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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.


Living With Condition
51 Years
17 Articles
Detroit, Michigan


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 and, 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

The Barriers to Diagnosing Adult ADHD
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Terry Matlen

The Barriers to Diagnosing Adult ADHD

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