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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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Feb 22, 2018

In the wake of yet another school shooting, Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the epidemic of disconnection in our world; and offers some heartfelt ideas on ways we can each affect change. 

 

 

Feb 20, 2018

This week we continue the discussion on women's issues related to ADHD. Terry Matlen, ACSW, returns to answer more questions from our female listeners. In this episode, she and Dr. Hallowell address topics like diagnosis, depression, migraines, estrogen levels, executive function, chemotherapy, and heightened sensitivities.

A special thank you to those of you who sent in questions! If you have a question, comment or show idea please send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

Important Links:

Landmark College - Learn more about the college for students who learn differently!  

Queens of Distraction website

ADD Consults website

The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done by Terry Matlen

Survival Tips for Women with ADHD by Terry Matlen

Feb 15, 2018

Dr. Hallowell opens up about following his own advice and trying something new, a recommendation he regularly makes to patients. In his case, the "something new" is learning how to use Facebook live. And as Dr. Hallowell reveals in this mini episode, he's definitely hit a few bumps along the way! Listen as he talks about why it's important (and good for you) to try new things, even when they're hard.

Important Link:

Landmark College - Learn more about the college for students who learn differently!  

Feb 13, 2018

Women and girls with ADHD face a number of unique issues in dealing with their "race car brains." In this episode Terry Matlen, ACSW, who specializes in helping women with ADHD, joins Dr. Hallowell to answer questions from our female listeners. Topics  include pregnancy and medication, hormones, exercise, toxic relationships, social isolation and much more.

A special thank you to our listeners who sent in questions for this episode! If you have a question or show idea please send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

Important Links:

Landmark College - Learn more about the college for students who learn differently!  

Queens of Distraction website

ADD Consults website

What Does Everybody Know That I Don't? by Michele Novotni, PhD

The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done by Terry Matlen

Survival Tips for Women with ADHD by Terry Matlen

Feb 7, 2018

It should come as no surprise to Distraction listeners that Dr. Hallowell is pretty bummed the Patriots lost the Super Bowl on Sunday. But what can you do about those bad feelings? In this mini, Dr. Hallowell shares some of the ways he deals with disappointment, as he mulls the loss of a 6th championship for his favorite football team.

 

If by Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Learn more about Distraction's sponsor, Landmark College.


Feb 6, 2018

"Wait, what did you say your name was?" From our phones and TVs, to email notifications, traffic and crowded restaurants, our minds are constantly bombarded with noise. It's no wonder people are having trouble trying to listen and comprehend. And sure, we've all been guilty of not listening when someone is talking, but poor listening skills can be improved! Speech and language pathologist, Rebecca Shafir, joins Ned to talk about her book (now in its 8th printing!) The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction. Rebecca's insights will help you become a better listener and better overall communicator by the end of the episode!

Important Links:

Rebecca Shafir's website: Mindful Communication, or you can reach her directly by calling 978-287-0810.

Learn more about the college of choice for students who learn differently, Landmark College.

To pre-order Dr. Hallowell's memoir, Because I Come From A Crazy Family, The Making Of A Psychiatrist CLICK HERE.

Jan 31, 2018

Whether you're all geared up for the big football game this weekend or couldn't care less about it, Super Bowl hype is hard to avoid! In this week's lighthearted mini, Dr. H lets listeners in on his plans for game day (including where to get the best hot wings in the Boston area) and shares some personal stories about what the big event means to him. 

Check out Ned's recommendation for the best wings in Boston!

Learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont! 

Jan 31, 2018

Whether it's a notification on your phone, a new email, a chatty co-worker or a really good tv show, distractions are all around us. So how do you get stuff done amid a sea of interruptions? Jessica McCabe of How to ADHD joins Dr. Hallowell to offer up solutions for minimizing distractions and accomplishing whatever is on your to-do list. 

This special episode is sponsored by Landmark College, with content support from Professor Rebecca Matte.

College capable students with ADHD require a different approach to learning to succeed academically. At Landmark College we help our students to explore and employ new learning strategies by teaching differently. We hold high expectations for our students, and encourage independence while also providing academic and social support. Learn more about Landmark College

Check out Jessica's website: How to ADHD

Jan 30, 2018

For years Dr. Eben Alexander dismissed the near-death revelations of God and heaven by his patients. But his opinion changed when the Harvard neurosurgeon spent 7 days in a coma due to E. coli meningitis. While comatose, he went on a profound spiritual experience that in his words, "took me beyond space and time to what seemed like the origin of all existence."

In this very unique episode of Distraction, Dr. Alexander talks with Dr. Hallowell about his experience, the books he's written as a result, and the reaction he's received from the scientific community. The conversation goes on a deep dive into many of the spiritual and scientific aspects of his journey.

Important links from this episode:

Learn more about our sponsor Landmark College.

Jan 25, 2018

Is life feeling a little too hectic these days? Then it's time to un-busy yourself. Dr. Hallowell outlines three easy ways to feel less busy and regain control of your day, in this mini that was inspired by a recent article from DailyGood.org.  

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler

Learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Jan 23, 2018

Dr. Hallowell opens up the Distraction inbox to answer listener questions this week. Topics addressed include stimulants and hypertension, sleep and stress, depression and anxiety, and the effectiveness of low energy neurofeedback system therapy for treating ADHD.

Do you have a question that you'd like Dr. Hallowell to address in a future episode? Write it down, or record your question as a voice memo on your phone and email it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

Important Links:

Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

Learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.  

Jan 17, 2018

We've all been upset, disappointed, discouraged and/or let down in life, but allowing your mind to agonize over problems or failures won't help the situation or make you feel better. In fact, it does the opposite! In this mini, Dr. Hallowell offers advice on how to stop the cycle of negative thoughts and move forward.

Do you know someone who learns differently and is college bound? Tell them about our sponsor, Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently!

Jan 16, 2018

What do boys need that they're not getting? Dr. Michael Thompson joins Dr. Hallowell to talk about where boys stand in today's world versus girls. Dr. Thompson is best known as a NY Times bestselling author and international speaker on the subject of children, schools and parenting who has written nine books focusing on the emotional lives of boys, friendships and social cruelty in childhood and many more topics related to the subject of raising boys. 

Dr. Michael Thompson's Website

Learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. 

Jan 11, 2018

If you're the boss, do you tell your employees that you have ADHD? Dr. Hallowell responds to a question from a listener that is struggling in his leadership position. Should he tell his employees that he has ADHD so they'll better understand his challenges or not?

Do you have a question for Dr. Hallowell? Record your question on your phone as a voice memo and email it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. We'd love to hear from you!

Please rate and review Distraction on Apple Podcasts. It helps others to find the show and helps us grow our community!

Learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, the college of choice for students who learn differently.

Jan 9, 2018

16-year old Harry Nardini has always been a bright, outgoing, fun loving person, despite the tragic circumstances of his less-than-ideal start in life. From being homeless to being a quarterback and part of the Missouri state high school football championship team, Harry has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. Listen as he sits down with Dr. Hallowell, along with his mom, to tell his story of how his life was changed dramatically by having the right people in his life and the right treatment for his ADHD.

Do you know someone who learns differently? Tell them about our sponsor, Landmark College!

 

Jan 4, 2018

What do you do when your 7-year-old's teacher says that it seems like your child needs a special invitation to everything? In this week's mini Dr. Hallowell addresses a question regarding one listener's son and  his ADHD, and how it relates to his behavior in school. 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Understood.org

Dr. Hallowell's book, Delivered From Distraction

Learn more about our sponsor Landmark College

 

Jan 2, 2018

Gabby Bernstein is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back, an international speaker, and a self-proclaimed spirit junkie who has made it her life's mission to empower people to gain more confidence and live their purpose. She joins Dr. Hallowell on Distraction to talk about her latest book, Judgment Detox, a clear, proactive, step-by-step guide that helps people heal judgment and discover their oneness with others. 

Learn more about Gabby Bernstein on her website, GabbyBernstein.com.

Check out Gabby's latest book: Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living A Better Life

If you like this episode, please rate and review Distraction on Apple Podcasts! It helps other listeners find our show. If you have a question, comment, or show idea please email it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

Learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

 

Dec 26, 2017

In our final episode of the year, Dr. Hallowell shares good wishes and his very best advice with listeners for the coming year and beyond.

From everyone on the Distraction team, thank you so much for listening to our podcast in 2017! We're looking forward to bringing you more great episodes in 2018! 

If you have a show idea or comment for us please email connect@distractionpodcast.com

Do you know someone who learns differently? Tell them about Landmark College in Putney, Vermont! 

Dec 21, 2017

In the midst of holiday gatherings, errands and mayhem it can be easy to forget the point of it all. In this special holiday mini, Ned muses about how to make this time of year special and meaningful in spite of the chaos. 

Do you know someone who learns differently? Tell them about our sponsor, Landmark College, the college of choice for students who learn differently.

 

Dec 19, 2017

Are you task driven or deadline driven? Modern research has shown that procrastination does not interfere with success, and that procrastinators and non-procrastinators simply respond to motivation in different ways. In this episode, Dr. Hallowell and Mary Lamia, PhD discuss how emotions compel us to act, and how shame and fear aren't necessarily a bad thing.

Mary Lamia's book What Motivates Getting Things Done

MaryLamia.com

Learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Do you have a question or show idea for us? Send an email or voice memo to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Or call and leave a message at 844-55-CONNECT. 

Dec 14, 2017

Dr. Hallowell responds to a listener question we received recently about ADHD coaches for kids. We think the self-proclaimed "disorganized parent" who reached out will be surprised to hear Ned's answer!

Do you have a question for Dr. Hallowell? Email it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont.

Dec 12, 2017

Dr. Hallowell considers it a happy accident that he happened to attend a lecture given by third-grade teachers Darrah Parsons and Becky Kline. The talk focused on their experiences teaching young girls about Carol Dweck's groundbreaking findings regarding ability and achievement in life. In this episode, Darrah and Becky join Dr. Hallowell to talk about the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, and why productive struggle is a really good thing. If you want to do more and be more in life, this episode is here to show you that you can! It's never too late to change your mindset, achieve your goals and find success. 

If you'd like to reach out to Darrah, email her at dparsons@hb.edu, and if you'd like to reach out to Becky, email bkline@hb.edu

Click HERE to go to Carol Dweck's website. 

Do you know someone who learns differently? Landmark College might be the right place for them. Learn more HERE.

 

Dec 7, 2017

How old is too old to be diagnosed with ADHD? We recently received a question from a person who suspects his parents have ADHD. They are 82 and 84, and the listener is wondering if there are successful examples of elderly people being diagnosed with and treated for ADHD. In this mini Dr. Hallowell relates the story of the oldest patient he's ever treated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and the surprising accomplishment his patient achieved as a result of his diagnosis!

Know a student who learns differently? Landmark College might be the place for them! Learn more about our sponsor by clicking HERE.

Dec 5, 2017

Understood.org is a non-profit organization focused on helping  parents whose children, ages 3-20, struggle with learning and attention issues. Dr. Hallowell spoke with Kevin Hager, Managing Director of Understood, and Amanda Morin, Content Development Manager for the organization about all of the resources available on their website and what kind of help they can offer parents of children who learn differently. From ADHD to dyslexia, dyspraxia, executive function issues, nonverbal learning issues, organization struggles and much, much more Understood is an invaluable, free resource with videos, articles and research all tailored to your child's age, gender and issues. Listen to this informative episode and then check out all of the information at your fingertips on this wonderful website. 

To learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, the school of choice for students who learn differently, click HERE.

Nov 30, 2017

Finally there's proof that if you think you can do something, or think you can't, you're right! In this mini Distraction Dr. Hallowell talks about the "Growth Mindset" that was originally discovered by Carol Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, and what that means for all of us. He talks about the difference between a "growth mindset" and a "fixed mindset" and why we should all be training our brains to think that our talents can be developed, rather than believing they're just innate gifts. 

Learn more about Carol Dweck's book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

Do you know a student who learns differently? Landmark College might be the place for them. Learn more HERE.  

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