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Sensitive: A Documentary for HSP’s

The countdown is on! Seven days are all that’s left to change the world for the better.

But let me begin at the beginning.

Being diagnosed with ADHD at 47 was a revelation. It explained so much about my life, there was no way I could imagine having another experience that paralleled the insights from learning about ADHD (for example, why the only part about Martha Stewart I could understand was the jail part; at the time of my diagnosis I was about five years behind in my income tax).

Then I read The Highly Sensitive Person by Dr. Elaine Aron. I wept as I read the book. Not only did I see myself on almost every page, I’m an HSP. You could say reading Aron’s book was a meta-experience.

Finally, my post-it festooned copy of Driven to Distraction had found a mate. Like Hallowell’s classic tome, Aron’s book deepened my understanding of why I was the way I was: a natural-born drama Queen.

Aron, a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and pre-eminent researcher in the field of sensitivity says that 15 to 20% of the population have the genetic trait that leads to hypersensitivity. According to some ADHD experts like Dr. Gabor Maté (author of Scattered Minds: A New Look At The Origins And Healing Of Attention Deficit Disorder) believe being highly sensitive, both emotionally and physically, is an inherent ADHD trait.

No wonder I bawled my eyes out while reading Aron’s book. I’ve been living the double whammy of ADHD and HSP (now turning both into a double blessing).

When I’ve interviewed Aron, the depth and breadth of her understanding of sensitivity, her research, and her passion for the topic (she’s an HSP herself) was remarkable. I’ve mentioned her book to countless people, and now she’s giving me (and you!) a fantastic opportunity to help spread the word about HSPs.

There are only 7 days left in the campaign. I hope you’ll join us.

I’m delighted to share that Aron’s got a feature-length documentary film called Sensitive – The Untold Story in the works. You can see a trailer here:

Sensitive – The Untold Story Documentary Trailer

Since reading books isn’t always a favorite thing for people with ADHD, Aron’s doc will give us an excellent opportunity to learn more about being highly sensitive.

It will also do what we’re trying so hard to do in the field of ADHD: spread research-based information, bust stereotypes, help remove stigma, and empower the more sensitive among us by helping us to see the trait in a positive light.

Those of us with ADHD have a great role to play in our communities around the world, but we need to learn to embrace our talents, gifts, and strengths and deflect or overturn the misunderstanding and stereotypes we’ve been foisted with throughout history. Like ADHD, the percentage of people with the HSP trait is constant around the globe. And also similarly, highly sensitive people are like the Canaries in the coal mine: there’s a reason a certain percentage of us carry the trait.

I believe we need our HSPs now more than ever. With the world changing at such a rapid pace, and not always for the better, those who are highly sensitive not only feel, but are in a position to articulate the real danger in following the trajectory humankind appears to be following.

Help spread the word! The more highly sensitive people we can empower and rally to use our gifts, the more the world will have a fighting chance. Even if we manage only to foster self-esteem and self-confidence in HSPs, the ripple effect will make the world a kinder, better place. The effects will be incalculable.

Check out Aron’s trailer and her Kickstarter page and decide for yourself. For me, contributing to this worthy project is a no-brainer.

There are only 7 days left in the campaign. I hope you’ll join us.


Not sure if you’re an HSP? Here are some suggestions:

1 ) Read Aron’s book, The Highly Sensitive Person

2 ) Visit Aron’s website and sign up for her newsletter, Comfort Zone

3 ) Read Gabor Maté’s book, Scattered Minds: A New Look At The Origins And Healing Of Attention Deficit Disorder, Chapter 7, “Emotional Allergies: ADD and Sensitivity”

4 ) Check out 10 Signs That You’re An HSP and see if you can relate!


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Sensitive: A Documentary for HSP’s

Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

Zoë Kessler is an award-winning author, journalist, and speaker specializing in women and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD / ADD).

A frequent contributor to ADDitude Magazine, Kessler has also created video, standup comedy, and guest blogs on ADHD and Marriage covering ADHD-related topics.

Zoë, an internationally recognized ADHD expert, has been interviewed on radio and featured in magazine articles, documentaries, and books on the topic of women and ADHD across North America.

Her newly-released memoir ADHD According to Zoë - The Real Deal on relationships, Finding Your Focus & Finding Your Keys (New Harbinger Publications, 2013) about life with ADHD is now available.

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Kessler, Z. (2014). Sensitive: A Documentary for HSP’s. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 29, 2020, from


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