In this episode, I interview Jennie Friedman, an ADHD coach. We talk about our family history of mental illness, and how Jennie helps people who have ADHD or ADD leverage that tool, not a disorder, to their advantage.
Jennie Friedman created See in ADHD to help promote ADHD awareness and decrease the associated stigma. A professional ADHD Coach, she specializes in helping people share their passions with the world. She puts her 20+ years of business development and marketing expertise to work in an ADHD-friendly way, expanding your opportunities for income and connectivity.
(02:59) When you hear the word “successful” what’s the first thing or person that comes to mind?
(03:39) Let’s dive into your background. I’m always curious as to people’s formative years, what kickstarted them into the journeys that they’re on currently.
(09:34) Do you think there’s a linkage? I’d like to get from where we’re talking about now which is with deep, deep mental illness, and then the connection with ADHD… I wonder if there’s a linkage to bipolar or some sort of mental illness and a predisposition to ADD or ADHD? Do you see that in your coaching, in your research?
(14:09) Quick exploration of the neuroscience and psychology of ADHD
(17:00) Which is why the design of the public school system is so counterintuitive to somebody succeeding with ADD or ADHD because you’re sitting at a desk the whole day and when somebody with that “disorder” or condition needs to do is move, to stimulate the production of dopamine.
(17:55) Is it actually a disorder? Or is it a different state of being?… How do you look at ADHD and how do you coach your clients?
(21:05) Can you explain that part? So with ADHD you hold more information in your working memory than somebody who doesn’t have it?
(24:21) What is your thought on medication, with ADHD?
(27:30) Difference between ADHD and bipolar
(29:57) What do you say to clients of yours to really take advantage of the positive things of having ADHD?
(32:05) Are there any specific apps or tactics that you tell your clients that are helpful on a day-to-day basis of achieving their goals?
(34:56) Is there a connection between ADHD and waking up early or struggles of waking up early?
(35:51) Are there books that have most influenced you, and why?
Smart But Stuck by Dr. Thomas Brown
(37:26) if you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?