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ADHD Awareness: 7 Keys to Unlocking Your ADHD Potential

ADHD Awareness Handout – .docx
ADHD Awareness Handout pdf – .pdf

ADHD Awareness Month Webinar 1 thOctober is ADHD Awareness Month.

During this special month, webinar host Zoë Kessler takes the hot seat during two special webinars you won’t want to miss.

ADHD manifests differently in each of us. Learning about YOUR ADHD is key to your health, success, and happiness. Knowledge is power, and during these powerful ADHD Awareness Month webinars, you’ll:

  • Learn the 7 key areas for ADHD success
  • Review the basics of ADHD in adults, and how it’s different in women
  • Discover where ADHD trips YOU up
  • Identify and maximize your unique ADHD Superpowers
  • Practice helpful techniques and find out what works for YOU
  • Regroup at the end of the month to share your newfound ADHD Awareness!
  • Connect with like-minded people to share tips and strategies to unlock your ADHD potential

Download the handouts with tips and strategies from our first session here:

ADHD Awareness Handout – .docx
ADHD Awareness Handout pdf – .pdf

Did you miss the first session? View the video replay here:

ADHD Awareness: 7 Keys to Unlocking Your ADHD Potential

In our second session, we regroup to see what worked and share more ideas about ADHD Awareness.

Zoë Kessler is a bestselling author, blogger, and speaker specializing in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in women. Having ADHD herself, Zoë’s been described as “Pippi Longstocking all grown up.”

Zoë blogs for Psych Central and The Huffington Post. Her latest book is ADHD According to Zoë – The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding Your Focus & Finding Your Keys (New Harbinger Publications).

She’s presented webinars and talks for TotallyADD, ADHDSupportTalk,, The Conference Board of Canada, The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, and many more.

ADHD from A to Zoë Included in ADDitude Magazine’s 2015 Top Blogs

adhd-zoeI’m excited to announce that my PsychCentral blog, ADHD from A to Zoë has been included in ADDitude Magazine‘s top blogs written by ADHD adults for 2015.

Writing my blog was a great way to explore all things ADHD. After all, I started writing it shortly after my own late-in-life diagnosis at age 47.  I had a lot of catching up to do. Writing and researching topics from ADHD and hyperactivity, to ADHD medications and everything in between was a great way to learn what I needed to know personally. Sharing my journey was a great way to build a community amongst other adults with ADHD who were also seeking information, support, and perhaps most importantly – a community of like-minded individuals.

Writing has always been a way for me to explore the world, both inner and outer. When writing, thoughts, ideas, and connections burble up that you didn’t even know were there. A piece can take you in a totally unexpected direction. It’s been a privilege sharing these sometime random thoughts with readers, and a delight to hear back from so many, expanding the dialogue and creating a safe space for us to feel accepted just as we are.

I haven’t been posting much lately; writing my book, ADHD According to Zoë, was an arduous (but worthwhile) process, after which I had to take some down time to recharge my writing batteries.

There are so many new ADHD offerings out there since I began my blog ADHD from A to Zoë. If you haven’t already, check out ADDitude Magazine’s 2015 listing of “Blogs We Love.” If you’re an adult with ADHD, you’re sure to find one that speaks to you.

Thanks, ADDitude!

In the Media

Author Zoë Kessler, ADHD According to Zoë, Global TV Toronto, The Morning ShowZoë Kessler has appeared on the following programs and in these articles, books, and documentaries:

HuffPost LIVE
Are We Studying ADHD Symptoms All Wrong?
(January 5, 2016) Watch.

Scientific American Mind Magazine, ADHD Grows Up (January 2014 Issue)

PsychScientific American Mind, January 2014 Up with Dr. Suzanne Philips, Adult Diagnosis with ADHD: From Trouble to Triumph (January 4, 2014) Listen.

ADDitude Magazine, ADHD Experts Podcast Episode: ADHD in Women – How to Unlock Your Potential After a Midlife Crisis (June 4, 2013) Listen.

Attention Talk Radio with host Jeff Copper (December 11, 2013) Listen.

ADHD Support Talk Radio with host Tara McGillicuddy (November 21, 2013) Listen.

Attention Talk Radio with host Jeff Copper (November 20, 2013) Listen.

Attention Talk Radio with host Jeff Copper (October 30, 2013) Listen.

TV COGECO, Cable 11 / HD Cable 700, Windsor, Plugged IN! with host Melanie Deveau (October 17, 2013)

Global TV News, Toronto, The Morning Show (October 9, 2013)

City TV, City News @ 6, Toronto (October 1, 2013)

CTV, Lifetime with Pauline Chan, Toronto (September 30, 2013)

CFRU 93.3, Guelph, Strange Brains Radio with host Alina K (September 5, September 12, 2013)

CKNX 920 A.M., The Talk Show with Bryan Allen, Wingham, ON (September 10, 2013)

TotallyADD Live Webinars with host Rick Green, ADHD According to Zoë (September 9, 2013)

Fast Minds – How to Thrive If You Have ADHD (Or Think You Might), by Craig Surman, M.D., Tim Bilkey, M.D. with Karen Weintraub, extensive interview coverage in best-selling trade book (September 2013)

Her Fast Mind – An In Depth Look at ADHD as it Affects Women, interview in documentary film by The Bilkey ADHD Clinic (2012)

Communiqué – the Publication of The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, cover story – In Person section (Fall/Winter 2011)MORE Magazine February March 2009

MORE Magazine, Spinning Out of Control – What Happens When the A in ADHD Stands for Adult? Finally, a guide for grown-ups (February/March 2009)

tvo, Toronto, Saturday Night at the Movies, feature interview, “Flirting with Adoption.” (2009)

Workplace Wellness and Mental Health 2013 Conference

Zoe Kessler presents at the Workplace Wellness and Mental Health 2013 Conference, Old Mill Inn, Toronto, Canada, June 19 2013

Photo ©David Moss-Cornett, June 2013

I had a wonderful time speaking to the delegates of this year’s Workplace Wellness and Mental Health 2013 Conference at the Old Mill Inn in Toronto, Canada!

Thanks so much to Executive Program Developer John Brewer for putting together an amazing, enlightening roster of expert speakers to address this much-needed topic; and also to The Conference Board of Canada for honouring me with the privilege of being the closing act!

At the last minute, my co-presenter Tim Bilkey, adult and adolescent psychiatrist and co-author of FAST MINDS, How to Thrive If You Have ADHD (Or Think You Might) was unable to attend, so I whipped up a mash-up of our presentations for an audience expecting to hear from BOTH sides of the couch.

The audience was warm, appreciative and engaged. And I’m willing to bet the majority of them (even as I write this) are home taking the Jasper/Goldberg Adult ADD Questionnaire (which I shared with them in response to a question about how to be diagnosed for ADHD).

Let me know if you’re part of the tribe, guys! And welcome if you are. We’re a pretty wild and wonderful bunch!

Zoe Kessler presents at the Workplace Wellness and Mental Health Conference 2013, Toronto, Canada

Does this candelabra work with my suit?
Photo ©David Moss-Cornett, June 2013

Zoë Kessler is Nominated as a 2013 Mental Health Hero

Zoë Kessler, 2013 Mental Health Hero

Zoë Kessler, 2013 Mental Health Hero

May is Mental Health Awareness month, established in 1946 by Mental Health Americana. As part of this intiative, in 2008 Chato B. Stewart, a popular Psych Central blogger and cartoonist (Mental Health Humor) began his Cartoon-a-Thon.

“The purpose of the Cartoon-A-Thon is to use humor and laughter as positive tools in dealing with emotional disturbances which effect many people and families due to mental illness,” says Stewart.

Each day in May, Stewart will draw a new Mental Health Hero, adding it to his growing online roster of those who make a difference through educating, supporting, and encouraging others with a wide variety of mental health concerns.

This year, Stewart’s children join in the fun, adding their own renderings of each nominee.

To see Stewart (and family’s) caricatures of Zoë Kessler, 2013 Mental Health Hero, visit Psych Central’s Zoe Kessler Mental Health Hero (nominated by Dr. John Grohol).

Read more about Stewart’s Cartoon-a-Thon initiative here: 2013 Mental Health Heros – Welcome Back!!!


Adoption Reunions Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary in Print!

Zoë Kessler’s award-winning book, Adoption Reunions: A Book for Adoptees, Birth Parents and Adoptive Families, celebrates 20 years in print in 2013. Published under Kessler’s adoptive name, Michelle McColm, Adoption Reunions first appeared in print in 1993, published by Second Story Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Adoption Reunions is now in its third print run and continues to help adult adoptees and their families to successfully navigate a reunion and the emotions that come with this life-changing event.


“Adoption Reunions is the most comprehensive book about reunions so far…”

Nancy Verrier, MFCC, adoptive mother and author of The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adoptive Child, California, U.S.A.



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