363 | ADHD Diversified with MJ Siemens

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Do you feel you are a failure because you can't meet expectations? Listen as your host, Eric Tivers, and his guest MJ Siemens have a fun episode where they share a bit of MJ's story and give you a chance to get to know MJ a little more. MJ is about to launch a new podcast called ADHD Diversified so stayed tuned for more information about her launch, plus much more on this episode of . MJ shares about her new podcast ADHD Diversified, what it will be about, and how she plans to have humor while discussing serious topics that haven't been talked about. MJ also talks about how being stereotyped because she is of Asian descent and how she professionally handles people. MJ speaks about having Trichotillomania, and because of it, she wears a hat so that she doesn't pull her hair out. She also discusses being diagnosed with ADHD, the intake assessment, the first visit with a psychiatrist, and being diagnosed with multi-levels of ADHD. MJ shares her family's response to her diagnosis and how it was the total opposite of how she thought they would react. MJ shares what she hopes to learn from the guests she brings on her show, and she wants to let people know they are not alone. There are many resources available if you know where to look, and she wants to help people find those resources. MJ says that it took years for her to figure out that she wasn't stupid and that it was ok to be different. She hopes she can show others to be themselves, so they don't have to feel the way she did. You'll learn: [02:44] Welcome to the show, MJ! [05:08] MJ wants her show to be funny and laid back while discussing serious topics that haven't been talked about. [07:31] MJ shares how she reacts to people stereotyping her because she is of Asian descent. [10:15] Listen as they play MJ's trailer for the new podcast. [14:12] MJ says that she is medicated and professional during the day, but in the evening and during this podcast, she is more relaxed. [17:05] MJ wears a hat so that she doesn't pull out her hair because she has a serious case of Trichotillomania. [20:00] humorously talking about diversity is a different way to approach it that isn't so thorny. [22:55] Eric believes it's important to be curious and has an open dialogue around racism. [25:30] MJ speaks about not fitting in anywhere because she isn't Asian enough and isn't western enough. [28:30] MJ was told by teachers that she was twice-exceptional, but she didn't know what that meant. [36:30] They share how much they love Brendan Mahan. [39:01] MJ speaks about some things she always did that were examples of her ADHD. [43:57] Women with undiagnosed ADHD are sometimes misdiagnosed with other things. [46:14] MJ was surprised when her psychiatrist invited her partner into her first visit. [54:32] MJ talks about how her family reacted when she told them about her diagnosis. [57:46] MJ shares posting a small call out to see if any other Asian's in the group had ADHD. [1:00:10] Eric speaks about MJ's Lego room and how cool it is. [1:02:41] MJ discusses the stereotype that she should have been very smart academically because she is Asian. [1:04:30] Eric says that it is fun to watch MJ connect things because she does it quickly. [1:06:41] MJ believes that one of the beautiful things about having an ADHD brain is they have a unique way of problem-solving. [1:07:38] What do you hope to learn with the guests you bring on your podcast? [1:10:01] MJ wants people to know they are not alone as long as the resources are being used. [1:12:02] It has taken MJ years to know that she isn't stupid and being different is ok. [1:13:52] Thank you for being on the show! [1:14:38] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron by clicking on our Patreon tab at Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Groups The 16th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups are ending soon. ArC 17 Summer Sessions run July 11th – Sept. 19th. We only have 9 spots remaining. Please visit to learn more and sign-up for our Last Scheduled Registration Event on June 11th at 3 PM CT. You don’t want to miss it! Support the Podcast on Patreon Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me. With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks. One perk example is our Patron-only Group Coaching Sessions. Learn more at . ADHD reWired Facebook Group: If you would like to apply to join the ADHD reWired Secret Facebook group, go to and fill out the application. Productivity Q&A Get your ADHD questions answered live! These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 PM CT. Go to Want to be a guest? Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you’d like to be a guest, .

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