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 addicted 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 31, 2016

Internet addiction is a very real problem, with real consequences. And it’s way more prevalent than you think. This week, we hear from a young man about his struggles with a gaming addiction. And, a woman who asked to remain anonymous, shares the emotional story of how her whole life was changed by a loved one’s addiction. (After making this episode our production team was left questioning their own internet usage, as well as their family’s.) 


reSTART’s Internet Addiction Recovery Program:

Dr. Greenfield and The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction: 

Internet & Tech Addiction Anonymous (ITAA)

20 Symptoms of Internet Addiction:

May 26, 2016

Ned takes a question from a father about his son’s ADHD medication and his concerns about its effects over time.

May 24, 2016

Car manufacturers are enticing buyers with the latest technological advancements, but are the newest vehicles helping or hindering drivers? In this show the editors of Car & Driver magazine take listeners on an adventure in a self-driving Tesla, and Ned goes to a Mercedes dealership to check out the bells and whistles of the S-class model. Listen in and decide for yourself whether all of the new technology is a good thing or a bad thing.

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Our thanks to Mercedes of North Haven for their help in making this episode.

May 19, 2016

Ned outlines his simple, 7-step plan that’ll have you crossing things off your to-do list in no time! Learn how to meet your goals and bring focus into your life every day.

May 18, 2016

Ned reacts to the National Transportation Safety Board’s latest report on the May 12, 2015 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that killed 8 people, and injured nearly 200 other passengers. The NTSB determined that the engineer was distracted by radio dispatches from another train at the time of the crash. Ned talks about the lessons we can all learn from this tragedy.

May 17, 2016

Ned puts into practice his belief that if we move away from our devices there’s a wonderful world of connection just waiting to happen. For this show, he returns to East Rock Coffee in New Haven, CT, where the use of computers and cell phones is discouraged to have an in-depth conversation with a unique and fascinating person. Meet Stanley.

May 12, 2016

Listener feedback gets Ned talking about the trouble with clutter and offering solutions to cleaning up your physical and digital spaces.  

Resources for Clearing Clutter from Your Life:

Professional Organizer, Judith Kolberg:

Find a Professional Organizer Near You:

Junk Removal Services:

We’re looking for a new name for our “mailbag” segment of the show. What should we call it? Submit your idea to and we might use it!

May 11, 2016

Be a fly on the wall as Ned gives a live audience the prescription for surviving in an ultra-competitive, ultra-fast society. Learn how to prioritize, combine work and play, and reconnect with those you truly care about for a happier, healthier, and longer life! For real!  

May 5, 2016

Ned gives practical tips for handling the challenging people in your life, whether it’s your boss, teacher or relative. (Come on, we all have at least one!) Ned shares a story from his own past about a difficult person he dealt with in medical school.

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May 4, 2016

Ned has a special announcement about an upcoming show.

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May 3, 2016

How much time do you spend staring at a screen? Maybe it’s not your fault. Maybe the internet is designed to be addictive. Ned takes a look at the issue, and we send our producers down a digital rabbit hole to show you how we all get sucked in. Learn about a wonderful new invention that can help you unplug but stay connected, and why a digital detox should be part of your regular diet. 

What’s your digital rabbit hole? Send a note to and you might be included in a future show!

Links from this show:

Michael Schulson’s article, If the Internet Is Addictive Why Don’t We Regulate It?;

Go light with The Light Phone;

Susan Scutti’s article, Digital Detox; What It Is and Why You Need One

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