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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Jun 29, 2017

For many of us, when we get hurt our natural inclination is to seek revenge. But that’s not good for our health! In this mini episode, Ned stresses the importance of letting go of anger and resentment. It’s not easy, but the benefits are definitely worth it!

Ned’s book, Dare to Forgive:

This episode was originally released in June 2016. New episodes return on July 11th! 

Jun 27, 2017

Ned hears from the pros, kids, parents and a special guest as he explores screen-time, online dangers, setting limits, and the latest apps parents should be concerned about.  He also talks to a security expert and former FBI agent posing undercover online as a 13-year-old girl about these Internet risks.

Ned also talks with Dr. Susan Linn, co-founder of the campaign for a commercial-free childhood about the effects of media on youth and setting limits.

Send us your thoughts and questions to and you might be included in a future episode!

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Parent-Child internet safety contracts:

This episode was originally released in April 2016. 

Jun 22, 2017

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? 

This episode was originally released in September 2016.


Jun 20, 2017

Dr. Hallowell and his longtime co-author, Dr. John Ratey, pick-up where they left off in Part 1 by answering more listener questions. Anxiety, slow processing speeds, helping someone you love with ADHD and other issues are all covered in this show.

Join the conversation and be a part of the show! We're looking for callers and questions for an upcoming episode featuring Dr. Hallowell and his wife, Sue! They've raised three kids with ADHD, have been married for a very long time, and Sue is a social worker so they can talk about a variety of subjects! Email your question and contact info to

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

Listen to Tackling ADHD Questions Head-On Part 1

This episode was originally released in July 2016. 

Jun 15, 2017

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. This episode was originally released in September 2016. 


Dr. Hallowell and his wife, Sue, are recording a special episode about living with and loving someone who has ADHD. As many of our listeners know, Dr. Hallowell has ADHD and he and Sue's three children have it as well. So if you have a question about raising a child with ADHD, or being a parent with ADHD, or anything related please reach out to us so you can be included in the show! Just send us an email with your question to

Jun 13, 2017

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.

Send your thoughts and questions to!

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

And we're still looking for callers and questions for Dr. Hallowell's wife, Sue, when she joins Ned in the studio on June 26th! Do you have a question about raising kids or being married to someone with ADHD? Send an email to with your question and phone number.

This episode was originally released in May 2016.

Jun 9, 2017

In this special episode Dr. Hallowell outlines the ADHD program he's offering from August 7-11, 2017 called "Unwrapping the Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach to ADHD Across the Life Span." This seminar is being offered through the Cape Cod Institute and will explore the entire world of ADHD in its human as well as its clinical and scientific dimensions. It will provide a solid, practical basis for diagnosis and treatment at all ages. To sign up or get more info:



Jun 8, 2017

Attention management is the new time management, says productivity expert Maura Thomas. Learn how to find your "flow zone" in this week’s mini.

This episode was originally released in June 2016. 

Jun 7, 2017

Do you love someone who has ADHD? Sue Hallowell returns to Distraction to talk with listeners and answer their questions about loving (and living with) someone who has ADHD for an upcoming episode. Not only has Sue supported Dr. Hallowell throughout their marriage, but she's also raised three children who also have ADHD. You might say she's an expert on the subject!

If you have a question for Sue and you're available by phone on Monday, June 26th (when we're recording the episode) please send an email to Be sure to include your question and phone number so we can arrange the details!

Listen to Sue's debut on Distraction in Episode 29 

Ned and Sue's book: Married to Distraction


Jun 6, 2017

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. 

If you have a question or comment for Dr. Hallowell record it on your smartphone and email it to

This episode was originally released in August 2016.

Jun 1, 2017

Staying neat and organized is good for a focused mind, but it takes effort! Professional organizer, Judith Kolberg, offers tips for getting rid of stuff you don’t need and shares insight on when it’s time to call an expert.

Judith’s website:

Do you have a question for Dr. Hallowell or an episode idea? Send it to

This episode was originally released in July 2016.