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 addicted 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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Aug 18, 2016

Renowned media scholar, Sherry Turkle, talks to Ned about the importance of learning to be alone, and why we should stop interrupting face-to-face conversations to text or check social media. 

Aug 16, 2016

A listener opens up about the violent home he grew up in and looks for advice on how to help his mother, sisters and himself with a problem that has plagued his family for years. 

Do you have a question or issue you'd like to discuss with Dr. Hallowell? Email it to or call 844-55-CONNECT. 

Aug 11, 2016

If you're one of those people who likes to help everyone with their problems, it's important to remember to take care of yourself too. Ned offers suggestions on how to help others while still making sure your own needs are being met.

Got a question for Dr. Hallowell? Record it on a smartphone and email it to

Aug 9, 2016

U-S-A! U-S-A! We've got Olympic fever this week as 3-time Olympic gymnast and gold medal winner, Muriel Grossfeld, talks about what it takes to be an elite-level athlete; and Ned speaks with the author of The ADHD Affected Athlete about how ADHD actually helps people excel in certain sports. Just look at Michael Phelps!


Aug 4, 2016

Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking? Dr. Beth Frates, a Lifestyle Medicine Specialist and Clinical Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, shares her tips and ideas for incorporating healthy habits into your daily life to decrease stress and help you live longer! 

Aug 2, 2016

Sometimes distractions can be a good thing—like reading a book at the beach! Roxanne Coady from RJ Julia Independent Booksellers in Madison, CT offers her recommendations for your summer reading list.

Keep an eye out for Roxanne’s own podcast which will be released by Collisions this Fall!


Jul 29, 2016

Send us your questions! Emily Morse, host of the popular Sex with Emily podcast will be joining Dr. Hallowell to answer your questions about sex and sexuality. Listen to Ned's message for details about how you can be a part of this upcoming show!

Email your questions to Distraction at

Jul 28, 2016

Maggie Jackson, former Boston Globe columnist and award-winning author, talks with Ned about the life-altering consequences of a modern habit that most of us practice on a daily basis.


Jul 26, 2016

Everyone has a story to tell if you take the time to listen. Ned stops by Distraction’s favorite “electronics-free” coffee shop for a sit-down with East Rock Coffee co-owner, David Oricchio, for a frank discussion about the ups and downs of his life.

Jul 21, 2016

Staying neat and organized is good for a focused mind, but it takes effort! Professional organizer, Judith Kolberg, offers tips for getting rid of stuff you don’t need and shares insight on when it’s time to call an expert.

Judith’s website:

Jul 19, 2016

Dr. Hallowell and his longtime co-author, Dr. John Ratey, pick-up where they left off in our last episode by answering more listener questions. Anxiety, slow processing speeds, helping someone you love with ADHD and other issues are all covered in this show.  

Join the conversation and be a part of the show! Call 844-55-Connect with your questions and comments, or email

Check out Dr. Hallowell’s and Dr. Ratey’s bestselling book, Driven to Distraction:

For another great source of information on ADHD, please visit ADDitude magazine at

Jul 14, 2016

Great at generating ideas, but not so great at bringing them to life? Ned offers ways to follow through and make the most out of your ideas.

Find more of Dr. Hallowell’s advice in his book, Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive. Available at  

Jul 12, 2016

It’s the ADHD call-in show! Dr. Hallowell is joined by his longtime co-author Dr. John Ratey, and together they talk to listeners. Nothing is off limits, including medication, alternative treatments, coping with day-to-day challenges and more.

If you’d like to be part of future conversations, call the show at 844-55-Connect or email

Check out Dr. Hallowell’s and Dr. Ratey’s bestselling book, Driven to Distraction:

For another great source of information on ADHD, please visit ADDitude magazine at

Jul 8, 2016

Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, Dallas. Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on what happened, why, and what we can do about it.

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Jul 7, 2016

Typical people need not apply! Tom Bergeron and Rick Fiery from Inventive Labs tell Ned about the business incubator they’ve created that gives those with ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences the tools they need to maximize creativity and create a viable livelihood.


Jul 5, 2016

The production team sits down with Ned to talk about what goes into making each episode and the unexpected benefits of working on the show.


Jun 30, 2016

Attention management is the new time management, says productivity expert Maura Thomas. Learn how to find your "flow zone" in this week’s mini.


Jun 28, 2016

She’s taught thousands how to take action and realize their dreams through her award-winning show, MarieTV, and training program, B-School. Full of inspiration and optimism, Forleo lives her life by the mantra, “Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.” Listen as she and Ned talk about cynics, fear and getting what you want out of life.


Jun 23, 2016

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:

Jun 21, 2016

Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on a recent New York Times article by Teddy Wayne called, “The End of Reflection.” Ned sounds a warning bell that if we are not careful, we’ll give up our inner lives and capacity to think.

Link to article:

Jun 16, 2016

Dr. Hallowell takes a phone call from a woman struggling to find the time to get everything done on her “to-do” list.  He offers up some simple solutions we can all use!

Jun 14, 2016

In honor of Father’s Day, Ned explores fatherhood in the age of distraction. We hear from Kyle Pruett, an internationally known child psychiatrist, who shares what dads bring to the table that moms don’t, and Ned has a conversation with writer, Mark Greene, of The Good Men Project about how and why dads can develop deep emotional connections with their kids. Grab your dad and give this show a listen!

Learn more about Kyle Pruett:

Mark Greene’s project, Remaking Manhood:

The Good Men Project:

Jun 13, 2016

Dr. Hallowell shares a heartfelt message with listeners in wake of the horrific tragedy in Orlando.

Jun 9, 2016

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.

Jun 7, 2016

Ned goes back to East Rock Coffee, the no-electronics café, where he connects with David Reed, who received his PhD at the University of Toronto in New Testament Studies, and is a post-doc at Yale in Religious Studies. A serious, yet sometimes lighthearted conversation ensues about the history of sex in early Christianity.

David's first book is currently "in press."  Here's an article he wrote last year: 

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