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Distraction

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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Jun 24, 2021

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 an article from DailyGood.org.  

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler

Reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released in January 2018. 

 

Jun 22, 2021

ADHD superstar Jessica McCabe joined Dr. Hallowell on Distraction for the first time four years ago! Listen back to her inaugural appearance on the podcast in June 2017 when she spoke with Ned about having ADHD and the unique struggles millennials with ADHD face. 

Learn more about Jessica on her website How to ADHD.

Reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com

Jun 21, 2021

Today's question comes from 16-year old Emily who wrote:

I'm 16 years old and was diagnosed with ADHD in the third grade. I know that those of us with ADHD are often very good at multitasking… or so we think. But I’ve recently heard about the term "single-tasking," (focusing on doing one thing at a time) as being a better way to accomplish some tasks, which I totally struggle with. Can you talk about which method is better for neurodiverse brains, and how we can get better at focusing on one thing at a time? 

Today's question is answered by guest-expert, Dr. Maryellen Ruth, Director of the Diagnostic Center at Forman School.

If you have a question or comment you'd like us to address in a future Q&A episode reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Learn more about our sponsor, Forman School, a coed college prep school dedicated to empowering bright students who learn differently in grades 9-PG. Forman School provides the individual attention these students need.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin.

Jun 17, 2021

Dr. H shares his advice for knowing when a person or project is not worth any more of your time and effort. 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. 

Reach out to us! Send your comments and questions to connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released in February 2019.

Jun 15, 2021

College student Andrew Ewald opens up about his struggles with ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD and bipolar disorder (and how he's overcoming them) in this frank conversation about the ups and downs of living with mental health problems. Listen as our host shares some of his own struggles as well.

Reach out to us! Record your question or comment on your phone using the voice memo app and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin and recorded and mixed by Pat Keogh. 

This episode was originally released in October 2019. 

Jun 10, 2021

Through his extremely popular books, including the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series, author Dav Pilkey has brought laughter and joy to millions of kids and adults around the world. In this mini episode the author with ADHD and dyslexia answers several questions we received from some 4th and 5th grade students at Green Acres Elementary School in North Haven, Connecticut. And Ned shares his own thoughts on Dav's books and message. 

To learn more about Dav Pilkey and all of his books visit his website HERE

To hear the full-length Distraction episode featuring Dav's amazing life story click HERE

Send us your questions and episode ideas! Email connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released in January 2019. 

Jun 8, 2021

Be more focused and productive in your job! Dr. H shares strategies to combat the things that prevent us from accomplishing our goals at work including screen sucking, multi-tasking and idea hopping. 

Reach out to us by sending an email or a voice memo to connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released in August 2017. 

Jun 3, 2021

Life can be super stressful, so "niksen" might be just what you need to calm frayed nerves. Ned explains the Dutch art of doing nothing, and why you should practice it on a regular basis.

We want to hear from you! Record your question or comment as a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

This episode was originally released in October 2019. 

Jun 1, 2021

Ever wondered what is going through your therapist's mind while you're talking? In this conversation Kati Morton, a licensed therapist in California with over 1M followers on YouTube, shares what she's thinking when she meets with a patient, and Ned shares his thoughts too!

Kati's popular videos address common mental health issues like eating disorders, abandonment, narcissists, perfection, depression, and other important topics. 

To learn more about Kati or to watch her videos CLICK HERE

Reach out to us by sending an email or a voice memo to connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released in April 2018. 

May 27, 2021

Lying is a common problem in children, but especially for those with ADHD. It's a dangerous habit but it is a solvable problem 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. She's tried various forms of punishment with little success and is concerned about her son ruining future opportunities and relationships because of the lying. Dr. Hallowell shares some insights and suggestions for our listener, along with a healthy dose of optimism too. 

Do you have a question or show idea? We'd love to hear it! Email us at connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released in March 2019. 

May 25, 2021

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 hacks to help get you through school, work, and life in general.

The conversation includes an in-depth discussion of The Pomodoro Technique, a time management system that was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980's that everyone can benefit from, not just those with ADHD!

Check out Katie's website: SchoolHabits.com

Got a show idea? Email it to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com.

This episode was originally released in Season 2.  

May 20, 2021

You might have asked yourself at some point, "What do I want out of life?" But have you ever asked yourself what you'd be willing to sacrifice for your goals? Ned talks about drive and determination, and how to figure out what you really want. He thinks the secret to uncovering your greatness might lie in recognizing the recurring struggles in your life!

Mark Manson's article mentioned in this episode: https://qz.com/584874/you-probably-know-to-ask-yourself-what-do-i-want-heres-a-way-better-question/

Reach out to us with your questions and show ideas! Email connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released in October 2018. 

May 18, 2021

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. For those who suffer from misophonia, everyday sounds like gum chewing, lip smacking, or the clicking of a pen can induce feelings of outrage.

Dr. Hallowell talks to Josh Furnas, a man who has suffered from misophonia since he was a young child, and Dr. Phillip Gander, an assistant research scientist at the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa about this unusual condition. 

Links:

www.misophonia.org

www.misophonia-association.org 

Dr. Phillip Gander

Reach out to us with your questions and comments by writing an email or recording a voice memo. Send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. We look forward to hearing from you! 

This episode was originally released in March 2017. 

May 13, 2021

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. In this mini, Dr. H responds to a question from a mom about her son's busy schedule and whether or not it is inhibiting his happiness and growth.

Do you have a question for Dr. Hallowell? Write an email, or record a voice memo on your phone with your question and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin.

This episode was originally released in January 2020. 

May 11, 2021

Regulating your emotions can be especially difficult when you have ADHD. Intense feelings of vulnerability and insecurity, or being sensitive to rejection can make life even more difficult for those with race car brains and bicycle brakes. This week, Dr. H answers questions from listeners about how to manage these intense emotions and reactions, and why people with ADHD are more likely to have trouble with emotional dysregulation.

Have a question or comment? Record it using the voice memo app, or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin. 

This episode was originally released in November 2019. 

May 6, 2021

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!

Do you have a question or comment? Write an email or record a message using the voice memo app on your phone with your question and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin.

This episode was originally released in March 2020. 

May 4, 2021

David Giwerc created the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches over twenty years ago. He joins Ned to talk about how the whole coaching thing works, whether you want to use one or become one. The conversation takes an especially interesting turn when David uses his coaching expertise on Dr. H as they explore the results of an online "character strengths" test that Ned took while recording this episode.

To learn more about becoming or finding an ADHD coach go to ADDCA.com or email info@ADDCA.com. To take the character strengths test that Dr. H took while recording this episode go to: VIACharacter.org.

Do you have a question or comment? Write an email or record a message using the voice memo app on your phone with your question and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin.

This episode was originally released in February 2020. 

May 3, 2021

Today's question comes from Shelley, a mom with ADHD kids, and a teacher with ADHD students. She wrote, 

I’m married to a wonderful man with adhd and several of my children have adhd. I’m also a middle school special education teacher and fully half of my students have adhd. How can I as a teacher help my students learn about their own strengths and weaknesses and provide them with ways to try strategies that will help them succeed? I feel that we fail adhd kids in school by our own lack of knowing how to help them take ownership of their learning. 

Today's question is answered by guest-expert, Dr. Kelli Miller, a licensed psychologist at Forman School.

If you have a question or comment you'd like Dr. Hallowell to address in a future Q&A episode just like this reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Learn more about our sponsor, Forman School, a coed college prep school dedicated to empowering bright students who learn differently in grades 9-PG. Forman School provides the individual attention these students need.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin.

Apr 29, 2021

Procrastination is a common problem in the world of ADHD. In this mini episode, Ned shares how he gets himself to do the things he doesn't want to do, like taking out the trash. He also talks about why the bad habit of procrastination is so alluring to neurodiverse brains. 

If you have a question or comment you'd like us to address in an episode reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Learn more about the programs being offered this summer at Landmark College! There's a summer program for high school students, a summer bridge experience, and a college readiness program. Go HERE to learn more. Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Learn more about our sponsor OmegaBrite Wellness, creators of the #1 Omega-3 supplements for the past twenty years. Ned and his wife, Sue, take them every day. Distraction listeners will SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media and produced by Sarah Guertin. 

Apr 28, 2021

Jessica McCabe joins Ned for a conversation about how ADHD brains respond to crises. The queen of the ADHD kingdom (as Ned dubs her in this episode) talks about the struggle she faced in college with dropping everything to help those around her. Jessica learned that responding to someone else's crisis was a way to distract herself and avoid doing the boring stuff, like homework.  And as Dr. H says to her in this episode, "Boredom is our kryptonite!" 

The pair talk about why neurodiverse brains are draw to stimulation and the importance of recognizing what's really going on when you drop everything to help someone else and avoid your own responsibilities. 

An extra special thanks to our sponsor Landmark College in Putney, Vermont for making this episode possible!

Check out Jessica's videos at HowtoADHD

Share your thoughts with us about this episode! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media and produced by Sarah Guertin.

Do you know a student with ADHD or other learning difference looking for a higher education experience? Tell them about our amazing sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont. Learn more about their summer programs HERE.

Apr 27, 2021

Dr. John Ratey joins Ned to share the latest research on how underdeveloped cerebellums affect executive functions like regulating emotions and staying focused. They discuss Dr. Jeremy Schmahmann's Dysmetria of Thought theory, and share specific ways those with ADHD can build up this part of their brain. 

Learn more about Dr. John Ratey HERE

Reach out to us with your questions and comments. Write an email or record a voice memo with your thoughts and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Thanks to our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners, you can SAVE 20% on your first order with the promo code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

Click HERE to learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin.

This episode was originally released October 2020. 

Apr 26, 2021

Today's question is about ADHD and romantic relationships. A listener reached out with the following:

“I recently started a wonderful relationship with someone who has ADHD. After about a month symptoms started flaring up and resulted in confusion and some difficult emotions.

I’m looking for advice on being as supportive a partner as I can be while he is dealing with this. And although I know there might not be anything--- any way I can help.

I have concerns that maybe I was just an object of hyper focus in the beginning and now that is past. I also have concerns that our relationship threw a wrench in his routines and contributed to this happening.

I feel bad thinking that and he does still want me in his life. So maybe that thinking is just my own insecurities kicking in. I really care about this person and just want to do what I can for the best outcome.“ 

In response, Ned shares his best advice on navigating a relationships with someone who has ADHD. He also gives lots of credit to his wife, Sue, for their successful marriage! 

If you have a question you'd like addressed in a future Q&A episode just like this reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Learn more about our sponsor, Forman School, a coed college prep school dedicated to empowering bright students who learn differently in grades 9-PG. Forman School provides the individual attention these students need.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin.

Apr 22, 2021

Dr. H talks about how the genetic variant DRD4 7R (which is linked to ADHD) enabled hunters to be more alert and innovative in early humans, and how modern life has evolved to benefit more sedentary behaviors. But there's good news, because Ned thinks that is changing! 

Happy Earth Day! 

A Hunter in a Farmer's World by Thom Hartmann

If you have a question or comment you'd like us to address in an episode please reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo on your phone and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Check out our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness, creators of the #1 Omega-3 supplements for the past twenty years. Ned and his wife, Sue, take them every day! Distraction listeners can SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

Students who learn differently love Landmark College and so does Ned! Sign up now for one of their summer programs! Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our recording engineer/editor is Scott Persson and our producer is Sarah Guertin.

Apr 20, 2021

Jacquelyn Phillips ' life story is one of hope and triumph. Just by reading the back cover of her book, Comfortably Uncomfortable: The Road to Happiness Isn't Always Paved, you can tell she's been through a lot. 

"Jacquelyn hated herself. She sabotaged everything she did before she even started... her upbringing was toxic... her marriage was crumbling... her friendships were built on lies... she tried to kill herself...”

Jacquelyn talks with Dr. Hallowell about her life, childhood, and the  low points that made her finally decide to choose a new path for herself in this open and frank conversation. Jacquelyn's story is an incredible reminder that we all have the power within us to change.

Click HERE to get a copy of Jacquelyn's book.

Jacquelyn's website: GrownUpGrowingPains.com

If you have a question or comment you'd like Dr. Hallowell to address in an episode reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Learn more about the programs being offered this summer at Landmark College! There's a summer program for high school students, a summer bridge experience, and a college readiness program. Go HERE to learn more. Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Learn more about our sponsor OmegaBrite Wellness, creators of the #1 Omega-3 supplements for the past twenty years. Ned and his wife, Sue, take them every day. Distraction listeners will SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media and produced by Sarah Guertin. 

Apr 19, 2021

Ned responds to a worried mom who reached out looking for ways to help her 17 year old daughter. She wrote in part,

My daughter has been given numerous amounts of education about ADHD, she seems to have the right combination of medication now, and she gets exercise daily from being a studio competition dancer.

But she is still struggling. She is 17.5 yrs old, without a driver’s license, never had a job, she still operates in the world of now and not now, fights most structure that would help tackle tasks, closed off to any type of personal suggestion/coaching for ADHD, really struggling daily in most executive function skills such as organization and time.

17.5 is a hard age to still be living daily in what you describe “transparency, to the point of being honest to a fault”, especially with the lying and the “tendency to externalizations or blame others while not seeing their role in the problem” and it is becoming a huge concern for us about what her adult future will be like.

As her parents we feel very stuck, defeated and devastated that her future will be nothing but struggles that she doesn’t have to have, but will.

How do we help her be more receptive toward putting structure into her life and embracing the help of a coach? Both would give her more control over her outcomes, not just reacting to situations. These are the only two things I can think of that we haven’t already included in her life."

If you have a question or comment you'd like Dr. Hallowell to address in a future Q&A episode just like this reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Learn more about our sponsor, Forman School, a coed college prep school dedicated to empowering bright students who learn differently in grades 9-PG. Forman School provides the individual attention these students need.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin.

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