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Struggling with distractions in this amped up world? Renowned 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?

Struggling with distractions in this amped up world? Renowned 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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Struggling with distractions in this amped up world? Renowned 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?




Listen Back: 4 Daily Habits to Stay On Track

Some days can be harder than others to cross things off your to-do list. That's why you need a plan! Learn how to stay on track with Dr. Hallowell's simple model for self-coaching. Regardless of whether you have ADHD or not, this easy-to-follow guide will keep you on task and moving forward toward your goals. This episode was originally released in Ocotober 2016. Send us your questions and show ideas for Season 3! Email connect@distractionpodcast.com or call 844-55-CONNECT!


Listen Back: This Music Helps You Hyperfocus

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 and get a free,...


Listen Back: 5 Quick Back-to-School Tips

Save yourself some stress and do a little homework before the new year starts. Dr. Hallowell offers up ideas you can implement now to help make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your kids! And if the new school year is already underway where you live, these tips can still help you establish routines and get organized. Have a question for Dr. Hallowell? Write it down or record it on a smartphone and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. This episode was originally...


Listen Back: Making a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

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,...


Listen Back: Why You Should Care About Other People's Kids

Bestselling author and Harvard professor Robert Putnam speaks with Ned about the growing opportunity gap between the rich and poor, how it affects all of us, and what we can do about it. Links mentioned in this episode: http://robertdputnam.com/about-our-kids/ https://www.theopportunitygap.com/ Jacob Riis, How The Other Half Lives: http://www.authentichistory.com/1898-1913/2-progressivism/2-riis/index.html This episode was originally released in September 2016. Season 3 is debuting...


Listen Back: Lifting the Fog of ADHD

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...


Listen Back: The 1 Thing You Do That's Redefining Human Intelligence

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. http://maggie-jackson.com/ This episode was originally released in July 2016. Do you have a question or show idea for Season 3? Email it or call us with your idea! connect@distractionpodcast.com 844-55-CONNECT


Listen Back: A Conversation About Sex & Religion Over Coffee

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: http://www.dsausa.org/eye_of_the_beholder_religion_liberty_and_violence Check out our...


Listen Back: Spend Some Quality Time with Yourself

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. http://reclaimingconversationbook.com This episode was originally released in August 2016.


Listen Back: This Special "Sleep" Yoga Helps You Find Focus

What can we do to combat chronic stress and over-stimulation we face every day? Ned explores – and gives listeners a chance to participate in -- a meditative form of Yoga called Yoga Nidra that carries great health benefits and helps anyone who has challenges staying focused, such as people with ADHD. http://www.freshyoga.com/ Do you have an episode idea for our upcoming Season 3? Send us an email or leave us a voice message! connect@distractionpodcast.com 844-55-CONNECT This episode was...


Listen Back: Handling Mental & Emotional Stress

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:...


Listen Back: Ned's Wife Gets Real About His ADHD

Dr. Hallowell sat down with his wife Sue for a heartwarming conversation about his own ADHD and their marriage. Sue doesn't hold back and gives listeners a clear picture of what it's like to be the only one in their house without ADHD. (Their 3 kids also have ADHD!) She shares her insights and tips for living with and loving someone who has ADHD. Ned and Sue's Book, Married to Distraction: http://www.drhallowell.com/books/married_to_distraction/ https://www.adhdmarriage.com/ This episode...


Listen Back: 5 Tips for Clearing Out Your Mind

Our minds can easily be overrun these days with interruptions, obligations and general clutter. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell offers five quick tips for weeding out your mind and quieting all that noise. This episode was originally released in November 2016. We're gearing up for season 3 and looking for episode ideas! Do you have a show topic that you think we should explore? Email your ideas to connect@distractionpodcast.com or leave us a message at 844-55-CONNECT. Remember to subscribe to...


Listen Back: Time to Change the Way We Teach Kids

You can't tell kids with learning differences to "try harder," said Dr. Hallowell, when he spoke live to educators at the New York State Association of Independent Schools' conference back in 2016. Dr. Hallowell discusses the history of learning differences and treatments, and offers some new solutions to help teach students with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and other neurologically-based processing problems. This episode was originally released in October 2016.


Listen Back: Your Brain on Music

What does music do for us? Dr. Dan Levitin and Ned talk about how our brains interpret music, why we find it so captivating, and what all those piano lessons really did for us when we were younger. Dr. Levitin is a neuroscientist and top researcher into how our brains interpret music. He is the author of several #1 best-selling books including, This is Your Brain on Music, and his latest, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. Daniel Levitin’s book, This...


Listen Back: Jessica McCabe Tells Us How to ADHD

ADHD superstar Jessica McCabe joined Dr. Hallowell on Distraction for the first time nearly a year ago! Listen back to her inaugural appearance on the podcast in July 2017 where she spoke with Ned about having ADHD and the unique struggles millennials with ADHD face in our crazy-busy 24/7 world. Learn more about Jessica on her website How to ADHD.


S2 Mini 57: Happy Summer!

For our last episode of Season 2 Dr. Hallowell shares some of his summer plans (which include getting a new family member!) and well-wishes for listeners during this fun and relaxing time of year. We'll be back in August with brand new episodes for the start of Season 3! Thank you so much for being a part of the Distraction community. We truly appreciate each of you! Please subscribe to Distraction on Apple Podcasts to be sure you hear every episode! Do you have a show idea for Season 3?...


S2 Ep 57: Broken Like Everybody Else

Jose Del Cueto went from being an abused child, a drug-dealing teenager and then addict, to a loving family man and successful marketing executive. His memoir, Broken Like Everybody Else, details how he emerged from the depths of adversity to become the successful entrepreneur and person he is today, while still struggling with trauma-induced learning disabilities such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Jose and Dr. Hallowell talk about growing up amidst chaos and their new plan to help kids currently in...


S2 Mini 56: End the Stigma of Mental Illness

"Life is messy," Dr. Hallowell says in this mini Distraction. "Let's not be phony or drive people into hiding with the terrible constrictions of shame," he goes on to say. Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have put suicide back into the national spotlight, but Dr. Hallowell has long been on a mission to end the stigma of mental illness. He shares his thoughts on celebrating human life in all its forms, the good and the bad, and getting people the help they desperately need. If you are having...


S2 Ep 56: Dr. H Shares Stories About His Crazy Family

Dr. Hallowell is on a mission to remove the stigma of mental illness. One of the ways he's doing that is through his new memoir, just released today. Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of A Psychiatrist is the true story of Ned's life and all of the people in it. Collision Media's own Barry Berman sits down with our favorite host for a conversation about Dr. Hallowell's unusual childhood, and how his early-life experiences shaped his entire future. A portion of the book sales...