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Last Week to Sign up at Special Rates: The Queens Clear Clutter!

Posted on October 27, 2014



The Queens of Distraction ADHD Awareness Month Special!



Do you want to:

  • Kick clutter to the curb?
  • See the surface of your tables again?
  • Get help getting started on your projects and start feeling good about yourself?

Come hang out with me in a secret, private room online with other women with ADD, who “get” your challenges and are there to offer support.

We meet throughout the week to get a handle on what is driving you CRAZY. It’s all about taking charge and finally making that decision to dive in. Be a part of this special group- we hold each other accountable but with compassion and understanding. Because we “get” it- we live it!

Imagine a place where you could be yourself. A place with accountability and support. A place where you don’t have to hide or feel ashamed of your ADHD habits. A place that celebrates the best in you and that helps you deal with the worst. That place is Terry Matlen’s Queens of Distraction Group! There, you will find encouragement and understanding along with the needed accountability. It is nice to not feel so alone with this thing called ADHD! 

- Paula 

Come connect with other women with ADHD and feel safe, accepted and understood.
 Register today HERE  and feel the relief of getting your life back under control. But hurry! Special rates end October 31!

Welcome home!

ADHD Awareness Expo Starts NOW through Nov 1. Listen to my session!

Posted on October 26, 2014

The 5th annual ADHD Awareness Expo is being held the week of October 26th through November 1st and the best part about it is that there’s no travel required. That’s right – it’s held virtually, so all you need to do is grab a comfortable seat at your computer and explore all the ADHD products, services and options available to you.

Some of the top ADHD experts in the country will be sharing information via short videos, plus there’s an exhibit hall with even more information and resources. I’ll be there! You can watch my session on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1pm, where I’ll be sharing some secret tips on how to handle stress when you have ADHD. Plus, all session attendees will receive a free gift!  Mine is a secret, but I think you’ll like it.

The Expo is such a great opportunity to gather information, find out more and simply interact with the ADHD community – did I mention attendance is free? That’s right, all of this information, at your fingertips, from the comfort of your own home – free.

I’d love to “see” you there! Just follow the link to register and claim your free spot to attend:

Watch my Webinar: “How Women With ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, And Get More Done!”

Posted on October 25, 2014



On Oct 22, 2014, I hosted a webinar and Q/A: The Queen of Distraction:  “How Women With ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, And Get More Done!” I shared real tips on how to stay focused and get organized (and more)…and fielded GREAT questions from the audience. Nearly 300 signed up for the event and it was a blast!

If you missed the live event, you can watch it HERE.   Two lucky attendees won copies of my book, “The Queen of Distraction“. Check back here soon and find out who the lucky winners are. Or subscribe to my newsletter HERE - where the winners will also be posted shortly.

Didn’t win? You can order the book on Amazon HERE.

Stay tuned for more contests!

Does Everything Annoy You? You’re Not Alone

Posted on October 20, 2014



People say I’m an extremely patient person. But you know what? I’m not. Things annoy me. Lots of things- just ask my husband. And if you think I’m just a good natured sort of gal, always smiling and engaging, you might be surprised to know that I’m most likely totally distracted and annoyed by:


  • The sticky glob on the floor that my unfortunate foot just stepped on.
  • Hearing someone talking on their cell phone while I’m trying to hear what you’re saying.
  • Having to wait in line.
  • Hearing mouth breathing over the phone by the computer tech guy.
  • Smelling the perfume on some gal coming towards me… a block away.
  • The tiny irregularity of my newly crowned molar that my tongue can’t seem to leave alone.
  • The driver ahead of me going 30 in a 50-mph zone.
  • The food stain on your chin that I cannot stop staring at.
  • Mosquito bites.

……….and the list goes on. And on and on and on. And it drives me crazy.

I was reading a thread on Facebook the other day where a woman posted how she goes bonkers when she hears mouth noises. Smack. Smack. Chew. Chew. And you know what? I totally get it.

But why is this? My experience is that these irritating  annoyances are very commonly seen in people with ADHD. Of course, we are a distracted bunch and it makes sense that such things would drive us off course (and want us to drive over a cliff).

Could there be more to it? Is it that we simply notice more things than others? Then why is this called Attention DEFICIT? Is it that we’re wired to feel and experience things more strongly and thus, we react too strongly?

Is it being impulsive and not being patient enough to just let things slide?

Or is it all of the above?

What drives you over the edge? And how do you deal with it? Please share in the Comment Section below.



ADD Consults Wins Best of the Web – Blog award from Psych Central!

Posted on October 16, 2014


Proud and humbled to announce that my blog has just been named as Best of the Web – Blog award from The top ten list in ADHD was compiled with input from PsychCentral readers, an associate editor, and Dr. Grohol, founder/director of PsychCentral. This is a huge honor!

Thanks to all of you who visit and who have supported my work for the last 20 years. See the list of winners at

Terry’s Special ADHD Events: Time Sensitive- Don’t Miss Out!

Posted on October 15, 2014

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Are You Aware That It’s ADHD Awareness Month? Check out my very special events and come celebrate with me! Here’s how:


1. Win an autographed copy of my new book, “The Queen of Distraction“. Contest ends October 21. Enter HERE.

2. Join me for a fun, informative webinar October 22 from 8pm EST- 9pm EST:  “HOW WOMEN WITH ADHD CAN CONQUER CHAOS, FIND FOCUS, AND GET MORE DONE!”.

I’ll be sharing real tips on how to stay focused and get organized (and more).
Bring your questions, I’ll provide answers…and…one lucky attendee will win an autographed copy of my book,The Queen of Distraction.” Pssst- there is no fee to attend!
Register today

3. To celebrate ADHD Awareness Month, I’m offering deep (and I mean, really deep) discounts to the Queens of Distraction exclusive online group coaching program. But…regular pricing returns after October 22, so join today HERE

Can’t wait to connect with you online! 

Do Your Hormones Make You “ADD Crazy”?

Posted on October 06, 2014



It always amazes me how much we have yet to understand about ADHD. What worries me more is how much professionals still need to learn about ADHD.

For example:

Recently a woman was worried about her ADD symptoms getting worse. As we talked, it became clear that she was entering perimenopause. Her mood worsened a week before and during her periods and her appetite was out of control. But what really put her over the edge was how much worse her memory and other cognitive symptoms were each month. Since her periods were becoming irregular, she couldn’t prepare herself and see these changes coming. She was more forgetful, having more brain “fog” and lost her temper more easily.

I often suggest to women who are having hormonal changes that affect their ADHD to first talk to their doctor about possibly changing up their ADD meds (I’m not a doctor so cannot offer advice, however…some docs will increase their patients’ ADD meds or add an antidepressant if needed).

Do you find that your thinking isn’t as sharp around the time of your periods? Do you feel more irritable and cranky, even more so than before perimenopause? Are you more forgetful? Do you worry you might have early onset dementia/Alzheimer’s? These are all valid concerns, and I address an entire chapter to hormones in my new book, The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get it all Done.

What to do in the meantime? Talking to your health care provider about your worsening symptoms is imperative. In addition to tweaking your ADD meds (and maybe adding an antidepressant if warranted), your doctor might also consider hormone replacement therapy if indicated. Bottom line- get medical advice!

In addition to that, pay attention (I know, ha ha) to what specific symptoms are worsening during this time in your life. Begin coming up with a plan and share it with your family. Explain to them that the changes in your behavior are due to the hormone/ADD combo. Make healthy changes in your life (I know I don’t even have to go into those specifics- you know what they are), but also, find ways to make your life easier during those rough days. For example, try not to schedule in stressful activities or take on additional work responsibilities. If possible, cut back on your hours at work. Take extra special care of yourself by spending more time doing what you enjoy.

Hormonal changes can be troublesome and for many, the ADD symptoms get worse, but there are ways to deal with that. Many post-menopausal women find that their moods level out significantly, so that alone is something to look forward to!

How about you? What changes are you noticing that relate to your hormones? Share them below in the comment section!


Want to Win an Autographed Copy of My New Book?

Posted on October 01, 2014

Watch the video below, then read the rules below that. Good luck, everyone! Contest closes October 21, 2014, so hurry!


Ready to enter? To win an autographed copy of my new book, The Queen of Distraction, follow the directions below! 

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1. Go to the ADD Consults Facebook page . Be sure to “like” the page if you’re not already a fan. Once there, “like” the contest post.

2. Under the contest post there, leave a brief comment on why you’d like to win a copy of the book. 

3. Along with your comment, post your name (first name is acceptable) and email address so I know how to contact you should you be the lucky winner. Feel free to share the post with your friends.

Must be 16 years of age or older. Open to U.S. and Canada residents only. Only one entry per person.

More details: Contest runs October 1, 2014 – until 11:30 pm EST October 21, 2014. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Facebook between October 22-24, 2014.

Click HERE for complete rules. Facebook is in no way affiliated with this contest. Good luck!

Win a Galley Copy of my New Book!

Posted on September 26, 2014



Win a galley copy of my new book, “The Queen of Distraction”, but hurry- contest closes Sept. 30! At Goodreads!

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Terry’s Top Picks to Make Life with ADD Easier

Posted on September 21, 2014

So here I lay, sick in bed with some killer virus that seems to morph from one symptom into another. Since I can’t really think of anything ADHD related in this fog minded state, I thought I’d share some products I think you’ll enjoy that will make your life easier. Enjoy- and…do not catch this awful bug!



iPhone Lanyard



Sink Caddy


Sak Purse

Terry’s Favorite Purse


Mammoth Grid

Mammoth Grid Wall Calendar


Mousepad To-Do


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I Can’t Sleep Journal




To Accomplish Sticky Notes



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And of course, my book, hot off the presses: The Queen of Distraction!