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Struggling with distractions in this amped up world? We guide you through it all with stories, guests, tips, calls, and lots of surprises too. If you’re pulled and prodded all day from many directions or tied to your smartphone and apps, this insightful and entertaining journey will help you regain control of your life in a fun and novel way. Give it a listen and … wait, did you see that bird?
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Sep 16, 2021

Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by Bethany Johnson and Dr. Margaret M. Quinlan to continue the conversation about why so many moms feel like they're never good enough at home or at work.

"The threshold for women to be called a bad parent is far lower than it is for men still, and that's an institutional thing..." Bethany says in this episode.

The trio talk about how having a helpful partner can make a big difference when raising kids, but it will never make up for some of the systemic problems that exist, like the lack of good childcare. They also talk about a better way we can support moms and each other on social media that does not involve offering advice.

Our guests today co-wrote the book, You're Doing It Wrong! Mothering, Media, and Medical Expertise and share some of the historical underpinnings of why so many mothers struggle with feelings of shame and guilt regarding their kids. 

Bethany L. Johnson (MPhil, M.A.) is a doctoral student in the history of science, technology and the environment at the University of South Carolina and a research affiliate faculty in the department of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studies how science, medical technology, and public health discourses are framed and reproduced by institutions and individuals with structural power from the 19th century to the present; specifically, she studies epidemics and reproductive health. She has published in interdisciplinary journals such as Health Communication, Women & Language, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Journal of Holistic Nursing, and Women's Reproductive Health. 

Margaret M. Quinlan (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Communication Studies, Director of an Interdisciplinary Minor, Health & Medical Humanities and Core Faculty Member of the Interdisciplinary Health Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She examines the nexus of public perceptions of medicine, science, and technology, both historically and presently. She investigates the role communication plays in public understandings of medical expertise, illness, wellness, caring, treatment, health, and healing. Dr. Quinlan has authored approximately 40 journal articles, 17 book chapters and co-produced documentaries in a regional Emmy award-winning series (National Distribution with PBS and available on Amazon).

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This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 14, 2021

Most moms have experienced "mom guilt" or "mom shame" at some point in their children's lives. On today's podcast we talk about the very real, historical reasons why this happens, and about the long-running sentiment in the United States that a woman's true job is to be a good mother. And now with the added pressures of measuring up on social media and taking care of your family in a pandemic, it's no wonder so many moms feel inadequate. 

Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by Bethany Johnson and Dr. Margaret M. Quinlan for a fascinating conversation about the history of mom guilt in America. The pair co-wrote the book, You're Doing It Wrong! Mothering, Media, and Medical Expertise and share some of the historical underpinnings of why so many mothers struggle with feelings of shame and guilt regarding their kids. 

Bethany L. Johnson (MPhil, M.A.) is a doctoral student in the history of science, technology and the environment at the University of South Carolina and a research affiliate faculty in the department of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studies how science, medical technology, and public health discourses are framed and reproduced by institutions and individuals with structural power from the 19th century to the present; specifically, she studies epidemics and reproductive health. She has published in interdisciplinary journals such as Health Communication, Women & Language, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Journal of Holistic Nursing, and Women's Reproductive Health. 

Margaret M. Quinlan (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Communication Studies, Director of an Interdisciplinary Minor, Health & Medical Humanities and Core Faculty Member of the Interdisciplinary Health Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She examines the nexus of public perceptions of medicine, science, and technology, both historically and presently. She investigates the role communication plays in public understandings of medical expertise, illness, wellness, caring, treatment, health, and healing. Dr. Quinlan has authored approximately 40 journal articles, 17 book chapters and co-produced documentaries in a regional Emmy award-winning series (National Distribution with PBS and available on Amazon).

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts about this podcast to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 9, 2021

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in the United States and as Dr. John Draper says in this episode, "It's not going to be the mental health system that fixes this. It's going to be parents, schools and the media that's going to make a difference." 

Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by Dr. Draper, the project director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network, to continue the conversation from this week's previous episode. 

Alisyn and he talk about the shortage of mental health care resources available and the good news about what parents can offer their kids that therapists can't. They also discuss the critical importance of talking about suicide and why you shouldn't shy away from the subject.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for your or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255 for free and confidential support 24/7. CHAT is also available at National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.org

Or visit BeThe1To.com to find the 5-step safety plan for emotional crises mentioned in this episode. #BeThe1To

We want to hear from you! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR LISTENER SURVEY. Or, email your thoughts about this podcast to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 7, 2021

The rates of suicide have increased by 10% every year for the past 5 years, and have gone up steadily since 2007. Why is this happening and what can we do about it?

Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by Dr. John Draper, the project director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network, to talk about the alarming rise in suicide attempts, particularly in girls aged 12-17. They discuss what triggered this increase and to what extent the pandemic and resulting social isolation have contributed to the problem. 

Alisyn also shares some of her own personal struggles with depression as a teenager as well as her concerns for her own kids' mental health.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for your or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255 for free and confidential support 24/7. CHAT is also available at National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.org

What do you think of this episode? Email your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Sep 2, 2021

Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by her twin 16-year old daughters and Dr. Lea Lis, The Shameless Psychiatrist, for part two of a revealing conversation about what dating and romance is really like for teenagers today. 

Building on the conversation from our previous episode, Dr. Lis reminds us that boys shouldn't be left out of this conversation. "I see so many of them are just lost," she says. "They don't connect. They can't form bonds. Moms and dads don't say anything. They'll talk to the girls. And they don't say anything to boys," Dr. Lis can be heard saying in today's episode. 

Dr. Lis shares some practical advice about how to talk to boys about sex, and offers detailed suggestions for "coming of age rituals" to help young men and women navigate their passage into adulthood. 

You'll also hear Dr. Lis' best tips for teenagers on how to navigate relationships and sex. 

Parents need to be having these conversations with their kids and this episode will give you the skills and tools to start the dialogue. 

Dr. Lis book, No Shame, Real Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Self-Confidence, and Health Relationships is available HERE

Let us know what you think! Email your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Aug 31, 2021

Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by her twin 16-year old daughters on the podcast for a revealing conversation about what dating and romance is really like for teenagers today. They are joined by Dr. Lea Lis, The Shameless Psychiatrist, for a candid conversation about the rise of the hook-up culture, why your first sexual experience should be special, and how parents from the 80's need to back-off a bit and not force their own teenage experience on their kids. 

Dr. Lis shares some insights about how the pandemic has affected relationships, how to talk to teen girls about sex and prioritizing their own pleasure, as well as the shame that many feel if they're "not being a nice girl" and how to counter it. Dr. Lis recommends teens "set expectations up front" before a situation arises.

Dr. Lis book, No Shame, Real Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Self-Confidence, and Health Relationships is available HERE

There's a lot to dive into in this episode so please let us know what you think! Email your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  And keep an eye out for the rest of this conversation when we release it on Thursday!

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  It's the college for students who learn differently! Landmark offers comprehensive supports for students with ADHD and other learning differences, both on campus and online. Learn more HERE!

Aug 26, 2021

Our guest-host and mother of three, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, continues her conversation with longtime ABC News correspondent (and fellow mom of 3) Gloria Riviera about the prevalence of mom guilt in our society, and how we can change our current childcare system to alleviate the guilt so many working parents feel. They talk about who is getting it right and where we should look for inspiration, from countries to corporations and even our own military.  

Gloria shares the startling fact that only 4% of US companies offer some form of childcare assistance, and talks about some of the things progressive workplaces like Patagonia are doing to retain new parents as employees.  

The pair also talk about the preschool meeting moment when Gloria stopped striving to be a perfect parent.  

Gloria's latest project, No One Is Coming To Save Us from Lemonada Media, a limited-series podcast she hosts featuring Kristen Bell, explores America's broken childcare system and how we fix it. Take a listen! 

We want to hear from YOU!! Let us know what you think! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. 

Aug 20, 2021

If you're a mom chances are you've experienced mom guilt. Unless you're like our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, who hasn't felt guilty as a mom, ever! This week Alisyn Camerota, speaks with longtime ABC News correspondent Gloria Riviera about the pressures of motherhood and why many moms feel like they can never do enough. 

The two highly successful working mothers talk about where they think mom guilt comes from and Gloria, a mother of three, talks about being a good role model for your kids, even if that means missing one of their events.

"I want my kids to know that I do other things that make me happy and make me satisfied," Gloria says in this episode. "And so if I have to miss something because I'm doing something I love, A, doing something I love provides for my family and B, it's important to who I am as a person now..." she continues.

They also talk about how the pandemic and other recent events have ushered in a new era of news reporting where it's okay to show more emotion. 

Gloria's latest project, No One Is Coming To Save Us from Lemonada Media, a limited-series podcast she hosts featuring Kristen Bell, is about America's broken childcare system and how we fix it. Take a listen!

We want to hear from YOU!! Do you experience "mom guilt" and if so, where do you think it comes from? Let us know! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. 

Aug 19, 2021

We're kicking off our 6th season of the podcast with a series of episodes hosted by CNN anchor, Alisyn Camerota! Alisyn is the mother of three teenagers and will be speaking with celebrities, experts and other professionals to talk about the issues families are facing right now. 

Today we're sharing the second part of Alisyn's conversation with with actress, entrepreneur and mother of four,  Heather Dubrow. The star of The Real Housewives of Orange County and Alisyn talk about why moms feel pressure from social media, the surprising fact that your teenagers don't always hate you, and Heather shares some solid advice for parents.

And of course they talk about Heather's return to reality television for the 16th season of Housewives, and what the experience has been like for her and her family.  

Next week, Alisyn speaks with ABC News correspondent Gloria Riviera, about the struggles working parents face in the United States to find quality, affordable childcare and her new podcast series featuring Kristen Bell that explores this issue, No One Is Coming To Save Us. Gloria also reveals her own struggles with "mom guilt" as the two talk about the vast differences in how they were brought up in the 1980s, versus their own kids today.

That episode drops on Tuesday!  

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Reach out with your questions and comments by sending an email to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

 

Aug 17, 2021

We're kicking off our 6th season of the podcast with a series of episodes hosted by CNN anchor, Alisyn Camerota! Alisyn is the mother of three teenagers and will be speaking with celebrities, experts and other professionals to talk about the issues families are facing right now. 

Today Alisyn speaks with actress, entrepreneur and mother of four,  Heather Dubrow. Alisyn and the star of The Real Housewives of Orange County talk about the challenges of raising teenagers who are prepared to leave the nest, talking to your kids about sex, drugs and alcohol; and whether nature or nurture has more sway when it comes to who your kids grow up to be. Heather also shares her best advice for raising happy and well-adjusted kids. 

Remember to listen on Thursday to hear part two of Alisyn's conversation with Heather! They talk about mom guilt (something neither one of them experiences), how to raise grateful human beings, and how to support your kids no matter what they're going through. 

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Reach out with your questions and comments by sending an email to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

 

Aug 11, 2021

When we launched Distraction 5 years ago, the world was a different place. The pandemic has changed us, and our daily lives. So for our sixth season, we're expanding the scope of Distraction to include conversations about these new challenges. 

And we're kicking things off with our first guest-host, Alisyn Camerota! Alisyn is a journalist, author, and anchor of CNN Newsroom with Victor Blackwell. She's also the mother of three teenagers. Alisyn has some incredible episodes and guests lined up that include discussions about parenting, motherhood, mental health and more. Take a listen to hear the details!

And mark your calendar for our first episode of Season 6, next Tuesday, August 17th! Alisyn will have a very special first guest! 

As always you can continue to reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com! 

Aug 10, 2021

The Olympic Games may be over, but we're still feeling the excitement of the past few weeks. So that's why we're re-sharing this conversation with 3-time Olympic gymnast and gold medal winner, Muriel Grossfeld, from our very first season. Ms. Grossfeld talked about her experience and what it takes to be an elite-level athlete. This episode also features a conversation with the author of The ADHD Affected Athlete about how ADHD actually helps people excel in certain sports. 

This episode was originally released in August 2016. Sadly, Ms. Grossfeld passed away in January of 2021 at the age of 80. 

https://www.amazon.com/ADHD-Affected-Athlete-Michael-Stabeno/dp/1412032423

Aug 5, 2021

The suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade over three years ago stunned many of us. Listen back to Dr. Hallowell's reaction to the news in this mini Distraction from June 2018. (Season 6 starts later this month.)

"Life is messy," he says. "Let's not be phony or drive people into hiding with the terrible constrictions of shame," Dr. H goes on to say.

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, and getting people the help they desperately need.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with someone, or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org where online chats are available 24/7.

 

Aug 3, 2021

She’s taught thousands how to take action and realize their dreams through her award-winning show, MarieTV, and training program, B-School. Full of inspiration and optimism, Marie Forleo lives her life by the mantra, “Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.” Listen as she and Ned talk about cynics, fear and getting what you want out of life.

http://marieforleo.com

http://www.stevenpressfield.com/the-war-of-art/

This episode was originally released in June 2016. Season 6 begins soon!

Jul 29, 2021

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 how our brains interpret music. He is the author of several #1 best-selling books including, This is Your Brain on Music, and his latest, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

Daniel Levitin’s book, This Is Your Brain on Music: http://daniellevitin.com/publicpage/books/this-is-your-brain-on-music/

This mini episode was originally heard in March 2016 with the title, "Your Brain on Music" and was the first mini Distraction we ever released!

Please remember to subscribe to Distraction and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! We really appreciate your feedback and are looking forward to our 6th season coming in August! 

Jul 27, 2021

What does it mean when you're one symptom short of an ADHD diagnosis? Does that mean you don't have it? Dr. H answers this and other listener questions including the difference between short-acting and long-acting medications, how to explain ADHD to family members, and what to do when your child doesn't like their doctor. Our producer, Sarah Guertin, joins Ned in this episode to read him your questions!

Reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin and recorded and mixed by Scott Persson. It was originally released in October 2020.

Season 6 is coming in August! 

Jul 22, 2021

This week we're re-sharing an episode Ned recorded after his beloved Patriots lost the Super Bowl back in 2018. His message still resonates over two years later. Whether it's the job you didn't get, a broken relationship, or your favorite team losing the biggest game of the year, dealing with the down sides of life can be tough.

In this mini, Dr. Hallowell talks about some of the ways he deals with disappointment and reminds us that while these negative feelings and emotions aren't pleasant, it means you care about something. And that's a good thing. 

Poem mentioned in this episode:

If by Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
'Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

 

Season 6 begins in August!

Jul 20, 2021

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 times, so instability was a theme in their youth. They've had their share of screaming matches, name calling and threatening divorce, but luckily discovered tools and resources to help them become better spouses, as they now have a loving and thriving relationship. And they're helping thousands of other couples achieve the same results! 

Meygan and Casey Caston's website: Marriage 365

This episode was originally released in October 2017. Season 6 is coming in August!

Jul 15, 2021

Finding your "suppress my frustration" button (as Ned puts it) can be tough, especially when you have to change plans at the last minute or deal with some sort of disappointment. Listen as our host talks about his own challenges with this issue, and learn how he handles these difficult moments.

What do you think? How do you deal with a change in plans without getting angry? Send an email or voice memo with your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin and was originally released in September 2019. 

Jul 13, 2021

Dr. H answers questions about a variety of issues in this week's episode. A listener named Tracy inquires about genetic testing for ADHD medication, another asks about his "hyper response to stress," and Cooper called with a question about self-medicating with cannabis. Listen to Ned's thoughts on these questions and others that we received from our listeners in the Distraction community. 

This episode was originally released in October 2018.

Jul 8, 2021

A few conversations with friends had Dr. Hallowell thinking about how the world has changed in his lifetime, and whether or not it's for the better. Do we still have standards in society? Are millennials lazy? Is social media to blame for all of our problems? 

As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus put it so many years ago, "the only thing that is constant is change."

Do you have a show idea for Distraction? Email it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released in May 2018.

Jul 6, 2021

Own Beat Athlete is an organization that aims to help soccer, baseball, football and other coaches better understand neurodivergent kids, like those with ADHD. As a former coach and mother to a son with ADHD and dyslexia, Susan Stout saw that many coaches of young athletes didn't understand ADHD, resulting in seasons filled with frustration and anxiety for both the coaches and the young athletes. Susan decided to create Own Beat Athlete to reduce the struggle between coaches and players, as she tells Ned in this episode. 

Own Beat Athlete

Please reach out to use with your comments, questions and show ideas. Email connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released in April 2019.

Jul 1, 2021

Learn about the key elements for training your attention and becoming more focused every day. Plus hear about the healthy habits that can help you consistently find focus and achieve your goals. 

Reach out to us! Email connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released in April 2017. 

Jun 30, 2021

Pamela was recently diagnosed with combined-type ADHD at the age of 43. She's thrilled to finally have a name for what she's experienced all of her life, but reaches out to ask why she feels shame and guilt when talking about her diagnosis with friends and family.

Ned offers advice to help Pamela move past her feelings and embrace the positive qualities she possesses. Which includes being an excellent cake baker! 

Reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. This episode was originally released in March 2021. 

Jun 29, 2021

Stress, anxiety and depression can affect everyone in our society, from the youngest to the oldest. Our guest today offers ways to break free from these feelings and move past them in her book, Goodbye Anxiety Hello Freedom. Author Stephanie Dalfonzo shares many different techniques with our listeners for overcoming anxiety and building resilience. As Stephanie says, some of the tools are deceptively easy-- but don't let their simplicity fool you. It's these simple shifts that create lasting changes!

Download 5 tips from Stephanie's book: 5 Easy Ways to Calm Anxiety

Stephanie Dalfonzo's Website:  https://stephaniedalfonzo.com/goodbye-anxiety-book/ 

Do you have a show idea or question? Email connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released March 2019.

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