Voices of Compassion Podcast
Voices of Compassion Podcast

April 1, 2021

Living With ADHD in a Pandemic

About The Episode

ADHD is challenging enough under normal circumstances, let alone in a pandemic. Between working from home and distance learning, both students and adults can experience feelings of isolation, loneliness, distraction and boredom. Important tasks can get overlooked or ignored without the typical structure and oversight of the office or classroom. We sat down with Ross Loofbourrow, an adult with ADHD who’s learned to embrace his differences as strengths and tap into his hyper-focus in a positive way. Ross believes ADHD is a superpower: in this episode, he’ll not only explain why, but share tips that may just make you feel the same way.

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Guest Info

Ross Loofbourrow headshot

Ross Loofbourrow


Apple Retail Manager, Apple Inc.

Ross grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains next to the Silicon Valley diagnosed with an ADHD brain and auditory processing challenges in 2nd grade which became quite the adventure — full of challenges and surprises! He graduated with a B.A. degree in Communication Studies from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. After graduating from college in 2009, he joined Apple Inc working in the Apple Stores throughout the Bay Area. Over the past 11.5 years, he has called 5 different Apple Stores home contributing in a variety of capacities for Apple Retail including Sales, Customer Support, Hiring, Recruiting, Training, Leadership, and currently as a Manager. Ross has helped lead teams including hundreds of talented and diverse individuals in fast-paced and ever-changing environments. He continues today motivating dynamic teams of people at Apple Retail with his contagious energy and zest for life! He loves to share his story of hope, discovery, tenacity, and drive which inspires and encourages anyone on their own ADHD journey.

Show Notes

Working remotely while the kids distance learn from the dining room table and the dishwasher’s full and the couch covered in laundry and the dog needs a walk and it’s already snack time even though you just cleaned up breakfast…The past year has been a time of distraction and overwhelm for all of us, especially those with learning and attention differences. ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental condition that affects about 9% of children in the U.S. between the ages of 3 and 17. In today’s podcast episode, we’re talking with Ross Loofbourrow, an adult with ADHD who has learned throughout his lifetime to use his differences to his advantage, and leverage his strengths as superpowers. Ross will share his experiences living through a pandemic with ADHD — the joys, the struggles, and the strategies he’s learned along the way.

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