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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Oct 12, 2017

It's a common issue in couples where one person has ADHD for the other person to feel like their partner is not carrying their weight or fulfilling responsibilities in the relationship. Dr. Hallowell talks about why this happens and offers suggestions for solving the problem. Here's a hint-- empathy is key!

Ned and Sue Hallowell's book: Married to Distraction

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Oct 10, 2017

Marriage is never easy, but it's even harder when one or both partners have ADHD! Meygan and Casey Caston say they are the least likely couple to succeed in marriage. Not only does Casey have ADHD, but between them their parents have been married a dozen times, so instability was a theme in their youth. They've had their share of screaming matches, name calling and threatening divorce, but luckily discovered tools and resources to help them become better spouses, as they now have a loving and thriving relationship. And they're helping thousands of other couples achieve the same results! 

Meygan and Casey Caston's website: Marriage 365

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Oct 6, 2017

Do you have trouble staying focused at work? In this bonus mini episode Dr. Hallowell answers a question from listener, Ashley, a 19-year-old woman diagnosed with ADHD in the 4th grade, who struggles with distractions and staying focused in her job as a director at a fast food restaurant. 

Check out Dr. Hallowell's book, Delivered from Distraction as mentioned in this episode!

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Oct 5, 2017

Think you know what ADHD is and isn't? Dr. Hallowell dispels some common myths about ADHD in this quick mini Distraction.

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Oct 3, 2017

Kristin Seymour overcame many obstacles on the way to accomplishing her goals. She stole a car as an undergraduate college student and tested her parent's patience on many occasions before being diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 19. She is now a successful Advanced Practice Nurse and wrote The Fog Lifted about her journey. She joined Dr. Hallowell in the studio to talk about the ups and downs of her life, and how she came to realize that having ADHD is one of her biggest assets. In fact, in this episode Kristin tells the story of how she once saved a man's life on an airplane thanks to her ADHD strengths! 

The Fog Lifted A Clinician's Victorious Journey With ADHD by Kristin Seymour on Amazon

Inquire about Kristin Seymour's ADHD Resource Binder on her WEBSITE.

We're giving away a copy of The Fog Lifted on our Facebook page!

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Sep 28, 2017

Dr. Hallowell responds to a question from a listener named, Eddie, a 31 year old man who has been aware of his ADHD since age 16. Eddie was dismissed by his psychiatrist saying that he could not possibly have ADHD, based on his prior work experience. He reached out to Distraction for advice and Dr. Hallowell has plenty to say, as you'll hear in this mini episode! 

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Check out Dr. Hallowell's book, Delivered from Distraction

Sep 27, 2017

The Distraction team is busy getting ready for ADHD Awareness Month in October! Listen as Ned outlines some of the exciting things we have planned including tons of interesting guests, new ADHD content, a live facebook chat, book giveaways and more! 

Please reach out to us! Is there a specific topic you'd like us to address in October, or do you have a question about ADHD for Dr. Hallowell? Send us a message detailing your question or show idea to

Sep 26, 2017

Is the world becoming more unkind? Does technology play a role in how nice we are to one another? On today's episode we're talking about the state of kindness in our crazy busy world. Ned shares his thoughts on why being kind is important to everyone, and the Distraction team gets a variety of reactions when they head out on a kindness experiment. Plus, US News & World Report journalist, Jennifer Lea Reynolds joins Ned to talk about her mission to inspire people to be more kind to one another. 

The Kindness Couture by Jennifer Lea Reynolds

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Sep 21, 2017

Dr. Hallowell shares a personal story about his strong connection to a man from South Sudan, as he reflects on this year's United Nation's International Day of Peace theme: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.

International Day Of Peace Website

Sep 19, 2017

Anyone who knows Dr. Hallowell knows he LOVES animals, especially dogs. He's talked several times on the podcast about his own dog, Ziggy, and how he prescribes a dog for all of his patients. In this extra special episode, NY Times bestselling author Katherine Schwarzenegger, talks with Dr. Hallowell about her latest book, Maverick and Me, the story of a little girl who adopts a puppy and gives him a forever home. And then the Distraction team heads to an animal shelter to check out all of the adoptable animals! Listen all the way to the end to find out how you can win a copy of Maverick and Me


Maverick and Me by Katherine Schwarzenegger

Daniel Cosgrove Animal Shelter

To find adoptable pets in your area: Petfinder


Sep 14, 2017

After a recent joyful experience with a power tool, Dr. Hallowell is moved to share his excitement for the little things in life. 

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Sep 12, 2017

Dr. Hallowell addresses several listeners' concerns this week including how to change routines; anxiety and how it's related to muscular tension in the body; dealing with emotional stress; and controlling your reactions in certain situations. Ned also addresses a concern from one mother wondering if there is a correlation between ADHD stimulant medication and eating disorders. 

If you have a question you'd like Dr. Hallowell to address email a note or voice memo to and we'll address it in a future episode!

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Sep 7, 2017

As a parent of 3 adult children, Dr. Hallowell knows what it's like to have an empty nest. In this quick mini, Ned shares his thoughts on the transition that parents make when their kids finally move out of the house. And in Ned's case, what happens when they move back! As Dr. Hallowell says in this episode, "Empty nesters should celebrate victory."

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Sep 5, 2017

Scientists have discovered that there is a specific type of music for your personality type that can put your brain into a "flow state" making you hyperfocused. In this episode Dr. Hallowell speaks with Will Henshall, founder of focus@will, a company that is scientifically engineering music that has been proven to increase focus 4x and optimize your productivity, to find out how it works and why.  

If you'd like to take the focus@will quiz to find out what your focus music is, click HERE


Aug 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has brought trillions of gallons of rain to Texas but it's also brought something else-- kindness and compassion. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell shares some of the heartwarming stories of how people and companies are coming together to help one another, and he also shares how you can help Texans in their time of need.

To help:

Text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross.

Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation

Houston Food Bank

Houston Humane Society

Texas Diaper Bank

United Way of Greater Houston





Federal Trade Commision's tips on avoiding fraudsters.


Aug 29, 2017

Whether your child has ADHD or not, most can use a little help with the changes and adjustments that going back-to-school requires. This episode is chock full of advice on how to set students up for success during the first few weeks of school and onward. In the first half of the episode Dr. Hallowell speaks with ADHD parent coach, Cindy Goldrich, about parenting the child you have, and ways to get all kids back into the swing of things. They talk about goal setting, not just for the kids, but for the parents too! In the second half of the show, we have two teachers (one high school teacher and one elementary school teacher) in the studio who share their thoughts on what specifically kids can do to start the school year off right. We suggest listening to this episode all together, as a family!

For more information on Cindy Goldrich click HERE. Cindy is offering Distraction listeners the introductory chapter of her book, 8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD along with a 20% discount on her Calm and Collected: Parenting Kids with ADHD/Executive Function parent workshop series.

Aug 24, 2017

We know there are plenty of couples who love football equally, but what advice would Ned give to those who don't share their significant other's passion for the sport? Listen to this quick mini and find out! 

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Aug 22, 2017

From terrorism, disease, war, kidnappings and more, we live in a fear-filled society. However, historically Americans are safer and healthier than ever before. So why doesn't it feel that way? Dr. Hallowell speaks with sociologist Barry Glassner, whose book, The Culture of Fear, explores why the perception of fear has increased, and not the actual level of risk. They talk about who profits from our fear and why. We also hear from people on the street about what they fear.

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Barry Glassner, The Culture Of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid Of The Wrong Things

Aug 17, 2017

Getting enough sleep is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Dr. Hallowell outlines how to determine how much sleep you need and offers tips for getting a good night's rest.

Aug 15, 2017

How do you know when your parent or loved one can no longer make good financial decisions? Unfortunately, many don't notice until it's too late. In this week's episode Hilary tells us her dad's story, an independent investor who lost his life's savings while battling Alzheimer's and dementia. Dr. Hallowell also talks to the man whose company is trying to help people avoid financial catastrophes like the one Hilary's family experienced. 

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Aug 10, 2017

Be more focused and productive at work with Dr. Hallowell's strategies for combating the 6 most common interruptions.

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Want to learn more? Read Dr. Hallowell's book: Driven to Distraction at Work

Aug 8, 2017

When was the last time you left your smartphone at home... on purpose? We sent Dr. Hallowell out on an adventure without his to see how he'd manage, and of course, we were there every step of the way! After Ned's adventure, keep listening for a roundtable discussion that uncovers how your age might play a role in how you use your phone. 

Check out The Light Phone

Take a listen to Season 1, Episode 7: Our Obsession with Our Devices featuring Joe Hollier, creator of The Light Phone.

Aug 3, 2017

Dr. Hallowell loves what he does for a living and can't imagine taking time off to "do nothing." In this mini, Ned challenges listeners to tell him why vacations are worth it. 

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Aug 1, 2017

Dr. Hallowell's wife Sue returns to Distraction to address listeners' ADHD questions. Sue Hallowell is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has been married to Ned for nearly 30 years. They've also raised 3 children together who all have ADHD, so you could say Sue is somewhat of a subject-matter expert! Listeners ask about issues with their kids, spouses and more. 

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Jul 27, 2017

Feelings of irritation, disorganization and procrastination can throw your life out of balance, but they often go hand in hand with an ADHD diagnosis. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell chats with fellow ADHDer James Ochoa, LPC, about his life's work to help others resolve their issues, tap into their passion and strengths, and realize their full potential by creating personalized strategies for success. 

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James Ochoa's book: Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD 


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