In this enlightening podcast episode, co-host Lynne Edris is joined by Dr. Sharon Saline to explore the challenges of living with ADHD and perfectionism. They delve into the detrimental effects of being one’s own worst critic and the tendency to avoid or delay tasks until conditions are “just right.” Together, they provide practical tips and strategies to overcome perfectionism and find peace of mind.

Lynne and Dr. Saline begin the conversation by highlighting the common struggles faced by individuals with ADHD when it comes to perfectionism. They discuss the tendency to set unrealistically high standards, fear of failure, and the constant need for things to be perfect. This perfectionistic mindset often leads to avoidance, procrastination, and a sense of never feeling satisfied.

The co-hosts emphasize the importance of recognizing the impact of perfectionism on mental well-being and overall productivity. They emphasize that perfectionism can be paralyzing and prevent individuals from taking action, as they are constantly waiting for the “perfect” moment or the ideal conditions to complete a task.

Throughout the episode, Lynne and Dr. Saline share five practical and easy-to-implement tips to help individuals overcome perfectionism and find a better way to peace of mind:

1. Embrace imperfection: The co-hosts encourage listeners to embrace the concept of “good enough” rather than striving for perfection. They discuss the benefits of acknowledging that perfection is unattainable and that accepting imperfections can lead to greater overall satisfaction and productivity.

2. Set realistic goals: Lynne and Dr. Sharon Saline emphasize the importance of setting realistic and achievable goals. They encourage listeners to break down tasks into smaller, manageable steps and celebrate progress along the way. By focusing on realistic goals, individuals can alleviate the pressure of perfectionism and experience a sense of accomplishment.

3. Practice self-compassion: The co-hosts stress the significance of practicing self-compassion and self-acceptance. They discuss the importance of treating oneself with kindness and understanding, particularly when facing setbacks or challenges. By cultivating self-compassion, individuals can develop a healthier mindset and reduce the negative impact of perfectionistic tendencies.

4. Challenge all-or-nothing thinking: Lynne and Dr. Sharon address the tendency for individuals with ADHD to engage in all-or-nothing thinking, where they either succeed perfectly or consider themselves failures. They encourage listeners to challenge this mindset and embrace a more balanced perspective. By recognizing and celebrating progress, even if it falls short of perfection, individuals can foster a healthier outlook and reduce self-criticism.

5. Seek support and accountability: The co-hosts discuss the importance of seeking support and accountability when dealing with perfectionism. They emphasize the value of connecting with understanding friends, family, or support groups who can provide encouragement and perspective. Additionally, they recommend seeking professional help, such as therapy or coaching, to address deeper-rooted perfectionistic tendencies.

Throughout the episode, Lynne and Dr. Sharon provide insights, anecdotes, and practical strategies that resonate with individuals struggling with ADHD and perfectionism. They acknowledge that overcoming perfectionism is a journey and that it takes time and practice. By implementing these tips, individuals can break free from the grip of perfectionism, find peace of mind, and experience greater satisfaction in their personal and professional lives.

In conclusion, this episode offers a refreshing perspective on the challenges of living with ADHD and perfectionism. Lynne Edris and Dr. Sharon Saline provide a wealth of valuable advice and strategies to help individuals shift their mindset, let go of perfectionistic tendencies, and find a better way to navigate their daily lives with peace, satisfaction, and increased productivity.

Sharon Saline, Sharon Saline, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and author of the forthcoming What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life, specializes in working with kids, young adults and families living with ADHD, learning disabilities and mental health issues. Her unique perspective – as a sibling in an ADHD home, combined with decades of experience as a clinical psychologist and educator/clinician consultant – assists her in guiding families and adults towards effective communication and closer connections. She lectures and facilitates workshops internationally on topics such as understanding ADHD, executive functioning, different kinds of learners and the teen brain. Learn more at

Podcast Co-Host Lynne Edris helps overwhelmed professionals take control of their time and tackle their to-dos with ease so they have more time, more energy, and more money for what they love most! As a woman with ADHD herself, she has been where her clients are and come out the other side, so to speak. She’s gone from living in a constant state of chaos and under-performance to a life full of success and fulfillment, and wants to help you achieve your version of success as well! Learn more about Lynne at, and sign up for the free Time to Thrive!© group program at

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.

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