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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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: 

Check out our favorite coffee shop!

Jun 2, 2016

Our full-length show this week explores internet addiction (Episode #11). In this mini episode, another young man shares his descent into a full-blown internet addiction. He opens up about rehab and touches on the practical side of getting help if you can’t afford inpatient care.


reSTART’s Internet Addiction Recovery Program:

Dr. Greenfield and The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction: 

Internet & Tech Addiction Anonymous (ITAA)

20 Symptoms of Internet Addiction:

May 31, 2016

Internet addiction is a very real problem, with real consequences. And it’s way more prevalent than you think. This week, we hear from a young man about his struggles with a gaming addiction. And, a woman who asked to remain anonymous, shares the emotional story of how her whole life was changed by a loved one’s addiction. (After making this episode our production team was left questioning their own internet usage, as well as their family’s.) 


reSTART’s Internet Addiction Recovery Program:

Dr. Greenfield and The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction: 

Internet & Tech Addiction Anonymous (ITAA)

20 Symptoms of Internet Addiction:

May 26, 2016

Ned takes a question from a father about his son’s ADHD medication and his concerns about its effects over time.

May 24, 2016

Car manufacturers are enticing buyers with the latest technological advancements, but are the newest vehicles helping or hindering drivers? In this show the editors of Car & Driver magazine take listeners on an adventure in a self-driving Tesla, and Ned goes to a Mercedes dealership to check out the bells and whistles of the S-class model. Listen in and decide for yourself whether all of the new technology is a good thing or a bad thing.

Would you buy a self-driving car? Take our poll and let us know:

Send your thoughts and questions to and you might be featured in a future show.

Listen to the Car & Drive podcast:

Our thanks to Mercedes of North Haven for their help in making this episode.

May 19, 2016

Ned outlines his simple, 7-step plan that’ll have you crossing things off your to-do list in no time! Learn how to meet your goals and bring focus into your life every day.

May 18, 2016

Ned reacts to the National Transportation Safety Board’s latest report on the May 12, 2015 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that killed 8 people, and injured nearly 200 other passengers. The NTSB determined that the engineer was distracted by radio dispatches from another train at the time of the crash. Ned talks about the lessons we can all learn from this tragedy.

May 17, 2016

Ned puts into practice his belief that if we move away from our devices there’s a wonderful world of connection just waiting to happen. For this show, he returns to East Rock Coffee in New Haven, CT, where the use of computers and cell phones is discouraged to have an in-depth conversation with a unique and fascinating person. Meet Stanley.

May 12, 2016

Listener feedback gets Ned talking about the trouble with clutter and offering solutions to cleaning up your physical and digital spaces.  

Resources for Clearing Clutter from Your Life:

Professional Organizer, Judith Kolberg:

Find a Professional Organizer Near You:

Junk Removal Services:

We’re looking for a new name for our “mailbag” segment of the show. What should we call it? Submit your idea to and we might use it!

May 11, 2016

Be a fly on the wall as Ned gives a live audience the prescription for surviving in an ultra-competitive, ultra-fast society. Learn how to prioritize, combine work and play, and reconnect with those you truly care about for a happier, healthier, and longer life! For real!  

May 5, 2016

Ned gives practical tips for handling the challenging people in your life, whether it’s your boss, teacher or relative. (Come on, we all have at least one!) Ned shares a story from his own past about a difficult person he dealt with in medical school.

Email your tips for dealing with difficult people to and you might be featured in a future episode!

May 4, 2016

Ned has a special announcement about an upcoming show.

Email us at and you might be included in an upcoming show!


May 3, 2016

How much time do you spend staring at a screen? Maybe it’s not your fault. Maybe the internet is designed to be addictive. Ned takes a look at the issue, and we send our producers down a digital rabbit hole to show you how we all get sucked in. Learn about a wonderful new invention that can help you unplug but stay connected, and why a digital detox should be part of your regular diet. 

What’s your digital rabbit hole? Send a note to and you might be included in a future show!

Links from this show:

Michael Schulson’s article, If the Internet Is Addictive Why Don’t We Regulate It?;

Go light with The Light Phone;

Susan Scutti’s article, Digital Detox; What It Is and Why You Need One

Take the safe driving pledge at

Apr 28, 2016

Ned stresses the importance of taking time to focus on what matters most to you as he and his son, Tucker, reminisce about their annual family trip to the lake.

How do you stay connected to what’s important in your life? Email your answer to and you might be featured in a future episode!

Apr 26, 2016

Ned and the legendary sports broadcaster talk about the good and bad of sports as a diversion, as well as Dick Stockton’s own struggles to stay focused while on the job. Plus, hear Dick’s reflections on the call that made him famous so many years ago -- Carlton Fisk’s famous “waving fair” game-winning homerun ball from Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

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



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