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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Jul 12, 2018

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 

This episode was originally released in July 2017.

Jul 10, 2018

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:

This episode was originally released in October 2016. 

Jul 5, 2018

Our minds can easily be overrun these days with interruptions, obligations and general clutter. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell offers five quick tips for weeding out your mind and quieting all that noise. 

This episode was originally released in November 2016. 

We're gearing up for season 3 and looking for episode ideas! Do you have a show topic that you think we should explore? Email your ideas to or leave us a message at 844-55-CONNECT.

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Jul 3, 2018

You can't tell kids with learning differences to "try harder," said Dr. Hallowell, when he spoke live to educators at the New York State Association of Independent Schools' conference back in 2016. Dr. Hallowell discusses the history of learning differences and treatments, and offers some new solutions to help teach students with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and other neurologically-based processing problems. 

This episode was originally released in October 2016. 

Jun 28, 2018

What does music do for us? Dr. Dan Levitin and Ned talk about how our brains interpret music, why we find it so captivating, and what all those piano lessons really did for us when we were younger.

Dr. Levitin is a neuroscientist and top researcher into how our brains interpret music. He is the author of several #1 best-selling books including, This is Your Brain on Music, and his latest, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

Daniel Levitin’s book, This Is Your Brain on Music:

This mini episode was originally released in March 2016. 

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Jun 26, 2018

ADHD superstar Jessica McCabe joined Dr. Hallowell on Distraction for the first time nearly a year ago! Listen back to her inaugural appearance on the podcast in July 2017 where she spoke with Ned about having ADHD and the unique struggles millennials with ADHD face in our crazy-busy 24/7 world. 

Learn more about Jessica on her website How to ADHD.

Jun 21, 2018

For our last episode of Season 2 Dr. Hallowell shares some of his summer plans (which include getting a new family member!) and well-wishes for listeners during this fun and relaxing time of year. We'll be back in August with brand new episodes for the start of Season 3! Thank you so much for being a part of the Distraction community. We truly appreciate each of you!

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Do you have a show idea for Season 3? Email it to us at or call and leave us a message at 844-55-CONNECT!

Jun 19, 2018

Jose Del Cueto went from being an abused child, a drug-dealing teenager and then addict, to a loving family man and successful marketing executive. His memoir, Broken Like Everybody Else, details how he emerged from the depths of adversity to become the successful entrepreneur and person he is today, while still struggling with trauma-induced learning disabilities such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Jose and Dr. Hallowell talk about growing up amidst chaos and their new plan to help kids currently in the foster care system beat the odds.

Do you have a question or show idea? Email it to us at or call 844-55-CONNECT and leave a message.Thanks!

Jun 14, 2018

"Life is messy," Dr. Hallowell says in this mini Distraction. "Let's not be phony or drive people into hiding with the terrible constrictions of shame," he goes on to say. Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have put suicide back into the national spotlight, but Dr. Hallowell has long been on a mission to end the stigma of mental illness. He shares his thoughts on celebrating human life in all its forms, the good and the bad, and getting people the help they desperately need.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with someone, or visit where online chats are available 24/7.

Jun 12, 2018

Dr. Hallowell is on a mission to remove the stigma of mental illness. One of the ways he's doing that is through his new memoir, just released today. Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of A Psychiatrist is the true story of Ned's life and all of the people in it. Collision Media's own Barry Berman sits down with our favorite host for a conversation about Dr. Hallowell's unusual childhood, and how his early-life experiences shaped his entire future. 

A portion of the book sales will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

To order a copy of Dr. Hallowell's memoir click HERE.

Did you come from a crazy family too? Help remove the stigma of mental illness and share your story with us! Email or call and leave a message at 844-55-CONNECT. 



Jun 7, 2018

The Distraction podcast recently received its 1,000,000th episode download. We celebrated with a Facebook contest! Listen as Dr. Hallowell announces the winners of his new memoir which comes out June 12th, Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of A Psychiatrist, as well as the winner of the 30-minute phone call!

Thanks to all of our listeners who entered the contest and thanks to you for being a part of the Distraction community. 

Please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! And please reach out to us! Send your comments and show ideas to, or call and leave a voice message at 844-55-CONNECT. 


Jun 5, 2018

While some ordinary activities require people to engage in critical and creative thinking, advancements in technology have created a world in which many tasks no longer require this type of thinking. This absence is leaving many people ill-equipped to manage the critical and creative thinking challenges in both the workplace and life in general. Educators Louise Loomis and Tom Smith join Ned in-studio for a conversation about The Cognitive Six thinking skills and the essential role they play in meeting this challenge. 

The Cognitive Six: A Guide To Teaching Thinking by Louise E. Loomis, Ed.D. and Thomas Smith, M.A.Ed.

Send the Distraction team an email or leave us a voice message! Email or call 844-55-CONNECT.


May 30, 2018

If switching tasks every 3 minutes is now the norm for an office worker, and it takes over 20 minutes to get back on track after a switch, it's amazing people can get anything done! 

Listen as Dr. Hallowell talks about the new technology that is now available to help you stay on task and filter out distractions. 

Have a question or show idea? Email us at or call and leave a message at 844-55-CONNECT. 

May 29, 2018

"I found my voice. Turns out it was there all along," says author and certified coach Amy E. Smith. She joins Dr. Hallowell for a lively conversation about staying true to yourself and finding confidence, two issues that many people find challenging. In fact, Dr. H asks Amy for advice about a personal situation in his own life that he is struggling with! 

To learn more from Amy, or to get a copy of her e-workbook that includes 9 proven challenges to radically increase your self confidence and self-love visit her website:


May 24, 2018

Liz Ryan, former Fortune 500 Human Resources SVP and the world's most widely-read career adviser, returns to Distraction for a conversation about toxic work environments and what to do if you're in one. 

To learn more from Liz or to get a copy of her book, Reinvention Roadmap, visit her website, Human Workplace

Reach out to us! Email or call 844-55-CONNECT. 

May 22, 2018

THANK YOU! We're so grateful and thankful for our listeners who helped us reach 1,000,000 episode downloads! Dr. Hallowell shares a personal message of thanks and reminisces about some of his favorite moments and guests over the past couple of years. To celebrate this AMAZING milestone, we're giving away 3 copies of Ned's new memoir, Because I Come From A Crazy Family, The Making Of A Psychiatrist, as well as one 30-minute phone call with Dr. Hallowell! Listen to the episode for details on how to enter. 

Also, Dr. H answers several questions from listeners on a variety of topics including hypo/hyper-activity, ADD and OCD correlations, "Ritalin kids," social media and screen time, social stigmas, sleep habits, managing work life, and medication.

Keep your questions coming! Dr. Hallowell loves answering them! Email or leave a voice message at 844-55-CONNECT. 




May 17, 2018

While you might not be able to avoid jet lag completely when you travel, it is possible to minimize the symptoms. And although he travels extensively, even Dr. Hallowell struggles with the effects of jet lag as you'll hear him admit! Learn about a variety of ways to help you feel like yourself and get your internal clock back on track when you visit different time zones in this mini Distraction.  

How do you deal with jet lag? Share your best tips with us by emailing, or leave us a voice message by calling 844-55-CONNECT!

May 15, 2018

Prioritizing, organizing and time management are fundamental skills that everyone should have, but unfortunately many never learn. Self-described school junkie and founder of, Katie Azevedo, joins Dr. Hallowell to share some habits and hacks to help get you through school, work, and life in general. The conversation includes an in-depth discussion of The Pomodoro Technique, a time management system that was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980's that everyone can benefit from, not just those with ADHD!

Check out Katie's website:

Got a show idea? Email it to us at Or call and leave us a voice message at 844-55-CONNECT. We love hearing from our listeners!

May 10, 2018

In honor of Mother's Day, Dr. Hallowell shares a heartwarming story from his childhood about going to a Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park with his Mother when he was 10 years old. Dr. Hallowell learned a lesson from his Mom that day that he still carries with him today. 

What life lessons have you learned from your parents? We'd love to hear about them. Send us an email at, or leave us a voice message by calling 844-55-CONNECT. 

The story shared in this episode is just one of the many wonderful stories included in Dr. Hallowell's new memoir, Because I Come From A Crazy Family: The Making Of A Psychiatrist, to be released on June 12. Pre-order your copy HERE.  

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. CLICK HERE to learn more. 

May 8, 2018

The new-millennium workplace requires all of us to rewrite the rules and start treating our careers like we’re running a business—which means understanding the markets for our talents, knowing our value, and looking out over the horizon to plot our paths going forward, according to Human Resources pro, Liz Ryan, author of Reinvention Roadmap, and CEO of Human Workplace. Liz is a former Fortune 500 HR SVP and the world’s most widely read workplace thought leader. The former opera singer-turned-HR exec talks with Ned about how to flourish at work, when it's okay to say no, and how to make sure you find the right job in the first place. 

Get a copy of Liz's book: Reinvention Roadmap: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and Career You Deserve

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. CLICK HERE to learn more about the school of choice for students who learn differently! 

May 4, 2018

Who do you think wiggles their toes to help wake themselves up, Dr. Hallowell or Jessica McCabe? In this special episode sponsored by Landmark College, the How to ADHD creator joins Ned for a discussion about some of the unique methods she uses to motivate, encourage and help herself. Plus she and Ned share a slew of tricks other people use to jump start their own brains.

Do you have any ADHD tricks up your sleeve? How do you manage your ADHD symptoms? Let us know in an email! Send your thoughts to Or leave us a voice message by calling 844-55-CONNECT.

To schedule a campus visit, or simply to learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, visit



May 3, 2018

A few recent conversations with friends has Dr. Hallowell thinking about how the world has changed in his lifetime, and whether or not it's for the better. He ponders questions like: Do we still have standards in society? Are millennials lazy? Is social media to blame for all of our problems? And, has the world gone to hell in a bucket?

As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus put it so many years ago, "the only thing that is constant is change."

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May 1, 2018

Finding employment can be very difficult when you are someone who learns differently. Inventive Labs in Amesbury, MA is on a mission to change that! Founder Rick Fiery joins Dr. Hallowell to talk about the new intern program his organization has started that is specifically geared to those with ADHD and other learning challenges. Rick and his co-founder, Tom Bergeron (no, not the famous one!) believe that given the right supports and training, these learners can do anything and find a job that they love. Inventive Labs is currently looking for intern candidates for this program, so if you know someone who might be interested, encourage them to check out the Inventive Labs website for more information. 

If you're the owner of a business that would be interested in learning more about Inventive Lab's intern program for your business, please check out their website as well!

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. CLICK HERE to learn more! 

Apr 26, 2018

Patrick Reed recently won the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia and there's controversy surrounding the 2018 champion's use of the medication Vyvanse to treat his ADHD. In this mini Distraction, Dr. Hallowell weighs in with his thoughts on the debate. 

And while on the subject of pro golfers with ADHD, Dr. Hallowell also makes a plea to Bubba Watson to get in touch with him so he can offer some strategies for dealing with his ADHD, as it is widely known that Bubba does not take medication to treat his symptoms. 

What do you think about the Patrick Reed controversy? Send us your thoughts!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our sponsor Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. 

Apr 24, 2018

If you're not following Distraction on facebook you're missing out on opportunities to ask Dr. Hallowell your questions! A few weeks ago we hosted a live facebook event where Dr. Hallowell was asked about everything from ADHD symptoms, meds, and diagnoses to finding a path to success, dealing with anxiety, disciplining your ADHD child and more. So many questions in fact, that we couldn't get to them all! Dr. Hallowell was joined in the studio by George from our marketing department and our producer, Sarah. Take a listen to this unique episode and please "like" Distraction on facebook (if you haven't already!) so you can have the chance to ask your questions during our next facebook live event! 

Have a question but don't want to wait for our next facebook live event? Send it to us in an email!

Learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently!

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