The Bar is Ankle High

Bring your cocktails, shake your mocktails, and throw back those meds, because we are ready to take the world by chaos with our unique perspectives on life, love, friendships, and our experiences as 30-somethings who weren’t diagnosed with ADHD until recently looking back on our lives with the value of hindsight bolstered with thorough research. Medicated or not, this podcast is for you! Garet & Katie will be here every week discussing things from ADHD and mental health to the history of Tarot and Krampus - so tune in every Thursday to hitch a ride on our chaotic gravy train!

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4 days ago

Can you believe it?! It is our 100th episode and we are FINALLY getting our ADHD assessed! Not really - but this week Katie and Garet give each other made up ADHD assessments by asking questions that really get to the heart of living with ADHD as grown ass adult women who have bills and families and jobs. Will you be just as surprised as we were at our results? Tune in to find out. 
MOST IMPORTANTLY -- we have a huge announcement -- we are changing our podcast format to a seasonal format!!! We are taking a seasonal break starting THIS WEEK and will be back at the end of 2024. 
HOWEVER - our patreon subscribers will still be getting monthly bonus episodes even in the off-season. So join our Patreon now for just $5 per month at www.patreon.com/thebarisanklehigh . This new podcast format will allow us to do better and more in depth research and keep us from getting burned out and overwhelmed. With Garet returning to full time employment with a full time baby that still requires attention almost all of the time, and Katie's life getting busier and busier, and our unpaid intern still working full time as our editor PLUS he has an actual job that pays him real human dollars to do - we all thought this was the best way to ensure we continue to give you all the best content in the most consistent manner. We love you all and don't ever want to let you down so we hope you'll continue to support us!
The other great way to support us is by leaving us a 5-star review anywhere you find us and making sure you're following us on Instagram and Threads @thebarisanklehigh and on TikTok @anklehighpod. 
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Thursday Jul 04, 2024

This week Garet talks to us about over-stimulation. We've discussed sensory processing disorder but what happens to your brain when you're just overwhelmed by the texture of the chair you're sitting on or how hot you are or how many people are talking at the same time? Well, this week we discuss that and how some super aggressive monkeys near Puerto Rico stopped throwing poop at everyone when they got too hot. And if that's not relatable, what is? Overstimulation has physical and emotional implications and we dive into those aspects of it and we discuss ways to combat overstimulation without medication! 
 
You can check out our brand new merch at bit.ly/anklehighmerch and support us by joining our Patreon for just $5 per month at www.patreon.com/thebarisanklehigh where you'll get access to extended cut ad free audio and video episodes plus bonus episodes, be added to our close friends list on Instagram, and get an on-air shout out and goodies from us in the mail!
Make sure you're following us on Instagram @thebarisanklehigh to join in on the weekly episode title contest for your chance to win a free podcast logo sticker! We're also on TikTok where Katie posts a whole bunch of episode clips but also fun ADHD tidbits - so go follow us there at @anklehighpod
Finally, the best way to support us is to leave us a 5-star review anywhere you find us and share us to your IG stories to make sure all your friends know why you're laughing so much at work!!
The second-best way to support us is to support our ad sponsors:
Calm Strips: https://calmstrips.com/ Promo Code: LIMBO20
Wild Deodorant: https://zen.ai/dHUTZ7FL8hTa9viX9ft0Jw Promo Code: anklehigh
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E98: I've Got Worms

Thursday Jun 27, 2024

Thursday Jun 27, 2024

This week Garet teaches us all about aphantasia and hyperphantasia - words used to describe whether or not you are able to picture something in your mind's eye and to what extent you can picture something. It turns out - not everyone has a TV show running in their brains like Lizzie McGuire and that can make a difference when you're trying to remember important moments in your life - from happy memories like the birth of your child to really terrifying memories that are associated with PTSD. Garet explains this phenomenon to us and we discuss possible connections to increased rates of PTSD, dementia, and Alzheimer's. Head over to our Instagram post for today's episode and tell us where you fall on this Fantasia Barino spectrum!
You can check out our brand new merch at bit.ly/anklehighmerch and support us by joining our Patreon for just $5 per month at www.patreon.com/thebarisanklehigh where you'll get access to extended cut ad free audio and video episodes plus bonus episodes, be added to our close friends list on Instagram, and get an on-air shout out and goodies from us in the mail!
Make sure you're following us on Instagram @thebarisanklehigh to join in on the weekly episode title contest for your chance to win a free podcast logo sticker! We're also on TikTok where Katie posts a whole bunch of episode clips but also fun ADHD tidbits - so go follow us there at @anklehighpod
Finally, the best way to support us is to leave us a 5-star review anywhere you find us and share us to your IG stories to make sure all your friends know why you're laughing so much at work!!
The second-best way to support us is to support our ad sponsors:
Calm Strips: https://calmstrips.com/ Promo Code: LIMBO20
Zencastr: https://zen.ai/hbxFmHWJjfjA7r-Jy12hoA
 

Thursday Jun 20, 2024

We've referenced this topic in almost every single one of our episodes - but we've never actually examined the truth behind the common belief that ADHD is over-diagnosed these days. Katie took over the research this week to answer the question - are there ACTUALLY more people with ADHD these days, or is that just something old farts on social media want us to believe? Katie breaks down the studies that actually objectively measured the incidences of ADHD in children since 1997 and if you're late diagnosed like us, the answer will probably not surprise you. We also take a slight detour into the DONE ADHD president and CEO arrests from last week and what that federal indictment for drug trafficking charges can mean for continuing care for folks who used that app and service. 
If you are struggling to access your medications, please do not attempt to acquire your medication on the black market. You can find resources to safely wean yourself off of your ADHD meds here: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/adderall-addiction/adderall-taper/
 
You can check out our brand new merch at bit.ly/anklehighmerch and support us by joining our Patreon for just $5 per month at www.patreon.com/thebarisanklehigh where you'll get access to extended cut ad free audio and video episodes plus bonus episodes, be added to our close friends list on Instagram, and get an on-air shout out and goodies from us in the mail!
Make sure you're following us on Instagram @thebarisanklehigh to join in on the weekly episode title contest for your chance to win a free podcast logo sticker! We're also on TikTok where Katie posts a whole bunch of episode clips but also fun ADHD tidbits - so go follow us there at @anklehighpod
Finally, the best way to support us is to leave us a 5-star review anywhere you find us and share us to your IG stories to make sure all your friends know why you're laughing so much at work!!
The second-best way to support us is to support our ad sponsors:
Calm Strips: https://calmstrips.com/ Promo Code: LIMBO20
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Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10551769/
https://time.com/6271049/adhd-diagnoses-rising/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2024/06/13/telehealth-execs-arrested-100-million-fraud-adhd/74091441007/
https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2024/han00510.asp?utm_campaign=stat_plus_today&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_8LKypZ5PD6_juTiKIhxuFi9hs3sG7yaGJEhDNOEzu94iwUWEFYmcoG-qqjlxJqq1-OoRKKK-CJRaoXLk5J4ld8DstsQ&_hsmi=311534881&utm_content=311534881&utm_source=hs_email

E96: It's Poop Again!

Thursday Jun 13, 2024

Thursday Jun 13, 2024

Well, if you're in the United States then you know this year, 2024, is yet another election year. The thing is, even though the presidential election this year guarantees to be a dystopian rematch of the 2020 election and subsequent debauchery including everything from Rudy Guiliani's melting head outside an adult sex toy store and Four Seasons Total Landscaping to another breach of the Capitol Buildings, there's also EVERY SINGLE House of Representatives seat up for grabs as well as a good portion of the senate AND of course your local elections. 
That's a shitload of voting so we brought in our favorite Legislative Director, Sarah Spellman, who you might know on Instagram as @senatorspellman, or you might recognize their voice from their appearance on our Pride Month episodes from last year. This year, Sarah is bringing their expertise in elections to us to explain basic civics and how to pick a candidate - and also the best way to connect with your representatives so they know about the issues that really matter to you. So tune into this extra long episode and make sure you're registered to vote! 
You can check your registration status and find information about everyone you're eligible to vote for this year by heading over to www.vote.org (non-partisan!) 
Sources: 
Session Schedules - StateScape State Session Schedules
Schoolhouse Rock - I'm Just a Bill - YouTube
Mapping Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in U.S. State Legislatures in 2024 | American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org)
 
You can check out our brand new merch at bit.ly/anklehighmerch and support us by joining our Patreon for just $5 per month at www.patreon.com/thebarisanklehigh where you'll get access to extended cut ad free audio and video episodes plus bonus episodes, be added to our close friends list on Instagram, and get an on-air shout out and goodies from us in the mail!
Make sure you're following us on Instagram @thebarisanklehigh to join in on the weekly episode title contest for your chance to win a free podcast logo sticker! We're also on TikTok where Katie posts a whole bunch of episode clips but also fun ADHD tidbits - so go follow us there at @anklehighpod
Finally, the best way to support us is to leave us a 5-star review anywhere you find us and share us to your IG stories to make sure all your friends know why you're laughing so much at work!!
The second-best way to support us is to support our ad sponsors:
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E95: Ask Me Tomorrow

Thursday Jun 06, 2024

Thursday Jun 06, 2024

We're back with another episode of ADHD Would You Rather! Katie & Garet discuss various scenarios, such as cleaning out a closet vs. rebuilding a wardrobe, drinking coffee with missing elements vs. having perpetual coffee breath, waking up sweaty vs. waking up freezing cold, and being misunderstood vs. unable to explain oneself. They also touch on topics like sticky lip gloss vs. chapped lips and the band Phish. The conversation is light-hearted and humorous, with both Katie and Garet sharing their preferences and personal experiences. In this conversation, Garet and Katie discuss various topics, including plastic surgery, jaw reconstruction and it's impact on facial changes as demonstrated by our tweeny hearthrob, Zac Efron. No matter which of these you choose, remember to be kind to yourself, because the bar is ankle high!
You can check out our brand new merch at bit.ly/anklehighmerch and support us by joining our Patreon for just $5 per month at www.patreon.com/thebarisanklehigh where you'll get access to extended cut ad free audio and video episodes plus bonus episodes, be added to our close friends list on Instagram, and get an on-air shout out and goodies from us in the mail!
Make sure you're following us on Instagram @thebarisanklehigh to join in on the weekly episode title contest for your chance to win a free podcast logo sticker! We're also on TikTok where Katie posts a whole bunch of episode clips but also fun ADHD tidbits - so go follow us there at @anklehighpod
Finally, the best way to support us is to leave us a 5-star review anywhere you find us and share us to your IG stories to make sure all your friends know why you're laughing so much at work!!
The second-best way to support us is to support our ad sponsors:
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Zencastr: https://zen.ai/hbxFmHWJjfjA7r-Jy12hoA

E94: The True Secrets of NIMH

Thursday May 30, 2024

Thursday May 30, 2024

Remember a few weeks ago when Garet was talking about Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder and mentioned something about the use of dopamine to regulate pain levels? Well, that fun fact stuck in Katie's head in a big way so this week Katie teaches us about the connection between dopamine and pain perception - and can you believe it? It's different for folks who were assigned male at birth than it is for folks assigned female a birth! If ONLY we had seen this in every other study we've ever looked into...wait...oh yeah. We also discuss the effects that chronic pain has on the brain and dopamine production and reception and then discuss that gem of a commencement speech by Harrison Butker - because the bar is ankle high.
You can check out our brand new merch at bit.ly/anklehighmerch and support us by joining our Patreon for just $5 per month at www.patreon.com/thebarisanklehigh where you'll get access to extended cut ad free audio and video episodes plus bonus episodes, be added to our close friends list on Instagram, and get an on-air shout out and goodies from us in the mail!
Make sure you're following us on Instagram @thebarisanklehigh to join in on the weekly episode title contest for your chance to win a free podcast logo sticker! We're also on TikTok where Katie posts a whole bunch of episode clips but also fun ADHD tidbits - so go follow us there at @anklehighpod
Finally, the best way to support us is to leave us a 5-star review anywhere you find us and share us to your IG stories to make sure all your friends know why you're laughing so much at work!!
The second-best way to support us is to support our ad sponsors:
Calm Strips: https://calmstrips.com/ Promo Code: LIMBO20
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E93: Knife Knives

Thursday May 23, 2024

Thursday May 23, 2024

Have you ever thought your own home or apartment isn't designed for neurodivergence? Us too, that's why in this week's episode we're talking about what we would put in our ADHD Barbie Dream House from kitchens with no cabinets, kitchens with deep drawers, bathrooms made to fit tall and short people, and other personalized solutions for coping with our ADHD at home. 
 
You can check out our brand new merch at bit.ly/anklehighmerch and support us by joining our Patreon for just $5 per month at www.patreon.com/thebarisanklehigh where you'll get access to extended cut ad free audio and video episodes plus bonus episodes, be added to our close friends list on Instagram, and get an on-air shout out and goodies from us in the mail!
Make sure you're following us on Instagram @thebarisanklehigh to join in on the weekly episode title contest for your chance to win a free podcast logo sticker! We're also on TikTok where Katie posts a whole bunch of episode clips but also fun ADHD tidbits - so go follow us there at @anklehighpod
Finally, the best way to support us is to leave us a 5-star review anywhere you find us and share us to your IG stories to make sure all your friends know why you're laughing so much at work!!
The second-best way to support us is to support our ad sponsors:
Calm Strips: https://calmstrips.com/ Promo Code: LIMBO20
Zencastr: https://zen.ai/hbxFmHWJjfjA7r-Jy12hoA

E92: Spectrum Inception

Thursday May 16, 2024

Thursday May 16, 2024

Welcome to yet another topic inspired by Katie's endless scrolling on TikTok before it gets banned - today we're diving headfirst into Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder, a connective tissue disorder that affects joint stability. Although the video Katie sent Garet was discussing hyperextending your joints and how damaging that can be to your body over time, HSD can actually cause problems with your vascular system, intestines (think Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis), skin, and - you guessed it - your brain! We discuss Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and the connection between hypermobility and neurodivergence - so make sure you listen to the whole episode because we also discuss what these new and developing studies could mean for AFAB healthcare in the future.
You can check out our brand new merch at bit.ly/anklehighmerch and support us by joining our Patreon for just $5 per month at www.patreon.com/thebarisanklehigh where you'll get access to extended cut ad free audio and video episodes plus bonus episodes, be added to our close friends list on Instagram, and get an on-air shout out and goodies from us in the mail!
Make sure you're following us on Instagram @thebarisanklehigh to join in on the weekly episode title contest for your chance to win a free podcast logo sticker! We're also on TikTok where Katie posts a whole bunch of episode clips but also fun ADHD tidbits - so go follow us there at @anklehighpod
Finally, the best way to support us is to leave us a 5-star review anywhere you find us and share us to your IG stories to make sure all your friends know why you're laughing so much at work!!
The second-best way to support us is to support our ad sponsors:
Calm Strips: https://calmstrips.com/ Promo Code: LIMBO20
Zencastr: https://zen.ai/hbxFmHWJjfjA7r-Jy12hoA

E91: Breakfast With Tiffanies

Thursday May 09, 2024

Thursday May 09, 2024

Well, it finally happened - after 90 episodes our winning streak was broken and we lost one of our recordings. It doesn't matter why, all that matters is that it was Garet's fault and we've probably fixed the problem! 
In the meantime - this week we are giving you one of our Patreon Bonus Episode Deep Cuts with an episode where we discuss living with someone who has ADHD or being the person that someone else has to live with even though we have ADHD. Katie had just moved in with her boyfriend - the first time in five years that she's lived with a romantic partner. Katie shares the adjustments she and PK have had to make recently and Garet shares the things she's learned over the course of her decade-long (and we'll say successful) marriage. 
You can check out our brand new merch at bit.ly/anklehighmerch and support us by joining our Patreon for just $5 per month at www.patreon.com/thebarisanklehigh where you'll get access to extended cut ad free audio and video episodes plus bonus episodes, be added to our close friends list on Instagram, and get an on-air shout out and goodies from us in the mail!
Make sure you're following us on Instagram @thebarisanklehigh to join in on the weekly episode title contest for your chance to win a free podcast logo sticker! Finally, the best way to support us is to leave us a 5-star review anywhere you find us!!
The second-best way to support us is to support our ad sponsors:
Calm Strips: https://calmstrips.com/ Promo Code: LIMBO20
Zencastr: https://zen.ai/hbxFmHWJjfjA7r-Jy12hoA

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