Moira Maybin is opening up about life with late-diagnosed ADHD, a mom of children with ADHD, and her knowledge gained as an educator and advocate for people with ADHD. Life was completely overwhelming until learned she had ADHD, she kept trying harder, with increasing problems in her self-care, physical and mental health. She’s re-shaped her life completely for a better fit, based on current research—and necessity, after falling off a cliff in 2018. On the ADHD Friendly Lifestyle, you can expect humor, stories, information, and support to help you to do the same. Have a question or topic you’d like answered on a future podcast? Email Ask@adhdfriendlylifestyle.com
8: The 1st one about compassion
Self-compassion and ADHD don’t always come together easily BUT treating ourselves better, when we have ADHD, improves motivation, problem-solving, persistence, and getting along with others. There are proven ideas, actions, and strategies just for people with ADHD whose biggest consistency may be inconsistency, will make mistakes, and are more than likely listening to this with a heavy dose of skepticism. Self-compassion helps with stress, self-criticism, and living with an ADHD brain.
7: May Listener Q&A with Marisol
What do a Canadian and a Texan have in common? When you both are moms with late-diagnosed ADHD, turns out a lot. Marisol and Moira met through ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups. They appreciate each other’s sense of humor, intelligence, kindness, and passion for living a more ADHD friendly life. Oh, and their willingness to tell random people how they felt having an ADHD diagnosis and trying medication! Check out our first episode answering listener questions, with both considered and slightly more off-the-cuff answers.
6: The one about acceptance
We are talking about why and how we can develop acceptance and how that will help us make changes to have the life we want. Our challenges with ADHD can feel front and center in our lives, almost like it is running the show. We try treatment with medications, strategies, and behavior changes. yet very few of us feel we are making enough or lasting change. How can we change that? It takes understanding and accepting our brains as they are. Instead of trying to fix ourselves, what about learning how to be ourselves in a way that works, for us?
5: The one about coping with shame
Today we're unpacking a few things, how we manage and what we say to ourselves when we are wanting, hoping, or waiting for things to be different. We're also going to be considering how we can be a little bit kinder to ourselves, and a few ideas on how to move towards the life we want.
4: The one about not fitting the mold
Moira unpacks how, despite appearing highly capable, her traits of leadership, organization, helping, intelligence, and high expectations were all used to hide her struggles with ADHD. Moira speaks honestly about her most common struggles and no longer trying to hide them and giving up self-blame and judgment to make room for a better life with ADHD. Expanding the conversation about how ADHD is experienced is important because incorrect or limiting beliefs about ADHD impact our chance of a correct diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life.
3: The first one about hormones
It is not well known that female reproductive hormones play a big role in our ADHD and overall health. They can make ADHD worse some days and better on others, because our symptoms vary across our cycle and stage of life dependent on the hormone levels. For those of us with ovaries, our ADHD is a changing state; and that’s still very new information for many. If we don't know what happens in our brains and bodies, how are we supposed to deal with it? Learn about ways we can help ourselves to slow or stop that rollercoaster ride. There are also treatment considerations for ADHD and hormones. We need to be able to talk to our health care providers about this and be able to ask for what we need.
Affirming, helpful, needed
I just discovered this podcast yesterday (and in typical ADHD fashion binge-listened to every episode) and as a midlife-diagnosed mom with ADHD and a lifetime of issues like low self-esteem from going undiagnosed, this podcast felt like hope, affirmation and community. Thank you so much Moira— I look forward to more episodes.
I feel seen!
I was diagnosed later in life, which means formative years of “not living up to my potential” has wrecked my internal dialogue. I am still trying to understand not only my brain but fluctuating hormones as well. This feels like a safe and brave space to explore and find answers with others like me. Can’t wait for more!
A great addition to the ADHD re-wired Podcast Network!
Looking forward to the podcast debut! Moira speaks from her ADHD experience: late diagnosis (adulthood), the struggles of managing life, family, career while trying to care for herself. Moira’s ideas will require consistent self-care, as much ADHD acceptance as one could muster, and encouragement for her listeners to create a more customized way of life.