Being Human Podcast - Episode 102: ADHD and Me, w/ Teresa Violette

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 102 of the Being Human Podcast: ADHD and Me, w/ Teresa Violette

This week, special guest Teresa Violette joins Dr. Greg on the show to discuss her journey with ADHD and in being diagnosed as an adult. Teresa vulnerably shares how ADHD has impacted her life as well as what has helped her, while also offering encouragement for those with similar struggles.  

Discussed in this episode:

  • How symptoms of ADHD impacted Teresa’s early years and impacted her understanding of her identity; 
  • Common characteristics of ADHD and how it impacts daily functioning; 
  • Why ADHD is an inaccurate name for the disorder;
  • The challenges of marriage and motherhood as compounded by ADHD;
  • How fear, anxiety, and self-reliance can prevent us from accessing help;
  • The significance of receiving a diagnosis and Teresa’s experience in discerning whether to begin medication;
  • Hallmarks of the disorder and steps to take to be assessed for ADHD; 
  • Challenging the false narrative that “taking medication equals weakness”; 
  • Mindfulness as a tool that can help to slow down one’s reaction to triggering experiences;


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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their seven children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.