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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Oct 6, 2016

Being successful in life takes hard work, especially when you have ADHD! Dr. Hallowell offers several tips for adults with ADHD to get the most out their "ferrari-engine brains" and thrive in life.

Please share this episode with someone you know who has ADHD. Let's all help each other and continue to build our ADHD community!


Oct 4, 2016

On a recent afternoon at The Hallowell Center in NYC, Dr. Hallowell sat down with his wife Sue for a heartwarming conversation about his own ADHD and their marriage. Sue doesn't hold back and gives listeners a clear picture of what it's like to be the only one in their house without ADHD. (Their 3 kids also have ADHD!) She shares her insights and tips for living with and loving someone who has ADHD. 

Ned and Sue's Book, Married to Distraction



Sep 30, 2016

October is gearing up to be a busy month for Distraction! Dr. Hallowell lets listeners in on what we have planned for ADHD Awareness Month. 

Sep 29, 2016

Dr. Hallowell offers suggestions for finding the right mental health professional. His recommendations include in-person, online and over-the-phone resources you might not have thought about!

Links mentioned in this episode:

If your situation is an emergency call 911 or a crisis hotline. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-TALK.



Sep 27, 2016

Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson are on a mission to spread the word that women should be able to have sex with whoever they want and not be ashamed or called names. The ladies join Dr. Hallowell in the studio for a frank and entertaining discussion about sex, relationships and their groundbreaking podcast, Guys We F****d: The Anti-Slut Shaming Podcast. 

Warning: This episode includes graphic language/material.

Corinne & Krystyna's website:


Sep 22, 2016

When you feel engaged and connected to the world you become less distracted. In this week's mini episode Dr. Hallowell talks about ten key connections you should foster in order to live a happier and more focused life. 

Sep 20, 2016

It's the source of thousands of driving accidents, and has people walking down streets but not looking where they're going. Pokemon Go is the latest technological distraction, but do players realize it or even care? Washington Post Technology Reporter Haley Tsukayama visits Dr. Hallowell to help put this augmented reality game in perspective. 

Haley's article:



Sep 15, 2016

Age doesn't really matter! World-renowned leader in brain health, Dr. Paul Nussbaum shares his prescription for longevity and quality of life with Dr. Hallowell. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with how old you are! 

Dr. Nussbaum's book: What is the Purpose of My Brain? 

Sep 13, 2016

Dr. Emily Morse, host of the top-rated podcast Sex with Emily, talks with Ned about why couples aren't having as much sex as they used to, what the obstacles are and how to overcome them. As Emily says, men are like frying pans and women are like slow cookers! Ideas and suggestions offered up in this show will help you keep the fire burning in your bedroom. 

Emily's website and book:


Sep 8, 2016

Best-selling author and Harvard professor Robert Putnam speaks with Ned about the growing opportunity gap between the rich and poor and the effects it has on all of us.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Jacob Riis, How The Other Half Lives:



Sep 6, 2016

This week we compiled some of Dr. Hallowell's most popular advice and put it into one episode. Learn how to get the most out of your day, how to control worry, deal with difficult people and more, in about 20 minutes!

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Sep 1, 2016

Meditation has numerous health benefits yet many of us don't do it. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell talks about the simple headband he uses to help meditate that connects wirelessly to your smartphone and tracks your brain activity in real time. Ariel Garten, co-founder and CEO of the Muse headband chats with Ned about the new technology that helps you decrease stress and anxiety, and find your Zen in as little as 3 minutes a day.

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Aug 30, 2016

Dr. Hallowell gives a big shout-out of thanks to the devoted Distraction podcast community, yes he's thanking you!  Plus, he is taking time to respond to some of your emails, voicemails and comments.

Please continue to connect with us! Email your questions and comments to or call 844-55-CONNECT. 

Aug 25, 2016

Save yourself some stress and do a little homework before the new year starts. Dr. Hallowell offers up ideas you can implement now to help make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your kids! And if the new school year is already underway where you live, these tips can still help you establish routines and get organized.

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Aug 23, 2016

Thrown down a flight of stairs at 2 years old; moved to America for love then got divorced; homeless at 16... Dr. Hallowell hears three fascinating life stories when he goes back to Distraction's favorite electronics-free coffee shop to connect with other customers. Conversations about PTSD, mental illness, and starting your own business are highlighted in these three exchanges with patrons of East Rock Coffee in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Aug 19, 2016

As summer winds down Ned shares his thoughts on the simple pleasures of the season, and what we can all take away from these last days of August. 

Do you have a question for Dr. Hallowell, or a show idea? Email it to or leave a voicemail by calling 844-55-CONNECT. 

Aug 18, 2016

Renowned media scholar, Sherry Turkle, talks to Ned about the importance of learning to be alone, and why we should stop interrupting face-to-face conversations to text or check social media. 

Aug 16, 2016

A listener opens up about the violent home he grew up in and looks for advice on how to help his mother, sisters and himself with a problem that has plagued his family for years. 

Do you have a question or issue you'd like to discuss with Dr. Hallowell? Email it to or call 844-55-CONNECT. 

Aug 11, 2016

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.

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Aug 9, 2016

U-S-A! U-S-A! We've got Olympic fever this week as 3-time Olympic gymnast and gold medal winner, Muriel Grossfeld, talks about what it takes to be an elite-level athlete; and Ned speaks with the author of The ADHD Affected Athlete about how ADHD actually helps people excel in certain sports. Just look at Michael Phelps!


Aug 4, 2016

Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking? Dr. Beth Frates, a Lifestyle Medicine Specialist and Clinical Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, shares her tips and ideas for incorporating healthy habits into your daily life to decrease stress and help you live longer! 

Aug 2, 2016

Sometimes distractions can be a good thing—like reading a book at the beach! Roxanne Coady from RJ Julia Independent Booksellers in Madison, CT offers her recommendations for your summer reading list.

Keep an eye out for Roxanne’s own podcast which will be released by Collisions this Fall!


Jul 29, 2016

Send us your questions! Emily Morse, host of the popular Sex with Emily podcast will be joining Dr. Hallowell to answer your questions about sex and sexuality. Listen to Ned's message for details about how you can be a part of this upcoming show!

Email your questions to Distraction at

Jul 28, 2016

Maggie Jackson, former Boston Globe columnist and award-winning author, talks with Ned about the life-altering consequences of a modern habit that most of us practice on a daily basis.


Jul 26, 2016

Everyone has a story to tell if you take the time to listen. Ned stops by Distraction’s favorite “electronics-free” coffee shop for a sit-down with East Rock Coffee co-owner, David Oricchio, for a frank discussion about the ups and downs of his life.

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