“Have you ever needed someone to talk and discuss some strategies for handling things around your ADHD? Eric Tivers and Natasha Hickling, your host, discuss her ADHD journey, the start of an online support group, and more on this episode.
Natasha is a twenty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from the U.K. For the last four years, she has traveled around the world working in Australia, China, and is now in Malaysia. She is a qualified primary school teacher and a SENCO, a special education needs coordinator at a Kuala Lumpur school.
Listen to Natasha talk about the difficulties she faced at school and how it felt like she was two people: the person she was at her home and the person she became at school. Natasha also discusses her experience running a marathon from her apartment during the pandemic. She also explains why she felt it was important to do so.
Natasha also shares how she was diagnosed with ADHD eight months ago, and what strategies she used to get through her post-grad years. Natasha talks about her online ADHD community and why it is so important to have the opportunity to share ADHD with others like herself. Natasha is an individual who has experienced a lot in her life. It will likely resonate with many of us, so make sure to listen.
You’ll learn: [03: 12] Welcome to the show, Natasha! [03: 23] Natasha was diagnosed with ADHD about eight months ago. [04: 27] Natasha shares her life growing up and how academics got harder the older she got. [06: 37] She discusses being two people, the person she was at home and the person she became at school under peer pressure. [09: 00] Natasha speaks about running a marathon while she was in quarantine in Malaysia for charity. [12: 13] Natasha discusses the book her sister would read to her when she was fourteen about children that were different called The Indigo Children. [15: 08] Realizing that there were children like her was very powerful to her. [23: 19] After being diagnosed with OCD and Anxiety and getting a deeper understanding of yourself, what did you do next? [26: 25] Natasha shares what CBT was like for her. [27: 09] Eric describes what exposure and response prevention, CBT based therapy is. [29: 20] Natasha discusses what led to getting the formal ADHD diagnosis. [32: 15] She shares how hard school was, how getting into the vocational core helped her. [38: 15] Once you found out you had dyslexia, what did you do? [39: 10] Natasha shares how dyslexia shows up for her. [40: 15] Natasha speaks about what dyspraxia is. [42: 46] She discusses some strategies she found helpful to get her through post-grad. [45: 58] How can you self-soothe? [47: 12] Eric shares what can help if you are an inconsistent mediator. [48: 55] Natasha talks about her online community. [50: 33] What has surprised you about organizing something like this? [54: 42] Natasha gives a final message to the listeners. [55: 06] Natasha, thank you so much for sharing your story. [55: 58] Subscribe to our Patreon tap at www.ADHDreWired.com. Use my Audible.com affiliate link to get your favorite titles: d
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