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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 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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Mar 30, 2018

Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD joins Dr. Hallowell once again for a special episode brought to you by our sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently! In this episode, Jessica shares strategies and ideas for creating accountability in your life. She and Ned talk about having an accountability partner, setting goals, incentives, creating brain bumpers and a ton more. If you know a student (or anyone really!) struggling with accountability and getting things done, share this episode with them! 

Important Links:

Learn more about Habitica.

Learn more about The Pomodoro Technique

To learn more from Jessica McCabe go to her website How to ADHD.

To learn more about Landmark College or to schedule a campus visit CLICK HERE

 

Mar 29, 2018

Do you know how much time you spend on your phone each day? What about each week? In his book, Driven to Distraction at Work, Dr. Hallowell devotes an entire chapter to the problem of "screen-sucking," where he emphasizes the need to learn how to control your electronics so they don't control you. And in this mini he talks about why you should take a look at your screen habits and assess the results. Dr. Hallowell gives detailed instructions on how you can track your phone usage to learn not just how much time you spend on your phone, but specifically which apps and features consume your attention the most.

To learn more about the Moment app CLICK HERE.

Check out our sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Reach out to us! Did you track your phone usage after listening to this episode? Did the results surprise you? Let us know your thoughts! Email connect@distractionpodcast.com or call and leave a message at 844-55-CONNECT. 

Mar 27, 2018

Did you know that medications are now being used to help treat alcohol abuse? Advancing science has always changed the way doctors treat mental health issues in their patients and today is no different. Dr. Timothy Wilens is the Chief of Child Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital joins Dr. Hallowell to talk about the current state of treatment options for issues like ADHD, substance use disorders, and anxiety. Dr. Wilens offers lots of advice for parents and talks about the latest medicines he employs to help his patients. 

To get a copy of Dr. Wilen's book, Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medications For Kids CLICK HERE

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. To schedule a campus tour CLICK HERE

Mar 22, 2018

"Every era gets the drug it deserves. In America today, where competition is ceaseless from school to the workforce and everyone wants a performance edge, Adderall and other prescription stimulants are the defining drugs of this generation." That's the way IMDB.com describes the new documentary produced by Maria Shriver and her daughter Christina Schwarzenegger. Unfortunately, anecdotal evidence is used more than scientific evidence in the film, which could do more harm than good for those with ADHD. Listen as Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on how this well-meaning documentary goes off course. 

Have you seen the documentary yet? Share your thoughts with us at connect@distractionpodcast.com or leave us a message by calling 844-55-CONNECT.

To watch the video version of this go to https://youtu.be/V6hhH8zkFfM

The episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Mar 19, 2018

As thousands of students protested against gun violence last week and more prepare to march in Washington, D.C. and across the United States this weekend, Dr. Hallowell can't help but wonder if the adults in America are getting the message. Listen as he takes a few moments to call attention to our nation's youth, and their inspiring words and actions.  

To see where a march is being held near your visit the March for Our Lives website. 

Send us your questions and show ideas! Email connect@distractionpodcast.com or leave a message at 844-55-CONNECT. 

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Mar 15, 2018

There's a new way people are getting relief from anxiety, insomnia, depression and pain that doesn't require taking a pill. It's called Alpha-Stim and Dr. Hallowell has seen promising results with his patients who've tried it. Listen and learn about this non-invasive treatment that provides quick and safe relief of symptoms without medication. 

To learn more visit Alpha-Stim.com.

To experience the Alpha-Stim technology call Rebecca Shafir at the Hallowell Center at 978-287-0810. 

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. 

Mar 13, 2018

Dr. Hallowell addresses some of the most recent questions we've received from our listeners. Topics discussed include medication issues, anger and alcohol, workplace accommodations, and how ADHD is viewed in Ireland and other countries around the world.

We'd like to send a big thank you to those listeners who sent in questions for this episode! If you have a question that you'd like addressed in a future show, email it to connect@distractionpodcast.com or call 844-55-CONNECT and leave us a message!

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

Mar 8, 2018

A recent New York Times article about the gender pay gap got Dr. Hallowell thinking about his own personality traits and wondering if he would be richer, more well-known and more successful if he were less agreeable in life.  Ultimately, Dr. H wouldn't change who he is and instead suggests, "Take stock of who you are naturally and try to look kindly on that." Listen to his words of wisdom and think about the good ways you apply yourself every day. 

Important Links:

The Jordan Peterson Moment- the New York Times article by David Brooks that inspired this episode.

Watch the interview with Dr. Jordan Peterson that Dr. Hallowell mentions in this episode.

Learn more about Landmark College, our amazing sponsor in Putney, Vermont, for students who learn differently!

Mar 6, 2018

Benjamin Hardy believes people can change in both big and small ways, but not how they've traditionally been taught. He thinks that "you are who you are because of your environment." If you want to change, Ben says, you need to change your environment. Listen as he talks about why this is true, how people always learn to adapt, even in the worst environments, and his new book that was just released today, Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success.

Important Links:

Visit Benjamin Hardy's Website

Landmark College - Learn more about the college of choice for student's who learn differently.

 

 

Mar 1, 2018

Dr. Hallowell's 20th book, Because I Come From A Crazy Family: The Making Of A Psychiatrist, will be released this June. It's unlike any book he's written before, because this one tells the story of his own upbringing. It was a childhood that was filled with trauma, but lots of love and laughter too. Listen as Dr. Hallowell reads a few passages from his soon-to-be-released memoir. 

To pre-order your copy of Because I Come From A Crazy Family, The Making Of A Psychiatrist, CLICK HERE. Read the first chapter for free HERE.

Do you know a college-bound student who learns differently? Tell them about our sponsor, Landmark College. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Feb 27, 2018

Master storyteller Brad Meltzer has been a published writer for 20 years. In that time he's come to realize that, "Every life makes history. Every life is a story." In this very special episode the bestselling thriller and mystery writer talks about how he persisted even after receiving 24 rejections letters for his first book, and why he believes that ordinary people can change the world. 

Brad's latest thriller, The Escape Artist, comes out March 6th. 

Visit Brad's Website

Do you know a college-bound student with ADHD or ASD? Tell them about our sponsor, Landmark College, the college of choice for students who learn differently!

Feb 26, 2018

Jessica McCabe has researched the best ways to take care of your brain and this week she shares her insights with Distraction listeners. In this special episode sponsored by Landmark College, the How to ADHD host talks with Dr. Hallowell about all of the different things you should be doing to ensure your body and mind are at peak performance.

And as Jessica says in this episode, don't beat yourself up if you're not doing all the things you should be doing. A good way to start moving toward self-care is to track your activities and symptoms and start with one small change. Take a listen to this special episode for more about this and other great ideas from the YouTube star!

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. 

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