39 episodes

The ADHD Manual: How to survive with a colorful brain in a black and white world. Living with ADHD in a world built for neurotypicals (people with the most common brains) is like trying to follow an IKEA assembly manual for our Hot Wheels race car track pieces. We could toss this rocket launcher and buy crappy plastic pins. Or we could toss the manual and write our own.

The ADHD Manual Podcast Abby Chau, LMFT, ADHD-CCSP

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 17 Ratings

The ADHD Manual: How to survive with a colorful brain in a black and white world. Living with ADHD in a world built for neurotypicals (people with the most common brains) is like trying to follow an IKEA assembly manual for our Hot Wheels race car track pieces. We could toss this rocket launcher and buy crappy plastic pins. Or we could toss the manual and write our own.

    My Favorite Accommodation: Max the Cat

    My Favorite Accommodation: Max the Cat

    Do you want to know how a pet can be an accommodation for neurodivergents? This one's for you. Do you want to hear silly cat stories? This one's for you.

    Sorry for the skipped episode last week! The schedule will continue every other week from here on out.


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    • 39 min
    Smell Ya Later, 2021

    Smell Ya Later, 2021

    This episode is probably 2021 in a nutshell: a total mess, directionless, and you'll be relieved when it's over. Enjoy! 3 


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    • 19 min
    Good Grief

    Good Grief

    I am back from hiatus! As you may have seen on my social media, I've spent the break in hardcore Mourning Mode. It's got me thinking about grief, and how bereavement and healing may look a little different in neurodivergent folks. 

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    • 34 min
    My Neurodivergent Lifesavers

    My Neurodivergent Lifesavers

    To wrap up ADHD Acceptance Month, I made a list of house hacks and items that make my everyday neurodivergent life a little easier. 

    I originally included a list of helpful apps I use, but it got way too long! If this interests you, check back later for a link to subscribe to my Patreon for an episode on ADHD-approved apps and other exclusive content.

    Flare Audio's Calmer
    Loop Earplugs
    Tile
    Sunrise Alarm Clocks 
    Black Girl Lost Keys' Pill Pack/Water Bottle 


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    • 35 min
    A Love Letter To My Neurodivergent Brain

    A Love Letter To My Neurodivergent Brain

    I hope this episode makes you uncomfortable. 

    I know it was for me. 
    Instead of continuing the Executive Function Chronicles, I decided to go a different direction in honor of ADHD Acceptance Month. 
    I decided to take a break from talking about the ways my brain holds me back and send gratitude for all the ways it makes my life more vibrant, colorful, and beautiful. 

    Neurodivergent life is really hard, AND I love my ND brain. And I love yours too.

    Happy ADHD Acceptance Month.

    Check out my episode of The Peas in the Podcast, out now.


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    • 23 min
    Executive Function Chronicles: Task Initiation

    Executive Function Chronicles: Task Initiation

    Good news: I'm continuing the Executive Function Chronicles no one asked for! Today I'm talking about task initiation. How do we go from thinking about something to *doing* it? Why is that harder for ADHDers? And how do we make it easier?

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Sup Obsessed ,

Lifesaver

This podcast truly changed my life. It brought me from believing there was something different about me that I couldn’t explain to putting it into perspective that I have adhd. Every time I listen I think thank god, I thought I was the only one like this! It has helped me to feel more accepting of myself and understand my adhd better.

udonknowmyname ,

I love Abby

Finally a podcast about ADHD that isn’t overstimulating or overwhelming. I feel like I’m just hanging back with my super cool therapist friend who also happens to have ADHD and totally gets me.

Dr. Dilly ,

Best Resource on ADHD and Entertaining!

This podcast is wonderful, and has really helped me understand the ADHD strengths and challenges of my kids. Such a wonderful perspective and so much knowledge, both personally at therapeutically. Abby is the best!

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