Distraction with Dr. Ned Hallowell

Distraction with Dr. Ned Hallowell

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Struggling with distractions in this amped up world?


Should Ned Stick to What He Knows?
Jul 9 • 9 min
Should Dr. H avoid talking about politics, money, religion, sex and other non-ADHD topics on this podcast? Ned reacts to an email he received from a listener and reaches out to listeners for feedback. Share your thoughts with us at…
Dr. H Answers Your ADHD Questions
Jul 7 • 33 min
Ned responds to listener emails this week about ADHD and… medication and addiction, anxiety issues, sensory processing disorder symptoms, OCD and the pandemic, and more. Email Dr. H at connect@distractionpodcast.com. Shop OmegaBrite CBD at…
Ned’s Short List of Good Distractions
Jul 2 • 8 min
Pandemic-life these days can be quite stressful, so finding ways to give your brain a break is key to maintaining a healthy balance. Our host shares a few of the things he’s been doing to take his mind off of current events. Reach out to us at…
Gratitude And Pasta
Jun 30 • 26 min
Connection guru Chris Schembra joins our host for a lively conversation about his new book and how his “7:47 Club” dinners have fostered gratitude, empathy and human connection in his life and thousands of others. Reach out to us! Record a voice memo and…
Stop and Smell the Roses May Be a Cliche, But It’s Still Good Advice
Jun 25 • 7 min
Dr. H reveals the details of a special day he recently shared with his family, as he reminds us that during the pandemic it’s especially important to take time to appreciate the small things. Reach out to us! Email connect@distractionpodcast.com. Learn…
The Sleep Benefits of CBD with OmegaBrite Wellness
Jun 24 • 11 min
Dr. Carol Locke of OmegaBrite Wellness shares how CBD supplements improve sleep. She and Ned talk about why CBD works and discuss a recent study that has shown promising results. This episode is made possible by our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness.…
What You Tell Yourself Matters
Jun 23 • 23 min
Be careful what you tell yourself! Listen as Dr. H talks with Steven Campbell about how your brain is always paying attention. Reach out to us! Send an email to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Learn more about our sponsor, OmegaBrite CBD! Distraction…
Homemade Hamburger Buns, Inflatable Pools and Making Each Day Special
Jun 18 • 7 min
Dr. H shares feelings that many will be able to identify with, and offers some ideas on how to find a little bit of joy in each day. Email us and tell us how you’re doing at connect@distractionpodcast.com. Learn more about our sponsor, OmegaBrite CBD!…
Now Is the Time to Rethink Your Plans
Jun 16 • 23 min
A conversation about the pros and cons of the gap year approach. Our host shares his own experience with taking a gap year. Email us at connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction listeners SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Podcast2020 at…
Turning Tragedy Into a Catalyst for Connection
Jun 11 • 7 min
Dr. H once thought about practicing medicine on a hippie commune! This surprising fact emerges as our host reflects on the past and shares his hope for the future, as it relates to Black Lives Matter and the pandemic. Share your thoughts with us. Email…
One Mom’s 17 Year Journey to Find the Right Treatment
Jun 9 • 37 min
Marla has been trying to find the right treatment plan for her autistic son for nearly two decades. A spontaneous friendship turns out to be a key player in the dramatic transformation of her son. Share your thoughts at connect@distractionpodcast.com.…
Race and Privilege
Jun 4 • 10 min
Dr. Hallowell talks about the murder of George Floyd, racism, and his own white privilege. Want to help? Support the Black Lives Matter movement with a donation. Learn more about our newest sponsor, OmegaBrite CBD, online at…
How One Teacher Is Streamlining Digital Learning
May 28 • 4 min
Our host shares some of what he learned in a recent conversation with Tasha Otenti, a teacher at Milton Academy in Massachusetts, about how she’s adapted her teaching style to accommodate distance learning. Do you have a question or comment for Dr.…
Shift Your Focus from Getting to Giving
May 26 • 17 min
Bob Burg believes that providing value to others is the path to success. He joins Dr. H for a conversation about why one person is more successful than another, along with his 5 laws for success. His book The Go-Giver has sold over 1 million copies! Reach…
Supporting Each Other Is Critical Right Now
May 21 • 5 min
This mini episode came from an experience our host had just this week while buying a birthday present for his wife, Sue. He shares the story along with a reminder to look for ways to support the people in your own community. Do you have a question or…
Managing Your ADHD in the Pandemic
May 19 • 26 min
Dr. H addresses several questions from listeners including getting diagnosed while in quarantine, educational accommodations, impulsive versus compulsive, and the upside of being forced to slow down. And on a lighter note, Ned learns he’s not alone in his…
The Pandemic Is Forcing Us To Get Creative
May 14 • 5 min
We’re all living in a world of “instead,” as Dr. H puts it. The most obvious one being you stay home, instead of going to school, work, etc. Over the past few months we’ve all had to improvise and adjust our plans one way or another just to navigate daily…
4 Core Areas for Self-Assessment
May 12 • 20 min
There are four basic pieces that form the foundation for executive functioning. In this episode you’ll learn what they are and how to look at these areas to assess how you can help yourself. Rebecca Shafir, an ADHD coach at the Hallowell Center, offers…
Be A Weaver, Not A Ripper
May 7 • 7 min
As the pandemic continues, Dr. Hallowell checks in with listeners and encourages everyone to put aside differences and come together to get thru this. Be a “weaver,” as David Brooks put it in his recent NY Times op-ed. Share your thoughts with us! Write…
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Distance Learning in a Pandemic
May 5 • 14 min
Today’s conversation focuses on the current state of distance learning and its effects on students. Adam Man, Head of Forman School, a prep school in CT for students who learn differently, shares how his students are adapting and offers advice for those…
5 Tips for Parenting in a Pandemic
Apr 29 • 9 min
Dr. H offers five ways to help you manage your kids while quarantined. These are simple things everyone can employ— even if your kids don’t have ADHD. Learn more about our newest sponsor, OmegaBrite CBD at http://www.OmegaBriteWellness.com. Learn more…
How to Stop Losing Your Stuff with How to ADHD and Landmark College
Apr 29 • 14 min
Jessica McCabe of How to ADHD shares a bunch of useful tips and strategies to help you stop losing things in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. Email us at connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is created by…
An ADHD Diagnosis Is Good News
Apr 28 • 26 min
Pediatric neurologist, Dr. Sarah Cheyette believes that while ADHD has its challenges, getting diagnosed actually allows people to become much stronger versions of themselves! Shop our sponsor OmegaBrite CBD online at OmegaBriteWellness.com. Learn about…
The Side Effects Of Our “New Normal”
Apr 23 • 8 min
Now that the novelty of living life in a pandemic has worn off, we’re finding ourselves feeling more tired, sad and on-edge. Dr. H opens up about how he’s been feeling lately and asks listeners to do the same. Email us at connect@distractionpodcast.com.…
Your ADHD Questions Answered
Apr 21 • 32 min
Not everyone sees ADHD as a gift, as one listener wrote to us. Dr. H responds and answers questions about ADHD and medication, depression, anxiety, struggles with executive function skills and more. Reach out! Email connect@distractionpodcast.com.…
Ned’s Tale of Impulsivity and an Ozone Generator
Apr 16 • 7 min
ADHD and impulsivity often go hand in hand, and our host is no exception. This week Dr. H shares a humorous story about a recent purchase he made without thinking it through. Email us at connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is created by Sounds…
If You’re Feeling Desperate or Down Dr. H Has a Message For You
Apr 15 • 8 min
If you are feeling desperate, down, or full of pain right now, Dr. Hallowell has a message for you. He shares some words of comfort through a “letter” he wrote a few years ago after experiencing his own feelings of desperation. We’d love to hear from you.…
Managing Relationship Stress During the Pandemic
Apr 14 • 29 min
Ned’s wife Sue talks about the ups and downs of married life when neither partner can leave the house. They share some real examples of the struggles they’ve encountered over the past few weeks, and offer ideas on how to manage parenting, jobs, and…
Tips for Learning from Home with How to ADHD and Landmark College
Apr 10 • 15 min
Jessica McCabe shares a ton of practical tips for making a successful transition to learning or working from home in this special episode brought to you by Landmark College in Putney, VT, the college of choice for students who learn differently. Reach out…
Riding the Wave of Emotional Overdrive
Apr 9 • 6 min
Dr.H shares some simple advice about acknowledging your feelings of anger, annoyance, frustration and other negative emotions, as an important part of your mental well-being. Reach out to us! Email connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is created by…
Tools to Help You Stay Calm
Apr 7 • 20 min
Dr. Carole Locke of OmegaBrite Wellness, shares the science behind how Omega-3s, melatonin, vitamin D, and CBD help to calm you at the cellular level, and why certain supplements strengthen your immune system and help you feel more in control. Email us at…
Helping Others Is In Our Nature
Apr 2 • 6 min
Dr. H shares a quick story about his doctor-friend on the front lines at a NYC hospital, who continues to do his job every day despite the personal risks. Share your thoughts! Email connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is created by Sounds Great…
Even In A Pandemic You Still Have ADHD
Mar 31 • 30 min
Frank-talking ADHDer Terry Matlen shares a few lighthearted stories about what life has been like inside her house since the pandemic has taken hold with Dr. H, including a newfound shared struggle with Instant Pots. Reach out to us at…
Let’s Call It “Physical Distancing” Not “Social Distancing”
Mar 26 • 6 min
Dr. H encourages us all to remain connected to the people we care about during this time of social isolation. It’s actually good for your immune system! Reach out to someone you love and get a dose of what our host calls, “the other Vitamin C,” Vitamin…
How to Take Care of Yourself in Times of Crisis
Mar 24 • 36 min
Lifestyle medicine expert and Harvard professor, Dr. Beth Frates, offers loads of practical advice on how to stay as healthy and well-balanced as possible during the pandemic. http://www.BethFratesMD.com Reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com.…
The Highs and Lows of Hyperfocus with How to ADHD and Landmark College
Mar 20 • 12 min
Jessica McCabe joins our host for a conversation about the positives and negatives of hyperfocus in this special episode brought to you by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. What are your…
Entering Into Sadness
Mar 19 • 8 min
No one is happy all of the time. In this mini episode our host reflects on a bout of sadness that he experienced a couple of weeks ago and how he get through it. (Note: This audio was recorded before the coronavirus began to affect daily life in the US.)…
ADHD and Success Can Go Hand in Hand
Mar 17 • 27 min
Angela Stephens does more in a day than some do in a week! :) This spectacular ADHDer shares her story which includes starting a successful company that creates products designed specifically to help people with ADHD manage their busy lives. Reach out!…
Covid-19 Mental Health Check-In
Mar 16 • 7 min
Your mental health is important to us. Dr. H reminds listeners of ways to deal with the stress and anxiety in this uncertain time. Dr. H will be recording additional “check-in” episodes as a way to connect with listeners during this unprecedented time.…
How to Feel Less Stressed
Mar 12 • 4 min
In these tumultuous times, Dr. Hallowell shares some of the techniques he uses to deal with stress and anxiety. Send us your questions and comments! Write an email, or record a message using the voice memo app on your phone and send it to…
Coronavirus Advice From Dr. Hallowell
Mar 10 • 13 min
Dr. H shares some basic facts about COVID-19, and practical advice on prevention and reducing anxiety. Visit http://www.cdc.gov for the latest on COVID-19. How are you dealing? Send your comments to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is created…
How To Say No
Mar 5 • 6 min
Dr. H shares a story about a time he should’ve said “no” and didn’t, and how it completely backfired on him. He shares two ways you can say “no” without hurting or offending the other party. And they’ll both leave you guilt-free! Email us at…
Flipping ADHD On Its Head
Mar 3 • 20 min
Like our host, Dr. Jim Poole also thinks ADHD can be a gift. The two share a candid conversation about Dr. Poole’s holistic, integrated and empowering approach to identifying and promoting the strengths, and managing the challenges of those with ADHD.…
We Were Made For These Times
Feb 27 • 7 min
Today’s theme is, “Don’t give up!” Ned shares a message of strength and hope while reflecting on the essay, We Were Made For These Times, by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Reach out to us! Write an email or record a message and send it to…
All About ADHD Coaching
Feb 25 • 33 min
David Giwerc, creator of the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches, joins Ned to talk about how coaching works. The conversation takes an especially interesting turn when David uses his expertise on Dr. H as they explore the results of an online…
How Dr. H Manages His ADHD
Feb 20 • 4 min
Our host reveals some of the tools he uses to effectively control his ADHD. What’s in your ADHD toolbox? Let us know and we might share it in a future episode! Email connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our…
Is There an ADHD and Alzheimer’s Connection? And Other Listener Questions
Feb 19 • 16 min
Dr. Hallowell addresses listener questions regarding ADHD and balance; Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease; natural treatment remedies and vitamin recommendations. Do you have a question or comment for the Distraction team? Send it to…
#HeartsforADHD Helps Children See Their Strengths
Feb 13 • 9 min
From Feb. 1-14 the Hearts for ADHD campaign encourages parents to tell their children what they love about them through daily handwritten notes. To learn more go to www.HeartsforADHD.com. Reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is…
How to Help Kids Learn to Make Friends
Feb 11 • 24 min
Shyness, lack of confidence, anxiety, and alienating behaviors can make it difficult for some children to make friends. Caroline Maguire shares some practical ways parents and caregivers can help improve a child’s social skills. Email the show at…
Unlock Your Potential By Finding a Creative Outlet
Feb 6 • 5 min
Overscheduled lives can be especially stressful for those with ADHD. That’s why carving out time to be creative is extra important for neurodiverse brains. Send questions and comments to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is created by Sounds…
Improve Your Reading and Attention Skills by Strengthening Your Cerebellum
Feb 4 • 33 min
A discussion about how and why strengthening the cerebellum creates lifelong and lasting improvements in a person’s focus, attention, reading and organizational skills, regardless of age. Visit http://www.distraction.zingperformance.com. Email us!…
How to De-escalate a Conflict
Jan 30 • 4 min
In this quick 3-minute episode, Dr. H offers up several ideas for reducing the intensity of a heated situation. Whether it’s an argument with your spouse, a co-worker or someone else, follow these simple steps to work toward resolution. Write us an email,…
Meet the Doctor Using Hyperfocus to Find His Own Cure
Jan 29 • 28 min
Dr. David Fajgenbaum was diagnosed with a deadly disorder called Castleman Disease while in medical school, and is using his ADHD superpower of hyperfocus (and his own body) to find a cure for the rare and under-researched disease that he is battling.…
Send Some Snail Mail and Get a Dose of Connection
Jan 23 • 5 min
When was the last time you received an “actual letter” in your “actual mailbox” from someone you love? Probably too long! In honor of National Handwriting Day, Ned encourages listeners to hand-write a letter to someone they care about. Reach out to us at…
Tim and Nancy Armstrong Tackle ADHD Falsehoods in New Documentary
Jan 22 • 33 min
Tim Armstrong is the founder and CEO of the dtx company, and a former CEO of AOL. Tim and his wife, Nancy, reveal details about Tim’s ADHD diagnosis (hint: their kids have it), and their new movie aimed at countering ADHD misconceptions. Reach out to us…
Top 3 Tips for Managing Your Child’s ADHD
Jan 16 • 7 min
Dr. Hallowell offers his best advice for raising a child with ADHD. Do you have a question or comment? Reach out to us with an email, or record a voice memo on your phone and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com Distraction is created by Sounds Great…
Get a Dog, and Other Solid Life Advice
Jan 14 • 20 min
Dr. Hallowell answers your questions. Topics include when to stop taking ADHD medications, what to do when meds don’t work, dealing with persistent negative thoughts, the best exercises for ADHD brains, and how to overcome chronic lateness. Got a question…
How To Not Get Mad (When You Really Want To)
Jan 9 • 5 min
Dr. Hallowell shares some of the ways he copes with anger, especially while he’s engaged in one particular activity. Discover what causes our host to lose his temper, and the steps he takes to rein in his feelings. Reach out to us with an email or voice…
Give Yourself Permission To Be Real
Jan 7 • 17 min
Monica Sweeney offers a refreshing look at the path to finding happiness. Her bold and irreverent guided journals allow people to work through life’s ups and downs in a way that feels genuine, with a healthy dose of curse words to help along the way.…
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective ADHD Adults
Jan 2 • 8 min
The start of a new year is a good time to reassess how you’re managing your ADHD. Dr. Hallowell gives his spin on Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is created by…
Start the New Year with a Growth Mindset
Dec 31, 2019 • 27 min
A growth mindset is one’s belief in his or her own ability to learn and develop skills. And it’s a great place to begin a new year and decade! Dr. Hallowell considers it a happy accident that he happened to attend a lecture given by third-grade teachers…
Make New Year’s Hopes, Not Resolutions
Dec 26, 2019 • 6 min
Dr. Hallowell doesn’t think resolutions are a good idea, and instead suggests we think about our hopes for 2020. Listen as he advises all of us (including himself) on the right mindset for the new year. Reach out to us! Record a voice memo or write an…
Holidays Give Us a Chance to Feel All the Feels
Dec 19, 2019 • 6 min
Ned reminds himself to focus on the love and joy that holidays bring, and to look for those moments of connection that show us how fortunate we are to be alive. Listen as our host shares some much needed perspective on the craziest, busiest time of the…
Special Resources for Lawyers with ADHD
Dec 17, 2019 • 19 min
If over 10% of lawyers have ADHD there should be more resources available to them. That’s why attorney and fellow ADHDer Marshall Lichty created TheJDHD.com, a podcast, website and community for lawyers with ADHD. Please reach out to us at…
Explore ADHD Family Camp this Summer
Dec 12, 2019 • 10 min
As one of Dr. Hallowell’s sayings goes, “Never worry alone!” That’s the idea behind the camp he hosts each summer. A mom talks about her family’s experience at camp and how much she learned about raising a child with ADHD.…
Passion and Purpose Are a Powerful Force for Good
Dec 10, 2019 • 26 min
“Be the change you want to see in the world,” could have been said about today’s guest, Mark Brand. The social entrepreneur is an expert at creating businesses that make a difference, and a profit. And his passion is infectious! Visit…
Surprising Impact of Family Relationships on Your Health
Dec 5, 2019 • 4 min
You might be surprised to learn that your family has a greater impact on your health than your spouse does. That’s according to a study in the Journal of Family Psychology. Please reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com. Our producer is Sarah…
Normal Sucks — How to Live, Learn and Thrive Outside the Lines
Dec 3, 2019 • 21 min
Diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD as a child, Jonathan Mooney is on a mission to spread the word that different is not “deficient,” by sharing the story of his own life in the book, Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive, Outside the…
Special-ize Your World
Nov 28, 2019 • 6 min
Ned shares his thoughts on being grateful not just for the good parts of life, but the bittersweet ones too, and why he thinks “special-izing” your world is super important! Happy Thanksgiving! Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas:…
BREAKTHROUGH Non-Medication Treatment for ADHD and Dyslexia
Nov 26, 2019 • 31 min
A new non-medication treatment for ADHD and dyslexia has shown remarkable success in the more than 50,000 people that have tried it. Listen to hear how Wynford Dore’s program is literally changing lives. Learn more about Zing Performance at…
Structuring Your Life for Success with How to ADHD and Landmark College
Nov 22, 2019 • 11 min
Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD shares her insights on why you need to “set up camp” in order to be successful. In this Landmark College-sponsored episode Jessica reveals what kept her going when she was ready to give up on her YouTube channel. Please…
Give Yourself an Instant Mood Lift
Nov 21, 2019 • 6 min
Doing one particular thing can leave you with the same good feelings as eating chocolate or winning money. Listen as Dr. Hallowell reveals the power we all have to instantly raise our moods. Reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction…
How ADHD Affects Emotions
Nov 19, 2019 • 24 min
Intense feelings of vulnerability, insecurity, or rejection can make life difficult for those with ADHD. Dr. H answers questions about how to deal, and why ADHDers have trouble regulating emotions. Email us at connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction…
Taking Back Control of Your Crazy Busy Life
Nov 14, 2019 • 6 min
Being too busy is a problem for almost all of us. In this mini, Dr. H offers easy-to-follow strategies for handling the fast pace of life, like focusing on what matters most. Reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is a production…
Boost Brainpower By Blending Creativity and Difficulty
Nov 12, 2019 • 21 min
Dr. H speaks with Will Quie, a college sophomore, phenomenal guitar player and ADHDer about the importance of creativity and finding the “right level of difficult” to engage your brain. Send you comments to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is a…
Detached Lives Lead To Early Deaths
Nov 7, 2019 • 7 min
Dr. H talks about why connections are vital to our mental and physical well-being. Hear lots of ideas on how to find and make more connections in your own life. Reach Out! connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media.…
Protecting Your Intimate Relationships in a Poisonous Partisan World
Nov 5, 2019 • 27 min
The “Trump Divorce” is a real thing! Dr. Jeanne Safer offers frank, practical advice for salvaging and strengthening your bonds with your loved ones through her book, I Love You But I Hate Your Politics. Tell us your thoughts!…
How to Face Your Fears
Oct 31, 2019 • 9 min
Ned describes his fear of public speaking, how he overcame it, and offers ways you can overcome your fears too. Reach out to us! connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin…
Landmark College Sponsored: Getting From “To Do” to Done! with How to ADHD
Oct 30, 2019 • 11 min
Jessica McCabe of How to ADHD talks about the chasm between knowing what you need to do and actually doing it, in this special episode brought to you by Landmark College. Listen for Jessica’s tips on how to “bridge the motivation gap” and get your brain…
Pulling Yourself Out Of Depression
Oct 29, 2019 • 32 min
College student and fellow ADHDer, Andrew Ewald, opens up about his struggles with mental health issues and how he’s overcoming them. Record your question or comment for us on your phone using the voice memo app and send it to…
3 Tips To Avoid Avoidance
Oct 24, 2019 • 6 min
If you have an inbox full of unopened emails or a phone filled with a slew of unanswered voicemails, you are definitely not alone! Dr. H offers up three concrete ways to deal with whatever you’ve been putting off. Send comments to…
Finding the Right Career for Your ADHD Brain
Oct 22, 2019 • 19 min
“Find the right career” is one of Ned’s mantras for those with ADHD. Rick Fiery of Inventive Labs joins Dr. Hallowell to talk about the space he’s created where those with ADHD can discover their talents and find the right career. Send your comments to…
Learn How to Reduce Stress by Doing Nothing
Oct 17, 2019 • 7 min
Ned explains niksen, the Dutch art of doing nothing, and why you should practice it on a regular basis. We want to hear from you! Send a voice memo to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was…
ADHD Q and A with Ned
Oct 15, 2019 • 19 min
This week Dr. H answers listener questions about OCD, depression, anxiety, and self-worth as they relate to ADHD. To hear your voice in a future episode, please record your question as a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.…
The Upside of ADHD
Oct 10, 2019 • 6 min
It’s not all doom and gloom when you’re diagnosed with ADHD. Learning to manage the traits can turn the condition into an asset! What are the positive aspects of ADHD? Send us your thoughts! Write them down or record a voice memo and email…
Surviving the Brilliance and Blues of ADHD
Oct 8, 2019 • 21 min
Dr. Katherine Quie shares stories about the highs and lows of her son’s ADHD journey and the surprising memoir that resulted, Raising Will: Surviving the Brilliance and Blues of ADHD. Send your questions, thoughts, and show ideas to…
The Downsides of Untreated ADHD
Oct 3, 2019 • 6 min
If you don’t deal with your ADHD then you could be setting yourself up for a lifetime of negative consequences, as Dr. H details in this week’s mini episode. Reach out to us! Send your questions, thoughts, and show ideas to connect@distractionpodcast.com.…
Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World
Oct 1, 2019 • 21 min
Doreen Dodgen-Magee, Psy.D., offers tips and advice on how we can better use technology and break away from the bad habits we’ve formed. Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and…
Ned’s Ode to Autumn
Sep 26, 2019 • 6 min
Take a few moments to pause and reflect on the beauty that surrounds us, as Dr. H eloquently shares his thoughts on the colors, the crispness and clarity that this season brings. Send your thoughts on this episode to connect@distractionpodcast.com.…
Fertility, Adoption and Building Your Family
Sep 24, 2019 • 15 min
Lisa Schuman, LCSW, talks about all of the ways her organization helps people create the families they desire, and how diagnoses of learning disabilities in children can be even more stressful for parents who already struggled to start a family in the…
The Secret to Getting What You Want (from Someone)
Sep 19, 2019 • 4 min
Have you ever wanted someone to do something for you but weren’t sure how to make it happen? Dr. H has a plan! Send an email or voice memo with your thoughts on this episode to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is a production of Sounds Great…
ADHD and Sex
Sep 17, 2019 • 22 min
Dr. Ari Tuckman, a psychologist and certified sex therapist, talks about how ADHD can impact a couple’s sex life. Plus, hear details about this year’s annual ADHD conference taking place in Philadephia, PA, November 7-9, 2019. Email us:…
Learn to Go with the Flow
Sep 12, 2019 • 7 min
Are you able to access your “suppress my frustration” button (as Ned puts it) in stressful moments? Listen as our host talks about his own challenges with this issue. How do you deal with a change in plans? Send your thoughts to…
ADHD, THC and Depression; And Other Things You Asked About
Sep 10, 2019 • 20 min
Dr. Hallowell answers your ADHD questions this week because, well, it’s been a while and our mailbox is getting full! He also updates listeners on where the show is at, and shares a few details about an upcoming episode. Send your show ideas or questions…
Try Judging Less, Understanding More
Sep 5, 2019 • 8 min
Dr. H shares some thoughts on reserving judgment in our “Gotcha!” world in this week’s mini episode. It’s time to cut each other some slack, says Ned, as he likens our current social climate to a meat tenderizer. Reach out to us! Send an email or voice…
One Path to Personal Transformation
Sep 3, 2019 • 23 min
As listeners to the podcast know, Dr. Hallowell is very curious by nature and loves to explore new subjects and discover new ideas. In this episode Ned learns about the practice of Kabbalah, an ancient spiritual wisdom which teaches individuals how to…
Get Back Into the Swing of Things with a Routine
Aug 28, 2019 • 5 min
As summer gives way to fall, the transition can feel a little jarring. In this mini episode, Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on why now is a great time to take stock of where you are, where you’re headed and where you’ve been; and how developing…
Strategies for Minimizing ADHD’s Impact on Relationships
Aug 27, 2019 • 23 min
How do you work through issues that arise when you and/or your significant other have ADHD? Sue Hallowell (a couple’s therapist and Ned’s wife of 31 years) talks about the realities of being married to someone with ADHD. Sue’s insights shed light on how…
New Perspectives Can Change Your Thinking
Jun 25, 2019 • 11 min
How do we come up with new ideas? Can humans multi-task? Are we overusing our devices? Dr. Hallowell finds himself questioning his own beliefs about mutli-tasking and technology after spending the afternoon watching the Patriots football game with his…
Master Time Management with The Pomodoro Technique
Jun 18, 2019 • 22 min
Prioritizing, organizing and time management are fundamental skills that everyone should have, but unfortunately many never learn. Self-described school junkie and founder of SchoolHabits.com, Katie Azevedo, joins Dr. Hallowell to share some habits and…
Willpower Doesn’t Work
Jun 11, 2019 • 30 min
Benjamin Hardy believes people can change in both big and small ways, but not how they’ve traditionally been taught.
Women and ADHD Q&A
Jun 4, 2019 • 34 min
Women and girls with ADHD face a number of unique issues in dealing with their “race car brains.”
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective ADHD Adults
May 28, 2019 • 8 min
Dr. Hallowell gives his spin on Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, with a similar list for those with ADHD. From doing what you’re good at, to asking for advice, you’re bound to find a few nuggets of applicable wisdom for your…
Reinvent Yourself at Work
May 21, 2019 • 29 min
The new-millennium workplace requires all of us to rewrite the rules and start treating our careers like we’re running a business—which means understanding the markets for our talents, knowing our value, and looking out over the horizon to plot our paths…
ADHD’s Practical Problem Solver
May 14, 2019 • 33 min
Much has changed in the world of ADHD since Dr. William Dodson began his career in the field 35 years ago. He spoke with Dr. Hallowell about the pioneering work he’s done in the treatment of ADHD, the omnipotential of those with ADHD, and what he wishes…
The Importance of Getting Enough Sleep— with Landmark College
May 7, 2019 • 13 min
Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD returns for the last episode in our special Landmark College series to share some tips and ideas for getting a good night’s rest (something especially important if you’re in school). Jessica also talks about what’s worked…
Exercise Is Miracle Gro for ADHD Brains with Landmark College
May 2, 2019 • 8 min
Getting enough exercise is important for everyone, but it’s crucial for those with ADHD. Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD returns to Distraction to talk about the best type of exercise for those who learn differently, as well as the ideal time to exercise.…
S3 Mini 31: Filling in the Gaps of ADHD Treatment
Apr 25, 2019 • 8 min
Dr. Hallowell responds to a listener email from a mom who is concerned about her 24 year old son. Should she be worried that he’s not going to achieve his goals? Is nagging the answer? Send us YOUR questions and episode ideas to…
S3 Ep 31: Helping Athletic Coaches Understand ADHD Players
Apr 24, 2019 • 24 min
Own Beat Athlete is an organization that aims to help coaches better understand neurodivergent kids, like those with ADHD. Please reach out to use with your comments, questions and show ideas. Email connect@distractionpodcast.com! This episode is…
S3 Mini 30: The Right Medication Is A Game Changer
Apr 18, 2019 • 8 min
ADHD Coach and APRN Kristin Seymour returns for a brief chat with Dr. H about medications and how to approach them when treating ADHD. Kristin’s book: The Fog Lifted: A Clinician’s Journey with ADHD This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney,…
S3 Ep 30: Teens with Screens Require Moderation
Apr 16, 2019 • 16 min
Listener Emily has a son in 8th grade who loves his screen time a little too much for her liking. She’s worried about him developing an addiction and reached out to Dr. Hallowell for advice. Their conversation highlights the struggle many parents are…
S3 Mini 29: ADHD Advice for Middle Schoolers
Apr 11, 2019 • 6 min
6th, 7th and 8th graders need help managing their ADHD. Dr. Hallowell offers up tips for helping a young person thrive during these critical years. Reach out to us with your questions and show ideas. Email connect@distractionpodcast.com or call…
S3 Ep 29: My Doctor Doesn’t Understand ADHD
Apr 9, 2019 • 16 min
Getting an ADHD diagnosis can be difficult outside the U.S. as you’ll hear in this episode. Dr. Hallowell speaks with a listener named Lena, who lives in Germany and has had difficulty getting her doctor to understand the condition. She turned to…
S3 Mini 28: Do You Know What Today Is?
Apr 4, 2019 • 4 min
It seems like there’s a “National ____ Day” for just about everything, and today is no different! Dr. H fills listeners in on what some people celebrate on April 4th in this lighthearted mini. Today’s episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney,…
S3 Ep 28: Risk of Addiction Is Real with ADHD
Apr 2, 2019 • 22 min
Those with ADHD are 5 to 10 times more likely to develop an addiction to a chemical substance or to an activity, or both. ADHD coach and advanced practice nurse, Kristin Seymour, joins Dr. H to discuss the very real issue of ADHD and addiction in young…
S3 Mini 27: Scientific Proof That ADHD Brains Are More Creative
Mar 28, 2019 • 4 min
A study at the University of Michigan has shown that people with ADHD have a higher level of creativity which could make them a valuable asset in fields that value innovative and nontraditional approaches. Dr. Hallowell explains. This episode is sponsored…
S3 Ep 27: Yes You Can Just Do It!
Mar 26, 2019 • 25 min
Allison Hausman had an idea and she went for it. She joins Ned to talk about the podcast project she conceived of and created, and provides some inspiration for our listeners who need a little push to get started on their own projects. Allison’s project:…
S3 Mini 26: Managing Kids’ Meds & Understanding An Impulsive Partner
Mar 22, 2019 • 11 min
Dr. Hallowell answers a couple of questions from listeners. If you have a question for Dr. Hallowell please send it in an email to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Or, record your question as a voice memo on your phone and sent it to us! And please…
S3 Ep 26: The Big Things You Need to Think About as You Get Older
Mar 19, 2019 • 33 min
Making good financial and other life decisions can become more difficult as a person grows older, gets sick, or for a variety of other reasons. Chris Heye of Whealthcare Planning joins Ned to talk about the four big challenges of aging and what…
Balancing School and Social Life with How to ADHD and Landmark College
Mar 15, 2019 • 14 min
One of our favorite ADHDers, Jessica McCabe of How to ADHD, joins Ned to talk about how to balance school life with your social life, because they are equally important! In this special episode sponsored by Landmark College, Jessica and Dr. H discuss tips…
S3 Mini 25: Managing Multiple Diagnoses
Mar 14, 2019 • 8 min
Roughly 80 percent of those with ADHD are diagnosed with at least one other psychiatric disorder sometime during their life. So what do you treat first? Landmark College’s Institute for Research and Training is hosting their annual Summer Institute for…
S3 Ep 25: Using Essential Oils for Anxiety, Depression and More
Mar 12, 2019 • 41 min
Essential oils seem to be ubiquitous these days, but some of us know very little about them or their health benefits. Dr. Eric Zielinsk shares a ton of knowledge with Dr. H about all of the ways essential oils can be beneficial, as well as practical…
S3 Mini 24: Breaking the Bad Habit of Lying
Mar 7, 2019 • 6 min
Lying is a common problem for those with ADHD and there are strategies you can use to work past it. In this mini Ned responds to concerned mom who reached out about her 11-year old son who is struggling with telling the truth. Do you have a question for…
S3 Ep24: Goodbye Anxiety, Hello Freedom
Mar 5, 2019 • 22 min
Stress, anxiety and depression can affect everyone in our society, from the youngest to the oldest. Author Stephanie Dalfonzo shares many different techniques for overcoming anxiety and building resilience. https://stephaniedalfonzo.com This episode is…
Tips for Studying Abroad with How to ADHD and Landmark College
Mar 1, 2019 • 13 min
Going to school in another country can pose some interesting and unique challenges for those with learning differences. Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD returns to share some ideas on ways to get the most out of your experience in this special episode…
S3 Mini23: ADHD Diagnoses on the Rise
Feb 28, 2019 • 8 min
ADHD diagnoses in the U.S. have gone from 6.1% in 1997 to 10.2% in 2016. Is that a good thing or bad thing? Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on why more U.S. kids aged 4 to 17 are being diagnosed with ADHD, and what that increase really means. JAMA…
S3 Ep23: Overcome Your Procrastination
Feb 26, 2019 • 23 min
ADHD coach Jeff Copper shares his best tips for beating procrastination, along with some details about how your working memory impacts why you put off or delay doing something. Jeff excels at helping people identify their unique natural processes and…
S3 Mini 22: ADHD Help for the Whole Family
Feb 21, 2019 • 6 min
If someone in your household has ADHD it can affect the entire family. That’s why Dr. H’s summer camp aims to help everyone navigate the ups and downs of ADHD. Listen as he details what’s in store for this year and how to join him, his wife Sue, and their…
S3 Ep22: Creating Pathways For Success
Feb 19, 2019 • 16 min
Pathways 4 Success 4 Life is a partnership group that was started by two moms and their two ADHD sons who wanted to promote community. The group is relatively new, but their members are already seeing positive results. For more information:…
S3 Mini 21: How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?
Feb 14, 2019 • 6 min
Whether you’re struggling with a job, relationship or something else, this mini episode can help you figure out your next steps. Plus, hear about the project Ned walked away from after investing a ton of time and energy, and why he’s better off for it.…
S3 Ep21: Rethinking How ADHD is Diagnosed & Treated
Feb 12, 2019 • 38 min
Core Brain Journal creator Dr. Charles Parker talks about some critical questions your doctor should ask when diagnosing and treating ADHD. Core Brain Journal website Dr. Parker’s YouTube video about Prozac & Drug Interactions Let Dr. Hallowell know your…
S3 Mini 20: ADHD and Addiction
Feb 7, 2019 • 6 min
Those with ADHD are at a greater risk for addiction. Dr. Hallowell explains.
S3 Ep20: 5 ADHD Questions
Feb 5, 2019 • 25 min
Dr. H answers questions regarding ADHD and aging, anxiety, giftedness and more.
S3 Mini 19: Try Saying, “Let Me Get Back to You”
Jan 31, 2019 • 3 min
Don’t be a martyr! Dr. H offers some tips.
S3 Ep19: Cyberbullied to Death
Jan 29, 2019 • 23 min
The devastating consequences of cyberbullying, and a brief look at kids and the dark web.
S3 Mini 18: The Incredible Benefits of Daily Meditation
Jan 23, 2019 • 9 min
30 minutes of meditation a day can change your life!
S3 Ep18: Stop Chewing Like That! When Noises Trigger Rage
Jan 22, 2019 • 22 min
Exploring a little known and often misunderstood condition called misophonia.
S3 Mini 17: Dav Pilkey’s Magnificent Message
Jan 17, 2019 • 9 min
The prolific author with ADHD and dyslexia answers some questions from kids, and Ned shares his thoughts on the significance of Dav’s work.
S3 Ep17: Author Dav Pilkey is an ADHD Superhero
Jan 15, 2019 • 29 min
The creator of Captain Underpants and Dog Man graphic novels opens up to Dr. H about having ADHD and dyslexia, and the abuse he suffered in elementary school.
S3 Mini 16: Resolutions Are Out. Gratitude Is In!
Dec 27, 2018 • 7 min
Dr. H challenges you not to make resolutions in 2019, but to do something else that’s far more productive.
S3 Ep 16: Achieve More With A Growth Mindset
Dec 25, 2018 • 26 min
Learn about the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth one, and why you want the latter.
S3 Mini 15: Give The Gift Of Love
Dec 20, 2018 • 6 min
Who can you give a little extra love to this time of year? We all need it!
S3 Ep15: 5 Daily Habits to Help Your Child Succeed
Dec 18, 2018 • 24 min
Dr. Sharon Saline talks about the 5 C’s parents can employ each day to help their child with ADHD succeed.
S3 Mini14: Struggling In Your Situation
Dec 13, 2018 • 8 min
Distraction listener Jessica reaches out for help with executive function challenges and other struggles stemming from her ADHD.
S3 Ep14: Ending Mental Health Stigma
Dec 12, 2018 • 29 min
With mental health clinics now popping up inside Walmarts, will the stigma of getting mental health help finally end?
S3 Mini13: One More Trip Around the Sun
Dec 6, 2018 • 6 min
Dr. Hallowell shares thoughts on getting older and likens it to a row of red lights.
S3 Ep13: When You Disagree About Treatment Options
Dec 4, 2018 • 22 min
What do you do when you and your partner disagree about how to treat your child’s ADHD?
Uncovering Your Learning Style with How to ADHD & Landmark College
Nov 30, 2018 • 10 min
Discovering how you learn best will help you succeed in school.
S3 Mini12: 3 Ways to Feel Less Busy
Nov 29, 2018 • 4 min
Do the holidays leave you feeling overwhelmed? Ned offers advice.
S3 Ep12: Just Let Boys Play
Nov 27, 2018 • 29 min
Dr. Michael Thompson, author of Raising Cain, joins Ned to talk about how to raise happy and well-adjusted boys, and where we’re going wrong.
S3 Mini11: Ned on Being Thankful
Nov 22, 2018 • 5 min
Dr. Hallowell opines about all of the things he’s thankful for, including our listeners!
Special Re-Release: Kids on Being Thankful
Nov 20, 2018 • 7 min
Kids say it best! Listen to our youngest generation talk about why they are thankful.
S3 Mini 10: Some of Ned’s Best Friends Have Paws
Nov 15, 2018 • 7 min
Dr. Hallowell tells us why we should become pet parents and about the furry friends that have touched his life over the years.
S3 Ep 10: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention
Nov 12, 2018 • 29 min
Maggie Jackson is the author of “Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age.” She joins Dr. Hallowell on Distraction this week to discuss a very real problem a growing number of us face: lack of focus. For years, people thought the…
S3 Mini9: How Different Brains Get Engaged
Nov 8, 2018 • 6 min
Dr. H responds to a listener question about how different brains engage.
S3 Ep9: Achieving Productivity In The Midst Of Chaos
Nov 6, 2018 • 21 min
ADHDer Kristin Seymour offers up ideas for getting stuff done and shares some special advice for parents of ADHD kids.
S3 Mini 8: Why Connections Are Critical
Nov 1, 2018 • 3 min
Dr. H shares his thoughts on how connecting with others can help us through tough times.
Re-Release: Productivity Tips to Get Stuff Done
Oct 30, 2018 • 23 min
ADHDer Kristin Seymour joins Ned to talk about some of the unique ways in which she gets things done!
S3 Mini7: What Struggles Do You Keep Coming Back To?
Oct 25, 2018 • 7 min
The key to figuring out what you want in life might lie in the struggles you face every day.
S3 Ep7: Answering Your Qs About Genetic Testing, Family Issues, Self-Medicating & More
Oct 23, 2018 • 20 min
Listeners reach out with questions about genetic testing for ADHD treatment, living with a stubborn mom, moving past trauma and more.
S3 Mini6: The Future of ADHD is VAST
Oct 18, 2018 • 6 min
Dr. Hallowell talks about the future of ADHD and the new term he’s coined to replace it.
S3 Ep6: Use Your Conative Style To Find The Right Job
Oct 16, 2018 • 26 min
The key to finding the right job could lie in how you problem solve. Kathy Kolbe has spent her life studying this!
Why College Can Be Daunting For ADHDers with How to ADHD & Landmark College
Oct 15, 2018 • 15 min
Jessica McCabe joins Ned for a discussion about why college presents so many unique challenges for those with ADHD.
S3 Mini5: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective ADHD Adults
Oct 11, 2018 • 8 min
Learn how to manage your ADHD with these tips from Ned.
S3 Ep5: ADHD, Lying and the Fib Response
Oct 9, 2018 • 23 min
It’s not unusual for kids with ADHD who are under stress to lie. Find out why in this episode.
S3 Mini4: ADHDer Creates A DropZone For Veterans
Oct 4, 2018 • 12 min
After serving in the army for 7 years Courtney Wilson started an organization that has helped over 10,000 veterans so far.
S3 Ep4: What Do ADHD & the AFFL Have In Common? Jeff Lewis
Oct 2, 2018 • 22 min
American Flag Football League CEO Jeff Lewis never knew he had ADHD until he was in his 50s. The successful entrepreneur talks with Ned about how his life changed after being diagnosed.
S3 Mini3: Gender Neutral Dining Gets a Seat at the Table
Sep 27, 2018 • 6 min
Learn about a new custom taking hold in restaurants called gender neutral dining.
S3 Ep3: ADHD’s Practical Problem Solver
Sep 25, 2018 • 32 min
ADHD Pioneer Dr. William Dodson talks with Ned about diagnosing and treating ADHD.
S3 Mini2: New Perspectives Can Change Your Thinking
Sep 20, 2018 • 11 min
The actions of Dr. Hallowell’s sons on a recent Sunday afternoon leaves him questioning some of his own beliefs about multi-tasking and technology.
S3 Ep2: Dr. H Answers Your Questions Re: Trauma, Meds & More
Sep 18, 2018 • 22 min
Dr. Hallowell is back in the studio answering listener questions! Today’s Qs address medication issues, overcoming trauma, ADHD coaching and more!
S3 Mini1: Catching Up with Dr. Hallowell
Sep 13, 2018 • 10 min
Hear about the newest project Dr. Hallowell is working on with Dr. John Ratey, and the newest member of the Hallowell family!
S3 Ep1: Cassandra Bankson Turned Her Struggles Into Success
Sep 11, 2018 • 19 min
Cassandra Bankson is a You Tube star who has struggled with acne since she was in third grade. She is now a successful model and vlogger who turned her struggles into a passion for helping others.
Listen Back: Tips to Avoid Feeling Fearful, Frustrated & Frenetic
Sep 6, 2018 • 4 min
Dr. Hallowell talks about ways to deal with the daily distractions that leave us feeling frantic, forgetful and frustrated, and how to get back to your cool, calm and collected self!
Listen Back: What We Can All Learn from Olympic Athletes
Sep 4, 2018 • 23 min
3-time Olympic gymnast and gold medal winner, Muriel Grossfeld, talks about what it takes to be an elite-level athlete
Listen Back: Media Mogul Alan Meckler Didn’t Even Know He Had Dyslexia
Aug 30, 2018 • 10 min
Alan Meckler is an internet pioneer and former CEO of Mediabistro who has found incredible success in life despite having dyslexia.
Listen Back: 25 Minutes to a Calmer Approach to Life
Aug 28, 2018 • 24 min
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Herbert Benson, the gurus of mindfulness, join Ned for an enlightening conversation.
Listen Back: How Do I Get it All Done?
Aug 21, 2018 • 5 min
Dr. Hallowell speaks to a woman struggling to find the time to complete her “to-do” list and offers up some simple solutions we can all use!
Listen Back: Solving Your Kid’s Behavior Problems
Aug 21, 2018 • 23 min
New York Times bestselling author Dr. Ross Greene spoke with his friend Ned about the unique model he’s developed for finding proactive solutions to behavior problems and ensuring that kids everywhere are treated in ways that are compassionate, informed,…
Listen Back: 4 Daily Habits to Stay On Track
Aug 16, 2018 • 4 min
Dr. Hallowell offers up the acronym HOPE to detail his 4 easy steps for staying on task.
Listen Back: This Music Helps You Hyperfocus
Aug 14, 2018 • 21 min
focus@will has developed music to help you hyperfocus, that varies depending on your personality type. We talk to the founder Will Henshall!
Listen Back: 5 Quick Back-to-School Tips
Aug 9, 2018 • 4 min
Save yourself some stress and do a little homework before the new year starts.
Listen Back: Making a Smooth Back-to-School Transition
Aug 7, 2018 • 28 min
Whether your child has ADHD or not, most can use a little help with the changes and adjustments that going back-to-school requires. This episode is chock full of advice on how to set students up for success during the first few weeks of school and onward.…
Listen Back: Why You Should Care About Other People’s Kids
Aug 2, 2018 • 9 min
Bestselling author and Harvard Professor Robert Putnam joins Ned to talk about the growing gap between rich kids and poor kids and what we can do about it.
Listen Back: Lifting the Fog of ADHD
Jul 31, 2018 • 37 min
APRN Kristin Seymour overcame many obstacles to get where she is today, and now she helps others do the same. Listen as she shares some of the ups and downs of her journey with ADHD and the book that she wrote as a result.
Listen Back: The 1 Thing You Do That’s Redefining Human Intelligence
Jul 26, 2018 • 7 min
A quick conversation with Maggie Jacksonabout the life-altering consequences of a modern habit that most of us practice on a daily basis.
Listen Back: A Conversation About Sex & Religion Over Coffee
Jul 24, 2018 • 22 min
A serious, yet sometimes lighthearted conversation ensues about the history of sex in early Christianity.
Listen Back: Spend Some Quality Time with Yourself
Jul 19, 2018 • 5 min
Are we overdoing digital? Ned talks with Sherry Turkle about why we need to pay more attention to those around us and less to our devices.
Listen Back: This Special “Sleep” Yoga Helps You Find Focus
Jul 19, 2018 • 32 min
Ned explores – and gives listeners a chance to participate in — a meditative form of Yoga called Yoga Nidra.
Listen Back: Handling Mental & Emotional Stress
Jul 12, 2018 • 11 min
Dr. Hallowell chats with fellow ADHDer James Ochoa, LPC, about his life’s work to help others resolve their issues, tap into their passion and strengths, and realize their full potential by creating personalized strategies for success.
Listen Back: Ned’s Wife Gets Real About His ADHD
Jul 10, 2018 • 19 min
Dr. Hallowell’s wife Sue shares her insights and tips for living with and loving someone who has ADHD.
Listen Back: 5 Tips for Clearing Out Your Mind
Jul 5, 2018 • 5 min
Dr. Hallowell offers five quick tips for weeding out your mind and quieting all that noise.
Listen Back: Time to Change the Way We Teach Kids
Jul 3, 2018 • 37 min
Dr. Hallowell shares some new ideas for teaching kids with learning differences like ADHD, Autism, and Dyslexia in this live talk he gave to New York educators.
Listen Back: Your Brain on Music
Jun 28, 2018 • 5 min
What does music do for us? Dr. Dan Levitin and Ned talk about how our brains interpret music, why we find it so captivating, and what all those piano lessons really did for us when we were younger. Dr. Levitin is a neuroscientist and top researcher into…
Listen Back: Jessica McCabe Tells Us How to ADHD
Jun 26, 2018 • 26 min
ADHD superstar Jessica McCabe joined Dr. Hallowell on Distraction for the first time nearly a year ago! Listen back to her inaugural appearance on the podcast in July 2017 where she spoke with Ned about having ADHD and the unique struggles millennials…
S2 Mini 57: Happy Summer!
Jun 21, 2018 • 6 min
For our last episode of Season 2 Dr. Hallowell shares some of his summer plans (which include getting a new family member!) and well-wishes for listeners during this fun and relaxing time of year. We’ll be back in August with brand new episodes for the…
S2 Ep 57: Broken Like Everybody Else
Jun 19, 2018 • 27 min
Jose Del Cueto went from being an abused child, a drug-dealing teenager and then addict, to a loving family man and successful marketing executive. His memoir, Broken Like Everybody Else, details how he emerged from the depths of adversity to become the…
S2 Mini 56: End the Stigma of Mental Illness
Jun 14, 2018 • 9 min
Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have put suicide back into the national spotlight, but Dr. Hallowell has long been on a mission to end the stigma of mental illness. He shares his thoughts on celebrating human life in all its forms, the good and the bad,…
S2 Ep 56: Dr. H Shares Stories About His Crazy Family
Jun 12, 2018 • 37 min
Dr. Hallowell is on a mission to remove the stigma of mental illness. One of the ways he’s doing that is through his new memoir, just released today. Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of A Psychiatrist is the true story of Ned’s life and all…
S2 Mini 55: Contest Winners Announced!
Jun 7, 2018 • 3 min
The Distraction podcast recently received its 1,000,000th episode download. We celebrated with a Facebook contest! Listen as Dr. Hallowell announces the winners of his new memoir which comes out June 12th, Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of…
S2 Ep 55: Teaching Critical Thinking with The Cognitive Six
Jun 5, 2018 • 25 min
While some ordinary activities require people to engage in critical and creative thinking, advancements in technology have created a world in which many tasks no longer require this type of thinking. This absence is leaving many people ill-equipped to…
S2 Mini 54: Distracted By Technology? There’s An App For That
May 30, 2018 • 4 min
If switching tasks every 3 minutes is now the norm for an office worker, and it takes over 20 minutes to get back on track after a switch, it’s amazing people can get anything done! Listen as Dr. Hallowell talks about the new technology that is now…
S2 Ep 54: Stand Up For Yourself Without Being A D*ck
May 29, 2018 • 18 min
“I found my voice. Turns out it was there all along,” says author and certified coach Amy E. Smith. She joins Dr. Hallowell for a lively conversation about staying true to yourself and finding confidence, two issues that many people find challenging. In…
S2 Mini 53: Treading Water in a Toxic Workplace
May 24, 2018 • 13 min
Liz Ryan, former Fortune 500 Human Resources SVP and the world’s most widely-read career adviser, returns to Distraction for a conversation about toxic work environments and what to do if you’re in one. To learn more from Liz or to get a copy of her book,…
S2 Ep 53: A Million Thank Yous & Listener Questions Answered
May 22, 2018 • 28 min
We’re so grateful and thankful for our listeners who helped us reach 1,000,000 episode downloads! To celebrate this AMAZING milestone, we’re giving away 3 copies of Ned’s new memoir, as well as one 30-minute phone call with Dr. Hallowell! Also, Dr. H…
S2 Mini 52: 7 Ways to Beat Jet Lag
May 17, 2018 • 7 min
While you might not be able to avoid jet lag completely when you travel, it is possible to minimize the symptoms. And although he travels extensively, even Dr. Hallowell struggles with the effects of jet lag as you’ll hear him admit! Learn about a variety…
S2 Ep 52: Master Time Management with The Pomodoro Technique
May 15, 2018 • 21 min
Prioritizing, organizing and time management are fundamental skills that everyone should have, but unfortunately many never learn. Self-described school junkie and founder of SchoolHabits.com, Katie Acevedo, joins Dr. Hallowell to share some habits and…
S2 Mini 51: Life Lessons From Mom
May 10, 2018 • 8 min
In honor of Mother’s Day, Dr. Hallowell shares a heartwarming story from his childhood about going to a Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park with his Mother when he was 10 years old. Dr. Hallowell learned a lesson from his Mom that day that he still…
S2 Ep 51: Reinvent Yourself At Work
May 8, 2018 • 28 min
The new-millennium workplace requires all of us to rewrite the rules and start treating our careers like we’re running a business—which means understanding the markets for our talents, knowing our value, & looking out over the horizon to plot our paths…
Unique Ways to Stay Engaged with How to ADHD & Landmark College
May 4, 2018 • 21 min
Who do you think wiggles their toes to help wake themselves up, Dr. Hallowell or Jessica McCabe? In this special episode sponsored by Landmark College, the How to ADHD creator joins Ned for a discussion about some of the unique methods she uses to…
S2 Mini 50: Change Is The Only Constant
May 3, 2018 • 7 min
A few recent conversations with friends has Dr. Hallowell thinking about how the world has changed in his lifetime, and whether or not it’s for the better. He ponders questions like: Are millennials lazy? Is social media to blame for all of our problems?…
S2 Ep 50: Landing A Job When You Have A Learning Difference
May 1, 2018 • 35 min
Finding employment can be very difficult when you are someone who learns differently. Inventive Labs in Amesbury, MA is on a mission to change that! Founder Rick Fiery joins Dr. Hallowell to talk about the new intern program his organization has started…
S2 Mini 49: Ned Wants This PGA Tour Pro To Call Him
Apr 26, 2018 • 5 min
Patrick Reed recently won the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia and there’s controversy surrounding the 2018 champion’s use of the medication Vyvanse to treat his ADHD. And while on the subject of pro golfers with ADHD, Dr. H makes a plea to Bubba…
S2 Ep 49: Live Listener Q&A with Dr. Hallowell
Apr 24, 2018 • 28 min
If you’re not following Distraction on facebook you’re missing out on opportunities to ask Dr. Hallowell your questions! A few weeks ago we hosted a live facebook event where Dr. Hallowell was asked about everything from ADHD symptoms, meds, and diagnoses…
S2 Mini 48: Behind Every Great Doctor Is A Great Team
Apr 19, 2018 • 3 min
In honor of Administrative Professionals Day on April 25th, Dr. Hallowell takes a moment to thank those people in his life who help support him and his goals. Who supports you in your life? Why not thank them today! To learn more about our sponsor,…
S2 Ep 48: Young Adults, Risky Behavior & ADHD
Apr 17, 2018 • 41 min
Sex, drugs, trust, medications, and alcohol are just some of the topics discussed in this conversation that’s all about the big issues young people with ADHD and their parents face in today’s world. Dr. Hallowell is joined by psychologist Christina…
S2 Mini 47: ADHD Family Summer Camp with Ned
Apr 12, 2018 • 4 min
Dr. Hallowell wants you to join him at camp this summer! Listen as he shares all of the details about his annual ADHD family camp on the shores of Lake Michigan July 15-20, 2018. To learn more about ADHD summer camp with Dr. Hallowell go to…
S2 Ep 47: What’s Your Therapist Really Thinking with Kati Morton
Apr 10, 2018 • 33 min
Ever wondered what is going through your therapist’s mind while you’re talking? This episode is especially for you! Kati Morton is a licensed therapist in California who has garnered over 300,000 followers on social media through her weekly mental health…
S2 Mini 46: Quizzing Ned on Merriam Webster’s Newest Words
Apr 5, 2018 • 7 min
Dumpster fire, glamping, and schnoodle are three of the 850 words that were recently added to the dictionary. Our producer, Sarah Guertin, sat down with Dr. Hallowell to find out what he thinks some of the new words in Merriam-Webster’s latest edition…
S2 Ep 46: Productivity Tips to Get Stuff Done
Apr 3, 2018 • 32 min
Kristin Seymour accomplishes more in one day than most do in a week! And she might be the only person we know that travels with a cooler and ice packs in her car… just in case! This busy ADHDer (and previous Distraction guest) joins Dr. Hallowell to share…
Accountability Strategies from How to ADHD & Landmark College
Mar 30, 2018 • 21 min
Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD joins Dr. Hallowell once again for a special episode brought to you by our sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently! In this episode, Jessica shares…
S2 Mini 45: Your Annual Screen-Sucking Self-Exam
Mar 29, 2018 • 5 min
Do you know how much time you spend on your phone each day? Dr. Hallowell talks about why you should take a look at your screen habits and assess the results. He gives detailed instructions on how you can track your phone usage to learn not just how much…
S2 Ep 45: Doctor to Doctor: Kids & Mental Health
Mar 27, 2018 • 29 min
Advancing science has always changed the way doctors treat mental health issues in their patients and today is no different. Dr. Timothy Willens is the Chief of Child Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital joins Dr. Hallowell to talk about the…
S2 Mini 44: Netflix’s ‘Take Your Pills’ Doc Misses The Mark
Mar 22, 2018 • 8 min
“Every era gets the drug it deserves. In America today, where competition is ceaseless from school to the workforce and everyone wants a performance edge, Adderall and other prescription stimulants are the defining drugs of this generation.” That’s the…
S2 Ep 44: Are The Adults Listening?
Mar 19, 2018 • 13 min
As thousands of students protested against gun violence last week and more prepare to march in Washington, D.C. and across the United States this weekend, Dr. Hallowell can’t help but wonder if the adults in America are getting the message. Listen as he…
S2 Mini 43: New, Non-Pharmaceutical Help for Anxiety & Insomnia
Mar 15, 2018 • 4 min
There’s a new way people are getting relief from anxiety, insomnia, depression and pain that doesn’t require taking a pill. It’s called Alpha-Stim and Dr. Hallowell has seen promising results with his patients who’ve tried it. To experience the Alpha-Stim…
S2 Ep 43: Anger, Alcohol, Meds & More: Listener Questions Answered
Mar 13, 2018 • 15 min
Dr. Hallowell addresses some of the most recent questions we’ve received from our listeners. Topics discussed include medication issues, anger and alcohol, workplace accommodations, and how ADHD is viewed in Ireland and other countries around the world.…
S2 Mini 42: Give Yourself A Little Credit
Mar 8, 2018 • 8 min
A recent New York Times article about the gender pay gap got Dr. Hallowell thinking about his own personality traits and wondering if he would be richer, more well-known and more successful if he were less agreeable in life. Ultimately, Dr. H wouldn’t…
S2 Ep 42: Willpower Doesn’t Work
Mar 6, 2018 • 30 min
Benjamin Hardy believes people can change in both big and small ways, but not how they’ve traditionally been taught. He thinks that “you are who you are because of your environment.” If you want to change, Ben says, you need to change your environment.…
S2 Mini 41: A Sneak Preview of Ned’s New Book
Mar 1, 2018 • 6 min
Dr. Hallowell’s 20th book, Because I Come From A Crazy Family: The Making Of A Psychiatrist, will be released this June. It’s unlike any book he’s written before, because this one tells the story of his own upbringing. It was a childhood that was filled…
S2 Ep 41: Brad Meltzer Thinks Ordinary People Change the World
Feb 27, 2018 • 28 min
Master storyteller Brad Meltzer has been a published writer for 20 years. In that time he’s come to realize that, “Every life makes history. Every life is a story.” In this very special episode the bestselling thriller and mystery writer talks about how…
Brain Care Basics from How to ADHD & Landmark College
Feb 26, 2018 • 19 min
Jessica McCabe has researched the best ways to take care of your brain and this week she shares her insights with Distraction listeners. In this special episode sponsored by Landmark College, the How to ADHD host talks with Dr. Hallowell about all of the…
S2 Mini 40: Dr. Hallowell on the Shooting in Parkland, FL
Feb 22, 2018 • 6 min
In the wake of yet another school shooting, Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the epidemic of disconnection in our world; and offers some heartfelt ideas on ways we can each affect change.
S2 Ep 40: Women and ADHD Q&A Part 2
Feb 20, 2018 • 24 min
This week we continue the discussion on women’s issues related to ADHD. Terry Matlen, ACSW, returns to answer more questions from our female listeners. In this episode, she and Dr. Hallowell address topics like diagnosis, depression, migraines, estrogen…
S2 Mini 39: Try Something New, It’s Good For You
Feb 15, 2018 • 7 min
Dr. Hallowell opens up about following his own advice and trying something new, a recommendation he regularly makes to patients. In his case, the “something new” is learning how to use Facebook live. And as Dr. Hallowell reveals in this mini episode, he’s…
S2 Ep 39: Women and ADHD Q&A
Feb 13, 2018 • 34 min
Women and girls with ADHD face a number of unique issues in dealing with their “race car brains.” In this episode Terry Matlen, ACSW, who specializes in helping women with ADHD, joins Dr. Hallowell to answer questions from our female listeners. Topics…
S2 Mini 38: Dealing with Disappointment
Feb 7, 2018 • 6 min
It should come as no surprise to Distraction listeners that Dr. Hallowell is pretty bummed the Patriots lost the Super Bowl on Sunday. But what can you do about those bad feelings? In this mini, Dr. Hallowell shares some of the ways he deals with…
S2 Ep 38: Become A Better Listener By The End Of This Episode!
Feb 6, 2018 • 30 min
From our phones and TVs, to email notifications, traffic and crowded restaurants, our minds are constantly bombarded with noise. Speech and language pathologist, Rebecca Shafir, joins Ned to talk about her book The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication…
S2 Mini 37: Ned’s Super Sunday Traditions
Jan 31, 2018 • 8 min
Whether you’re all geared up for the big football game this weekend or couldn’t care less about it, Super Bowl hype is hard to avoid! In this week’s lighthearted mini, Dr. H lets listeners in on his plans for game day (including where to get the best hot…
Managing Distractions with How to ADHD & Landmark College
Jan 31, 2018 • 10 min
Whether it’s a notification on your phone, a new email, a chatty co-worker or a really good tv show, distractions are all around us. So how do you get stuff done amid a sea of interruptions? Jessica McCabe joins Dr. Hallowell to offer up solutions for…
S2 Ep 37: Proof of Heaven?
Jan 30, 2018 • 49 min
For years Dr. Eben Alexander dismissed the near-death revelations of God and heaven by his patients. But his opinion changed when the Harvard neurosurgeon spent 7 days in a coma due to E. coli meningitis. In this very unique episode of Distraction, Dr.…
S2 Mini 36: 3 Ways To Feel Less Busy
Jan 25, 2018 • 4 min
Is life feeling a little too hectic these days? Then it’s time to un-busy yourself. Dr. Hallowell outlines three easy ways to feel less busy and regain control of your day, in this mini that was inspired by a recent article from DailyGood.org. Flow: The…
S2 Ep 36: Sleep, Stress, Stimulants & More: Dr. H Answers Your Questions
Jan 23, 2018 • 14 min
Dr. Hallowell opens up the Distraction inbox to answer listener questions this week. Topics addressed include stimulants and hypertension, sleep and stress, depression and anxiety, and the effectiveness of low energy neurofeedback system therapy for…
S2 Mini 35: Stop Brooding & Start Doing This
Jan 17, 2018 • 6 min
We’ve all been upset, disappointed, discouraged and/or let down in life, but allowing your mind to agonize over problems or failures won’t help the situation or make you feel better. In fact, it does the opposite! In this mini, Dr. Hallowell offers advice…
S2 Ep 35: Just Let Boys Play
Jan 16, 2018 • 29 min
What do boys need that they’re not getting? Dr. Michael Thompson joins Dr. Hallowell to talk about where boys stand in today’s world versus girls. Dr. Thompson is best known as a NY Times bestselling author and international speaker on the subject of…
S2 Mini 34: Should I Tell My Employees I Have ADHD?
Jan 11, 2018 • 7 min
If you’re the boss, do you tell your employees that you have ADHD? Dr. Hallowell responds to a question from a listener that is struggling in his leadership position. Should he tell his employees that he has ADHD so they’ll better understand his…
S2 Ep34: This Teen Proves the Power of Getting the Right Help
Jan 9, 2018 • 39 min
16-year old Harry Nardini has always been a bright, outgoing, fun loving person, despite the tragic circumstances of his less-than-ideal start in life. Listen as he sits down with Dr. Hallowell, along with his mom, to tell his story of how his life was…
S2 Mini 33: Get Maximum Mileage From Medication
Jan 4, 2018 • 6 min
What do you do when your 7-year-old’s teacher says that it seems like your child needs a special invitation to everything? In this week’s mini Dr. Hallowell addresses a question regarding one listener’s son and his ADHD, and how it relates to his behavior…
S2 Ep 33: Gabby Bernstein’s Judgment Detox
Jan 2, 2018 • 21 min
Gabby Bernstein is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back, an international speaker, and a self-proclaimed spirit junkie. She joins Dr. Hallowell on Distraction to talk about her latest book, Judgment Detox, a clear,…
S2 Ep 32: Dr. Hallowell’s Best Advice for 2018
Dec 26, 2017 • 16 min
In our final episode of the year, Dr. Hallowell shares good wishes and his very best advice with listeners for the coming year and beyond. From everyone on the Distraction team, thank you so much for listening to our podcast in 2017! We’re looking forward…
S2 Mini 31: Finding The Good In Each Day
Dec 21, 2017 • 7 min
In the midst of holiday gatherings, errands and mayhem it can be easy to forget the point of it all. In this special holiday mini, Ned muses about how to make this time of year special and meaningful in spite of the chaos. Do you know someone who learns…
S2 Ep 31: What Motivates Getting Things Done
Dec 19, 2017 • 32 min
Are you task driven or deadline driven? Modern research has shown that procrastination does not interfere with success, and that procrastinators and non-procrastinators simply respond to motivation in different ways. In this episode, Dr. Hallowell and…
S2 Mini 30: Do Kids Need ADHD Coaches?
Dec 14, 2017 • 5 min
Dr. Hallowell responds to a listener question we received recently about ADHD coaches for kids. We think the self-proclaimed “disorganized parent” who reached out will be surprised to hear Ned’s answer! Do you have a question for Dr. Hallowell? Email it…
S2 Ep30: Achieve More With A Growth Mindset
Dec 12, 2017 • 26 min
Dr. Hallowell considers it a happy accident that he happened to attend a lecture given by third-grade teachers Darrah Parsons and Becky Kline. Their talk focused on their experiences teaching young girls about Carol Dweck’s groundbreaking findings…
S2 Mini 29: Dr. Hallowell’s Oldest Patient
Dec 7, 2017 • 4 min
How old is too old to be diagnosed with ADHD? We recently received a question from a person who suspects his parents have ADHD. They are 82 and 84, and the listener is wondering if there are successful examples of elderly people being diagnosed with and…
S2 Ep 29: Empowering Parents with Personalized Resources for Kids
Dec 5, 2017 • 25 min
Understood.org is a non-profit organization focused on helping parents whose children, ages 3-20, struggle with learning and attention issues. Dr. Hallowell spoke with Kevin Hager, Managing Director of Understood, and Amanda Morin, Content Development…
S2 Mini 28: If You Believe It, You Can Do It
Nov 30, 2017 • 6 min
Finally there’s proof that if you think you can do something, or think you can’t, you’re right! In this mini Distraction Dr. Hallowell talks about the “Growth Mindset” that was originally discovered by Carol Dweck, and what that means for all of us. He…
Feeling Overwhelmed? How to ADHD & Landmark College Offer Advice for Students
Nov 29, 2017 • 18 min
Students of all ages can have issues dealing with the stress and anxiety of their workload, whether they’re in elementary school, high school, college or beyond. But there is help for those who feel overwhelmed! Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD joins Dr.…
S2 Ep 28: Prevention, Medication Alternatives & Finding Your Tribe: Dr. H Answers Your Questions
Nov 28, 2017 • 18 min
How can I find my tribe and/or what I’m good at? What are some alternatives to medication for my child? How do we re-frame the conversation so prevention is the treatment? In this episode Dr. Hallowell takes some time to address a few of the questions…
S2 Mini 27: A Thanksgiving Wish For You
Nov 22, 2017 • 6 min
On this special day, Dr. Hallowell reflects on Thanksgivings past and present, and shares his thoughts on why this holiday feels so important. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Distraction!
S2 Ep 27: Peter Shankman Is Faster Than Normal
Nov 20, 2017 • 25 min
Peter Shankman is a well known entrepreneur, author and host of the highly popular podcast, Faster than Normal. As you’ll hear in this episode, Peter truly is faster than normal, as he talks faster than anyone we’ve had on the show thus far! But for good…
S2 Mini 26: Write Your Own Memoir
Nov 15, 2017 • 10 min
What’s your life story? Dr. Hallowell is about to share his with the world! His 20th book comes out this spring and it’s unlike any other he’s written. In this mini he shares a few stories about some of the people and places in his new memoir, and…
S2 Ep26: The Man Who Walked 4,000 Miles Just To Listen
Nov 13, 2017 • 29 min
At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel headed out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, and a sign that read “Walking to Listen.” He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to begin his adult life,…
S2 Mini 25: Are You Guilty of Phubbing?
Nov 9, 2017 • 7 min
If you’ve ever ignored someone in a social situation by busying yourself with a phone or other mobile device than you are guilty of phubbing. In this mini Dr. Hallowell gets fired up talking about why phubbing is bad for relationships and why this…
S2 Ep25: One Veteran’s Multitude of Mental Health Issues
Nov 7, 2017 • 24 min
It’s not hard to imagine someone being diagnosed with ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, PLMD, depression or bipolar disorder. But imagine being diagnosed with ALL of those conditions? That’s the reality for one U.S. veteran who recently reached out to…
S2 Mini 24: Turning Off Unwanted Thoughts
Nov 2, 2017 • 5 min
Dr. Hallowell answers two listener questions in this week’s mini Distraction. One asks about staying focused in church, and the other is looking for ideas on how to turn off unwanted thoughts. Dr. Hallowell makes suggestions to both listeners and offers a…
S2 Ep24: Unmasking ADHD: An In-Studio Diagnosis
Oct 31, 2017 • 35 min
The first step on the path to an ADHD diagnosis is sitting down with a qualified professional to learn your history. In this episode a listener who suspects he has ADHD joins Dr. Hallowell in the Distraction studio with his fiancee to talk about his…
Special: Study Tips from How to ADHD & Landmark College
Oct 30, 2017 • 14 min
Do you know someone who struggles with studying? Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD joins Ned to share study tips for students who learn differently in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College. College capable students with ADHD require a different…
S2 Mini 23: Governing Your Feelings of Vulnerability
Oct 26, 2017 • 4 min
Are you always on the look out for the next disaster? Dr. Hallowell talks about the overwhelming vulnerable feelings that can go hand-in-hand with ADHD and offers ways to reduce and regulate those less-than-happy thoughts. Learn more about our sponsor…
S2 Ep 23: Managing Your Money & ADHD
Oct 24, 2017 • 18 min
It’s very common for someone with ADHD to also have trouble managing their finances. In this special Distraction episode, Dr. Hallowell is joined in the studio by his son Jack, a financial planner who also has ADHD, to talk about the unique problems…
Bonus Mini: Why Do I Need People To Like Me?
Oct 20, 2017 • 4 min
Listener Christine reached out with a question about rejection and her need for others’ approval. Listen as Dr. Hallowell talks about why people with ADHD tend to be highly sensitive and why it’s okay! Do you have a question for Dr. Hallowell? Send us an…
S2 Mini 22: How Do I Know If I Have ADHD?
Oct 19, 2017 • 6 min
Contrary to popular belief, there is no definitive test for ADHD. So how do you know if you have it? Dr. Hallowell tells listeners about the various steps and processes people go through to determine whether or not they have ADHD. Do you like what you’re…
S2 Ep 22: Journalist Lisa Ling On Having ADHD
Oct 17, 2017 • 17 min
Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling opens up to Dr. Hallowell about her ADHD diagnosis, and the issues she’s struggled with since childhood. She talks about the unique challenges of being a minority with ADHD, and how her ADHD strengths have helped make…
Bonus Mini: “Should A Student With ADHD Attend College Far From Home?”
Oct 13, 2017 • 2 min
A listener named Ann reached out to ask Dr. Hallowell if it’s a good idea for a high school senior with ADHD to go to a college far from home. As Dr. H explains in this mini Distraction, it’s not so much about where you go, but rather what kind of support…
S2 Mini 21: When Your Spouse Feels Like Your Child
Oct 12, 2017 • 3 min
It’s a common issue in couples where one person has ADHD for the other person to feel like their partner is not carrying their weight or fulfilling responsibilities in the relationship. Dr. Hallowell talks about why this happens and offers suggestions for…
S2 Ep 21: The Impact of ADHD on Marriage
Oct 10, 2017 • 28 min
Marriage is never easy, but it’s even harder when one or both partners have ADHD! Meygan and Casey Caston say they are the least likely couple to succeed in marriage. Not only does Casey have ADHD, but between them their parents have been married a dozen…
Bonus Mini: Ashley Asks About ADHD & Job Struggles
Oct 6, 2017 • 2 min
Do you have trouble staying focused at work? In this bonus mini episode Dr. Hallowell answers a question from listener, Ashley, a 19 year old woman diagnosed with ADHD in the 4th grade, who struggles with distractions and staying focused in her job as a…
S2 Mini 20: ADHD Myths vs. Facts
Oct 5, 2017 • 3 min
Think you know what ADHD is and isn’t? Dr. Hallowell dispels some common myths about ADHD in this quick mini Distraction. Do you have a question or show idea for the Distraction team? Send us an email! connect@distractionpodcast.com Please rate and review…
S2 Ep 20: Lifting the Fog of ADHD
Oct 3, 2017 • 37 min
Kristin Seymour overcame many obstacles on the way to accomplishing her goals. She stole a car as an undergraduate college student and tested her parent’s patience on many occasions before being diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 19. She is now a…
S2 Mini 19: You Saw the Wrong Psychiatrist!
Sep 28, 2017 • 3 min
Dr. Hallowell responds to a question from a listener named, Eddie, a 31 year old man who has been aware of his ADHD since age 16. Eddie was dismissed by his psychiatrist saying that he could not possibly have ADHD, based on his prior work experience. He…
Special Guests & Giveaways for ADHD Awareness Month
Sep 27, 2017 • 1 min
The Distraction teamis busy getting ready for ADHD Awareness Month in October! Listen as Ned outlines some of the exciting things we have planned including tons of interesting guests, new ADHD content, a live facebook chat, book giveaways and more! Please…
S2 Ep 19: Why Kindness Is Important
Sep 26, 2017 • 25 min
Is the world becoming more unkind? Does technology play a role in how nice we are to one another? On today’s episode we’re talking about the state of kindness in our crazy busy world. Ned shares his thoughts on why being kind is important to everyone, and…
S2 Mini 18: Celebrating a Day of Peace
Sep 21, 2017 • 5 min
Dr. Hallowell shares a personal story about his strong connection to a man from South Sudan, as he reflects on this year’s United Nation’s International Day of Peace theme: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.
S2 Ep 18: Ned Says, “Adopt a Pet and Call Me In The Morning”
Sep 19, 2017 • 17 min
Anyone who knows Dr. Hallowell knows he LOVES animals, especially dogs. He’s talked several times on the podcast about his own dog, Ziggy, and how he prescribes a dog for all of his patients. In this extra special episode, NY Times bestselling author…
S2 Mini 17: How Little Things Bring Big Joy
Sep 14, 2017 • 7 min
After a recent joyful experience with a power tool, Dr. Hallowell is moved to share his excitement for the little things in life. Is there a “little thing” in your life that means a lot? We’d love to hear your story. Send us an email or voice memo to…
S2 Ep 17: Dr. H Answers Qs About Changing Routines, Anxiety, Meds & More!
Sep 12, 2017 • 23 min
Dr. Hallowell addresses several listeners’ concerns this week including how to change routines; anxiety and how it’s related to muscular tension in the body; dealing with emotional stress; and controlling your reactions in certain situations. Ned also…
S2 Mini 16: Ned’s Encouragement For Empty Nesters
Sep 7, 2017 • 3 min
As a parent of 3 adult children, Dr. Hallowell knows what it’s like to have an empty nest. In this quick mini, Ned shares his thoughts on the transition that parents make when their kids finally move out of the house. And in Ned’s case, what happens when…
S2 Ep 16: This Music Helps You Hyper-Focus
Sep 5, 2017 • 21 min
Scientists have discovered that there is a specific type of music for your personality type that can put your brain into a “flow state” making you hyperfocused. In this episode Dr. Hallowell speaks with Will Henshall, founder of focus@will, a company that…
S2 Mini 15: Hurricane Harvey Brings Out The Best In Humanity
Aug 30, 2017 • 5 min
Hurricane Harvey has brought trillions of gallons of rain to Texas but it’s also brought something else— kindness and compassion.
S2 Ep 15: Making a Smooth Back-to-School Transition
Aug 29, 2017 • 28 min
Whether your child has ADHD or not, most students can use a little help with the back-to-school transition. In the first half of the episode Dr. Hallowell speaks with ADHD parent coach, Cindy Goldrich, about ways to get kids back into the swing of things.…
S2 Mini 14: Football Widows (and Widowers) Unite!
Aug 24, 2017 • 4 min
We know there are plenty of couples who love football equally, but what advice would Ned give to those who don’t share their significant other’s passion for the sport? Listen to this quick mini and find out! Have you taken our listener survey yet? Click…
S2 Ep 14: The Business of Fear
Aug 22, 2017 • 28 min
From terrorism, disease, war, kidnappings and more, we live in a fear-filled society.
S2 Mini 13: How Much Sleep Is Enough?
Aug 17, 2017 • 3 min
Getting enough sleep is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Dr. Hallowell outlines how to determine how much sleep you need and offers tips for getting a good night’s rest.
S2 Ep 13: Protecting An Aging Population From Financial Peril
Aug 15, 2017 • 21 min
How do you know when your parent or loved one can no longer make good financial decisions? Unfortunately, many don’t notice until it’s too late. In this week’s episode Hilary tells us her dad’s story, an independent investor who lost his life’s savings…
S2 Mini 12: Overcoming Distractions at Work
Aug 10, 2017 • 5 min
Be more focused and productive at work with Dr. Hallowell’s strategies for combating the 6 most common interruptions. Want to learn more? Read Dr. Hallowell’s book: Driven to Distraction at Work
S2 Ep 12: Yes, You Can Leave Your Phone At Home
Aug 8, 2017 • 27 min
When was the last time you left your smartphone at home… on purpose? We sent Dr. Hallowell out on an adventure without his to see how he’d manage, and of course, we were there every step of the way! After Ned’s adventure, keep listening for a roundtable…
S2 Mini 11: 6 Minutes at the Beach Is Enough
Aug 3, 2017 • 4 min
Dr. Hallowell loves what he does for a living and can’t imagine taking time off to “do nothing.” In this mini, Ned challenges listeners to tell him why vacations are worth it. Please take a moment to participate in our listener survey! You can access it…
S2 Ep 11: Ned & Sue Answer Your ADHD Questions!
Aug 1, 2017 • 36 min
Dr. Hallowell’s wife Sue returns to Distraction to address listeners’ ADHD questions. Sue Hallowell is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has been married to Ned for nearly 30 years. They’ve also raised 3 children together who all have…
S2 Mini 10: Handling Mental & Emotional Stress
Jul 27, 2017 • 11 min
Feelings of irritation, disorganization and procrastination can throw your life out of balance, but they often go hand in hand with an ADHD diagnosis. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell chats with fellow ADHDer James Ochoa, LPC, about his life’s work to help…
S2 Ep10: Just the Right Summer Distraction
Jul 25, 2017 • 25 min
This week we’re sharing a few good distractions with listeners via our sister podcast, Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, and a recent talk the host and bookseller gave where she shared her best picks for summer. If you’re looking for a good book to…
S2 Mini 9: Watering Fake Plants Isn’t Always A Waste Of Time
Jul 20, 2017 • 4 min
Ned draws a lesson from a humorous (but true) story of a fake plant in our studio.
S2 Ep9: Do You Think About Your Happiness?
Jul 18, 2017 • 43 min
Happiness is big business in the United States, but ironically we’re less happy than ever.
S2 Mini 8: Traffic Jams Make Ned See Red
Jul 13, 2017 • 6 min
There’s nothing like a good traffic jam to make you lose your cool.
S2 Ep8: Jessica McCabe Tells Us How To ADHD
Jul 11, 2017 • 26 min
Jessica McCabe knows what it’s like to struggle with ADHD.
Throwback Thursday: Don’t Worry, Do This Instead!
Jul 6, 2017 • 3 min
What is constructive worry? What is toxic worry? Ned gives guidance on what they are and how to tell the difference.
Special Announcement: New Episodes Return Next Week!
Jul 5, 2017 • 1 min
We are proud to announce that new Distraction episodes will return next week!
Meet Them Again: The Women Behind the Guys We F****d Podcast
Jul 4, 2017 • 47 min
Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson are on a mission to spread the word that women should be able to have sex with whoever they want and not be ashamed or called names.
Throwback Thursday: The Benefits of Forgiveness
Jun 29, 2017 • 6 min
For many of us, when we get hurt our natural inclination is to seek revenge. But that’s not good for our health!
Revisiting The Effect of Technology on Our Kids
Jun 27, 2017 • 26 min
Ned hears from the pros, kids, parents and a special guest as he explores screen-time, online dangers, setting limits, and the latest apps parents should be concerned about.
Throwback Thursday: 5 Pillars of Brain Health
Jun 22, 2017 • 9 min
Age doesn’t really matter! World-renowned leader in brain health, Dr. Paul Nussbaum shares his prescription for longevity and quality of life.
Take Another Listen: Part 2 - Tackling ADHD Questions Head-On
Jun 20, 2017 • 24 min
Dr. Hallowell and his longtime co-author, Dr. John Ratey, pick-up where they left off in Part 1 by answering more listener questions.
Throwback Thursday: 10 Tips on Connection
Jun 15, 2017 • 5 min
When you feel engaged and connected to the world you become less distracted.
Revisiting Dashboard Diversions: Are New Cars Safer or Scarier?
Jun 13, 2017 • 18 min
Car manufacturers are enticing buyers with the latest technological advancements, but are the newest vehicles helping or hindering drivers?
Special: Join Dr. Hallowell on Cape Cod this Summer for an ADHD Seminar!
Jun 9, 2017 • 3 min
In this special episode Dr. Hallowell outlines the ADHD program he’s offering from August 7-11, 2017 on Cape Cod.
Throwback Thursday: Tune Out the Noise and Get Stuff Done!
Jun 8, 2017 • 6 min
Attention management is the new time management, says productivity expert Maura Thomas.
Special: Looking for Callers & ADHD Questions for Ned’s Wife!
Jun 7, 2017 • 3 min
Do you love someone who has ADHD? Sue Hallowell returns to Distraction to answer listeners’ questions about loving (and living with) someone who has ADHD.
Listen Again: 3 Stories You’ll Want to Hear
Jun 6, 2017 • 29 min
Thrown down a flight of stairs at 2 years old; moved to America for love then got divorced; homeless at 16…
Throwback Thursday: Got Junk? How to Get Rid of It
Jun 1, 2017 • 6 min
Staying neat and organized is good for a focused mind, but it takes effort!
Revisit The Dangers of Internet Addiction
May 30, 2017 • 24 min
Internet addiction is a very real problem, with real consequences.
Throwback Thursday: 9 No-Brainer Things You Can Do to Finish What You Start
May 25, 2017 • 2 min
Great at generating ideas, but not so great at bringing them to life?
Special: Dr. Hallowell Reacts to Manchester Terror Attack
May 23, 2017 • 6 min
Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts and offers guidance to listeners.
A Look Back: Tackling ADHD Questions Head-On
May 23, 2017 • 16 min
It’s the ADHD call-in show! Dr. Hallowell is joined by his longtime co-author Dr. John Ratey, and together they talk to listeners.
Throwback Thursday: Why Walking Is Powerful Medicine
May 18, 2017 • 8 min
Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking?
Listen Again as Marie Forleo Shares Her Secrets for Getting What You Want
May 16, 2017 • 17 min
She’s taught thousands how to take action and realize their dreams through her award-winning show, MarieTV, and training program, B-School.
Throwback Thursday: Your Anti-Distraction Daily Plan
May 11, 2017 • 10 min
Ned outlines his simple, 7-step plan that’ll have you crossing things off your to-do list in no time!
Distraction in the News
May 10, 2017 • 2 min
Are people more distracted than ever? If the news is any indication, the answer is yes!
Encore Presentation: Our Obsession With Our Devices
May 9, 2017 • 19 min
How much time do you spend starting at a screen? Maybe it’s not your fault.
Throwback Thursday: 7 Ways to Manage Adult ADHD
May 4, 2017 • 6 min
Being successful in life takes hard work, especially when you have ADHD!
Revisiting a Connection Over Coffee
May 2, 2017 • 22 min
In this episode Ned goes back to East Rock Coffee, the no-electronics café, where he connects with David Reed, who received his PhD at the University of Toronto in New Testament Studies, and is a post-doc at Yale in Religious Studies.
Special: Where in the World Is Ned?
May 1, 2017 • 2 min
Notice some re-released episodes in our feed?
Throwback Thursday: How to Deal with Difficult People
Apr 27, 2017 • 6 min
Abraham Lincoln once asked, “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
Take Another Listen to Dr. Hallowell’s Best Advice
Apr 25, 2017 • 18 min
Ned’s advice never gets old! Listen to this re-release featuring a compilation of some of Dr. Hallowell’s most popular advice from Season 1.
S2 Mini 7: Top 5 Focus Factors
Apr 20, 2017 • 4 min
Ned outlines key elements for training your attention and becoming more focused every day.
S2 Ep 7: How Advertisers Target Kids
Apr 18, 2017 • 26 min
In our world of ever-evolving technology, advertisers are constantly ont he lookout for new ways to capture kids’ attention.
S2 Mini 6: Bad Design Can Drive You Crazy
Apr 13, 2017 • 6 min
Ever try to open a package and get so frustrated that you want to throw it out the window? You’re not alone!
S2 Ep6: Super Connected, Yet Utterly Disconnected: The Modern Paradox
Apr 11, 2017 • 26 min
Dr. Hallowell recently spoke to a live audience in Manhasset, NY about the crazy-busy, 24/7 technology-driven world we live in and how to take back control of your life.
S2 Mini 5: Listeners Ask About Ethics, Anger & Deep Conversations
Apr 6, 2017 • 11 min
Dr. Hallowell gets all fired up as he answers your questions this week!
S2 Ep5: Bernie Siegel On Love, Animals & Miracles
Apr 4, 2017 • 25 min
The legendary doctor brings his message of hope and love to the Distraction studios for a heartwarming conversation about life, medicine and his latest book.
S2 Mini 4: Alternative Facts & Marketing the Truth
Mar 30, 2017 • 11 min
How we can decipher fact from fiction when it comes to climate change, vaccines, cancer treatments and other science news?
S2 Ep4: Stop Chewing Like That! When Noises Trigger Rage
Mar 28, 2017 • 24 min
Most of us have been annoyed at one time by the sound of another chewing or breathing, but for some it goes way beyond annoyance.
S2 Mini 3: The Incredible Benefits of Daily Meditation
Mar 23, 2017 • 9 min
A recent study found that meditating for just 30 minutes a day can have amazing health benefits.
S2 Ep3: Being Transgender, Bathrooms & Balancing Rights
Mar 21, 2017 • 46 min
Mitzie, mother of a 4-year old transgender boy talks to Dr.Hallowell about her son’s sstory and the journey they’ve taken so far.
S2 Mini 2: Home Alone
Mar 16, 2017 • 9 min
If you could spend the evening at home by yourself, doing absolutely anything you wanted, what would you do?
S2 Ep2: Solving Your Kid’s Behavior Problems
Mar 14, 2017 • 27 min
Dr. Ross Greene believes that whether you’re a parent or teacher with a behaviorally challenging child or not, collaboration is the key to solving problems, improving relationships and better communication.
S2 Mini 1: Breaking Through Creative Roadblocks
Mar 9, 2017 • 6 min
Sure, he’s written 19 books and counting, hundreds of essays, delivered many speeches, yet even Dr. Hallowell experiences self-doubt - especially when it comes to the creative process.
S2 Ep1: This YouTube Superstar Struggles with ADHD
Mar 7, 2017 • 24 min
We’re starting off the second season with a fascinating conversation between Dr. Hallowell and YouTube superstar, Chris Oflyng.
Special Re-Release: Why Dads Matter
Feb 28, 2017 • 29 min
Our Father’s Day episode was one of our most popular episodes in 2016. Take a listen and hear why!
Special Re-Release: Live From Boston: How to Handle Your Fast-Paced Life
Feb 21, 2017 • 29 min
As the one year anniversary of the Distraction podcast approaches, we’re revisiting some of our most popular episodes from our first season.
Mini 48: A Personal Story About Bullying & Racism
Feb 16, 2017 • 11 min
This week, Distraction’s producer Sarah Guertin sits down with Dr. Hallowell to share her family’s recent experience with bullying and racism.
Ep 48: Breakthrough in Treating PTSD
Feb 14, 2017 • 41 min
MDMA (the main component of the party drug ecstasy) is now being used in clinical trials for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Mini 47: We Are Enriched By Diversity
Feb 9, 2017 • 5 min
In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Hallowell shares some of his personal connections to black history and the cause of equal rights for all people.
Ep 47: Learning From The Wisdom Of Others
Feb 7, 2017 • 23 min
Most of us have been in a situation where we didn’t have all of the answers— when we didn’t know what to do next or where to turn for help.
Mini 46: We Can Agree on Football
Feb 2, 2017 • 7 min
If there’s one thing that brings Americans together, it’s football!
Ep 46: Karina Smirnoff, DWTS & ADHD
Jan 31, 2017 • 15 min
Karina Smirnoff is best known as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, taking home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy in Season 13 with army veteran and actor, J.R. Martinez.
Special: Contest Winner Announced!
Jan 27, 2017 • 0 min
Thank you so much to our listeners who participated in our December contest and left us a review on Itunes!
Mini 45: Is France’s Disconnect Law A Sign Of Things To Come?
Jan 26, 2017 • 5 min
French workers now have “the right to disconnect” outside of work hours, thanks to a new law that took effect Jan. 1.
Ep 45: Distraction Pays It Forward
Jan 24, 2017 • 20 min
Ned and the Distraction team head to East Rock Coffee in New Haven, CT to practice the art of paying it forward.
Special: Dr. Hallowell Addresses Inauguration Anxiety
Jan 19, 2017 • 12 min
Ned offers some words of wisdom practical advice for dealing with stress and worry.
Mini 44: Go Do Something Nice For Someone Today
Jan 19, 2017 • 6 min
Research shows that if you do something nice for someone else it can have a major impact on your own happiness.
Ep 44: Cyberbullied to Death
Jan 17, 2017 • 25 min
Nearly 1 in 3 students from middle and high school has experienced cyberbullying at some point, according to the Cyberbullying Research Center.
Mini 43: Ft. Lauderdale Shooting Is An Alarm Call
Jan 12, 2017 • 6 min
Dr. Hallowell reacts to the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale, FL airport on January 9, 2017.
Ep 43: You’ve Got Questions. Dr. H Has Answers!
Jan 10, 2017 • 34 min
This week Dr. Hallowell talks to several listeners who have reached out to Distraction with questions.
Ep 42: Make 2017 The Year You Think You Can
Jan 3, 2017 • 11 min
Happy New Year to all of our listeners!
Ep 41: Ned Reflects on 2016
Dec 27, 2016 • 9 min
Dr. Hallowell looks back at this past year and encourages listeners to do the same.
Special: Rate & Review Contest Going On Now!
Dec 23, 2016 • 1 min
Leave a written review about Distraction on Itunes for your chance to win a 3-minute phone call with Dr. Hallowell!
Mini 40: Marie Forleo is Helping Aleppo & You Can Too
Dec 22, 2016 • 10 min
Entrepreneur, writer and serial do-gooder Marie Forleo returns to the show to talk to Ned about how we can be a force for good in the world, and specifically how we can all help the people of Aleppo right now.
Ep 40: Helping Your Kids Get Through Holiday Events
Dec 20, 2016 • 24 min
Ned talks to education consultant Mark Griffin about strategies for making sure everyone in your family enjoys the holiday gatherings, even when the kids start to “act up.”
Mini 39: Media Mogul Alan Meckler Didn’t Even Know He Had Dyslexia
Dec 15, 2016 • 11 min
Alan Meckler is an internet pioneer and former CEO of Mediabistro, who has found incredible success in life despite having dyslexia.
Ep 39: Try This Breathing Exercise When You’re Stressed
Dec 13, 2016 • 23 min
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can leave you feeling stressed to the max.
Mini 38: Forget Politics & Find Common Ground
Dec 8, 2016 • 8 min
In the wake of one of the most contentious presidential elections in history, Dr. Hallowell urges all of us to reconnect with those around us, especially those who hold different beliefs.
Ep 38: Holiday Help For Us All
Dec 6, 2016 • 41 min
Here’s a novel idea— let’s actually ENJOY the holidays this year!
Mini 37: Not Feeling Holly or Jolly? You’re Not Alone!
Dec 1, 2016 • 12 min
The holiday season is a time of year that’s supposed to make you feel happy.
Ep 37: Seeking Out Smiles in New York City
Nov 29, 2016 • 27 min
Dr. Hallowell believes in the power of connection as a means to living a happier and healthier life.
Mini 36: In Their Own Words: Kids on Being Thankful
Nov 23, 2016 • 7 min
Happy Thanksgiving! In this special mini episode, Dr. Hallowell shares a message of love, connection and gratitude.
Ep 36: We’ve Got Mail! Dr. H Tackles Your Questions
Nov 22, 2016 • 23 min
So many listeners have reached out with questions that we’re dedicating an entire episode to answering them!
Mini 35: 10 New Tips for Setting Smartphone Boundaries
Nov 17, 2016 • 6 min
As more and more “screens” compete for our attention, Dr. Hallowell believes it’s crucial to set boundaries and limits with them.
Ep 35: Dr. Oz Talks Holiday Distractions with Ned
Nov 15, 2016 • 14 min
It’s ironic, but the holidays can easily distract us from what’s most important.
Mini 34: 5 Tips for Clearing Out Your Mind
Nov 10, 2016 • 5 min
Our minds can easily be overrun these days with interruptions, obligations and general clutter.
Ep 34: Curing Your Election Hangover
Nov 8, 2016 • 23 min
What happens after November 8th?
Mini 33: Some Students Need Specialized Schools
Nov 3, 2016 • 12 min
A traditional classroom isn’t always the best place for a child with learning differences.
Ep 33: Marijuana: Legalize It?
Nov 1, 2016 • 27 min
With the election just days away, Dr. Hallowell spoke to leaders on both sides of the marijuana debate to get a clearer picture of what’s at stake.
Bonus Mini: FAQs About ADHD
Oct 28, 2016 • 10 min
ADHD Awareness Month is almost over but we had to share one more mini episode!
Mini 32: Dr. H on His ADHD & Shocking Med School Moment!
Oct 27, 2016 • 20 min
For Dr. Hallowell, having ADHD means anything “boring” can feel like a medical emergency.
Ep 32: Listener Q&A: Dealing with Rejection & Searching for Peace
Oct 25, 2016 • 22 min
We’ve all been rejected at one time or another, but what do you do if you have a condition that turns those feelings of rejection into an intense and overwhelming pain?
Mini 31: 4 Daily Habits to Stay On Task
Oct 20, 2016 • 4 min
Some days can be harder than others to cross things off your to-do list.
Ep 31: Time to Change the Way We Teach Kids
Oct 18, 2016 • 41 min
You can’t tell kids with learning differences to “try harder,” says Dr. Hallowell, speaking live to educators at the New York State Association of Independent Schools’ conference as part of ADHD Awareness Month.
Mini 30: Tips to Avoid Feeling Fearful, Frustrated & Frenetic
Oct 13, 2016 • 4 min
The hustle and bustle of modern life conspires to make many of us feel like we have ADHD, even when we don’t.
Ep 30: This Special “Sleep” Yoga Helps You Find Focus
Oct 11, 2016 • 31 min
What can we do to combat chronic stress and over-stimulation we face every day?
Mini 29: 7 Ways to Manage Adult ADHD
Oct 6, 2016 • 6 min
Being successful in life is hard work, especially when you have ADHD!
Ep 29: Ned’s Wife Gets Real About His ADHD
Oct 4, 2016 • 18 min
On a recent afternoon at the Hallowell Center in NYC, Dr. Hallowell sat down with his wife Sue for a heartwarming conversation about his own ADHD and their marriage.
A Special Announcement About ADHD Awareness Month
Sep 30, 2016 • 2 min
October is gearing up to be a busy month for Distraction!
Mini 28: How to Find Mental Health Help
Sep 29, 2016 • 5 min
Dr. Hallowell offers suggestions for finding the right mental health professional.
Ep 28: Meet the Girls Behind the Guys We F****d Podcast
Sep 27, 2016 • 47 min
Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson are on a mission to spread the word that women should be able to have sex with whoever they want and not be ashamed or called names.
Mini 27: 10 Tips on Connection
Sep 22, 2016 • 5 min
When you feel engaged and connected to the world you become less distracted.
Ep 27: Is Pokemon Go the Ultimate Distraction?
Sep 20, 2016 • 34 min
It’s the source of thousands of driving accidents, and has people walking down streets but not looking where they’re going.
Mini #26: 5 Pillars of Brain Health
Sep 15, 2016 • 9 min
Age doesn’t really matter! World-renowned leader in brain health, Dr. Paul Nussbaum shares his prescription for longevity.
Ep 26: Emily Morse & Sex in the Age of Distraction
Sep 13, 2016 • 35 min
Dr. Emily Morse, host of the top-rated podcast Sex with Emily, talks with Ned about why couples aren’t having as much sex as they used to.
Mini #25: Robert Putnam on Why You Should Care About Other People’s Kids
Sep 8, 2016 • 9 min
Best-selling author and Harvard professor Robert Putnam speaks with Ned about the growing opportunity gap between the rich and poor.
Ep 25: Dr. Hallowell’s Best Advice
Sep 6, 2016 • 18 min
This week we compiled Dr. Hallowell’s most popular advice since the podcast launched into one episode.
Mini #24: Ned’s Favorite Headband
Sep 1, 2016 • 8 min
Meditation has numerous health benefits yet many of us don’t do it.
Ep 24: Listeners Want to Know…
Aug 30, 2016 • 18 min
Dr. Hallowell reaches out to the Distraction community to offer a message of thanks.
Mini #23: 5 Simple Tips to Prepare for Back to School
Aug 25, 2016 • 4 min
Save yourself some stress and do a little homework before the new year starts.
Ep 23: 3 Stories You’ll Want to Hear
Aug 23, 2016 • 29 min
Thrown down a flight of stairs at 2 years old; moved to America for love then got divorced; homeless at 16…
Special: Ned Reflects on the Lessons of Summer
Aug 19, 2016 • 4 min
As summer winds down Ned shares his thoughts on the simple pleasures of the season.
Mini #22: Spend Some Quality Time with Yourself
Aug 18, 2016 • 5 min
Renowned media scholar, Sherry Turkle, talks to Ned about the importance of learning to be alone.
Ep 22: “How Do I Handle My Abusive Father?”
Aug 16, 2016 • 26 min
A listener opens up about the violent home he grew up in and looks for advice on how to help his mother, sisters and himself with a problem that has plagued his family for years.
Mini Distraction #21: Let Me Get Back to You
Aug 11, 2016 • 2 min
If you’re one of those people who likes to help everyone with their problems, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself too.
Ep 21: What We Can All Learn from Olympic Athletes
Aug 9, 2016 • 22 min
U-S-A! U-S-A! We’ve got Olympic fever this week as 3-time Olympic gymnast and gold medal winner, Muriel Grossfeld, talks about what it takes to be an elite-level athlete.
Mini Distraction #20: Why Walking Is Powerful Medicine
Aug 4, 2016 • 8 min
Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking?
Ep 20: Good Books to Get You Positively Distracted
Aug 2, 2016 • 27 min
Sometimes distractions can be a good thing—like reading a book at the beach!
Special: We Want to Hear from You!
Jul 29, 2016 • 2 min
Send us your questions! Emily Morse, host of the popular Sex with Emily podcast will be joining Dr. Hallowell
Mini Distraction #19: The 1 Thing You Do That’s Redefining Human Intelligence
Jul 28, 2016 • 7 min
Maggie Jackson, former Boston Globe columnist and award-winning author, talks with Ned about the life-altering consequences of a modern habit that most of us practice on a daily basis.
Ep 19: Dave’s Story—On Being F’d Up, Locked Up & Making Things Right
Jul 26, 2016 • 25 min
Everyone has a story to tell if you take the time to listen. Ned stops by Distraction’s
Mini Distraction #18: Got Junk? How to Get Rid of It
Jul 21, 2016 • 6 min
Staying neat and organized is good for a focused mind, but it takes effort!
Ep 18: Tackling ADHD Questions Head-On – Part 2
Jul 19, 2016 • 24 min
Dr. Hallowell and his longtime co-author, Dr. John Ratey, pick-up where they left off in our last episode by answering more listener questions.
Mini Distraction #17: 9 No-Brainer Things You Can Do to Finish What You Start
Jul 14, 2016 • 2 min
Great at generating ideas, but not so great at bringing them to life?
Ep 17: Tackling ADHD Questions Head-On
Jul 12, 2016 • 16 min
It’s the ADHD call-in show! Dr. Hallowell is joined by his longtime co-author Dr. John Ratey, and together they talk to listeners.
Special: Dr. Hallowell on the Tragic Events This Week in America
Jul 8, 2016 • 8 min
Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, Dallas. Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on what happened, why, and what we can do about it.
Mini Distraction #16: These Guys Help People Who Learn Differently Find Success
Jul 7, 2016 • 13 min
Typical people need not apply! Tom Bergeron and Rick Fiery from Inventive Labs tell Ned about the business incubator
Ep 16: Take a Peek Behind the Scenes of Distraction
Jul 5, 2016 • 22 min
The production team sits down with Ned to talk about what goes into making each episode
Mini Distraction #15: Tune Out the Noise and Get Stuff Done!
Jun 30, 2016 • 6 min
Attention management is the new time management, says productivity expert Maura Thomas.
Ep 15: Marie Forleo Shares Her Secrets to Get What You Want Out of Life
Jun 28, 2016 • 17 min
She’s taught thousands how to take action and realize their dreams through her award-winning show, MarieTV, and training program, B-School.
Mini Distraction #14: The Benefits of Forgiveness
Jun 23, 2016 • 6 min
For many of us, when we get hurt our natural inclination is to seek revenge.
Ep 14: Stop Reducing Life to Sound Bites
Jun 21, 2016 • 10 min
Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on a recent New York Times article by Teddy Wayne called, “The End of Reflection.”
Mini Distraction #13: Listener Question: How Do I Get It All Done?
Jun 16, 2016 • 4 min
Dr. Hallowell takes a phone call from a woman struggling to find the time to get everything done on her “to-do” list.
Ep 13: The Father’s Day Special: Why Dads Matter
Jun 14, 2016 • 25 min
In honor of Father’s Day, Ned explores fatherhood in the age of distraction.
Special: Dr. Hallowell Reflects on the Orlando Shooting
Jun 13, 2016 • 6 min
Dr. Hallowell shares a heartfelt message with listeners in wake of the horrific tragedy in Orlando.
Mini Distraction #12: Don’t Worry, Do This Instead!
Jun 9, 2016 • 3 min
What is constructive worry? What is toxic worry? Ned gives guidance on what they are
Ep 12: A Conversation About Sex & Religion Over Coffee
Jun 7, 2016 • 22 min
Ned goes back to East Rock Coffee, the no-electronics café, where he connects with David Reed, who received his PhD at the University of Toronto in New Testament Studies, and is a post-doc at Yale in Religious Studies.
Mini Distraction #11: Addicted to Information & Gaming: Ryan’s Story
Jun 2, 2016 • 4 min
Our full-length show this week explores internet addiction (Episode #11).
Ep 11: The Dangers of Internet Addiction
May 31, 2016 • 24 min
Internet addiction is a very real problem, with real consequences. And it’s way more prevalent
Mini Distraction #10: Listener Question: Long-Term Use of ADHD Medication
May 26, 2016 • 3 min
Ned takes a question from a father about his son’s ADHD medication and his concerns about its effects over time.
Ep 10: Dashboard Diversions: Are New Cars Safer or Scarier?
May 24, 2016 • 18 min
Car manufacturers are enticing buyers with the latest technological advancements, but are the newest vehicles helping or hindering drivers?
Mini Distraction #9: Your Anti-Distraction Daily Plan
May 19, 2016 • 10 min
Ned outlines his simple, 7-step plan that’ll have you crossing things off your to-do list in no time!
Special: Ned Responds to Fed’s Report About Distraction’s Role in Amtrak Tragedy
May 18, 2016 • 4 min
Ned reacts to the National Transportation Safety Board’s latest report on the May 12, 2015 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that killed 8 people, and injured nearly 200 other passengers.
Ep 9: When’s the Last Time You Sat Down with a Stranger?
May 17, 2016 • 27 min
Ned puts into practice his belief that if we move away from our devices there’s a wonderful world of connection just waiting to happen.
Mini Distraction #8: Clear Your Clutter
May 12, 2016 • 3 min
Listener feedback gets Ned talking about the trouble with clutter and offering solutions to cleaning up your physical and digital spaces.
Ep 8: Live from Boston: How to Handle Your Fast-Paced Life
May 11, 2016 • 25 min
Be a fly on the wall as Ned gives a live audience the prescription for surviving in an ultra-competitive, ultra-fast society. Learn how to prioritize, combine work and play, and reconnect with those you truly care about for a happier, healthier, and longe
Mini Distraction #7: How to Deal with Difficult People
May 5, 2016 • 6 min
Ned gives practical tips for handling the challenging people in your life, whether it’s your boss, teacher or relative.
A Special Announcement from Distraction
May 4, 2016 • 1 min
Ned has a special announcement about an upcoming show.
Ep 7: Our Obsession with Our Devices
May 3, 2016 • 19 min
How much time do you spend staring at a screen?
Mini Distraction #6: What’s Your Lake Doolittle and Why Do You Need One?
Apr 28, 2016 • 9 min
Ned stresses the importance of taking time to focus on what matters most to you as he and his son, Tucker, reminisce about their annual family trip to the lake.
Ep 6: Dick Stockton Talks Sports and Distraction
Apr 26, 2016 • 26 min
Ned and the legendary sports broadcaster talk about the good and bad of sports as a diversion, as well as Dick Stockton’s own struggles to stay focused while on the job.
Mini Distraction #5: One Mom’s Dilemma Over Technology Use and Free Time
Apr 21, 2016 • 7 min
Ned takes a question from a mom struggling with her 7-year old daughter’s issues around her use of devices and having downtime.
Ep 5: The Effect of Technology on Our Kids
Apr 19, 2016 • 26 min
The topic keeps many of us up at night.
Mini Distraction #4: The Unexpected Happens
Apr 14, 2016 • 4 min
Ned’s interview takes a turn when something happens in a coffee shop and delivers way more than just a double latte!
Ep 4: 25 Minutes to a Calmer Approach to Life
Apr 12, 2016 • 24 min
The two icons of Mindfulness and Meditation on the same podcast.
Mini Distraction #3: You Ask, Ned Answers
Apr 7, 2016 • 4 min
Ned tackles listener questions with his unique insights and helpful advice.
Ep 3: The Sleepisode; Sleep in the Age of Distraction
Apr 5, 2016 • 15 min
Tossing and turning at night?
Mini Distraction #2: Voicemail, Death, and Dreams
Mar 31, 2016 • 8 min
A trip to a coffee shop with a “no electronics” rule enables Ned to hear an incredible story from a woman named Anne Marie.
Ep 2: A Conversation with Ned Hallowell
Mar 29, 2016 • 23 min
Ned reveals intimate details about his own life.
Mini Distraction #1: Your Brain on Music
Mar 22, 2016 • 5 min
What does music do for us?
Ep 1: An Exploration of Distraction
Mar 22, 2016 • 19 min
What distracts us and what to do about it.
An Introduction to Distraction
Mar 10, 2016 • 2 min
Ned gives us a heads up on what the show is all about and why you won’t want to miss a single episode.