189 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 • 118 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. 188: How to Manage Our ADHD in the Kitchen with Food Blogger and Pastry Chef, Rebecca Eisenberg

    EP. 188: How to Manage Our ADHD in the Kitchen with Food Blogger and Pastry Chef, Rebecca Eisenberg

    Our ADHD brains are driven by interest, not importance, meaning that boring tasks can feel almost physically painful to us. On the flipside, when we find something that sparks our interest, we have the power to become unstoppable forces. Pastry chef and food blogger, Rebecca Eisenberg, felt this spark with cooking and baking, and, to even her own surprise, turned it into a full-time career through her blog The Practical Kitchen.
    Not only does Rebecca’s ADHD give her insight into how to structure her recipes in a way that will keep neurodivergent brains focused and engaged, but she also considers it to be the driving force behind making her business sustainable: “The amount of work that goes into a food blog, I don’t know that I could’ve sustained it without my ADHD really driving me to learn more and to do more and to just be excited about it even when it’s really hard.”
    Join us this episode as Rebecca Eisenberg shares her best tips for managing ADHD in the kitchen, her personal approach to simple meal planning, and how she works around her ADHD by working with it. 
     
    Resources:

    https://www.tracyotsuka.com/podcasts/188/
    Instagram: @the.practical.kitchen; @ryeisenberg
    Twitter: @practicalkitch
    Blog: The Practical Kitchen | Creative Recipes & Baking Blog

    • 1 hr 6 min
    EP. 187: ADHD and How to Feel Good and Inspire with Teen Recording Artist, Devyne Bean

    EP. 187: ADHD and How to Feel Good and Inspire with Teen Recording Artist, Devyne Bean

    I always say that ADHD has the potential to be our greatest superpower if we can learn how to harness it, and my guest this episode, recording artist Devyne Bean, is the living embodiment of that. At a young age, Devyne figured out that if she could channel her hyperactivity and add structure to her days, her entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic would allow her to follow her passions wherever they led her, and she hasn’t looked back since. 
     
    Now 17, Devyne already has an impressive list of accomplishments under her belt, from graduating high school early to starting 3 businesses in her passion areas of music and fashion. Her drive and determination are remarkable, but ultimately she credits patience and baby steps for her success: “Be patient with yourself. You may have those days where you may not achieve every single thing that was on your list, but if you achieved something, you did something right.”
     
    Devyne’s wisdom and insights blew me away during our conversation, and I know that no matter your age, her words will make you feel inspired to follow your own dreams, one small step at a time. 



    Resources
    Webpage: unitedmasters.com/d-vyne
    Instagram: @iamdvynee @mooshoobeatzproductions @lussograndeur

    • 55 min
    EP. 186: Make Managing Money Fun with Money Coach Siw Slevigen

    EP. 186: Make Managing Money Fun with Money Coach Siw Slevigen

    Curiosity is one of our most powerful ADHD strengths, but it can also be one of our greatest hindrances if the people around us see our curiosity as a challenge to authority, rather than a genuine interest in understanding the world. When my guest, Siw Slevigen, was growing up she always had her strong curiosity met with either excitement or disdain by teachers, and–surprise, surprise–it always impacted her ability and willingness to learn. 
     
    Rather than shrink herself in shame, Siw leaned into her curiosity and let it guide her down a path of joyfulness and self-acceptance. Now a money management coach, Siw believes that the only way to change our relationship with money is by accepting ourselves exactly where we are and infusing curiosity and excitement into everything we do. Siw’s positive approach to economics has completely changed my own attitude toward money and my ability to save it, and I know our wonderful conversation will give even the most impulsive spenders out there a fresh perspective. 



    Resources:
    Website: happypenger.no/english 
    Instagram: English: @happy.penger.money.magic; Norwegian: @happy_penger
    TikTok: @happy_penger

    • 1 hr 14 min
    EP. 185: ADHD and Politics

    EP. 185: ADHD and Politics

    ADHD and politics has been at the top of my ‘topics I want to cover’ list for quite some time now, but given the extreme political division within the United States and around the world, I wanted to wait until I had something to share that could possibly make things better and wouldn’t add more fuel to the fire. 
     
    Well, I recently read the book The Molecule of More by Dr. Daniel Lieberman and Michael Long, and I was inspired to finally tackle this topic in a way that I thought my listeners  especially would be able to understand: with biology. What if, just like with ADHD, we could connect the differences in how we see the world to our brains, rather than character flaws or a moral failing? 
     
    I’m hoping that by answering this question, I can give you a new, gentler lens through which to view those on the other side of the political spectrum. The only way we’re going to bridge the political gap is by trying to understand those who are different from us. If we can find an understanding through biology, rather than shaming and blaming, perhaps we can let down our guards enough to come together and start doing the work.



    Resources
    The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity – and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race By Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD, and Michael E. Long.
     

    • 54 min
    EP. 184: ADHD and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome with Danielle House

    EP. 184: ADHD and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome with Danielle House

    Last episode I did a solo overview of imposter syndrome to lay the foundation for my wonderful conversation with my guest this episode, Danielle House. Danielle is a shining example of how imposter syndrome can weasel its way into the lives of even the most accomplished ADHD women. At  30 she became the CEO of a medical device company, yet, up until recently, she held the belief that her success was due to luck, a mistake–anything but her own intelligence and ability. 
     
    Danielle says the biggest factor in tackling her imposter syndrome has been finally understanding how her brain works: “The imposter syndrome is still very much there, but I’m starting to recognize and be able to come to terms with my success and how I got here, not despite my ADHD but because of it.” Imposter syndrome doesn’t have to be a lifelong sentence, and Danielle’s story gives me hope that we can all learn to see ourselves as the badasses we are. 



    Resources: 
    Website: OCTOdent Dental Aerosol Suction Unit
    Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/housedanielle/

    • 54 min
    EP. 183: Why ADHD Women Might Struggle More with Imposter Syndrome

    EP. 183: Why ADHD Women Might Struggle More with Imposter Syndrome

    Every day I meet amazingly brilliant ADHD women who cannot see their own brilliance. These women may have an impressive list of accomplishments, but because they struggle to keep up with the behind-the-scenes tasks that society tells us are a measurement of our value, all they can focus on are those struggles. 
     
    In this episode, I’m covering the basics of imposter syndrome–what it is, why it develops, and why I believe it impacts so many ADHD women especially–and giving some tips for changing the internal narrative that you aren’t good enough. Imposter syndrome relies on shame and self-doubt to thrive, and when we can step out of that shame and into our most authentic selves, that’s when we take back our power.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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118 Ratings

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A whole new journey …

I’m both excited and nervous as I’m exploring ADHD … this podcast is so informative and I love the positive approach to all the superpowers that come with it!! Thank you … not surprisingly I’m obsessed (!) and have listened to the first 12 episodes straight through! So good to have this info, much appreciated xx

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Thank you!!!

These podcasts have been eye opening, so comforting and reassuring, and has helped me to accept my ADHD challenges and find the positivity through them knowing that so many others feel the same. Tracy manages to put the words beautifully together for a lot of things I’ve never been able to express in a way that makes sense, and has helped me so much to navigate using her techniques. I just wish I found these podcasts sooner in life!! A massive thank you :) x

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