Podcast: ADHD and Adrenaline

The inspiration for this episode of ADHD Smarties is my friend Nadia. She’s a woman living with ADHD who, like most of us with the disorder, struggles to motivate herself when it comes to day-to-day domestic tasks. But she’s also kind of a superhero. Back in August of 2015, she hopped on a plane to Croatia to rescue her family who were migrating to escape the Syrian war. She did things far beyond her comfort zone and put herself at great risk to escort her family to safety.

Nadia’s story inspired me to seek out answers as to why ADHDers often struggle with menial tasks, but when we’re faced with a highly stressful situation, we can easily rise to the challenge and perform unbelievable feats of courageousness. In this episode, we will explore how adrenaline works to motivate us, and get a better understanding of how it specifically affects the ADHD brain. We’ll also discuss how you can find ways to naturally increase these stimulants without having to take up base-jumping or swimming with sharks.

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Topics covered:

3:19 – Nadia’s experience with ADHD: The good, the bad, and the goddamn laundry
5:00 – Nadia goes to Croatia
6:13 – What happens to us during high stress situations?
8:03 – Procrastination: The adrenaline inducing motivator
9:08 – Adrenaline addiction and the dangers of prolonged stress
10:50 – What Nadia learned about her ADHD from her experience
12:10 – Healthy ways to motivate ourselves and manage stress
15:53 – Know thy-ADHD symptoms, and make them work for thine self
21:30 – Ego depletion, motivation, and some tricks to effective adulting


Are you an Adrenaline junkie? Do you have challenges with day to day tasks, but move mountains with ease? Share your experiences in the comments below.

ADHD Podast CoverAbout This Podcast Series
ADHD Smarties is a new series concepted by Kaleidoscope Society’s Julie Casali,  dedicated to giving a deeper understanding of what she describes as the “beautiful chaos” that is the female ADHD brain. In each episode she’ll explore a different aspect of living with the disorder, getting expert advice from psych professionals and hearing the personal experiences of ADHD women. To let us know what topics you’d like to learn more about, contact Julie at julie@kaleidoscopesociety.com



Julie PhotoPodcast Creator: Julie Casali
My superpower is my curiosity and I’ve spent most of my adult life investigating the complex workings of the human brain to better understand my ADHD/Anxiety riddled mind. I hope that by understanding the science behind the disorder, I can help women with ADHD find happiness and success in life. After earning a master’s degree in media studies, I went to work in publishing as a media/marketing guru. I live in Boston with my lovable hunk of a boyfriend and our absurdly adorable cat, Ickis.



LukeHanlinFeatured Expert: Luke Hanlin, Brandeis University 
Luke Hanlin is a PhD candidate in experimental psychology at Brandeis University. He studies aspects of the stress response including inflammation, metabolism, and appraisals.


  • Destiny Barnes says:

    Is there any way to access this podcast again because it’s not showing up on this page and I don’t think it’s the podcast that is linked to Nadia’s full story.


  • Cindy Berg says:

    There’s a rush of adrenalin that comes as a deadline looms close and suddenly everything comes into focus. I figured out one day that the reason I have trouble sleeping is because bedtime is a deadline. So just when I should be winding down that rush of adrenalin comes. Everything that’s been floating in a wild jumble in my mind all day comes into focus and I can accomplish it all in 2 hours – but adrenalin doesn’t go so well with sleep.

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