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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Sep 12, 2017

Dr. Hallowell addresses several listeners' concerns this week including how to change routines; anxiety and how it's related to muscular tension in the body; dealing with emotional stress; and controlling your reactions in certain situations. Ned also addresses a concern from one mother wondering if there is a correlation between ADHD stimulant medication and eating disorders. 

If you have a question you'd like Dr. Hallowell to address email a note or voice memo to and we'll address it in a future episode!

Please click HERE to take our listener survey! It just takes a moment and we'd REALLY appreciate it! 

Sep 7, 2017

As a parent of 3 adult children, Dr. Hallowell knows what it's like to have an empty nest. In this quick mini, Ned shares his thoughts on the transition that parents make when their kids finally move out of the house. And in Ned's case, what happens when they move back! As Dr. Hallowell says in this episode, "Empty nesters should celebrate victory."

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Sep 5, 2017

Scientists have discovered that there is a specific type of music for your personality type that can put your brain into a "flow state" making you hyperfocused. In this episode Dr. Hallowell speaks with Will Henshall, founder of focus@will, a company that is scientifically engineering music that has been proven to increase focus 4x and optimize your productivity, to find out how it works and why.  

If you'd like to take the focus@will quiz to find out what your focus music is, click HERE


Aug 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has brought trillions of gallons of rain to Texas but it's also brought something else-- kindness and compassion. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell shares some of the heartwarming stories of how people and companies are coming together to help one another, and he also shares how you can help Texans in their time of need.

To help:

Text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross.

Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation

Houston Food Bank

Houston Humane Society

Texas Diaper Bank

United Way of Greater Houston





Federal Trade Commision's tips on avoiding fraudsters.


Aug 29, 2017

Whether your child has ADHD or not, most can use a little help with the changes and adjustments that going back-to-school requires. This episode is chock full of advice on how to set students up for success during the first few weeks of school and onward. In the first half of the episode Dr. Hallowell speaks with ADHD parent coach, Cindy Goldrich, about parenting the child you have, and ways to get all kids back into the swing of things. They talk about goal setting, not just for the kids, but for the parents too! In the second half of the show, we have two teachers (one high school teacher and one elementary school teacher) in the studio who share their thoughts on what specifically kids can do to start the school year off right. We suggest listening to this episode all together, as a family!

For more information on Cindy Goldrich click HERE. Cindy is offering Distraction listeners the introductory chapter of her book, 8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD along with a 20% discount on her Calm and Collected: Parenting Kids with ADHD/Executive Function parent workshop series.

Aug 24, 2017

We know there are plenty of couples who love football equally, but what advice would Ned give to those who don't share their significant other's passion for the sport? Listen to this quick mini and find out! 

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Aug 22, 2017

From terrorism, disease, war, kidnappings and more, we live in a fear-filled society. However, historically Americans are safer and healthier than ever before. So why doesn't it feel that way? Dr. Hallowell speaks with sociologist Barry Glassner, whose book, The Culture of Fear, explores why the perception of fear has increased, and not the actual level of risk. They talk about who profits from our fear and why. We also hear from people on the street about what they fear.

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Barry Glassner, The Culture Of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid Of The Wrong Things

Aug 17, 2017

Getting enough sleep is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Dr. Hallowell outlines how to determine how much sleep you need and offers tips for getting a good night's rest.

Aug 15, 2017

How do you know when your parent or loved one can no longer make good financial decisions? Unfortunately, many don't notice until it's too late. In this week's episode Hilary tells us her dad's story, an independent investor who lost his life's savings while battling Alzheimer's and dementia. Dr. Hallowell also talks to the man whose company is trying to help people avoid financial catastrophes like the one Hilary's family experienced. 

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Aug 10, 2017

Be more focused and productive at work with Dr. Hallowell's strategies for combating the 6 most common interruptions.

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Want to learn more? Read Dr. Hallowell's book: Driven to Distraction at Work

Aug 8, 2017

When was the last time you left your smartphone at home... on purpose? We sent Dr. Hallowell out on an adventure without his to see how he'd manage, and of course, we were there every step of the way! After Ned's adventure, keep listening for a roundtable discussion that uncovers how your age might play a role in how you use your phone. 

Check out The Light Phone

Take a listen to Season 1, Episode 7: Our Obsession with Our Devices featuring Joe Hollier, creator of The Light Phone.

Aug 3, 2017

Dr. Hallowell loves what he does for a living and can't imagine taking time off to "do nothing." In this mini, Ned challenges listeners to tell him why vacations are worth it. 

Please take a moment to participate in our listener survey! You can access it HERE. Thank you!

Aug 1, 2017

Dr. Hallowell's wife Sue returns to Distraction to address listeners' ADHD questions. Sue Hallowell is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has been married to Ned for nearly 30 years. They've also raised 3 children together who all have ADHD, so you could say Sue is somewhat of a subject-matter expert! Listeners ask about issues with their kids, spouses and more. 

If you have a question or comment please email it to

Jul 27, 2017

Feelings of irritation, disorganization and procrastination can throw your life out of balance, but they often go hand in hand with an ADHD diagnosis. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell chats with fellow ADHDer James Ochoa, LPC, about his life's work to help others resolve their issues, tap into their passion and strengths, and realize their full potential by creating personalized strategies for success. 

Sign up for James Ochoa's newsletter by clicking HERE.

James Ochoa's book: Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD 


Jul 25, 2017

This week we're sharing a few good distractions with listeners via our sister podcast, Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, and a recent talk the host and bookseller gave where she shared her best picks for summer. If you're looking for a good book to take on vacation or just want an escape from the every day, Roxanne has a ton of recommendations!

Jul 20, 2017

Ned draws a lesson from a humorous (but true) story of a fake plant in our studio. "Maybe by watering illusions, maybe we water our souls," says Ned about the on-going watering of an artificial cactus. 

Jul 18, 2017

Happiness is big business in the United States, but ironically we're less happy than ever. According to the United Nations' 2017 World Happiness Report the U.S. doesn't even make the top 10 list! In this episode we take a look at the happiness industry in the United States, and hear from the man who is running the longest study on happiness ever recorded to find out what secrets they've uncovered about living a long and happy life. 

Bob Waldinger's TED Talk: What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness

Ruth Whippman's Book: America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks

Jul 13, 2017

There's nothing like a good traffic jam to make you lose your cool. In this mini Dr. Hallowell shares the story of a recent frustrating commute he made to our studios in Hamden, Connecticut. He reminds himself (and listeners) about some of the ways he can combat a stressful situation in the future. 

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Jul 11, 2017

Jessica McCabe knows what it's like to struggle with ADHD. Diagnosed as a teen, she now helps others understand their ADHD brains through her wildly popular YouTube channel, How to ADHD. Jessica spoke with Ned about the unique struggles millennials with ADHD face in our crazy-busy 24/7 world. 

And don't forget to catch Dr. Hallowell's conversation with Jessica on her YouTube channel starting this Thursday: How to ADHD

To learn more about Dr. Hallowell:


Jul 6, 2017

What is constructive worry?  What is toxic worry?  Ned gives guidance on what they are and how to tell the difference. He shares his simple, three-step plan for controlling those anxious feelings we all get. 

This episode was originally released in June 2016. New episodes return next week! 

Jul 5, 2017

We are proud to announce that new episodes will return next week! Listen in as Dr. Hallowell outlines some of the shows we have lined up! 

Jul 4, 2017

Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson are on a mission to spread the word that women should be able to have sex with whoever they want and not be ashamed or called names. The comedians joined Dr. Hallowell in the studio for a frank and entertaining discussion about sex, relationships and their groundbreaking podcast, Guys We F****d: The Anti-Slut Shaming Podcast. 

Warning: This episode includes graphic language/material.

Corinne & Krystyna's website:

This episode was originally released in September 2016. New episodes return next week!


Jun 29, 2017

For many of us, when we get hurt our natural inclination is to seek revenge. But that’s not good for our health! In this mini episode, Ned stresses the importance of letting go of anger and resentment. It’s not easy, but the benefits are definitely worth it!

Ned’s book, Dare to Forgive:

This episode was originally released in June 2016. New episodes return on July 11th! 

Jun 27, 2017

Ned hears from the pros, kids, parents and a special guest as he explores screen-time, online dangers, setting limits, and the latest apps parents should be concerned about.  He also talks to a security expert and former FBI agent posing undercover online as a 13-year-old girl about these Internet risks.

Ned also talks with Dr. Susan Linn, co-founder of the campaign for a commercial-free childhood about the effects of media on youth and setting limits.

Send us your thoughts and questions to and you might be included in a future episode!

Links from this episode:

Parent-Child internet safety contracts:

This episode was originally released in April 2016. 

Jun 22, 2017

Age doesn't really matter! World-renowned leader in brain health, Dr. Paul Nussbaum shares his prescription for longevity and quality of life with Dr. Hallowell. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with how old you are! 

Dr. Nussbaum's book: What is the Purpose of My Brain? 

This episode was originally released in September 2016.


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