“Break the Chains of Shame”

The Shame-ADD Connection

Shame - woman bars (1)Is SHAME controlling your life?

  • Do you feel unworthy and believe that each time you make a mistake, it's one more validation of how worthless you are?
  • Do you strive to be perfect in the hopes that perfection will make you seem as good as everyone else?
  • Do you live in fear that others will find out how secretly disorganized, late, careless or stupid you really are?
  • Has your pattern of avoidance dealing with situations after you've messed up led to lost money, jobs, opportunities and relationships?

If you've answered “yes” to at least two of these questions, then SHAME is a dominant factor in your life. You may not even be consciously aware of how strongly your feelings of inadequacy influence your BEHAVIOR. In fact, shame is such a powerful negative influence on those with ADD / ADHD that it often leads to more difficulties than ADD itself!

The Coaches' Approach to Shame

Coaches specializing in working with ADD / ADHD Adults are well aware that low self-esteem is a common problem. The typical coaching approach is to help ADDers learn strategies to make them achieve successes and reach their goals. As people succeed, their self-esteem regarding accomplishment rises. But this approach is sabotaged when an ADDer is immersed in shame. In fact, all too often, pervasive shame keeps ADDers from learning and practicing successful strategies in the first place!


In February, 2006, a Thrive with ADD Survey about shame uncovered how serious the problem was. More than 500+ ADD / ADHD Adults responded to the survey. – 98% were plagued by some degree of shame – Most practiced avoidance due to shame – Avoidance made the issue worse for 65% Despite the realization that avoiding a problem caused more severe consequences, most shame-based ADDers were unable to break out of their patterns. Clearly, a solution was needed to change habitual negative thinking and self-sabotaging behavior FAST!

Break out of the Shame-Based Patterns that Sabotage Your Life

Shame poses a particular problem with ADD / ADHD Adults, compounding the challenges of procrastination and perfectionism we may already have. This combination of ADD tendencies and shame-based behavior can do significant damange to your quality of life. In this 90-minute class, you will learn:

  • Why ADDers are especially susceptible to shame-based thinking.
  • How to identify when your thinking is an illogical, knee-jerk shame reaction, and what to do about it.
  • Why mistaken beliefs about non-ADDers' abilities feed into a shame pattern and make it worse.
  • How shame intensifies the problems inherent with common ADD traits like perfectionism, procrastination, disorganization and lateness.
  • How shame keeps you operating in a powerless “victim” mode that stops you from getting ahead.
  • Simple strategies you can begin practicing immediately to break your chains of shame.

Using a combination of lecture and inter-active discussion, we will talk about the origins of shame and suggest some “thought exercises” to incorporate into your lives that will help pull you out of crippling shame-based thinking. Then you'll learn five simple – yet profound – tools to change your dysfunctional behavior patterns.

“Break the Chains of Shame” Teleclass Leaders

“Thrive with ADD” Coach Bonnie Mincu hosts this interactive teleclass featuring Business & ADHD Coach Nancy Snell.


Bonnie is the coach and founder of Thrive with ADD and has been coaching and training ADD / ADHD Adults since 2001. Bonnie has created numerous solutions-based webinar programs, telephone classes, e-books and “Thrive with ADD Workshop” for ADD / ADHD Adults. Bonnie has been giving her Workshop at New York University's Continuing Education Division since 2004. Bonnie's professional background includes Fortune 50 marketing management, entrepreneurship and corporate consulting, training and executive coaching. In typical ADD / ADHD fashion, she had changed careers several times by her 40's, and as well as becoming an avid oil painter.

Featured Expert, NANCY SNELL, CEC, ACC

Nancy Snell is a certified professional business coach specializing in Adult ADD and workplace issues. Her ADHD training and her own deep, personal story and understanding of shame's insidious influence on ADD / ADHD makes her a compelling speaker on this topic.

Prior to becoming a Coach, Nancy's career spanned 25+ years in broadcast television media buying and sales, marketing, consulting and new business development. During those years, however, the compliments she habitually received on her achievements, capabilities, looks and talent always ‘felt odd'. To the outside world, by all standards, she looked perfect and was a success in life; highly achieving both personally and professionally. The insides were another story. She often felt overwhelmed by life, terrified of nameless things, anxious, confused, hopeless, resentful, and depressed. This internal conflict was in direct opposition to all of her outward appearances.

Since she was diagnosed with ADHD 15 years ago, she stopped wondering, searching and feeling shame about her very existence. She finally understood that what was underlying all of the bad feelings she had about herself her whole life was toxic shame- the all pervasive feeling that told her that she was fundamentally flawed.

Nancy's clients are highly functioning, successful adults who routinely struggle with ‘ADD- like' issues (such as procrastination, managing frustration, perpetual overwhelm) and often feel like they can't quite seem to get their act together, even though all they do is try!  She is a sought after AD/HD expert on national and Internet radio, contributing writer to FOCUS Magazine, Small Business Review and Leadership Excellence magazine. She was a featured expert in January 2008 on Good Housekeeping's premiere television series Change for Good which ran on WABC-TV in NY. In her coaching practice, she works extensively with ADHD Adults.

Together, Bonnie Mincu and Nancy Snell bring a powerhouse of empathic insight combined with practical solutions to the burden that shame creates in many so many ADD / ADHD Adults. If you've been avoiding situations and creating additional difficulties for yourself because of shame, be prepared to change your approach, and change your life!

Listen at your convenience – 90 minutes

Price  $37


  • No need to take notes! Ours are easy to read and follow.
  • Download notes and audio to your own computer, to listen, read and learn at your convenience.

Details to DOWNLOAD the recording and notes will be emailed to you when you register.

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