded by more than 150,000 listeners every month.
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I’m Tracy Otsuka your host. I'm a lawyer, not a doctor, a life-long learner and a certified ADHD coach. I’m committed to changing the conversation around ADHD.
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When I was diagnosed eight months after my son, my entire life suddenly made perfect sense but all I heard and read 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.
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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.
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*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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 161 Ratings

I have NEVER met an ADHD woman who wasn't truly brilliant at something!
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This podcast with over 3 million downloads is for smart, high-ability ADD/ADHD (diagnosed or suspecting) women who see their symptoms as more positive than negative. If you want to fall in love with your ADHD brain and discover where your brilliance lies, this podcast is for you!
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ADHD for Smart Ass Women is globally ranked in the top one-half percent of all podcasts in the world on any subject. It's streamed in more than 160 countries and is downloaded by more than 150,000 listeners every month.
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I’m Tracy Otsuka your host. I'm a lawyer, not a doctor, a life-long learner and a certified ADHD coach. I’m committed to changing the conversation around ADHD.
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When I was diagnosed eight months after my son, my entire life suddenly made perfect sense but all I heard and read 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.
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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.
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*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. 204: Intermittent Fasting with Gin Stephens

    EP. 204: Intermittent Fasting with Gin Stephens

    I’ve been doing intermittent fasting, well, intermittently for a few years now and have found that for me personally, it helps me eat intuitively and clears my brain fog. However, I’ve been hesitant to talk about it on the podcast because I know it isn’t a lifestyle that works for everyone, but when a listener recommended author Gin Stephens as a guest I knew that she was the right person to tackle this tricky subject. 
     
    Gin, who’s written multiple bestsellers on clean eating and intermittent fasting, doesn’t promote the lifestyle as a weight loss strategy or make any claims that it can “cure” your ADHD or anything like that; rather, she focuses on the research into the gut-brain connection and how what and when we eat affects our mood, our immune systems, our cognitive functioning, and our cravings, among many other things.
     
    In this episode, Gin gives a great breakdown of what intermittent fasting is, the science behind it, and how to ease into it responsibly. We also talk about metabolic syndrome, how to find the foods that work best for your body, and much more. Again, intermittent fasting isn’t right for everyone, but if you’re curious to learn more about it, come join our conversation.



    Resources:
    Instagram: @GinStephens
    Website: www.ginstephens.com
    Her books: ginstephens.com/get-the-books

    • 1 hr 16 min
    EP. 203: Changing the Definition of Success with TedX Speaker Martha Barnard-Rae

    EP. 203: Changing the Definition of Success with TedX Speaker Martha Barnard-Rae

    When Martha Barnard-Rae was finally diagnosed with ADHD after years of being told it was just anxiety, she started structuring her home and work life around her brain’s unique needs and saw a complete transformation in how she lives and speaks to herself. Since getting her diagnosis, Martha has gone on to give an inspiring TedX talk about ADHD and start her own copywriting business, Word Candy, where she has the freedom to let her ADHD strengths shine. 
     
    “I want people to understand that ADHD is a part of me and I can use these powers such as they are for good. And I think the more that I can kind of say about it, the more people will understand and they can go, ‘oh, I want to work with her because she does those hyperfocus weeks because she can work in that way.’ That's a feature, not a bug.” 
     
    Join us this episode as Martha shares all the ways she’s redefining success for herself, her vulerable experience on the TedX stage, how she fills her “bowl of resilience,” and so much more. 



    Resources:
    Website: www.wordcandy.com.au
    Instagram: @wordcandycomms
    LinkedIn: Martha Barnard-Rae
    TedX Talk: ADHD in Girls and Women

    • 1 hr 11 min
    EP. 202: ADHD, Imposter Syndrome and Dentistry with Alexis Tomaszewski

    EP. 202: ADHD, Imposter Syndrome and Dentistry with Alexis Tomaszewski

    Alexis Tomaszewski knew she wanted to be a dentist by the age of 12. When she got to dental school, however, she realized that although she had the clinical and hand skills for dentistry, she struggled with multi-choice tests, which led to her essentially flunking out the first time around. 
     
    Alexis thought about not returning to dental school, but after stepping back to get some clarity and rediscovering her purpose of opening up an ADHD-friendly dental practice, she returned to school in full force, this time with a lot more intention and positive emotions. Her imposter syndrome and RSD were and are still there, but keeping sight of her purpose has allowed Alexis to push through the negative thoughts even when things get hard. 
     
    Alexis’s goal to create a comfortable, shame-free, and fun dental experience for ADHDers is admirable (and much needed!), and her story is a great reminder that, when we align ourselves with our purpose, there is no limit to what we can achieve. 



    Resources:
    Tiktok: @tooth_be_told 
    Instagram: @toothbetoldbyalexis
    Email: toothbetoldbyalexis@gmail.com
     

    • 44 min
    EP. 201: Traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis and ADHD with Amanda Smith

    EP. 201: Traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis and ADHD with Amanda Smith

    I first met Amanda Smith in my Your ADHD Brain is A-OK program, and ever since she has been bringing so much empathy and joy to the group that I knew I had to get her on the podcast. 
     
    In Amanda’s own words, she is not your typical ADHD brain. She didn’t struggle with executive functioning or memory growing up, so when doctors discovered Amanda had a Multiple Sclerosis lesion on her prefrontal cortex, causing sudden-onset ADHD with working memory and cognitive impairment, she realized she was going to have to completely change how she had been operating for the past 32 years. 
     
    Amanda’s life was turned on its head when she got the diagnosis –her life snow globe got kicked down the stairs, as she puts it– but her ability to find new ways to forge forward and move her life in the direction she wants it to go in is truly an inspiration. 



    Resources
    Instagram: @dandylion_wishes
    BRIDGING THE GAP: Exploring community, connections, and overcoming barriers through intergenerational care
    Therapeutic Benefits of Children for People With Dementia (verywellhealth.com)
    Toddlers and Seniors Together: The Benefits of Intergenerational Care

    • 57 min
    EP. 200: Come Meet my Family

    EP. 200: Come Meet my Family

    I wasn’t planning to do anything special for this 200th episode, but my wonderful friend Sandra wouldn’t hear of it. She suggested I invite my family onto the podcast to mark the occasion–after all, they’ve been putting up with this for 200 episodes now–so that’s exactly what I decided to do. 
     
    In a podcast first, I’m sitting down with my husband and kids to get their perspectives on how ADHD impacts our family, what makes us different from other families, and what it’s been like behind the scenes of this whole podcasting journey so far. My family generates so much positive emotion for me and I truly couldn’t keep this podcast going without them, which is why I’m so excited to introduce you to them in this milestone episode. 
     
    I also couldn’t have made it this far without the support of all you wonderful listeners, who have allowed me to show up as my authentic self and make something that matters to so many people. I am so appreciative of you all for showing up these past 200 episodes and I can’t wait to see where all our unique paths will take us in 200 more. 



    Resources
    Instagram: @ateastefani

    • 1 hr 12 min
    EP. 199: How to Get Diagnosed with My Checklist

    EP. 199: How to Get Diagnosed with My Checklist

    Okay, so you did a bunch of learning and self-reflecting and you suspect you might have ADHD. Now what? 
     
    The process of getting an ADHD diagnosis can, ironically, be super inaccessible for the ADHD brain, so I wanted to do an episode on how to seek out a diagnosis for those of you who don’t know where to start. 
     
    Whether you’re afraid that you won’t be believed by your provider, that you’ll be accused of drug-seeking, or that you won’t be able to remember anything you wanted to say in the moment, I’ve created a checklist of adult ADHD symptoms based on the DSM-5 and Russell Barkley’s Adult Scale that will help you discuss your experiences with confidence. 
     
    I’m not a doctor, but I know how your brain works because I share it, and my aim with this episode is to give you the framework and the courage to fight for the medical support you deserve.



    Resources
    https://www.tracyotsuka.com/checklist/
    https://www.tracyotsuka.com/booklist/
    https://www.spyhappy.me/adhdprofslist
    https://add.org/professional-directory/
    https://chadd.org/professional-directory/
    https://directory.additudemag.com/
    https://www.additudemag.com/top-adhd-clinics/
    https://addca.com/adhd-coach-training/ADHD-Coaches/

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

Elaine CS ,

So helpful!

The information and insights are so helpful, especially as a recently diagnosed 53 year old woman. Great balance of scientific research and fun narration and humor. Great energy. The ADHD & Trauma episode had SO MANY aha insights for me.
Thank you for helping me to understand the way my brain works and for providing tools to manage.

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Great podcast!

I’ve really enjoyed listening to these podcasts. I relate to the topics and they make me feel better.

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Thank you!

I’ve only listened to 2 of your podcasts so far but each has left me feeling so seen & inspired to move forward in my life. I am so grateful, looking forward to listening to more. 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡

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