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We believe that success with ADHD is possible... with a little translation. Hosts Cameron Gott and Shelly Collins, both ADHD coaches who have plenty of insight to share navigating their own ADHD experiences, discuss how to live more authentically as an adult with ADHD and how to create real, sustained change to achieve greater success. If you are an adult with ADHD who wants more out of their business, career, and life, this is the podcast for you!

Translating ADHD Shelly Collins and Cameron Gott

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 185 Ratings

We believe that success with ADHD is possible... with a little translation. Hosts Cameron Gott and Shelly Collins, both ADHD coaches who have plenty of insight to share navigating their own ADHD experiences, discuss how to live more authentically as an adult with ADHD and how to create real, sustained change to achieve greater success. If you are an adult with ADHD who wants more out of their business, career, and life, this is the podcast for you!

    Physiological ADHD Needs: Distinguishing Brain Awareness

    Physiological ADHD Needs: Distinguishing Brain Awareness

    Most models, tools and processes, especially those focused on productivity, are not designed with the neurodivergent brain in mind. Often those of us with ADHD have to improvise to successfully implement a concept or a principle - think GTD or Omnifocus. Malsow’s Hierarchy of Needs model is no different in its highly rigid and linear qualities. Yet, it still is an excellent source to prompt thought and exploration around the concept of basic needs. With ADHD, needs often go unnoticed (because of a lack of ‘big signal’) until they become undeniable stressors.

    Ash and Cam turn their attention to distinguishing ADHD needs for each of the levels identified in the dated model. This week they start with the base level of physiological ADHD needs. To address physiological needs many automatically think about’ effective brain management’ through self care and medication. Ash and Cam argue that good management begins with good brain awareness. When we bring curiosity to our ADHD experience, we can build new awareness and learning. Awareness is so key to understanding one’s own basic physiological needs.

    Ash brings his Ice Planet Hoth metaphor, describing his own valley experience and being in a state of frozen overwhelm at the beginning of coaching with Cam. The hosts discuss how the coaching process of ‘holding the space’ for someone else can address connection and belongingness needs and open a door to better self care practices. The hosts also discuss how ADHD can impact other comorbidities like anxiety and depression. Ash and Cam reference the emotional pool model from episode 92.

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    About Cam and Shelly

    Cam Gott’s Hierarchy of ADHD Needs

    The Emotional Pool Episode - Resilience and Building a Reflective Practice with ADHD

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    • 25 min
    Identifying Unique Needs for Your Unique ADHD Lived Experience

    Identifying Unique Needs for Your Unique ADHD Lived Experience

    This week we turn our attention to the role of needs with respect to our own unique lived experience. Needs often are overlooked when it comes to ADHD primarily because of the very nature of needs. They operate often quietly in the background, and when they do make their presence known they show up as stressors. Needs are those things that make functioning sustainable. When needs go unattended they turn into stressors.

    Those of us with ADHD use stressors to get things done, and we often walk a fine line between stimulation and stress. Cam brings his Hierarchy of ADHD Needs model to illustrate what they are and how needs depend on one’s own unique lived experience. Based on Maslow’s work, the hosts discuss how the model is more of a prompt than something to be taken literally.

    Ash and Cam use multiple examples to discuss how needs intertwine with values and how recognizing and honoring needs is at the root of living authentically. Cam shares a client story of how the client can only generate hope when he addresses three specific needs. And with ADHD, the dilemma is remembering our own recipe of specific needs. 

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    Cam Gott’s Hierarchy of ADHD NeedsThe model and specific ADHD distinctions:Physiological ADHD Needs - brain awareness leads to better brain managementSafety ADHD Needs - identifying relief from daily stressorsBelongingness and Love ADHD Needs - positive environments that honor your authentic selfEsteem ADHD Needs - the need for self compassion and creative action and completionSelf-Actualization ADHD Needs - creative expression and connecting to something bigger than yourself.

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    • 26 min
    Introducing Asher: Shelly Comes Out as Trans

    Introducing Asher: Shelly Comes Out as Trans

    Today Shelly shares very personal news. Shelly, living as a woman for 38 years, has come out as a transgender man. Meet Asher, listeners. Asher shares with Cam his journey to a more authentic life that fits. He discusses when one’s context changes almost overnight, sharing the dysphoria he felt living as a woman and reaching a pivotal galaxy-brain moment when disparate thoughts and feelings gelled into a new truth. Coincidentally, this is Transgender Awareness Week. Asher reveals the challenges but also the moments of clarity, support from friends and resolve as he moves through the process of stepping into becoming a man.

    The hosts assure listeners that nothing changes about the Translating ADHD Podcast. We will continue to deliver the same nuanced coaching perspectives and insights on the ADHD lived experience as we always have.

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    • 28 min
    ADHD, Race and Culture: The Black Man Lived Experience

    ADHD, Race and Culture: The Black Man Lived Experience

    We continue our theme on race and ADHD as we welcome men's mental health advocate John Hazelwood to Translating ADHD. A nuclear engineer by day, in his spare time John advocates for men’s mental health and runs a 13,000 member support group for men with fellow advocate and ADHD coach Marc Almodovar (a PoC Voices guest in episode 136). In this episode, John speaks about his own challenges growing up as a Black man with ADHD in a community wary of mental health issues. John shares how he was rejected inside and outside his community and how he turned his own experience of relentless bullying and struggle into his own mission - to address the need for representation, advocacy, education and support for men of color.

    John relays the specific challenges facing Black men who struggle with ADHD - the lack of representation in mental health services, the stigma of sharing emotions and the weight of generational oppression. John shares how the education system punishes rather than supports young Black men. Through the conversation, though, John conveys a message of resilience and hope and that real change is possible. The goal to ‘sit and listen with an open mind’ is realistic and attainable.

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    About Cam and Shelly

     John’s Twitter feed

    ADHD Men’s Support Group

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    • 30 min
    ADHD, Race and Culture: The Black Woman Lived Experience

    ADHD, Race and Culture: The Black Woman Lived Experience

    We continue our theme on race and ADHD as we welcome fellow ADHD coach and psychotherapist Inger Shaye Colzie back to Translating ADHD. Inger Shaye helped Shelly and Cam kick off the PoC Voices series back in the summer of 2020.  Inger Shaye shares how a lack of representation at the 2019 Annual ADHD Conference inspired her to become a coach herself and also inspired her to start The ADHD Black Professionals Alliance - an organization committed to addressing ADHD and mental health issues in the Black community.

    Inger Shaye also discusses how years ago her advocating for her ADHD son in a school system, a system wanting to label her child as a discipline problem, revealed the disparities in support services available to communities of color. She shares the unique burdens placed upon black women - the expectation to care for everyone in the community, often putting their own needs at the bottom of their list. She shares how executive function challenges, gender and race create a triple challenge to fostering real and positive change for her clients. Finally, she shares examples of her own clients, professional black women, and how coaching can address their unique challenges in the workplace and the homefront.

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    Links to the resources Inger Shaye shares on the episode:https://ingershaye.com/https://ingershaye.com/tiabac/Inger Shaye’s Facebook group for professional Black women:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/blackwomenwithadhd

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    • 29 min
    ADHD, Race and Culture: The South Asian Lived Experience

    ADHD, Race and Culture: The South Asian Lived Experience

    The show pivots this week to explore race and culture and how they both inform one’s own lived experience. Shelly and Cam welcome fellow ADHD coach and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) advocate Sudhita Kasturi to the show. Similar to the show’s PoC Voices series, the hosts delve into the South Asian-ADHD experience with Sudhita as their guide.

    Sudhita shares her own story of growing up in India with undiagnosed ADHD - the challenges she faced and the surprising sources of support and understanding. The conversation moves from Sudhita’s own story and eventual ADHD diagnosis to supporting her own children and finally to a discussion about the broader South Asian ADHD lived experience. Sudhita relays how her community is often viewed as a ‘model minority’ and the challenges those with ADHD are presented with. She also addresses the challenges of being a woman of color living in the United States.

    Eventually the discussion moves to resources and resilience as Sudhita discusses next steps for the South Asian ADHD population. Fast moving, informative and entertaining from start to finish, all listeners will enjoy this conversation into ‘your context matters’.

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    The links to the resources Sudhita shares in this episode:

    ADDA Virtual South Asian Peer Support Group. https://add.org/south-asians-adhd-peer-support-group/
    Sudhita’s website.https://www.leverageyouradhd.com/
    Sudhita’s email sudhita@leverageyouradhd.com

    For more of the Translating ADHD podcast:

    Episode Transcripts: visit TranslatingADHD.com and click on the episode
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
185 Ratings

185 Ratings

a corduroy suit ,

calling all overthinkers

imo not the most pragmatic or beginner friendly adhd resource, but if you’re galaxy brain oriented this will give you something new to think about, even if you feel like you’ve heard it all.

ValancyStirling ,

Practical tools for ADHD living

I learn so much and enjoy spending time with Ash and Cam! The hosts work hard to incorporate practical tools in every episode and it has really helped me rewire my habits and prevent (many but not all!) meltdowns. That being said, I never feel like this podcast is “homework time” because Ash and Cam are so personable and have a friendly rapport with with each other.

MobileJoel ,

The roadmap to getting out of your head

I was diagnosed with ADHD only two weeks ago, but I've known about my symptoms all of my life.

After a shocking separation from my wife a couple of months ago (we're back together) I started doing a deep dive as to why I didn't have a clue. I realized during these two months of introspection that I had ADHD and I needed to do something about it.

I started listening to many, many podcasts, read/listened to many books... They helped "explain" what was going on. However, I kept coming to "what's next?" There's was much information on "fixes" and "workarounds," but they felt like Golf Tips. This included a revolving door of Therapists, many of them just peddling their "tips and tricks."

Through their podcast, Cam and Shelly take you on a journey of tools and framework material that you can use to construct a better roadmap to betterness today.

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