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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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!

Apr 19, 2018

In honor of Administrative Professionals Day on April 25th, Dr. Hallowell takes a moment to thank those people in his life who help support him and his goals.

Who supports you in your life? Why not thank them today!

To learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, CLICK HERE

Apr 17, 2018

Sex, drugs, trust, medications, alcohol, and accommodations are just some of the topics discussed in this conversation that's all about the big issues young people with ADHD and their parents face in today's  world. Dr. Hallowell is joined by psychologist Christina Nichols and executive function specialist Elliot Weinstein, who both work in his office, and at the Horace Mann School in New York City as well. Christina and Elliot bring a boatload of experience to the discussion along with real questions from young adults looking for help. 

Learn more about Landmark College in Putney, Vermont by CLICKING HERE

Check out the Headspace app mentioned by Christina in this episode. 

To sign up for one of the workshops mentioned in this episode call 212-799-7777.

Apr 12, 2018

Dr. Hallowell wants you to join him at camp this summer! Listen as he shares all of the details about his annual ADHD family camp on the shores of Lake Michigan July 15-20, 2018. 

To learn more about ADHD summer camp with Dr. Hallowell go to or call Sue Hallowell at 781-820-0881.

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

Apr 10, 2018

Ever wondered what is going through your therapist's mind while you're talking? This episode is especially for you! Kati Morton is a licensed therapist in California who has garnered over 300,000 followers on social media through her weekly mental health videos. Kati's videos address eating disorders, abandonment, narcissists, perfection, depression and many more. She has made thousands of helpful videos on all kinds of topics and joins Dr. Hallowell on Distraction to talk about mental health in general and what it's really like to be a therapist. 

To learn more about Kati or to watch her videos CLICK HERE

Learn more about our sponsor Landmark College

Apr 5, 2018

Dumpster fire, glamping, and schnoodle are three of the 850 words that were recently added to the dictionary. Our producer, Sarah Guertin, sits down with Dr. Hallowell to find out what he thinks some of the new words in Merriam-Webster's latest edition mean. Follow along and see how many words you know!

Learn more about words from writer Richard Lederer by clicking HERE.

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

Apr 3, 2018

Kristin Seymour accomplishes more in one day than most do in a week! And she might be the only person we know that travels with a cooler and ice packs in her car... just in case! This busy ADHDer (and previous Distraction guest) joins Dr. Hallowell to share her very best ideas for getting things done. The Clinical Nurse Specialist also shares some encouraging stories about some of the kids and adults she's worked with to help accomplish their goals. Learn about incentives, buffers, prioritizing and more through the practical ideas and solutions Kristin offers up in this episode.

To learn more about Kristin or to get a copy of her book, The Fog Lifted, click HERE

Learn more about Landmark College in Putney, Vermont by clicking HERE.


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 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 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 or leave us a message by calling 844-55-CONNECT.

To watch the video version of this go to

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 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

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 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.



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