Webinar Recording: Coping with Stress in Uncertain Times

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Do you feel like your brain is freaking out? Do you feel ‘under attack’ and anxious? In times of danger (this is one of those times) our ADHD brain is on high alert, trying to peer around every corner and into every shadow, watching for the threat. But there’s no threat you can see. You can’t fight it. You can’t even run from it.

Evolution (a VERY slow process) has prepared your brain to keep you alive. Logic isn’t going to help your brain cope. You can’t say, “Brain, there’s nothing you – or anybody – can do about this right now. So calm down.” Try it. Doesn’t work. So, you can’t change your brain. But what if you could learn to work with it?

In judo, you learn to take down much larger, stronger opponents by using their own size and strength against them. In this Webinar, we’ll explore a sort of “brain judo.” You’ll learn ways to work with, rather than against, your ADHD brain. We can’t fix the uncertainty we’re living with right now. But you can learn to optimize your ability to manage the daily (hourly!) ups and downs so that your brain and body can feel safe, stable, and open to your day as it unfolds.

We’ll talk about self-care. We’ll discuss how to set boundaries (with yourself and others). We’ll go over some emotional regulation techniques to try. You’ll leave with some practical, actionable coping skills to reduce your stress. And yes, there will be plenty of time for a Q&A!

Learning Objectives:

  • You will learn how the brain responds to periods of stress.
  • You will learn how ADHD is impacted by increased stress.
  • You will learn at least 3 emotional regulation or coping techniques to try at home TODAY.

Who: Dr. Michelle Frank
Recorded April 15, 2020

Do you feel like your brain is freaking out? Do you feel ‘under attack’ and anxious? In times of danger (this is one of those times) our ADHD brain is on high alert, trying to peer around every corner and into every shadow, watching for the threat. But there’s no threat you can see. You can’t fight it. You can’t even run from it.

Evolution (a VERY slow process) has prepared your brain to keep you alive. Logic isn’t going to help your brain cope. You can’t say, “Brain, there’s nothing you – or anybody – can do about this right now. So calm down.” Try it. Doesn’t work. So, you can’t change your brain. But what if you could learn to work with it?

In judo, you learn to take down much larger, stronger opponents by using their own size and strength against them. In this Webinar, we’ll explore a sort of “brain judo.” You’ll learn ways to work with, rather than against, your ADHD brain. We can’t fix the uncertainty we’re living with right now. But you can learn to optimize your ability to manage the daily (hourly!) ups and downs so that your brain and body can feel safe, stable, and open to your day as it unfolds.

We’ll talk about self-care. We’ll discuss how to set boundaries (with yourself and others). We’ll go over some emotional regulation techniques to try. You’ll leave with some practical, actionable coping skills to reduce your stress. And yes, there will be plenty of time for a Q&A!

Learning Objectives:

  • You will learn how the brain responds to periods of stress.
  • You will learn how ADHD is impacted by increased stress.
  • You will learn at least 3 emotional regulation or coping techniques to try at home TODAY.

Who: Dr. Michelle Frank

Biography

Dr. Michelle Frank is a well-regarded specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. She takes an active, empowering, strengths-forward approach based on empirically validated interventions and aims to help her clients learn how to live successfully with ADHD – and without shame. Dr. Frank is the co-author of A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Love Boldly, and Break Through Barriers, written in collaboration with Sari Solden and published by New Harbinger. She has been interviewed by several notable media outlets on the topic of women and ADHD. Dr. Frank serves on the board of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association and is committed to ADHD advocacy and awareness campaigns, speaking nationally on issues related to ADHD, women’s empowerment, and neurodiversity.

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