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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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ADHD coach Jeff Copper spends a lot of his time coming up with unique ways to help his clients. In this conversation with Ned he shares some of the interesting ways he's helped people get things done and manage their time better. As you'll hear, Jeff believes it's all about using what works for you, even if it's unusual! Jeff's coaching website: DI…
 
More people than ever before are hiring coaches to help them manage their lives. In this mini Ned explains what an ADHD coach actually does and why you should consider finding one. Ned's NEW BOOK is out now! Get a copy of ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold! Reach out to us with your comment…
 
Dr. Hallowell's latest book, ADHD 2.0 is out today! Ned's longtime writing partner, Dr. John Ratey, joins him for a conversation about the latest research they uncovered including how the brain's "default mode network" is especially dangerous for those with ADHD, why "ADHD" is a terrible term and we should call it "VAST" instead, and how finding th…
 
Pandemic-life these days can be quite stressful, so finding ways to give your brain a break is key to maintaining a healthy balance. Our host shares a few of the things he's been doing to take his mind off of the pandemic, politics and other upsetting topics in this week's mini Distraction. Reach out to us with your comments, questions and show ide…
 
Kristin Seymour knows firsthand how tough it is to be productive when you have ADHD. Not only does she have ADHD, but Kristin is the mom of two ADHD teens, and she's also an ADHD specialist. The advanced practice nurse returns to Distraction to share more of her "life hacks" along with some special advice for parents of ADHD kids. As Ned puts it, "…
 
Ned shares congratulations on making it through one of the most difficult years in our lifetime. He extends a wish of hope and continued resilience for 2021 with the Distraction community. We are so grateful for all of you! If you like this episode, please rate and review Distraction on Apple Podcasts! If you have a question, comment, or show idea …
 
Gabby Bernstein is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back and Super Attractor. She's an international speaker, and a self-proclaimed spirit junkie who has made it her life's mission to empower people to gain more confidence and live their purpose. In 2018 Gabby joined Dr. Hallowell to talk about her book, Judgment De…
 
Ned shares holiday greetings with our listeners. Do you have a question or guest suggestion? Send an email with your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Dr. Hallowell's new book, ADHD 2.0, comes out January 12th. Pre-order Now! Click here to pre-order your copy of ADHD 2.0. Check out #NedTalks on TikTok! @drhallowell Thanks to our sponsor, …
 
Science shows that prolonged periods of stress can damage our bodies in many ways including heart disease, diabetes, depression and substance abuse. The pandemic has created the perfect storm for stress so it's critical to our long term health and wellbeing that we find ways to reduce it. Dr. Carol Locke of OmegaBrite Wellness (a sponsor of this po…
 
Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria is common in those with ADHD. And the pain that people experience is very real as Dr. H describes in this mini episode. Do you have a question or guest suggestion? Send an email with your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Dr. Hallowell's new book, ADHD 2.0, comes out January 12th. Pre-order Now! Click here to…
 
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 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 k…
 
Ned clears up some common misconceptions about who can diagnose ADHD, the types professionals you might encounter on your treatment journey, and what questions you should ask any professional before working with them. Dr. Hallowell's new book, ADHD 2.0, comes out January 12th. Pre-order Now! Click here to pre-order your copy of ADHD 2.0. Check out …
 
It's one of Ned's favorite things to do... respond to listener emails! Today's questions have Dr. H discussing the real dangers of driving with ADHD, how to handle marriage troubles when your ADHD is getting all of the blame, why girls are under diagnosed, and medication tolerance. If you have a question or comment you'd like to share, please write…
 
The process of reaching an ADHD diagnosis rests primarily on your personal history. However neuropsychological testing can reveal a ton of useful information for expanding your understanding of your own ADHD. As Dr. H says in this ep, "It's the closest thing we have to an MRI of your mind." But as Ned also points out, this type of testing is not ne…
 
It's more important than ever to slow down, look up from whatever device you're on and take a few moments for yourself. If you're not sure what to do in those few moments, author Barbara Ann Kipfer has plenty of ideas for you! The list-loving lexicographer and editor of Roget's International Thesaurus joins Ned for a lighthearted chat about recogni…
 
Getting homework and other tasks done remains difficult for many of us as we continue to study and work from home. Jessica McCabe of How to ADHD explains how using a "body double" can help hold you accountable. Jessica talks about how she uses this simple technique to help stay on track in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College in Putne…
 
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our listeners! We are so thankful for our Distraction community and our neurodiverse brains. Ned shares a special message of thanks in this week's mini podcast. Check out #NedTalks on TikTok! @drhallowell Dr. Hallowell's new book, ADHD 2.0, comes out January 12th. Pre-order Now! Click here to pre-order your copy of ADHD…
 
Psychotherapist Sari Solden is a pioneer in the field of women with ADHD. Her new workbook with co-author Michelle Frank PsyD, A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD, shows women how to cultivate their strengths and learn to communicate with confidence and clarity. She and Ned talk about how hormones affect a woman's executive function, why "brain sha…
 
Dr. Hallowell recently started sharing content on TikTok and his video, "Don't Overcomplicate Role of Medication" left users wanting to know more. So in this mini ep, Dr. H answers a few of the questions that came up like, "How does a stimulant help a hyperactive brain?" and "Do I have to be on medication for life?" Check out all of the #NedTalks o…
 
Legitimate fake news is a real threat to democracy, says Michigan State University psychology professor Zach Hambrick. And as you'll hear him explain, there are reasons why some people believe fake news more than others. It's an eye-opening conversation that reveals how all of us can fall victim to confirmation bias, the importance of fact-checking…
 
So what's the deal... is it ADD or ADHD? Dr. H answers this common question and explains how symptoms determine which type of ADHD you have. Dr. Hallowell's new book, ADHD 2.0, comes out January 12th. Pre-order Now! Click here to pre-order your copy of ADHD 2.0. Check out Dr. H on TikTok! @drhallowell Thanks to our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Dr.…
 
Being prepared and developing routines are key to staying organized and being productive if you have ADHD and are working from home. Our go-to productivity expert and ADHD coach, Kristin Seymour, offers a ton of simple life hacks you can utilize to help you stay on track in your job and increase your overall happiness. Kristin's website is ADHDFogL…
 
As we await the results of the presidential election, Ned shares his wish for all Americans. Thanks to our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Dr. H takes OmegaBrite supplements every day and that's why he invited them to sponsor his podcast. SAVE 20% on your first order at OmegaBriteWellness.com with the promo code: Podcast2020. Click HERE to learn more…
 
Psychotherapist and author, Jeanne Safer, PhD, shares strategies and tips for maintaining relationships with your friends and loved ones in spite of political differences. Advice for handling social media and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday are addressed in this conversation that took place just before Election Day in the United States. Jeanne's …
 
The best part and the worst part about having ADHD might be all of the thoughts and ideas that are generated, according to Dr. H. Racing thoughts and/or having an abundance of ideas is common for those with ADHD. But how do you manage all of them? Ned offers several suggestions for organizing your thoughts and keeping track of all of those great id…
 
What does it mean when you're one symptom short of an ADHD diagnosis? Dr. H answers this and other listener questions including the difference between short-acting and long-acting medications, how to explain ADHD to family members, and what to do when your child doesn't like their doctor. Do you have a question for Dr. Hallowell that you'd like him…
 
Kristin Seymour accomplishes more in one day than most do in a week! And she might be the only person we know that travels with a cooler and ice packs in her car... just in case! This busy ADHDer (and previous Distraction guest) joins Dr. Hallowell to share her very best ideas for getting things done. The Clinical Nurse Specialist also shares some …
 
ADHD is comprised of positives and negatives, as you'll hear Ned describe in this mini podcast. He talks about the triad of symptoms that define ADHD and how each negative trait can be turned into a positive. After all he says, "What is creativity, but impulsivity gone right!!" Do you agree with Dr. Hallowell? We want to hear from you! Reach out to…
 
Our guest today taught Ned's children when they were young and he can't say enough good things about her! Tracy Eisenberg is a 5th grade teacher at Shady Hill school in Cambridge, Massachusetts and knows how to teach neurodivergent kids, because she was one herself. In this episode you'll hear Tracy's best advice for parents of school-aged children…
 
ADHD pioneer, Dr. William Dodson, joins Ned to talk about the similarities he sees in neurodivergent people, the prevalence of Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria, the omnipotential of those with ADHD, and what he wishes your doctor knew about the condition in this episode that was originally released in our third season. Dr. Dodson specializes in the ev…
 
Raising children is tough. Having ADHD and raising children with ADHD is really tough. In this week's mini podcast episode, Dr. H responds to one dad looking for help. "I have ADHD and four of my children have been diagnosed with ADHD by their pediatricians. I wish I were a confident guide for them about how to thrive with this condition, but inste…
 
René Brooks had to get diagnosed with ADHD three times before finally getting the right treatment. And now she's using her superpowers to empower other black women with ADHD through her blog, books and brand, Black Girl, Lost Keys. In this episode, René shares the struggles she faced as a smart young girl who felt defective because she couldn't kee…
 
To help celebrate ADHD Awareness Month we're re-releasing some of the most popular episodes from our first four seasons! Women and girls with ADHD face a number of unique issues in dealing with their "race car brains." In this episode from Season 2, Terry Matlen, ACSW, who specializes in helping women with ADHD, joins Dr. Hallowell to answer questi…
 
The largest undiagnosed group of people with ADHD is women and girls. Girls who are underachieving are often mislabeled as anxious, depressed or not smart because their symptoms are frequently harder to detect. This causes damage to their self-esteem and relationships, and overall missed opportunities in life. In this mini Dr. H shares the good new…
 
One of the strength-based approaches to managing ADHD that Dr.H frequently recommends is to hire a coach. This week fellow ADHDer Alex Hey, the founder of Reset ADHD, shares what led him to start his own coaching practice for teens and adults, how religion played a part, and the sleep formula he's developed to help his clients fall asleep faster. L…
 
To help celebrate ADHD Awareness Month we're re-releasing some of our most-downloaded shows from Distraction's first four seasons! In this mini episode from season 2, Dr. Hallowell gives his spin on Stephen Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, with a similar list for those with ADHD. From doing what you're good at, to asking for a…
 
Dr. H is one of the minority of people with ADHD for whom medication does not work. Instead he drinks coffee to help manage his symptoms. And since today is International Coffee Day (and the start of ADHD Awareness Month), we thought it was the perfect day for Ned to share the details of how he uses caffeine for his ADHD! Share your episode ideas a…
 
Dr. John Ratey joins Ned to share the latest research on how underdeveloped cerebellums affect executive functions like regulating emotions and staying focused. They discuss Dr. Jeremy Schmahmann's Dysmetria of Thought theory, and share specific ways those with ADHD can build up this part of their brain. Learn more about Dr. John Ratey HERE. Octobe…
 
Ned celebrates World Gratitude Day by sharing his appreciation for the life and service of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. October is ADHD Awareness Month and we want to hear your ideas for the show! What topics should we cover? What aspect of ADHD do you want to learn more about? Write an email or record a voice memo with your thoughts and send it to connect…
 
In this special episode sponsored by OmegaBrite Wellness, a woman named Peggy shares details about the debilitating pain she experiences from sciatica, and how a suggestion from a friend to try CBD provided the relief she was looking for. (We didn't include Peggy's last name per her request for privacy.) Learn more about the benefits of CBD and Ome…
 
ADHD and perfectionism often go hand in hand. And it can be a particularly devastating trap to fall into. Learn how to avoid a perfectionist mindset and recognize negative self-talk as Lauren Krasnow, a certified leadership and executive coach, shares some of the techniques she uses in her practice. To learn more about Lauren Krasnow, go to her web…
 
Dr. H talks about how ADHD, anxiety and depression affect one another and what you can do about it. Please continue to reach out to us with your questions and episode ideas! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Thanks to our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners, you can SAVE 20% on your…
 
"I've often felt invisible as a woman of color with ADHD. Although there are plenty of us out here, we often get overlooked for one reason or another." After reading these words in an email from Candy, a regular listener of Distraction, we wanted to learn more about her perspective. In this episode, Candy graciously shares some of her experiences a…
 
As fall nears closer and the pandemic rages on it can be difficult to envision what next month, or even next week will look like. In this mini episode Dr. H shares some words of advice on how to think about the future and get ready for whatever comes next. Please share your thoughts and ideas with us! Write an email or record a voice memo on your p…
 
What do you do when someone you love with ADHD won't accept help? Do hormonal changes affect medication? What are the different types of ADHD treatment available? These are just a few of the questions Dr. H addresses in this week's podcast as he responds to emails we've received from our listeners. Please continue to reach out to us with your quest…
 
On this day in 1967 the people of Sweden successfully enacted a major change to daily life in their country. Listen as Ned shares the story and ponders whether the United States could accomplish the same kind of feat! Please reach out to us with your questions and episode ideas. Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distracti…
 
Dr. John Ratey, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, bestselling author, and Ned's writing partner of many years, joins our host to talk about all the positive effects exercise has on your brain, including helping you focus. Learn more in Dr. Ratey's book, SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Bra…
 
In honor of National Just Because Day (Yes, it's a thing!), Ned is going to float in his inflatable pool and create a silly walking zone in front of his house, among other things. In this mini podcast he challenges you to do something today that makes you happy! Learn more at NationalDayCalendar.com. Please reach out to us with your questions and e…
 
This back-to-school season is especially stressful, so we know parents and kids are looking for ways to cope! Dr. Carol Locke, founder of OmegaBrite Wellness, shares some of the proven benefits of Omega-3s and how they can help adults and children. Dr. Locke cites recent studies out of Ohio State using OmegaBrite Omega-3s, which showed a reduction …
 
Being a parent is hard, and it doesn't come with a handbook. If you find yourself fighting with your kids and feeling frustrated by them, Katherine Winter-Sellery offers some effective strategies you can use to help you bring harmony to your home. Katherine's next Guidance Approach to Parenting class begins September 28th, and she is offering a spe…
 
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