What actually is ADHD?

By Ian Anderson Gray with Tamara Rosier

Smart ADHD Podcast

Episode 1

Duration: 22 minutes 30 seconds

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March 19, 2024

What is ADHD?

Welcome to the first episode of the Smart ADHD Podcast, where we dive deep into the world of ADHD, especially for the smart and creative. I'm your host, Ian Anderson Gray, and in this episode, we're exploring the fundamental question: What actually is ADHD?

We're joined by the insightful Dr. Tamara Rosier, author of "Your Brain's Not Broken" and a beacon of knowledge and support in the ADHD community. With a rich background spanning education, leadership consulting, and ADHD coaching, Dr. Rosier brings a wealth of experience and empathy to our discussion.


  • Introduction to ADHD: We start with the basics, breaking down the misconceptions and stigmas surrounding ADHD. Dr. Rosier explains it as a neurological difference, not a defect, highlighting the challenges and strengths that come with it.
  • Emotional Regulation and ADHD: A significant focus is placed on emotional regulation, or often the lack thereof, in individuals with ADHD. Dr. Rosier shares personal anecdotes and professional insights into how this core challenge affects daily life.
  • The ADHD Brain Explained: The conversation delves into the neurological aspects of ADHD, emphasizing the unreliable access to the prefrontal cortex and how it impacts executive functions, emotional responses, and daily tasks.
  • ADHD and Intelligence: Addressing a common myth, Dr. Rosier speaks about the relationship between ADHD and intelligence, reassuring that ADHD does not preclude one from being smart or successful.
  • Living with ADHD: Both Ian and Dr. Rosier share their journeys and struggles with ADHD, offering a candid look into the realities of navigating life, relationships, and work with this condition.
  • Looking Ahead: The episode wraps up with a look forward to Dr. Rosier’s upcoming book, “You, Me, And Our ADHD Family,” and the importance of understanding ADHD within familial and personal relationships.

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About Tamara Rosier

Dr. Rosier's diverse professional journey encompasses roles as a college administrator, professor, leadership consultant, high school teacher, ADHD coach, and business owner. Through these varied experiences, she has gained invaluable insights into ADHD and its impact on individuals' lives. As the founder of the ADHD Center of West Michigan, Dr. Rosier guides a dedicated team of coaches, therapists, and speech pathologists in assisting individuals, parents, and families as they develop a deep understanding of themselves and acquire practical skills to navigate life with ADHD. Her books, "Your Brain's Not Broken" and "You, Me, and Our ADHD Family," offer practical strategies for addressing the potent emotional dimensions of living with ADHD.

Ian Anderson Gray

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