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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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Now displaying: April, 2022
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

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