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Alex Alexander



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Navigating Friendships with ADHD with Charlotte Dover

• 67 min

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with ADHD. I didn’t know it at the time, but ADHD was affecting so many areas of my life, including my friendships. Navigating friendships with a neurodiverse brain is tricky. I talked about it in Episode 40, and here we delve into the topic again with today’s guest, Charlotte Dover, an ADHD life coach who supports late-diagnosed and self-diagnosed ADHD women. Charlotte herself was diagnosed with ADHD at age 36 and has spent the past two and a half years learning about it from a personal perspective. Listening back to this episode makes me emotional, but I think there’s power in putting this stuff out there. Hopefully today’s episode will create more understanding for the neurotypical people out there and help the neurodivergent listeners feel less alone. In this episode you’ll hear about: Charlotte’s work with women who have ADHD and her personal journey of learning about her own diagnosis later in lifeThe traits and tendencies that can make friendship for people with ADHD very difficult and how Charlotte and Alex combat some of these obstaclesCommon thought patterns (and thought spirals) for people with ADHD and Rejection Sensitive Dyasphoria“Regulating” ourselves for our neurotypical friends – which might sometimes feel necessary but can also be hard work that keeps us from important experiencesLoneliness – the definition of it and the importance of rethinking what we actually want out of our friendships (which might not always be a big birthday party!)How a new neurodivergent diagnosis can be like bringing a new person into the equationResources & Links Charlotte Dover is an ADHD coach – follow her on Instagram, reach out to her via her website, and listen to her podcast, This Beautiful Chaos. Tune in to Episode 40: Strawberry Friends: Forming Supportive Friendships While Neurodivergent Like what you hear? Visit my website, leave me a voicemail, and follow me on Instagram!  Want to take this conversation a step further? Send this episode to a friend. Tell them you found it interesting and use what we just talked about as a conversation starter the next time you and your friend hang out!

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