Terry Matlen: Sensory sensitivity and the queen of distraction

Episode 162
1h 5m | Nov 6, 2023

Episode 162 with Terry Matlen.

“I had significant anxiety as a child. I had school phobia, I didn't want to go to school. I had no idea it was related to undiagnosed, untreated ADHD.”

Terry Matlen, LMSW, ACSW, is a psychotherapist, author, consultant, coach, and an internationally recognized expert on ADHD in women.

She is the author of the award-winning book, "The Queen of Distraction” and "Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD", and runs, an international online resource serving women with ADHD, where she offers one-on-one ADHD consultations; www.QueensOfDistraction, an online coaching program for women with ADHD, and, an online ADHD directory.

With over 25 years of experience helping women with ADHD, Terry is a sought-after presenter at conferences and webinars and has authored hundreds of articles. 

I had lots of questions for Terry and pick her brain about all sorts of things, including emotional intensity and ADHD, especially when it comes to the anxiety around what’s currently happening in the world. We talk about sensory sensitivities, self-regulation, and self-care as women and mothers, and I ask Terry what she thinks about the recent increase in ADHD diagnoses.

It was a real pleasure to be able to chat with an expert in the field who has such curiosity, generosity and energy!

Websites: ; ;

Instagram: @terrymatlen_adhd


The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done by Terry Matlen

Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD: Beyond Piles, Palms, & Stickers: Beyond Piles, Palms, & Stickers by Terry Matlen


Terry’s Top 7 ADHD Pet Peeves by Terry Matlen

Adult ADHD Is Real — and Still Heavily Stigmatized by Russell Ramsay

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