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 30, 2017

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:

This episode was originally released in May 2016.

May 25, 2017

Great at generating ideas, but not so great at bringing them to life? Ned offers ways to follow through and make the most out of your ideas.

Find more of Dr. Hallowell’s advice in his book, Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive. 

This episode was originally released in July 2016. 

May 23, 2017

Dr. Hallowell is in San Diego this week attending the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, but took a few moments to share his thoughts and offer guidance to listeners on the terror attack that killed 22 people and injured 59 at the Manchester Arena in England, at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert last night.


May 23, 2017

It’s the ADHD call-in show! Dr. Hallowell is joined by his longtime co-author Dr. John Ratey, and together they talk to listeners. Nothing is off limits, including medication, alternative treatments, coping with day-to-day challenges and more.

If you’d like to be part of future conversations, call the show at 844-55-Connect or email

Check out Dr. Hallowell’s and Dr. Ratey’s bestselling book, Driven to Distraction:

For another great source of information on ADHD, please visit ADDitude magazine at

This episode was originally released in July 2016. 

May 18, 2017

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! 

Do you have a question or a show idea? Send an email or voice memo to! We love hearing from our listeners!

This episode was originally released in August 2016. 

May 16, 2017

She’s taught thousands how to take action and realize their dreams through her award-winning show, MarieTV, and training program, B-School. Full of inspiration and optimism, Forleo lives her life by the mantra, “Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.” Listen as she and Ned talk about cynics, fear and getting what you want out of life.

This episode was originally released in June 2016. 

May 11, 2017

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.


This episode was originally released in May 2016. 

May 9, 2017

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

Take the safe driving pledge at

This episode was originally released in May 2016. 

May 4, 2017

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! If you have a question for Dr. Hallowell or a show idea send it to

This episode was originally released in October 2016. 

May 2, 2017

While Dr. Hallowell's demanding schedule has him travelling around the country and the world, we're taking a second listen to some of Distraction's most popular episodes from Season 1.

In this episode Ned goes back to East Rock Coffee, the no-electronics café, where he connects with David Reed, who received his PhD at the University of Toronto in New Testament Studies, and is a post-doc at Yale in Religious Studies. A serious, yet sometimes lighthearted conversation ensues about the history of sex in early Christianity.

David's first book is currently "in press."  Here's an article he wrote in 2015: 


May 1, 2017

Notice some re-released episodes in our feed? Take a listen and find out what the Distraction team has planned!