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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Nov 20, 2017

Peter Shankman is a well known entrepreneur, author and host of the highly popular podcast, Faster than Normal. As you'll hear in this episode, Peter truly is faster than normal, as he talks faster than anyone we've had on the show thus far! But for good reason-- he's got a ton to say about the positive side of ADHD!

He recently called in to Distraction to share a few stories with Dr. Hallowell, including the unbelievable tale of how he wrote his bestselling book Zombie Loyalists. It's a highly unusual story that underscores the belief that people with ADHD can and should develop their own way of doing things. If you'd like to contact Peter, send an email to 

Links mentioned in this episode:

Peter's Book: Faster than Normal

John Ratey's Book: Spark

Dr. Hallowell's Book: Driven to Distraction


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Nov 15, 2017

What's your life story? Dr. Hallowell is about to share his with the world! His 20th book comes out this spring and it's unlike any other he's written. In this mini he shares a few stories about some of the people and places in his new memoir, and encourages listeners to write a book about their own lives, even if it never gets published. Listen to this episode to find out why Dr. Hallowell thinks it's important to write your story and what you might learn along the way.

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Nov 13, 2017

At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel headed out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He had with him only a backpack, an audio recorder, and a sign that read "Walking to Listen." He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to begin his adult life, but he didn't know how. So he decided to take a cross-country quest for guidance, one where everyone he met would be his guide. In this episode Andrew shares with Dr. Hallowell the lessons he learned through the power of connection and what he's up to today.

Thanks for listening to this week's episode of Distraction featuring Andrew Forsthoefel and his remarkable book, "Walking to Listen." Also, please do learn more about our incredible sponsor Landmark College, the school of choice for students who learn differently. Groundbreaking research has been done there for such disabilities as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism.

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Nov 9, 2017

If you've ever ignored someone in a social situation by busying yourself with a phone or other mobile device than you are guilty of phubbing. In this mini Dr. Hallowell gets fired up talking about why phubbing is bad for relationships and why this shouldn't be news to anyone. 

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Nov 7, 2017

It's not hard to imagine someone being diagnosed with ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, PLMD, depression or bipolar disorder. But imagine being diagnosed with ALL of those conditions? That's the reality for one U.S. veteran who recently reached out to Distraction looking for help. In this episode he opened up to Dr. Hallowell about his struggles and looks for advice on how to move forward in his life. 

If you have a question or comment please email or call 844-55-CONNECT. 

Are you a veteran in crisis?  Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255. 

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Nov 2, 2017

Dr. Hallowell answers two listener questions in this week's mini Distraction. One asks about staying focused in church, and the other is looking for ideas on how to turn off unwanted thoughts. Dr. Hallowell makes suggestions to both listeners and offers a simple trick (that works really well) for turning off those unwanted thoughts. 

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Oct 31, 2017

The first step on the path to an ADHD diagnosis is sitting down with a qualified professional to learn your history. In this episode a listener who suspects he has ADHD joins Dr. Hallowell in the Distraction studio with his fiancee to talk about his life's story. It's the first step for this listener on the journey to discovering if he has ADHD.

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Dr. Hallowell's book: Driven to Distraction

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Oct 30, 2017

Do you know someone who struggles with schoolwork and studying? Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD joins Ned to share study tips for students who learn differently in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College. 

Check out Jessica's website: How to ADHD

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

Oct 26, 2017

Are you always on the look out for the next disaster? Dr. Hallowell talks about the overwhelming vulnerable feelings that can go hand-in-hand with ADHD and offers ways to reduce and regulate those less-than-happy thoughts. 

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Oct 24, 2017

It's very common for someone with ADHD to also have trouble managing their finances. In this special Distraction episode, Dr. Hallowell is joined in the studio by his son Jack, a financial planner who also has ADHD, to talk about the unique problems ADHDers have managing their money and what can be done about it. 

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Oct 20, 2017

Listener Christine reached out with a question about rejection and her need for others' approval. Listen as Dr. Hallowell talks about why people with ADHD tend to be highly sensitive and why it's okay! 

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Oct 19, 2017

Contrary to popular belief, there is no definitive test for ADHD. So how do you know if you have it? Dr. Hallowell tells listeners about the various steps and processes people go through to determine whether or not they have ADHD.   

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Oct 17, 2017

Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling opens up to Dr. Hallowell about her ADHD diagnosis, and the issues she's struggled with since childhood. She talks about the unique challenges of being a minority with ADHD, and how her ADHD strengths have helped make her who she is today.  

Ling was formerly a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show "The View," a field correspondent for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and contributor to ABC News' "Nightline" and National Geographic's "Explorer." Currently, you can catch Lisa in the CNN Original Series, "This is Life with Lisa Ling," which began its fourth season earlier this month. 

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Oct 13, 2017

A listener named Ann reached out to ask Dr. Hallowell if it's a good idea for a high school senior with ADHD to go to a college far from home. As Dr. H explains in this mini Distraction, it's not so much about where you go, but rather what kind of support you have once you get there.  

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Oct 12, 2017

It's a common issue in couples where one person has ADHD for the other person to feel like their partner is not carrying their weight or fulfilling responsibilities in the relationship. Dr. Hallowell talks about why this happens and offers suggestions for solving the problem. Here's a hint-- empathy is key!

Ned and Sue Hallowell's book: Married to Distraction

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Oct 10, 2017

Marriage is never easy, but it's even harder when one or both partners have ADHD! Meygan and Casey Caston say they are the least likely couple to succeed in marriage. Not only does Casey have ADHD, but between them their parents have been married a dozen times, so instability was a theme in their youth. They've had their share of screaming matches, name calling and threatening divorce, but luckily discovered tools and resources to help them become better spouses, as they now have a loving and thriving relationship. And they're helping thousands of other couples achieve the same results! 

Meygan and Casey Caston's website: Marriage 365

Do you have a question for Dr. Hallowell or a show idea? Send an email to or leave us a message by calling 844-55-CONNECT. 

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Oct 6, 2017

Do you have trouble staying focused at work? In this bonus mini episode Dr. Hallowell answers a question from listener, Ashley, a 19-year-old woman diagnosed with ADHD in the 4th grade, who struggles with distractions and staying focused in her job as a director at a fast food restaurant. 

Check out Dr. Hallowell's book, Delivered from Distraction as mentioned in this episode!

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Oct 5, 2017

Think you know what ADHD is and isn't? Dr. Hallowell dispels some common myths about ADHD in this quick mini Distraction.

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Oct 3, 2017

Kristin Seymour overcame many obstacles on the way to accomplishing her goals. She stole a car as an undergraduate college student and tested her parent's patience on many occasions before being diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 19. She is now a successful Advanced Practice Nurse and wrote The Fog Lifted about her journey. She joined Dr. Hallowell in the studio to talk about the ups and downs of her life, and how she came to realize that having ADHD is one of her biggest assets. In fact, in this episode Kristin tells the story of how she once saved a man's life on an airplane thanks to her ADHD strengths! 

The Fog Lifted A Clinician's Victorious Journey With ADHD by Kristin Seymour on Amazon

Inquire about Kristin Seymour's ADHD Resource Binder on her WEBSITE.

We're giving away a copy of The Fog Lifted on our Facebook page!

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Sep 28, 2017

Dr. Hallowell responds to a question from a listener named, Eddie, a 31 year old man who has been aware of his ADHD since age 16. Eddie was dismissed by his psychiatrist saying that he could not possibly have ADHD, based on his prior work experience. He reached out to Distraction for advice and Dr. Hallowell has plenty to say, as you'll hear in this mini episode! 

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Check out Dr. Hallowell's book, Delivered from Distraction

Sep 27, 2017

The Distraction team is busy getting ready for ADHD Awareness Month in October! Listen as Ned outlines some of the exciting things we have planned including tons of interesting guests, new ADHD content, a live facebook chat, book giveaways and more! 

Please reach out to us! Is there a specific topic you'd like us to address in October, or do you have a question about ADHD for Dr. Hallowell? Send us a message detailing your question or show idea to

Sep 26, 2017

Is the world becoming more unkind? Does technology play a role in how nice we are to one another? On today's episode we're talking about the state of kindness in our crazy busy world. Ned shares his thoughts on why being kind is important to everyone, and the Distraction team gets a variety of reactions when they head out on a kindness experiment. Plus, US News & World Report journalist, Jennifer Lea Reynolds joins Ned to talk about her mission to inspire people to be more kind to one another. 

The Kindness Couture by Jennifer Lea Reynolds

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Sep 21, 2017

Dr. Hallowell shares a personal story about his strong connection to a man from South Sudan, as he reflects on this year's United Nation's International Day of Peace theme: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.

International Day Of Peace Website

Sep 19, 2017

Anyone who knows Dr. Hallowell knows he LOVES animals, especially dogs. He's talked several times on the podcast about his own dog, Ziggy, and how he prescribes a dog for all of his patients. In this extra special episode, NY Times bestselling author Katherine Schwarzenegger, talks with Dr. Hallowell about her latest book, Maverick and Me, the story of a little girl who adopts a puppy and gives him a forever home. And then the Distraction team heads to an animal shelter to check out all of the adoptable animals! Listen all the way to the end to find out how you can win a copy of Maverick and Me


Maverick and Me by Katherine Schwarzenegger

Daniel Cosgrove Animal Shelter

To find adoptable pets in your area: Petfinder


Sep 14, 2017

After a recent joyful experience with a power tool, Dr. Hallowell is moved to share his excitement for the little things in life. 

Is there a "little thing" in your life that means a lot? We'd love to hear your story. Send us an email or voice memo to

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