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How to Manage Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD) for Adults with ADHD

If you’ve experienced the feeling when even the smallest slight or ambiguous comment sends you spiraling, leaving you convinced you've messed up and alienated everyone around you — then you may be living with rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD). If unmanaged, it’s an intense reaction to rejection that can sabotage relationships, someone’s career, Learn More

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Autistic Meltdown vs Shutdown: What They Are and How to Manage Them

As an autistic person, you might experience periods of intense overwhelm that are incredibly difficult to manage, which will often lead to an autistic meltdown or shutdown.  These involuntary reactions can stem from sensory overload, unexpected change, intense emotions, or a buildup of stress. It's important to recognize what these look and Learn More

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The Difference Between ADHD and PTSD Executive Dysfunction in Adults

When it comes to ADHD and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the lines can easily blur. It can be very difficult to get an accurate diagnosis of one or both. On top of this, ADHD increases the risk of experiencing trauma and developing subsequent PTSD, and trauma can both worsen existing ADHD symptoms Learn More

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Traditional Neuropsych Often Fails Marginalized Communities (aka Why I Offer Inclusive Autism Assessments)

Traditional Adult Autism Assessments Can Fail Marginalized Communities. Here’s What I Do Differently. As an autism specialist in Los Angeles, I’ve found that traditional adult autism assessments don’t always take into account the lived experiences of the people pursuing a diagnosis. Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC individuals), those identified as Learn More

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The Unique Experience of AuDHD (Autism and ADHD) — Here’s What You Need to Know

Recent research suggests a significant overlap between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism. Studies indicate that 50 to 70%[1] of individuals with autism also meet the criteria for ADHD, and two-thirds of ADHDers may also have autism[2]. However, it’s only relatively recently that a dual diagnosis (often referred to as AuDHD) Learn More

6 Tips to Help You Manage Conflict in Friendships

Friendship brings comfort, support, and joy into our lives. But, just like any relationship, it isn’t immune to conflict. It’s how we manage when those conflicts arise that determines the long-term success of the relationship. Conflict can ruin a friendship. Or, if handled correctly, it can help it become deeper and stronger. Learn More

How to Use Generosity (with Boundaries) to Deepen Friendships

Generosity is a remarkable quality that has the power to enhance our lives. Not only does it enable us to create closer relationships with others, but it also provides us with invaluable support during challenging times. One of the significant benefits of generosity is its ability to help people maintain strong and Learn More

How to Use Healthy Vulnerability to Deepen Your Friendships

Healthy vulnerability is an essential component of strong connections and trusting relationships. Healthy vulnerability involves being open and honest with others about one's emotions, thoughts, and experiences while also setting appropriate and safe boundaries”. This means that people can share their vulnerability with the people they care about without needing to compromise Learn More

How To Start New Friendships

Many people think friendship is  something that just happens by chance.  Making new friends can feel like a matter of rolling the dice and getting lucky. You either meet someone randomly by chance and you click, or you don't. But that’s not how it actually happens. Adult friendships are all about initiation Learn More

How Attachment Style Shows Up In Friendships

When people hear about attachment styles, it’s usually in the context of romance. People try to determine their attachment style so they know why they respond certain ways to their partner. But attachment is much more complex, and it influences every relationship, especially your friendships. What is an Attachment Style? Attachment theory Learn More

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The Benefits of Finding a Neurodivergent-Affirming Therapist

So many neurodivergent people try therapy and end up stopping. This isn’t because they don’t want to do the work; this is because therapy betrayed them. Many find their experience with their therapist unfulfilling at best and traumatizing at worst. Therapy, where they were supposed to feel safe and accepted, became a Learn More

Five Problematic Coping Strategies Used by Masked Autistic People

Masking autism is an utterly exhausting task. It’s not just a matter of toning down behaviors allistic people might perceive as strange; masking autism includes changing the core parts of who you are to blend into a neurotypical world. Doing it often can cause burnout, mental and physical pain, and a loss Learn More

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Five Struggles and Strategies for College Students with ADHD

College is overwhelming for most students. Unfortunately, for those with ADHD, it can be even more challenging. This has nothing to do with their intelligence-- rather, the open structure of colleges disadvantages students with executive functioning challenges. College is full of freedom, decisions, and endless potential. But, for neurodivergent students, these become Learn More

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From High School to College: Skills to Help Students Navigate the Accommodations Process

Transitioning into college produces major anxiety for most students. This can be especially true of students with disabilities, who must learn an entirely new system for accommodations. To get the most out of the experience as possible, a student with a disability transitioning to college needs to know how to navigate many Learn More

Autism’s High Co-Occurrence with Eating Disorders

Several factors make autistic people more vulnerable to developing eating disorders. Both autism and eating disorders are linked to sensory issues around food and repetitive or ritualistic behavior. An autistic person might have an eating disorder that’s based on weight gain and control. Alternatively, the behavior might stem from characteristics associated with Learn More

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The Default Mode Network and ADHD

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is improperly named. ADHD-ers aren’t lacking in attention. Rather, they struggle in directing their attention at will. Their attention goes in all directions, often independent of a person’s desires. Science is still working on the particulars of why this happens, but one theory is the behavior of a Learn More

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Seven Steps to Unmasking as a Neurodivergent Person

Masking is the process of trying to fit into a specific and socially acceptable mold, no matter what your natural instincts are. The term is most often used in context with autism. However, most, if not all, neurodivergent people mask throughout some or all their lives. They’ve been told they are too Learn More

Understanding the ADHD Nervous System

ADHD impacts the pathways in the brain and the nervous system. People with ADHD have brains with different wiring than their neurotypical peers. Their brains aren’t defective; they’re simply constructed differently and their best functioning doesn’t look like what neurotypical people expect. It’s important that people with ADHD (and those who love Learn More

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The Strengths and Struggles of Being an Autistic Parent

For so many years, the public believed that autistic people couldn’t be parents. The disability seemed too significant. The idea that an autistic person could handle raising a child was too hard for people to grasp. But, the truth is that there are thousands of autistic parents. Some are diagnosed and some Learn More

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Setting Boundaries Without Guilt—Is It Possible?

This week’s post is for anyone who has a goal of setting boundaries without feely guilty. It’s a worthy goal. It would undoubtedly make boundary-setting easier. But is it obtainable? Unfortunately, most of us will never realize the dream of setting boundaries without feeling a little guilty. In our experience, people always Learn More

What to Consider When Deciding if You Should Take ADHD Medication

When a client is newly diagnosed with ADHD, they often ask us whether they should pursue medication. This is a very personal decision. For some people, they decide to try more behavioral strategies before adding on medication. For others, trying behavioral strategies doesn't work without the help of medication. Whatever you decide Learn More

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