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Terry Matlen

Terry Matlen is a psychotherapist, author, consultant, and coach specializing in adults with ADHD with a special interest in women with ADHD.

Overview

Living With Condition
50 Years
Published
9 Articles
Location
Detroit, Michigan

Introduction

She is the author of the award-winning book “The Queen of Distraction,” and “Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD.” She also created ADD Consults, an online resource serving adults worldwide with ADHD, as well as Queens of Distraction, an online coaching program for women with ADHD. She has been interviewed and quoted widely in such media as NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, US News and World Report, Newsday, and more.

 

A brief history with the condition

 

"Like many adults who learn of their own ADHD after their child has been diagnosed with it, I too found out I had ADHD while searching for help for my daughter who had been diagnosed with it (and other special needs) when she was just four years old and I was in my early 40s. I’d grown up being disorganized, overwhelmed, distracted, and unable to finish projects – yet, I was able to earn two college degrees! So how could I possibly have ADHD? From reading the very few books available on the topic back in the early 1990s, I was finally convinced that it was time to get evaluated. I had hit the wall by then, raising two young and very active children (my life was quite chaotic then). Once I got the diagnosis, I had the biggest “Aha” moment of my life.

 

It all fit into place after that. With proper treatment and supports and understanding how my brain worked, my life improved so dramatically, that I chose a new life path: I was literally driven to help others find their way to a happier, more productive life by guiding them on their own ADHD journey. I started a private psychotherapy practice that later shifted to helping adults online at my websites at www.ADDconsults.com and www.QueensOfDistraction.com, volunteered for major ADHD organizations, began presenting at their national/international conferences, wrote hundreds of articles,  and published two books on the topic of women with ADHD. I’ve never been happier or more content now that I understand how my brain works and how to manage my ADHD symptoms."

Published Articles

Gender Differences in ADHD: How Is It Different For Women?
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Terry Matlen

Gender Differences in ADHD: How Is It Different For Women?

Careers And ADHD: How To Find The Right Fit
5 min
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Terry Matlen

Careers And ADHD: How To Find The Right Fit

Do I Tell My Boss? The Pros and Cons of Disclosing Your ADHD
5 min
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Terry Matlen

Do I Tell My Boss? The Pros and Cons of Disclosing Your ADHD

My Worst ADHD Triggers
4 min
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Terry Matlen

My Worst ADHD Triggers

Is My ADHD Getting Worse With Age?
3 min
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Terry Matlen

Is My ADHD Getting Worse With Age?

Rollercoaster Families- When Parent and Child Both have ADHD
3 min
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Terry Matlen

Rollercoaster Families- When Parent and Child Both have ADHD

ADHD Isn't Real and Other Myths
7 min
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Terry Matlen

ADHD Isn't Real and Other Myths

How ADHD Made Me the "Queen of Distraction"
7 min
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Terry Matlen

How ADHD Made Me the "Queen of Distraction"

What are the Barriers to Diagnosing Adult ADHD?
5 min
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Terry Matlen

What are the Barriers to Diagnosing Adult ADHD?

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