In this episode of ADHD Support Talk Radio, host Tara McGillicuddy is joined by adult ADHD expert Bonnie Mincu for a profound discussion on the Shame and Avoidance Cycle in relation to Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). With their combined expertise and compassionate approach, Bonnie and Tara delve into the complex emotions and challenges faced by individuals with ADHD, providing valuable insights and strategies to break free from the cycle of shame and avoidance.

Tara McGillicuddy, an experienced ADHD coach and advocate, sets the stage for an open and understanding conversation. Her deep understanding of the emotional toll that ADHD can have on individuals allows her to guide the discussion in a supportive manner. By inviting Bonnie Mincu, a renowned expert in the field of adult ADHD coaching, Tara ensures that listeners will benefit from Bonnie’s wealth of knowledge and compassionate approach to addressing shame and avoidance in ADHD.

Bonnie Mincu, an accomplished ADHD coach and founder of “Thrive with ADD,” brings her expertise to the forefront of the conversation. Drawing from her extensive experience working with individuals with ADHD, Bonnie sheds light on the shame and avoidance cycle that often plagues those with the condition. She helps listeners understand the underlying factors that contribute to these negative emotions, such as internalized criticism, perceived failures, and the fear of judgment and rejection.

Throughout the episode, Bonnie and Tara discuss practical strategies and techniques to break free from the shame and avoidance cycle. They explore the power of self-compassion, self-acceptance, and reframing negative beliefs. Bonnie emphasizes the importance of understanding ADHD as a neurobiological condition rather than a personal flaw, allowing individuals to let go of the shame that often accompanies their struggles.

Moreover, the conversation highlights the significance of building a support system and seeking professional help when needed. Bonnie and Tara discuss the value of ADHD coaching, therapy, and support groups in navigating the challenges of shame and avoidance. By providing listeners with practical tools and resources, they empower individuals with ADHD to create positive change in their lives.

By the end of the podcast episode, listeners can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the shame and avoidance cycle in ADHD. They will be equipped with strategies to challenge negative beliefs, practice self-compassion, and build resilience. Bonnie and Tara offer a safe and supportive space to explore the emotions and challenges that often accompany ADHD, providing hope and guidance for individuals seeking to break free from the shame and avoidance cycle.

In conclusion, this episode of ADHD Support Talk Radio brings together two influential voices in the ADHD community—Tara McGillicuddy and Bonnie Mincu. Their discussion on shame and avoidance in Adult ADD/ADHD offers a compassionate and insightful perspective on the emotional challenges faced by individuals with ADHD. By providing practical strategies and guidance, Bonnie and Tara empower listeners to overcome shame and avoidance, fostering a path towards self-acceptance, growth, and thriving with ADHD.

This podcast episode originally aired on 4/21/2016. 

Bonnie Mincu, founder of “Thrive with ADD” is a Senior Certified ADHD Coach for Attention Deficit Disorder Adults. Bonnie became an ADHD Coach following 20+ years in corporate management, coaching, training and consulting. After leaving her position with a large consulting firm in 1999, she discovered that without the fast-paced structure and deadlines she was accustomed to, she was having trouble focusing on building her business. That’s when she found out she had ADD, and began advanced training in ADD Coaching. She formed her coaching and training company “Thrive with ADD” in 2001 to provide solutions for ADD Adults. Bonnie’s 5-minute online video, “The Attention Movie,” has touched people around the globe. She has developed learning resources on numerous Adult ADHD topics, including the in-depth “Procrastination Transformation” virtual workshop that spans several weeks. She has created a “Self-Coaching Workshop” of workbook and CD’s and has taught her Thrive with ADD at Work seminar at New York University annually since 2004. In true ADD fashion, Bonnie has had several careers prior to founding “Thrive with ADD,” spanning Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups and non-profits. Bonnie is also an avid oil painter and jewelry designer. Credentials and Training:
– Senior Certified ADHD Coach – Graduate of ADD Coach Academy and B-Coach
– MA in Organizational Development
– MBA in Marketing
– Former Board member, ICF (International Coaching Federation) New York Chapter
Bonnie is based in New York City and Westchester County, NY. She coaches clients all over the world by phone.



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