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Interviews with experts in the field of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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Good intensions, but....

The episode titled, "how to regain rationality when emotions hijack the brain," was an exciting find as I'd searched for information on exactly that cocktail of challenges, yet in reality the episode was a major disappointment because in the 20+ minutes (a length I sincerely appreciate), there were approximately zero suggestions about how one can regain "rationality," when a person who copes via avoidance finds them self in an emotionally overwhelming situation. Disappointingly, this self defeating pattern wasn't even recognized, in this show, as a maladaptive coping mechanism and is described from the removed and judgmental position of observer, doing and did little more than detail everything that's wrong (ie: "irrational") with handling problems this way.

Let us not forget the pleasure principal: humans are motivated by two distinct drives, either to approach pleasure or, if that's not possible in a situation, to avoid pain. So avoidant coping is not only a completely normal (albeit maladaptive) response, but it's normal for 100% of human beings, alive, dead, and not here yet. So the first thing people should know is that it may not be the most helpful way to manage their life, but it doesn't make them "bad" for doing it. The next thing to remember is that this pattern didn't just pop up on a multiple choice set of options. There was a time in a person's life when this precise approach was at the very least good for them, but more likely it was their only option in some situation and therefor required of them. Hence: there was a time when avoidance was adaptive. And it's helpful to know that - in fact, shame dies when this detail prevails - and until shame dies, avoidance will most likely snowball.

I'm sure none of this is news for the show host or participating interviewee, and it is not my intention to bash the good place this episode comes from or the people who create it and as such I rated with 3 stars. It's obvious that care is behind this effort, particularly (or exclusively) from the show host. I would encourage, however, that rather than naming an episode willy nilly before the interview is even conducted, to hold out on a title until after recording and editing, then listening to the episode from start to finish as to really grasp what is being offered from the *listeners perspective.* Then, after that has been done, giving the episode a name. This will ensure all future titles actually provide the content they are claimed to.

My reply to the above comment

I am sorry this podcast didn't give you solutions to a problem that I face as well. When the brain is emotionally taken over... It's your amygdala (what's that?! She goes into full detail not leaving much to question... Which was much to my relief!!!) that kicks in... The one that gives us the options of freezing, running, or attacking! I'm sure u can relate!! ADHD Expert/ADHD Coach, Dr. Zoë Kessler, refers to this emotional state as 'amygdala hijacking'. You can find the pod cast 'You're not lazy, stupid, or crazy!!!' put on by Additude Magazine ADHD expert podcast. I've listened to it over and over again! It literally changed my life! I wish I could somehow get in touch with you to help!
Go find the podcast now because not now comes too quickly:))

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