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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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May 12, 2022
Is Resilience Learned Or Genetic?

Are people born with a natural ability to recover quickly from difficulties or is this a skill that can be learned? That's the subject of today's conversation between our guest host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota and Lenore Skenazy, founder of the Free-Range Kids movement and Let Grow, the organization that's leading the movement for childhood independence. 

As Lenore says in this episode, "...there are some things that need tension, need a little bit of resistance for them to get strong and resilient... That's why people do weight training, right? You need something pushing against the bone for the bone to become stronger. And children need something in their lives that's isn't just simple an obvious and pleasant and a trophy for them to become strong too, for them to become anti-fragile." 

Alisyn and Lenore discuss the importance of letting children do things on their own, and Lenore shares some simple steps parents can take to help a child increase their independence in a way that is comfortable for both kids and parents.

Learn more about the Let Grow organization and download a FREE copy of the Let Grow Independence Kit HERE.

Get a copy of Lenore's book, Free-Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow, HERE

 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

 

 

This Classic Episode originally aired SEP 23, 2021

May 10, 2022

René Brooks continues as our guest host of Distraction for ADHD Awareness Month with an in-depth conversation about neurodiversity and Black men. René is joined by John Hazelwood, a mental health advocate and awesome human who is using his voice and experiences to help others.

In this conversation John shares some intimate details about his personal mental health journey and speaks about the importance of finding a safe space with people you can relate to. John also stresses the necessity of expressing, not suppressing, your emotions as the pair talk about some of the intricacies of being a Black man with ADHD. 

John on Twitter: @j0n_j0n

John on Instagram: @adhd_j0nj0n

ADHD Mens Support Group on Instagram

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

Ths Classic Episode was originally released on 10-19-21

May 5, 2022

What Motivates Getting Things Done?

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 Mary Lamia, PhD discuss how emotions compel us to act, and how shame and fear aren't necessarily a bad thing.

Mary Lamia's book What Motivates Getting Things Done

MaryLamia.com

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

This Classic Episode Was Originally Released in December 2017

May 2, 2022

Why College Can Be Daunting For ADHDers with How to ADHD

Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD joins Dr. Hallowell to share her unique perspective and insights with college-bound students in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College. As Dr. H and Jessica both know college can present some unique challenges for those with ADHD!  Learn more about Jessica and watch her amazing videos at How To ADHD

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

This Classic Episode originally aired in October 2018

Apr 28, 2022
Meet the Doctor Using Hyperfocus to Find His Own Cure

Dr. David Fajgenbaum was diagnosed with a deadly disorder called Castleman Disease when he was in medical school. But instead of giving up, he used his ADHD superpower of hyperfocus (and his own body) to seek out a cure for the rare and under-researched disease that he was battling. Now, a decade later, his breakthrough research has resulted in treatments that are keeping him and others alive. Dr. Fajgenbaum is still looking for a cure today, and joins Ned to talk about his new memoir, Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action.

Learn more at Castleman Disease Collaborative Network: CDCN.org

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin (@sarahguertin) and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

This classic Episode was first presented in January 2020

Apr 25, 2022
What is Inattentive ADHD (IAD)?

Our guest, Cynthia Hammer, MSW is Executive Director of the Inattentive ADHD Coalition. She explains what sets IAD apart from other, more acknowledged characteristics of ADHD and why is greatly underdiagnosed, particularly in younger children, and its consequences.

Children and adults with undiagnosed Inattentive ADHD blame and shame themselves when they don’t know they have a neurodevelopment disorder.  Obtaining a diagnosis explains much that previously was unexplained and makes improvement possible.  

Understanding the challenges of Inattentive ADHD changes how parents and others will interact with your child.  Focusing on your child’s positive attributes enhances their self-esteem and confidence.  Parents can become advocates for their child and become skilled at obtaining available and needed services.

Cynthia explains the work of the Inattentive ADHD Coalition and how it helps families recognize and pursue the proper treatment for children and adults. 

To learn more about Inattentive ADHD, visit www.iadhd.org

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

Apr 20, 2022

Strengthen the Cerebellum to Improve ADHD Symptoms

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

 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

 

This Classic Episode originally aired in September 2020

Apr 18, 2022

My Doctor Doesn't Understand ADHD

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 Distraction for advice. 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

This Classic Episode originally aired in APRIL 2019

Apr 12, 2022

An ADHD Diagnosis is Good News 

Pediatric neurologist, Dr. Sarah Cheyette, is an expert at working with kids and young adults with ADHD. She believes that while the condition has its challenges, an ADHD diagnosis actually allows people to become much stronger versions of themselves. 

Check out Dr. Sarah Cheyette's website at: SarahCheyette.com.

To purchase one of her books (which are available in audio versions read by Dr. Cheyette) go HERE.

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

 

This classic Episode was originally aired on August 12, 2020

Apr 12, 2022

What Motivates Getting Things Done

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 Mary Lamia, PhD discuss how emotions compel us to act, and how shame and fear aren't necessarily a bad thing.

Mary Lamia's book What Motivates Getting Things Done

MaryLamia.com

 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

 

This classic Episode was originally aired on December 19, 2017

Apr 5, 2022

Broken Like Everybody Else

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 successful entrepreneur and person he is today, while still struggling with trauma-induced learning disabilities such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Jose and Dr. Hallowell talk about growing up amidst chaos and their new plan to help kids currently in the foster care system beat the odds.

 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

This Classic Episode was first released on JUN 19, 2018

Apr 5, 2022

Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World Current statistics suggest that the average American engages with screens 10+ hours a day, and while the effects differ at each point of development, real changes to the brain, relationships, and personal lives are well documented. Our guest today, 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.  

To learn more about Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee click HERE. To get a copy of her book, deviced!: balancing life and technology in a digital world, click HERE.

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

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

This Classic Episode was originally released on October 1st 2019

Mar 31, 2022
Managing Relationship Stress During the Pandemic

Living in quarantine with your significant other isn't always sunshine and rainbows. Some days or moments can be really tough. Our host's wife, Sue Hallowell, LICSW, joins Ned for a conversation 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 relationships when you're stressed to the max.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin (@sarahguertin) and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

This Classic Episode was originally released on April 14th, 2020

 

Mar 29, 2022

How to Stop Losing Your Stuff with How to ADHD and Landmark College

If you can never remember where you put your keys, phone, wallet or whatever, help is on the way! 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. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently!

Check out all of Jessica's amazing ADHD content on her website at HowtoADHD.

 

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin (@sarahguertin) and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

This Classic Episode was originally released on April 29th, 2020 

Mar 23, 2022
Jessica McCabe Shares the Science Behind Why ADHDers Are More Creative - Sponsored by Landmark College

How to ADHD creator Jessica McCabe joins Ned for a conversation about creativity. Jessica opens up about the doubts she had when she first started her YouTube channel, shares the latest research on how neurodivergent brains are more creative than neurotypical ones, and underscores the importance of finding support for your creativity. (As you'll hear in this episode, for Jessica, that support came from Dr. Hallowell!)

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

Check out Jessica's videos at HowtoADHD. BTW, she now has over 628,000 subscribers!

This Classic Episode Was Originally Aired in April 2021

Mar 22, 2022
Landmark Special With Sarah Firestein Helping with Neurodiversity and ADHD  http://www.lcdistraction.org

Sarah Guertin discusses the challenges of recognizing and dealing with neurodiversity with Learning Specialist Sarah Firestein of the Bay Area Success Center, an entity of Landmark College. The conversation addresses working with neurodiverse individuals, teens and adults, supporting executive function, academic skills and deeper understanding of individual learning profiles, particularly during the transition from high school to college. Listen now to recognize the various indicators of neuordiversity and its challenges and how Sarah and her Landmark team enhance positive development through their specialized support.

 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

Mar 22, 2022
Simone Biles, Howie Mandel & Lisa Ling Are ADHD All-Stars

Simone Biles is not ashamed of her ADHD. Howie Mandel can't remember a time when he didn't have ADHD and OCD. And Lisa Ling learned how to manage her ADHD before she even knew she had it. 

In this mini Ned shares some of the tweets and thoughts these three highly successful individuals have expressed about their own ADHD. 

Plus you'll hear what Lisa Ling recommends for anyone who thinks they might have ADHD, in a clip from her conversation with Dr. H back in 2017! 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

This Classic Release was originally aired in March 2021

Mar 16, 2022

Train Your Dog to Support Your ADHD with Jessica McCabe and Landmark College

Jessica McCabe of How to ADHD explains how dogs can be trained to help manage ADHD symptoms, alleviate anxiety, help regulate emotions and so much more!  "Dogs can help us put on the brakes," Jessica tells Dr. Hallowell in this episode. "It's a wonderful thing."

Dogs can be trained to sense when you're going to have a panic attack, notice when your heart rate increases and detect spikes in cortisol and blood sugar.

Jessica also shares how she's training her own dog, Chloe, as a psychiatric service dog in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.

Check out Jessica's ADHD videos at HowtoADHD.

Do you have a psychiatric service dog or have you trained your dog to help you? Share your thoughts with us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

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

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

This Classic Episode was originally released in March 2021

Mar 15, 2022

You're Not Just a Square Peg in a Round Hole

If you have ADHD you've probably felt like you didn't "fit in" at some point in your life. And that can be very difficult to deal with. In this episode Dr. H talks with a Distraction listener named Elaine who reached out to us with a message that was so poignant we knew we had to have her on the podcast.

As you'll hear Elaine describe in this episode, getting diagnosed with ADHD was a turning point in her life. And like many other women, Elaine wasn't diagnosed until her child was!

In addition to having ADHD, Elaine also struggles with sleep issues like narcolepsy and sleep paralysis; depression, anxiety and hypothyroidism. And as she wrote in her message to us, "... the damage of feeling like crap about myself for my whole life is something that will take continued effort to overcome."

We really hope this conversation with Dr. H helps Elaine and others realize that they have many gifts to offer this world! 

If you have ADHD you've probably felt like you didn't "fit in" at some point in your life. And that can be very difficult to deal with. In this episode Dr. H talks with a Distraction listener named Elaine who reached out to us with a message that was so poignant we knew we had to have her on the podcast.

As you'll hear Elaine describe in this episode, getting diagnosed with ADHD was a turning point in her life. And like many other women, Elaine wasn't diagnosed until her child was!

In addition to having ADHD, Elaine also struggles with sleep issues like narcolepsy and sleep paralysis; depression, anxiety and hypothyroidism. And as she wrote in her message to us, "... the damage of feeling like crap about myself for my whole life is something that will take continued effort to overcome."

We really hope this conversation with Dr. H helps Elaine and others realize that they have many gifts to offer this world! 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

This classic episode was first released in February 2021

 

 

 

 

Mar 14, 2022

ADHD and Success Can Go Hand in Hand

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. Angela is an inspiration and full of energy!

Find all of Angela's products at Time2Refocus.com.

Angela's podcast: Re-Focus with Angela Stephens

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

This Classic Episode of Distraction was originally produced in MArch 2020

Mar 10, 2022
A Reminder That Your Past Does Not Define Your Future 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

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media

This Legacy Episode was initially released in February of 2019

 

Mar 9, 2022

Feeling Overwhelmed? How to ADHD & Landmark College Offer Advice for Students

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. Hallowell to share some tips and ideas on how to manage those feelings when they arrive, and how to avoid feeling overwhelmed altogether! This special episode is sponsored by Landmark College, with content support from Professor Rebecca Matte

Check out Jessica's website: How to ADHD

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

 

This Clasasic Episode Was Originally Released on November 29th 2017

Mar 8, 2022

Q&A with Dr. H: How Do You Help Someone Who Refuses Help?

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."

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. 

 

This Legacy Episode was originally released on April 19th 2021

Mar 3, 2022

How To Tell When Enough Is Enough

RELEASED 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 is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

This episode was originally released in February 2019

Mar 2, 2022
When Good Is Good Enough: Overcoming Perfectionism

RELEASED SEP 22, 2020

ADHD and perfectionism often go hand in hand. And it can be a particularly devastating trap to fall into. Learn how to avoid a perfectionist mindset and recognize negative self-talk as Lauren Krasnow, a certified leadership and executive coach, shares some of the techniques she uses in her practice.  

To learn more about Lauren Krasnow, go to her website HERE

 

This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

This Classic Episode was first presented on September 22, 2020

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