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Now displaying: May, 2022
May 25, 2022

Developing a Collaborative Relationship with Your Clinician Is Critical to Managing ADHD

We're welcoming Black Girl, Lost Keys blog creator, René Brooks, to Distraction as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! Today she is joined by Inger Shaye Colzie, a psychotherapist and ADHD leadership coach, for a conversation about how to work in conjunction with your therapist, psychiatrist or other healthcare provider so you can actually make progress and move forward. They also talk about how to navigate "the ADHD conversation" with your family and why you don't necessarily have to tell them anything. 

Like our guest host René, Inger Shaye was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, and was even a therapist for 15 years before being diagnosed herself. They talk about how the lack of ADHD education for professionals affects Black women and children in particular, as they are much less likely to be diagnosed.

Learn more about Inger Shaye Colzie on her website by clicking HERE.  And you can find  her Facebook group here: Black Women with 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, 2021

 

May 24, 2022

Save Your Advice and Offer Support Instead

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).

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 previously Aired in Sept, 2021

May 19, 2022

Alisyn Camerota and Heather Dubrow on Careers, Kids and Mom Guilt

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.

 

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 August 19, 2021

May 17, 2022

Alisyn Camerota and Heather Dubrow Get Real About Parenting Teenagers

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. 

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 August 2021

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

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