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Distraction with Dr. Ned Hallowell

Struggling with distractions in this amped up world? Renowned ADHD expert Dr. Ned Hallowell guides us through 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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Feb 14, 2019

Dr. Hallowell shares his advice for knowing when a person or project is not worth 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. Or leave a voice message by calling 844-55-CONNECT. 

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Click HERE to learn more! 

Feb 12, 2019

Dr. Charles Parker of Core Brain Journal engages Ned in a discussion about the evolution of ADHD and the current problems with many treatment plans. Dr. Parker warns people to be especially wary of the interaction between Prozac and amphetamines, and discusses the common misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder. 

Core Brain Journal website

Dr. Parker's YouTube video about Prozac & Drug Interactions

Let Dr. Hallowell know your thoughts on this conversation. Just send an email to connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. Learn more HERE

Feb 7, 2019

Those with ADHD are at a higher risk of becoming addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. Dr. Hallowell offers some tips on what to look for and how to avoid addiction from the start.

Send your comments, questions and show ideas to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Or call us and leave a voice message at 844-55-CONNECT.

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. Learn more about the school of choice for students who learn differently HERE

Feb 5, 2019

How does aging affect ADHD? At what age can a child be diagnosed? Is high emotional instability a trait of ADHD? Dr. Hallowell gets a chance to answer these and some other great questions we've received from our listeners recently. 

Dr. Hallowell's books mentioned in this episode:

Driven to Distraction

Delivered from Distraction

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR COMMENT? Write down your thoughts (or better yet, record a voice memo) and email it 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. To learn more or to schedule a campus visit click HERE.

Jan 31, 2019

If you're one of those people who likes to help everyone with their problems, it's important to remember to take care of yourself too. Ned offers suggestions on how to help others while still making sure your own needs are being met.

Got a question for Dr. Hallowell? Record it on a smartphone and email it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. Learn more or schedule a campus visit HERE.

This episode was originally released in August 2016. New episodes return next week!

Jan 29, 2019

Nearly 1 in 3 students from middle and high school has experienced cyberbullying, according to the Cyberbullying Research Center. Dr. Lisa Strohman, founder of the Technology Wellness Center, talks about this serious issue and specifically about the case of Brandy Vela, a Texas teen who was pushed over the edge by cyberbulling. Dr. Strohman also expounds on the dark side of the internet and how kids are getting themselves into serious trouble. 

Click here to learn more about Dr. Strohman's Technology Wellness Center

Click here to learn about the Digital Citizen Academy

StopBullying.gov

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently! 

This episode was originally released in January 2017. Keep listening for new episodes next week! 

Jan 23, 2019

Studies show that meditating for just 30 minutes a day can have amazing health benefits. Dr. Sara Lazar of Harvard University tells Ned about her research that showed regular meditation can improve a person's focus and increase overall feelings of well-being. 

Go back and listen to Season 1 Episode 4: 25 Minutes to a Calmer Approach to Life to hear John Kabat-Zinn talk about the mindfulness-based stress reduction meditation program he created that Dr. Lazar references in this episode!

Dr. Lazar's website: http://scholar.harvard.edu/sara_lazar/home

Email your questions for Dr. Hallowell and your episode ideas to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. 

This episode was originally released in March 2017. 

Jan 22, 2019

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 clicking 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

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. Learn more HERE.

Send your thoughts and episode ideas to connect@distractionpodcast.com

This episode was originally released in March 2017. 

Jan 17, 2019

As Dr. H puts it, children's author Dav Pilkey is a purveyor of love and tenderness. Through his extremely popular books, including the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series, Dav has brought laughter and joy to millions of kids and adults around the world. In this follow-up to our full-length episode this week, the author with ADHD and dylexia answers several questions we received from a class of 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 is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. To learn more about the college of choice for students who learn differently, or to schedule a campus visit click HERE

Jan 15, 2019

Beloved children's author Dav Pilkey joined Dr. H to talk about their shared "gifts" of ADHD and dyslexia, and the years of abuse that Dav suffered in elementary school. The creator of the wildly popular graphic novel series Captain Underpants, as well as Dog Man and many others, opened up about what it was like to have his desk permanently moved to the hallway in 2nd grade, the paddling he received from his teachers, and how unconditional love and support from his parents helped shape who he is today. Plus, hear about the inspiration behind some of Dav's most-popular characters, and how he used to sell books out of the trunk of his car! 

Dav's latest book, Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild is available now! Learn more about Dav on his website, Planet Pilkey

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

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. To learn more about the college of choice for students who learn differently, or to schedule a campus visit, go to http://www.lcdistraction.org

Dec 27, 2018

Dr. H proposes an alternative to new year's resolutions. Listen as he describes what you should be doing instead of making mandates for yourself in 2019.

Happy New Year to all of our listeners! We hope this is your best year yet!

To have a show idea you'd like to see us work on in 2019? Email your idea to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Or better yet, record your idea as a voice memo on your phone and send the file to us!

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. To learn more or to schedule a visit of their beautiful campus in Putney, Vermont visit http://www.lcdistraction.org

 

Dec 25, 2018

Dr. Hallowell considers it a happy accident that he happened to attend a lecture given by third-grade teachers Darrah Parsons and Becky Kline. The talk focused on their experiences teaching young girls about Carol Dweck's groundbreaking findings regarding ability and achievement in life. In this episode, Darrah and Becky join Dr. Hallowell to talk about the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, and why productive struggle is a really good thing. If you want to do more and be more in life, this episode is here to show you that you can! It's never too late to change your mindset, achieve your goals and find success. 

If you'd like to reach out to Darrah, email her at dparsons@hb.edu, and if you'd like to reach out to Becky, email bkline@hb.edu

Click HERE to go to Carol Dweck's website. 

Do you know someone who learns differently? Landmark College might be the right place for them. Learn more HERE.

 This episode was originally released in December 2017. 

Dec 20, 2018

As December 25th approaches Ned reflects on warm memories from holidays long gone, and encourages listeners to reach out to those around them regardless of whether or not they celebrate Christmas. It's a time when everyone can give love!

We hope all of our listeners have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. 

Dec 18, 2018

Dr. Hallowell talks to celebrated psychologist, Dr. Sharon Saline about the key components she believes will help parents to raise empowered and confident children with ADHD. This is a powerful episode with insights for the entire family. You can learn more about Dr. Saline by visiting www.drsharonsaline.com. Dr. Saline’s latest book What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life is available now.

If you have a question for Dr. Hallowell, send an email or voice memo 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 www.lcdistraction.org.  

Dec 14, 2018

Author Alex Elle wrote, "I'm thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength." 

This week Dr. Hallowell responds to an email we received from a listener who is struggling with her ADHD and executive function challenges, but desperately wants to be happy and make a difference in people's lives. 

If you have a question for Dr. Hallowell, send an email or voice memo 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 HERE

Dec 12, 2018

Getting help for mental health shouldn't leave a person thinking that others will treat them differently, or that their job is at risk. That's part of the reason Kristin Walker founded the Mental Health News Radio Network, which is currently home to over 40 podcasts on a variety of mental health topics. She talks to Ned about her personal story (which includes being diagnosed with ADHD at age 48) along with a discussion about the stigma of getting help for mental health issues and how she's actively fighting to change the status quo. 

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently! 

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Reach out to us with your comments and show ideas at connect@distractionpodcast.com

Dec 6, 2018

Dr. Hallowell celebrated his birthday earlier this week and shares some words of wisdom on growing older. And as Ned says at the end of this episode, we wish all of our listeners many happy birthdays ahead! 

Please take our listener survey! It's only 9 questions and should take just a minute or two to fill out. Thanks in advance! 

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Dec 4, 2018

Life can be hard enough for families navigating the waters of an ADHD diagnosis, but it can be even more difficult when you and your partner disagree on a course of treatment. What if one parent wants their child to try medication and the other parent does not? How do you move forward? Heather Bragg, author of Learning, Decoded: Understanding and Using Your Child's Unique Learning Style to Improve Academic Performance, joins Ned to talk about her own family's struggle with this issue and share some of what she's learned along the way. 

Heather's website: LearningDecoded.com

Please take our listener survey! It's only 9 questions and should take just a minute or two to fill out. Thanks in advance! 

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Nov 30, 2018

Jessica McCabe likes to walk around while she's reading-- it helps her learn better! Dr. Hallowell used flashcards to get him through medical school. Do you know how you learn best? In this special episode sponsored by Landmark College, Ned and the How to ADHD creator talk about the importance of listening to yourself to discover your unique learning style, and how that knowledge can help you achieve success in high school, college and beyond. 

This special episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Learn more from Jessica McCabe on her website: How to ADHD.

 

Nov 29, 2018

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 a recent article from DailyGood.org.  

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler

Learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

This episode was originally released in January 2018. 

Nov 27, 2018

What do boys need that they're not getting? Dr. Michael Thompson joins Dr. Hallowell to talk about where boys stand in today's world versus girls. Dr. Thompson is best known as a NY Times bestselling author and international speaker on the subject of children, schools and parenting who has written nine books focusing on the emotional lives of boys, friendships and social cruelty in childhood and many more topics related to the subject of raising boys. 

Dr. Michael Thompson's Website

Learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. 

This episode was originally released in January 2018. 

Nov 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Distraction. We're so very thankful for all of our listeners!

Dr. Hallowell's message this week might leave you thinking about the people and things in your life that you are thankful for!

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently.

Nov 20, 2018

Today we're sharing a mini episode we produced two years ago featuring kids talking about why they are grateful. It'll warm your heart, we promise! (We're taking some extra time this week to be with our families and we hope you are too!)

This episode was originally released in November 2016 and is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently.

Nov 16, 2018

Dr. H opens up about one of his favorite subjects: pets and the enormous rewards of the human-animal bond. Dr. Hallowell tells us why we should become pet parents and about the furry friends that have touched his life over the years. 

If you have a question for Dr. Hallowell email it to connect@distractionpodcast.com or leave a voice message by calling 844-55-CONNECT. 

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

Nov 12, 2018

Maggie Jackson is the author of "Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age." She joins Dr. Hallowell on Distraction this week to discuss a very real problem a growing number of us face: lack of focus.

For years, people thought the constant attention we give our smartphones, tablets, video games and computers might be negatively impacting our health. Now the science is in, and they're robbing us of our focus, memory, sleep and more, both in the short and long term.

Maggie gives us insights on how our modern world affects our health plus tips for keeping it under control.

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. To schedule a campus visit, or to learn more visit http://www.lcdistraction.org.

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