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An exploration of ADHD As Females by two females who are ADHDAF. Whatever your gender you are VERY welcome here! (We did it for the acronym!) Jump aboard the late ADHD diagnosis rollercoaster with Laura & Dawn. Newly (discovered!) neurodivergent neighbours, who moved to the same street, at the same time, at the same age (38) with the same undiagnosed neurodevelopmental condition. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?! This serendipitous happenstance inspired us to use our voices to raise ADHD awareness, with the hope to influence systemic change and break the stigma, and to share our experiences in the hope that hey help others… which amazingly, they are! In 172 countries and counting! After a lifetime of unknowingly battling brain disorders, we are ‘unmasking’ and owning our ‘TOO MUCH’-ness! With the help of very special guests, including the likes of: bestselling Author Clementine Ford, Dr James Brown of the ADHD Adults Charity and Podcast and many more! We are getting our heads together to figure out what’s gone undetected in our heads for so long and why; with the hope for a better future for all! So join us for a chat, or as we say up here in Aberdeen, Scotland… a blether!

ADHD As Females Dawn-Marie Farmer & Laura Mears-Reynolds

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An exploration of ADHD As Females by two females who are ADHDAF. Whatever your gender you are VERY welcome here! (We did it for the acronym!) Jump aboard the late ADHD diagnosis rollercoaster with Laura & Dawn. Newly (discovered!) neurodivergent neighbours, who moved to the same street, at the same time, at the same age (38) with the same undiagnosed neurodevelopmental condition. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?! This serendipitous happenstance inspired us to use our voices to raise ADHD awareness, with the hope to influence systemic change and break the stigma, and to share our experiences in the hope that hey help others… which amazingly, they are! In 172 countries and counting! After a lifetime of unknowingly battling brain disorders, we are ‘unmasking’ and owning our ‘TOO MUCH’-ness! With the help of very special guests, including the likes of: bestselling Author Clementine Ford, Dr James Brown of the ADHD Adults Charity and Podcast and many more! We are getting our heads together to figure out what’s gone undetected in our heads for so long and why; with the hope for a better future for all! So join us for a chat, or as we say up here in Aberdeen, Scotland… a blether!

    Episode 41: Black Women have ADHD too, Abigail Agyei MBE

    Episode 41: Black Women have ADHD too, Abigail Agyei MBE

    Abigail Agyei is SOMETHING ELSE! This award-winning Senior Policy Advisor, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion and Neurodiversity Advocate has late diagnosed ADHD and Dyspraxia.  Alongside being awarded MBE  in 2022, she previously won the 2020 Civil Service Rising Star Award for her dedication to public service & amplifying the voices of ethnic minority people to create inclusive, safe and accountable culture. Give the woman a medal...actually, don't bother THE KING ALREADY DID! :)

    Abigail is passionate about intersectional identities and raising Neurodiversity Awareness, especially in Black girls/Women who are mis/underdiagnosed due to gaps in addressing Black women’s needs in healthcare and the cultural pressures and expectations of Black women.

    In the Top 50 Most Influential Neurodivergent Women by Women Beyond the Box, she recently did a Tedx on ADHD in Black Women.  THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your late ADHD Diagnosis story Abigail, YOU TOTAL LEGEND!

    We've been interviewed on Untangled and Mindvox Podcasts! Have a listen, and check out Hannah Huxford's new ADHD Book and song!

    If you've found this podcast helpful & are in a position to do so, please help us continue to help others by joining our Community. Packages include: vlogs, blogs, live blethers, body doubling and all the chats! If you would prefer you can leave us a tip.

    MASSIVE thank you to our Patreon pledgers! With more supoport we will be able to continue producing ADHD As Females.  In particular a massive thank you to our Gold Tier Patrons: Margarida, Sarah Newell, Ola Czarnecka, Rach Slatts, Callan, Rachael Riley, Derec Thompson,  Leanne S, Laura Fleming, Clare Wilson, Michelle Corcoran, Dee Naylor, Samantha Knowles-Owen, Kim Pierpoint, Sinéad McDermott, Amy Davies, Ceci, Kelsey Fehlberg, Katherine Wilkinson, Bee Wood, Lou Young, Alana Pignatiello, Elle Macpherson, Katharine Kaufman, Lorna Crowe, N.Scott, Suzanne Tanser, Philippa Pickering, Katy Smtih, Jenna King, Jacqueline McGeachie,
    Lynn McKenna McNally, Seonaid Macdonald, Jennifer Wilson, Roz King, Joanne Eccles, Rachel Stewart, Christie Maxted, Ali O'Connor, Lauren Mitchell, Claire Turner,
    Ani Kemsley, Amanda Thomson, Lizee Oliver, Allie Warren, Nicola Mackenzie-Cracknell, Michelle Bellyou, Olivia Dyer, Gurjit Thandi, Elizabeth O'Farrell, Nikol Dicheva, Yvonne Delaney, Ailish Lyall, Jody Ellen, Kerrie Challinor, Charlotte Holtom,
    Heesoo Lee, Nyki McKenzie, Ruth Lester, Kimi Wright, Rachel Williams, Sahra Zekiri, Lorna Lou, Ruth Berry, Karen McCullough, Chelsie Louise, Megan Lau, Kirsty Cassell,
    Susy Putnam, Jackie Allen, Helen Mcewan, Nic Hewitt, Sara Braid, Carly Taylor, Jen M, Adella Oconnor, Claire Protherough, Adella Louise, Reece English, Cara Aurora,
    Brittney Cook, Claire Dowling and Molly Gladman who have helped make this episode happen; raising much needed ADHD awareness and providing validation and information to those who desperately need it. JOIN US!

    TW: Medication, late diagnosis, relationship struggles, misdiagnosed/undiagnosed ADHD due to race & gender inequality. 



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    ADHDAF ACTIVISM EXTRA with Cat Owens

    ADHDAF ACTIVISM EXTRA with Cat Owens

    A second ADHDAF Activist extra episode ahead of the Parliamentary debate next Monday - 06.02.23

    We understand only too well the feelings of disillusionment and disempowerment after our life long struggles and being failed by the system. But RIGHT NOW WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

    Yes, The petitions and survey are closed; BUT… all you need to do is tap this link: https://tr.ee/XjsY7Mdgy3
    then simply download and add your details and email it to your MP. There is even a link in the document to help you find who to contact and how! The INCREDIBLE Cat Owens from our Patreon Communityhas created a template letter to send to your MP, she's done the hard work so we don't have to. THANK YOU SO MUCH CAT!    

    YOU CAN HELP CHANGE THIS BROKEN SYSTEM IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. 
    LEOPARD PRINT ARMY ASSEMBLE! 

    Trigger warning, strong language, mental health struggles, drugs, sexism, ableism, misdiagnosis, criminality 
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    Episode 40: The Non-cisgender & ADHD overlap with Katie Harrison

    Episode 40: The Non-cisgender & ADHD overlap with Katie Harrison

    Non-binary neurodivergent counsellor Katie Harrison LPC, based in Misouri is a total ledge! Their unique perpective as all of the above enables Katie to identify neurodvergence in clients the world over.  Please note, that identification is not the same as diagnosis! Once identified, Katie helps clients navigate the adult ADHD diagnosis process in their country. Which comes with added difficulties when you are non-cisgendered.


    It's been said that ADHDers are highly intuitive, Katie argues that the so called ‘intuition’ of people who are Assigned Female At Birth; especially those with late diagnosed ADHD is actually due to hyper-vigilance; a trauma response. 


    Gender is a social construct, and in this insightful episode Katie shares a link between the LGBTQIA+ community and neurodivergence that their work has uncovered.
    Katie was pushed outside of the classroom, which made them feel unacceptable to society.  This lead to not being defined by social constructs… existing on the parameters of society.   


    THANK YOU to the AMAZING Katie Harrison LPC for educating us and sharing their late ADHD diagnosis journey!

    We used our Wake  Up with ADHDAF Morning Body Doubling Session to record the intros and outros of this very special episode.

    If you've found this podcast helpful & are in a position to do so, please help us continue to help others by joining our Community. Packages include: vlogs, blogs, live blethers, body doubling and all the chats! If you would prefer you can leave us a tip.

    MASSIVE thank you to our Patreon pledgers! With more supoport we will be able to continue producing ADHD As Females.  In particular a massive thank you to our Gold Tier Patrons: Claire Turner, Sarah Newell, Ola Czarnecka, Rach, Callan Davy, Rachael Riley, Derec Thompson, Anne Barrow, Leanne Smith, Clare Hale, Michelle Corcoran, Dee Naylor, Samantha Knowles-Owen, Kim Pierpoint, Sinéad McDermott, Amy Davies, Cecilia Leslie, Kelsey Fehlberg, Kate Wilkinson, Alana Pinatiello, Eleanor Macpherson, Katharine Kaufman, Lorna Crowe, N. Scott, Suzanne Tanser, Marianne Stevens, Philippa Pickering, Kate Smith, Jenna King, Lou Young, Jacqueline McGeachie, Lynn McKenna, Bee Wood, Jennifer Wilson, Seonaid Macdonald, Manar, Roz King, Helen McCann, Joanne Eccles, Christie Maxted, Ali O'Connor, Rachel Stewart, Lauren Mitchell, Claire Turner, Katie Enstone, Lauren Bullen, Annmarie Kemsley, Elizabeth O'Farrell, Heesoo Lee, Ruth Lester, Amanda Thomson, Lizzee Oliver, Allie Warren, Nicola Mackenzie- Cracknell, Michelle Bellyou, Olivia Dyer, Gurjit Thandi, Nicol Dicheva, Yvonne Delaney,  Ailish, Kerrie Challinor, Charlotte Holtom, Nyki McKenzie, Kimi Wright, Rachel Williams, Sahra Zekiri, Lorna Kerr, Ruth Berry, Jody Ellen, Karen McCullough, Chelsie Louise,  Megan Lau, Kirsty Cassell, Susy Putnam, Jackie Allen, Sara Braid, Kerry, Nikol Dicheva, Adella O’Connor, Claire Protherough, Margarida, Cara Yatteau Baker,    who have helped make this episode happen; raising much needed ADHD awareness and providing validation and information to those who desperately need it. JOIN US!

    TW: Strong language, drugs, depression, anxiety, misdiagnosis, medical negligence, self harm, gaslighting, abusive relationships eating disorders, mental health struggles, substance abuse. 
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    Episode 39: AHD, Medication & Activism

    Episode 39: AHD, Medication & Activism

    Dawn started ADHD Medication last month!  in this episode we discuss her experience of Titration so far and look back at Laura's, which began ten months prior.  As ever, our experiences are entirely different, and we were both prescribed different medication.

    We then dive into the topic of ADHD Activism. We unmask our true intentions of ADHDAF. Nine months ago we cautiously dipped our toes in (THANKS RSD!) but we are finally brave enough to tell the full story and what led us to treading carefully.

    As discussed in the Emergency Bonus Blether; what we are doing here is 'ADHD Activism in action' - Cat Owens, We Are ADHDAF Community member.
    The legendary Cat has given us the confidence to really push the survey which will inform ADHD & ASD Diagnosis parliamentary debate on 6th Feb.
    PLEASE TAP HERE TO ANSWER THE SURVEY!
    The petitions are closed but YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE with the survey, THE DEADLINE IS TOMORROW! Wednesday 25th Jan 10am!
    Cat has also written a template MP letter which you can download and add your details to, with a link to find out who to send it to and how. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE TAP HERE, WE CAN CHANGE THE SYSTEM!

    We go onto talk about our new ADHDAF Apparrel, and the first date of our TOO MUCH TOUR! How amazing is this illustration for the Tour by @wispaworks

    If you've found this podcast helpful & are in a position to do so, please help us continue to help others by joining our Community. Packages include: vlogs, blogs, live blethers, body doubling and all the chats! If you would prefer you can leave us a tip.

    MASSIVE thank you to our Patreon pledgers! With more supoport we will be able to continue producing ADHD As Females.  In particular a massive thank you to our Gold Tier Patrons: Claire Turner, Sarah Newell, Ola Czarnecka, Rach, Callan Davy, Rachael Riley, Derec Thompson, Anne Barrow, Leanne Smith, Clare Hale, Michelle Corcoran, Dee Naylor, Samantha Knowles-Owen, Kim Pierpoint, Sinéad McDermott, Amy Davies, Cecilia Leslie, Kelsey Fehlberg, Kate Wilkinson, Alana Pinatiello, Eleanor Macpherson, Katharine Kaufman, Lorna Crowe, N. Scott, Suzanne Tanser, Marianne Stevens, Philippa Pickering, Kate Smith, Jenna King, Lou Young, Jacqueline McGeachie, Lynn McKenna, Bee Wood, Jennifer Wilson, Seonaid Macdonald, Manar, Roz King, Helen McCann, Joanne Eccles, Christie Maxted, Ali O'Connor, Rachel Stewart, Lauren Mitchell, Claire Turner, Katie Enstone, Lauren Bullen, Annmarie Kemsley, Elizabeth O'Farrell, Heesoo Lee, Ruth Lester, Amanda Thomson, Lizzee Oliver, Allie Warren, Nicola Mackenzie- Cracknell, Michelle Bellyou, Olivia Dyer, Gurjit Thandi, Nicol Dicheva, Yvonne Delaney,  Ailish, Kerrie Challinor, Charlotte Holtom, Nyki McKenzie, Kimi Wright, Rachel Williams, Sahra Zekiri, Lorna Kerr, Ruth Berry, Jody Ellen, Karen McCullough, Chelsie Louise,  Megan Lau, Kirsty Cassell, Susy Putnam, Jackie Allen, Sara Braid, Kerry, Nikol Dicheva,  who have helped make this episode happen; raising much needed ADHD awareness and providing validation and information to those who desperately need it. JOIN US!

    TW: Strong language, drugs, depression, anxiety, jail, 




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    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! An EMERGENCY Bonus Blether with Cat Owens

    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! An EMERGENCY Bonus Blether with Cat Owens

    THIS IS NOT A DRILL! We are all directly affected by the ADHD Diagnosis crisis.
    We find ourselves at a crucial turning point RIGHT NOW!
    PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE IMMEDIATELY!

    We understand only too well the feelings of disillusionment and disempowerment after our life long struggles and being failed by the system. But RIGHT NOW WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

    Each and every one of us has the power to change the system, BUT YOU MUST ACT NOW! All you have to do is tap this link and answer a few questions: https://tr.ee/048BcvFOl7
    Please read the questions carefully as some are misleading.

    Yes, The petitions listed are closed; BUT simply answer the survey/questionnaire and your answers will help inform parliamentary debate taking place 6th Feb which will effect the ADHD diagnosis process!
    THE DEADLINE IS THIS WEDNESDAY! IT TRULY IS AN EMERGENCY!

    NEXT...All you need to do is tap this link: https://tr.ee/XjsY7Mdgy3
    then download and add your details and email it to your MP. There is even a link in the document to help you find who to contact and how!The INCREDIBLE Cat Owens from our Patreon Community has created a template letter to send to your MP, she's done the hard work so we don't have to. THANK YOU SO MUCH CAT!   

    YOU CAN HELP CHANGE THIS BROKEN SYSTEM IN JUST A FEW MINUTES!
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO IT! N O W!
    WE NEED CHANGE AND THIS IS OUR MOMENT TO BE HEARD!

    LEOPARD PRINT ARMY ASSEMBLE!

    Please share this episode and this post: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cntwfb3qB7z/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
    WE HAVE ONLY GOT UNTIL WEDNESDAY TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!



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    Episode 38: ADHD, Humour and Personal Relationships with Merrill Davis

    Episode 38: ADHD, Humour and Personal Relationships with Merrill Davis

    After last week's tear jerker, be prepared to cry again, but this time with laughter! LA  based Comedian/Actor Merril Davis, originally from Miami, is one of the funniest people we have had the absolute pleasure to interview!

    Like us, Merrill basically has a neon flashing ADHDAF sign on her forehead, and is as perplexed as we are as to how they all went unnoticed.  Alongside the words that haunt our dreams such as 'could try harder', or 'you're too much'; we discovered Merrill through another one of 'those phrases'...  Merril 'means well'.
    This was the title of her incredible standup show at The Edinburgh Fringe last year, in which she shared her experiences of undiagnosed ADHD in 19 shows to rave reviews. She connected with many late diagnosed ADHDers who felt validated by her humour and unapologetic unmasking. 

    Merrill was labelled 'slow' in convent school, but unstructured college life was when her struggles really surfaced. Back to back job sackings, twice by  her own father! Her ADHD symptoms even led to a one night stay in jail.

    She discovered a therapist who immediately pointed out the obvious in 2016 and was diagnosed with Combined Type ADHD. 
    Merrill is happy to finally have 'the magic potion' to help her manage life better.   At times she even feels positive about having ADHD; but then come low moments when she feels heartbroken by the time and friendships lost to ADHD tax.

    This interview is the perfect episode for Blue Monday week; Merrill made our faces hurt with laughter whilst helping heal our wounds with validation! THANK YOU SO MUCH MERRILL, YOU ABSOLUTE LEGEND!
    ENJOY! xx

    If you've found this podcast helpful & are in a position to do so, please help us continue to help others by joining our Community. Packages include: vlogs, blogs, live blethers, body doubling and all the chats! If you would prefer you can leave us a tip.

    MASSIVE thank you to our Patreon pledgers! With more supoport we will be able to continue producing ADHD As Females.  In particular a massive thank you to our Gold Tier Patrons: Claire Turner, Sarah Newell, Ola Czarnecka, Rach, Callan Davy, Rachael Riley, Derec Thompson, Anne Barrow, Leanne Smith, Clare Hale, Michelle Corcoran, Dee Naylor, Samantha Knowles-Owen, Kim Pierpoint, Sinéad McDermott, Amy Davies, Cecilia Leslie, Kelsey Fehlberg, Kate Wilkinson, Alana Pinatiello, Eleanor Macpherson, Katharine Kaufman, Lorna Crowe, N. Scott, Suzanne Tanser, Marianne Stevens, Philippa Pickering, Kate Smith, Jenna King, Lou Young, Jacqueline McGeachie, Lynn McKenna, Bee Wood, Jennifer Wilson, Seonaid Macdonald, Manar, Roz King, Helen McCann, Joanne Eccles, Christie Maxted, Ali O'Connor, Rachel Stewart, Lauren Mitchell, Claire Turner, Katie Enstone, Lauren Bullen, Annmarie Kemsley, Elizabeth O'Farrell, Heesoo Lee, Ruth Lester, Amanda Thomson, Lizzee Oliver, Allie Warren, Nicola Mackenzie- Cracknell, Michelle Bellyou, Olivia Dyer, Gurjit Thandi, Nicol Dicheva, Yvonne Delaney,  Ailish, Kerrie Challinor, Charlotte Holtom, Nyki McKenzie, Kimi Wright, Rachel Williams, Sahra Zekiri, Lorna Kerr, Ruth Berry, Jody Ellen, Karen McCullough, Chelsie Louise,  Megan Lau, Kirsty Cassell, who have helped make this episode happen; raising much needed ADHD awareness and providing validation and information to those who desperately need it. JOIN US!

    TW: This Episode contains mentions of bereavement, grief, depression, anxiety, criminality, DUI and violence (in jest) and contains strong language

    Photo credit: Phil Provencio (we think)
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