Struggling with asking for help or support is a common experience for many individuals with ADHD/ADD. The fear of judgment, the desire to appear independent, or the belief that asking for help is a sign of weakness can all contribute to this resistance. In an episode of their podcast, co-hosts Tara McGillicuddy and Lynne Edris delve into this topic, shedding light on the reasons behind this struggle and providing insights and strategies to overcome it.
Tara and Lynne emphasize the importance of understanding why asking for help can be difficult for individuals with ADHD/ADD. They recognize that societal norms and expectations often perpetuate the myth of self-sufficiency, leading individuals with ADHD to feel ashamed or inadequate when they need assistance. By exploring the root causes of this resistance, listeners gain a better understanding of their own struggles and can begin to challenge these self-limiting beliefs.
The hosts also discuss the detrimental effects of going it alone and not seeking the support that is available. They highlight the significance of having a support network, whether it’s friends, family, or professionals who specialize in ADHD. They emphasize that seeking help is not a sign of weakness but a strength, as it allows individuals to harness the resources and expertise available to them and ultimately improve their overall well-being.
To overcome the resistance to asking for help, Tara and Lynne provide practical strategies that listeners can implement in their lives. They emphasize the importance of reframing the perception of asking for help as a sign of strength and self-awareness rather than weakness. Additionally, they discuss the importance of identifying the specific areas where support is needed and reaching out to trusted individuals or professionals who can provide guidance and assistance.
The hosts also encourage listeners to build a support system that understands and supports their ADHD/ADD journey. This may involve joining support groups, participating in coaching or therapy, or seeking out online communities where individuals with ADHD/ADD can connect and share experiences. By surrounding themselves with like-minded individuals who can provide empathy, understanding, and practical advice, individuals with ADHD/ADD can feel more empowered to ask for and accept help.
In addition, Tara and Lynne address the fear of judgment and rejection that often accompanies the act of asking for help. They provide strategies for managing these fears, such as reframing negative thoughts, practicing self-compassion, and gradually exposing oneself to asking for help in safe and supportive environments.
Throughout the episode, Tara and Lynne create a safe and supportive space for listeners to explore their struggles with asking for help and find practical solutions. They emphasize the importance of self-advocacy and self-care, reminding listeners that seeking support is not only beneficial but necessary for their overall well-being and success.
By addressing the barriers to asking for help and providing practical strategies, Tara McGillicuddy and Lynne Edris empower listeners to overcome their resistance and embrace the support that is available to them. Through their podcast, they aim to create a sense of community and understanding, allowing individuals with ADHD/ADD to realize that they are not alone in their struggles and that asking for help is a strength, not a weakness.
Tara McGillicuddy is described by those who know her – clients, fellow leaders, and community – as dedicated to the deep, soulful energetic-level shifts required by life. Whether she’s helping to SEE your life more clearly, identify where you’re stuck, tuning into sacred energies OR she’s helping to build a practical life with tools, structure, physical help and precise action steps, she is committed to giving everything she knows to help you live your best life and to feel fulfilled by it.
Tara has been known and celebrated in the ADHD community for decades of practical and long-lasting shifts in tens of thousands in her communities. The creator of ADDClasses.com, The ADHD Awareness Expo and ADHD Support Talk Radio Tara is one of the longest-standing leaders in the field. Over the years she has also honed her natural skills as an empath. She now also combines the rare gift of sight and energetic knowing and her latest project is Empath Now a resource to help Empower Empaths.
Podcast Co-Host Lynne Edris is a Productivity & ADHD Coach who helps overwhelmed professionals from all over the world learn to accomplish what they intend and take control of their days with ease so that they can perform at the level of their abilities and have more time, more energy and more bandwidth for what matters most to them. Lynne is a woman, wife, and mom with ADHD herself, so she understands the struggles and challenges of living with ADHD. She has gone from living in the constant state of chaos, overwhelm, and under-performance that adults with ADHD know far too well, to living a life of more success and fulfillment than she once dreamed possible. Her passion is to help others fulfill their own potential and start “firing on all cylinders” in all areas of your life. You can learn more about Lynne at www.CoachingADDvantages.com, and text keyword “HACK” to 33777 to get her 7 Fool-Proof Productivity Hacks for unfocused professionals!
ADHD Support Talk Radio is an award winning Podcast for Adults with ADD / ADHD. Co-hosts Tara McGillicuddy and Lynne Edris are joined by Adult ADHD experts and they cover important topics related to Adult ADD / ADHD. Podcast guests include Dr. Edward Hallowell, Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Dr. Ari Tuckman, Laurie Dupar, Terry Matlen and many more.
Tara McGillicuddy is the Producer, Owner and Co-host of the ADHD Support Talk Radio Podcast. You may contact Tara with general questions or feedback about the podcast.
Lynne Edris is the Co-host of the ADHD Support Talk Radio Podcast. You may contact Lynne with feedback about her episodes.