The double-edged sword: ADHD and impulsivity | Kimberly Quinn | TEDxAmoskeagMillyard

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There are oodles of research on ADHD in young people. However, there is a dearth of research on the ways ADHD affects seasoned adults and the impact this medically-defined disorder has on their lives. Dr. Kimbery Quinn helps us better understand the ways that ADHD affects adults, the issues they might face in relationships and life, and ways to reframe and help support those we know with this condition. As a professor at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, Dr. Kimberly Quinn teaches cognitive and positive psychology. She’s also a workshop facilitator, who frequently speaks on a variety of topics related to positive psychology, well-being, trauma-informed education, and mindfulness training for schools (students and/or faculty), human services agencies, and business organizations. Her recent research is on the influence of social media on the well-being of college students.

Prior to teaching, Kimberly was a child and family therapist, specializing in working with those with ADHD. She said, “ADHD is a misnomer: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder should be ASHD (Attention Surplus High-energy Difference). ADHD is also a gift, due to one’s enhanced ability for divergent thinking – creativity and innovation.” This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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