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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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Jan 29, 2020

Dr. David Fajgenbaum was diagnosed with a deadly disorder called Castleman Disease when he was in medical school. But instead of giving up, he used his ADHD superpower of hyperfocus (and his own body) to seek out a cure for the rare and under-researched disease that he was battling. Now, a decade later, his breakthrough research has resulted in treatments that are keeping him and others alive. Dr. Fajgenbaum is still looking for a cure today, and joins Ned to talk about his new memoir, Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action.

Learn more at Castleman Disease Collaborative Network: CDCN.org

Do you have a question or comment? Reach out to us with an email, or record a voice memo on your phone and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin (@sarahguertin) and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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

Jan 23, 2020

When was the last time you received an actual letter in the mail from someone you love? In honor of National Handwriting Day on January 23rd, Dr. Hallowell encourages listeners to hand-write a letter to someone they cherish. You'll feel good for doing it, and the receiver will feel good getting it! It's an easy and thoughtful way to connect with someone you care about.

Do you have a question or comment? Reach out to us with an email, or record a voice memo on your phone and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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

Jan 22, 2020

Tim Armstrong is the founder and CEO of the dtx company, a former CEO of AOL, and former President of Google's America Operations. Tim also has ADHD. This week he and his wife, Nancy, reveal details about Tim's diagnosis (hint: their kids have it), and their new movie aimed at countering the misconceptions surrounding ADHD. They share insights about their struggles and offer sound advice for parents and kids who have "Ferrari engine brains with bicycle brakes," as Dr. H puts it.

Do you have a question or comment? Reach out to us with an email, or record a voice memo on your phone and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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

Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Hallowell offers his best advice for raising a child with ADHD.

Do you have a question or comment? Reach out to us with an email, or record a voice memo on your phone and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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

Jan 14, 2020

Dr. Hallowell answers your questions. Topics include when to stop taking ADHD medications, what to do when meds don't work, dealing with persistent negative thoughts, the best exercises for ADHD brains, and how to overcome chronic lateness.

Do you have a question for our host? Reach out to us with an email, or record a voice memo on your phone and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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

Jan 9, 2020

It's a simple lesson, but a good one: You have more to lose than gain when you get angry and have an outburst. Dr. Hallowell shares some of the ways he copes with anger, especially while he's engaged in one particular activity. Discover what causes our host to lose his temper, and the steps he takes to rein in those feelings.

How do you handle feelings of rage? Reach out to us with an email or voice memo! connect@distractionpodcast.com

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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

Jan 7, 2020

If you've spent any time on social media in the past few years, you've likely seen posts tagged with #happiness and #blessed as users share their lives. But is it for real or for show? Today's guest, Monica Sweeney, offers a refreshing look at the path to finding happiness. Her bold and irreverent guided journals allow people to work through life's ups and downs in a way that feels authentic and genuine, with a healthy dose of curse words to help them along the way. WARNING: This episode contains strong language.

Monica Sweeney's journals include: Zen as F*ck, Let That Sh*t Go, Find Your F*cking Happy, and her latest work, Zen As F*ck at Work.

Reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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

Jan 2, 2020

The start of a new year is a good time to reassess how you're managing your ADHD. In this previously released mini episode,Dr. Hallowell gives his spin on Stephen Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, with a similar list for those with ADHD. From doing what you're good at, to asking for advice, you're bound to find a few nuggets of applicable wisdom for your own life. But as Ned advises, this is his list, so if these habits don't resonate with you, add your own to the list! 

Reach out to us at connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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

This episode was originally released in October 2018. 

 

Dec 31, 2019

A growth mindset is one's belief in his or her own ability to learn and develop skills. And it's a great place to begin a new year and decade!

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? Our sponsor, Landmark College, might be the right place for them. Learn more HERE.

 This episode was originally released in December 2017. 

Dec 26, 2019

Dr. Hallowell doesn't think resolutions are a good idea, and instead suggests we think about our hopes for 2020. Listen as he advises all of us (including himself) on the right mindset for the new year and decade.

Happy New Year to all of our listeners! Thank you so much for being a part of the Distraction community. We truly could not do it without you!

Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh.

To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE. See their beautiful campus in Putney, Vermont at their next Open House on Friday, January 10, 2020.

Dec 19, 2019

As Hanukkah and Christmas quickly approach, Ned reminds himself (and all of us) to focus on the love and joy that holidays bring, and to look for those moments of connection that show us how fortunate we are to be alive. Listen as our host shares some much needed perspective on the craziest, busiest time of the year!

Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh.

To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE. See their beautiful campus in Putney, Vermont at their next Open House on Friday, January 10, 2020.

Dec 17, 2019

If over 10% of lawyers have ADHD there should be more resources available to them. That's why attorney and fellow ADHDer Marshall Lichty created TheJDHD.com, a podcast, website and community for lawyers with ADHD.

CLICK HERE to sign up for Marshall's FREE 10-day course, "Introduction to ADHD for Lawyers."

Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh.

To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE. See their beautiful campus in Putney, Vermont at their next Open House on Friday, January 10, 2020.

Dec 12, 2019

As one of Dr. Hallowell's sayings goes, "Never worry alone!" That's the idea behind the family camp he hosts every summer on the shores of Lake Michigan. In this mini, camp alumnus and mom, Julie Christin, talks about her family's experience, including the comfort of meeting other families who can relate, and how much she learned about raising a child with ADHD. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the 2020 ADHD Family Summer Camp taking place July 19-24, 2020.

Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh.

To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE. See their beautiful campus in Putney, Vermont at their next Open House on Friday, January 10, 2020.

Dec 10, 2019

"Be the change you want to see in the world," could have been said about today's guest, Mark Brand. The social entrepreneur is an expert at creating businesses that make a difference, and a profit. He joins Ned from Save On Meats in Vancouver, the classic diner known for its cutting-edge employment models and focus on local food security. Mark shares his passion and insights on how to enact change in your own world.

To learn more about Mark visit MarkBrandInc.com.

Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh.

To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE. See their beautiful campus in Putney, Vermont at an Open House on Friday, January 10, 2020.

Dec 5, 2019

You might not expect that your family has a greater impact on your health than your spouse does. The results of a study that tested the extent to which the emotional climate in family relationships and intimate partnerships are linked to long term health were even surprising to our host! Ned breaks down what it all means in this week's mini Distraction.

Link to Journal of Family Psychology study: Family versus intimate partners: Estimating who matters more for health in  a 20-year longitudinal study

Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh.

To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE. See their beautiful campus in Putney, Vermont at an Open House on Friday, December 6th and Friday, January 10th.

Dec 3, 2019

Jonathan Mooney has never considered himself "normal," and why would he want to anyway? Diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD as a child, the gifted author is on a mission to spread the word that different is not "deficient," by sharing the story of his own life through his newest book, Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive, Outside the Lines. And as you'll hear, Jonathan is every bit as funny and inspiring as his book!

Check out Jonathan's other books:

Learning Outside the Lines

The Short Bus

Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh.

To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE.

Nov 28, 2019

Ned shares his thoughts on being grateful not just for the good parts of life, but the bittersweet ones too, and why he thinks "special-izing" your world is super important!

Thank you so much to our Distraction community. We are grateful for you and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas: connect@distractionpodcast.com. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh.

To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE.

Nov 26, 2019

New research has shown that the key to treating ADHD and dyslexia lies in the cerebellum, the area of the brain that controls coordination and balance, with exercise playing an integral part. And a new treatment program created by a father who wanted to help his struggling daughter has shown remarkable success in the more than 50,000 people that have tried it, including our host's own son. This breakthrough is so new that most doctors don't even realize the important role the cerebellum plays in unlocking a person's potential. Listen to hear how Wynford Dore's program is literally changing lives.

Learn more about Zing Performance and how their non-medication treatment works by clicking HERE.

Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas: connect@distractionpodcast.com. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh.

To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE.

Nov 22, 2019

Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD shares her insights on why you need to "set up camp" in order to be successful. In this special episode sponsored by Landmark College, Jessica opens up about the missteps she took in college, and what kept her going when she was ready to give up on her YouTube channel.

Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas: connect@distractionpodcast.com. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh.

To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE.

Nov 21, 2019

Doing one particular thing can leave you with the same good feelings as eating chocolate or winning money. Listen as Dr. Hallowell reveals the power we all have to instantly raise our moods.

Have a question or comment for Dr. Hallowell? Record it using the voice memo app, or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and recorded and mixed by Pat Keogh. 

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. Check out the beautiful campus at one of their Winter Open Houses in December and January. Click HERE to learn more!

Nov 20, 2019

Regulating your emotions can be especially difficult when you have ADHD. Intense feelings of vulnerability and insecurity, or being sensitive to rejection can make life even more difficult for those with race car brains and bicycle brakes. This week, Dr. H answers questions from listeners about how to manage these intense emotions and reactions, and why people with ADHD are more likely to have trouble with emotional dysregulation.

Have a question or comment for Dr. Hallowell? Record it using the voice memo app, or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and recorded and mixed by Pat Keogh. 

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. Check out the beautiful campus at one of their Winter Open Houses in December and January. Click HERE to learn more!

Nov 14, 2019

Being too busy is a problem for almost all of us. In this mini, Dr. H offers easy-to-follow strategies for handling the fast pace of life, like focusing on what matters most.

Learn more in Dr. Hallowell's book, CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Handling Your Fast-Paced Life

Have a question or comment for Dr. Hallowell? Record it using the voice memo app, or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and recorded and mixed by Pat Keogh. 

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

Nov 12, 2019

Finding a creative outlet with the right amount of difficulty is a key component for success and happiness in life. This week, Dr. H speaks with Will Quie, a sophomore at Oberlin College in Ohio who also happens to be a phenomenal guitar player and fellow ADHDer. They talk about the importance of creativity and finding the "right level of difficult" to engage your brain, as well as the regular adjustments Will makes to give his neurodivergent brain what it needs. 

Hear more about Will and his experience from his mom's perspective in an episode we aired a few weeks ago: Surviving the Brilliance and Blues of ADHD.

Got a question or comment? Record it using the voice memo app, or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and recorded and mixed by Pat Keogh. 

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

Nov 7, 2019

"The force of connection is the most powerful force for good in life," says Dr. H this week as he talks about why connections are vital to our mental and physical well-being. In fact, he wrote a whole book about it: CONNECT: 12 Vital Ties That Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, and Deepen Your Soul. Plus, our host offers lots of ideas on how to find and make more connections in your own life.

Other Books by Dr. Hallowell Mentioned in this Episode:

Driven to Distraction

Delivered from Distraction

Married to Distraction

Tell Us Your Thoughts! Record your comment using the voice memo app, or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and recorded and mixed by Pat Keogh. 

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

Nov 5, 2019

The "Trump Divorce" is a real thing! Marriages and other relationships where political opinions diverge are dissolving like never before. Today's guest, Dr. Jeanne Safer, offers frank, practical advice for salvaging and strengthening your bonds with your loved ones through her latest book, I Love You, But I Hate Your Politics. Dr. Safer's book is described as required reading for any politically-minded friend, relative, or significant other in the Trump era.

Learn more about Dr. Jeanne Safer HERE.

Tell us your thoughts! Record your comment using the voice memo app, or write an email and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and recorded and mixed by Pat Keogh. 

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. Please support Distraction by clicking HERE to learn more about the college of choice for students who learn differently!

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