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Distraction

Struggling with distractions in this amped up world? We guide you through it all with 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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Even In A Pandemic You Still Have ADHD

Frank-talking ADHDer Terry Matlen shares a few lighthearted stories about what life has been like inside her house since the pandemic has taken hold with Dr. H, including a newfound shared struggle with Instant Pots. The psychotherapist, ADHD coach, author, and all-around superstar reminds us to give ourselves a break during this stressful time. Links: Queens of Distraction ADDConsults.com - resources for women with ADHD Reach out to us! Write an email, or record a message using the voice memo app on your phone and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin (@sarahguertin) and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh. Do you know a high school or college student with ADHD or other learning difference? Tell them about our sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Find out more HERE.

30mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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Ep 26: Emily Morse & Sex in the Age of Distraction

Dr. Emily Morse, host of the top-rated podcast Sex with Emily, talks with Ned about why couples aren't having as much sex as they used to, what the obstacles are and how to overcome them. As Emily says, men are like frying pans and women are like slow cookers! Ideas and suggestions offered up in this show will help you keep the fire burning in your bedroom.  Emily's website and book: http://www.sexwithemily.com https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Sex-Over-Things-Tonight/dp/1616280735

35mins

13 Sep 2016

Rank #2

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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 Distraction on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen so you don't miss an episode! 

5mins

5 Jul 2018

Rank #3

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Unique Ways to Stay Engaged with How to ADHD & Landmark College

Who do you think wiggles their toes to help wake themselves up, Dr. Hallowell or Jessica McCabe? In this special episode sponsored by Landmark College, the How to ADHD creator joins Ned for a discussion about some of the unique methods she uses to motivate, encourage and help herself. Plus she and Ned share a slew of tricks other people use to jump start their own brains. Do you have any ADHD tricks up your sleeve? How do you manage your ADHD symptoms? Let us know in an email! Send your thoughts to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Or leave us a voice message by calling 844-55-CONNECT. To schedule a campus visit, or simply to learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, visit http://www.lcdistraction.org.

21mins

4 May 2018

Rank #4

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Mini #25: Robert Putnam on Why You Should Care About Other People's Kids

Best-selling author and Harvard professor Robert Putnam speaks with Ned about the growing opportunity gap between the rich and poor and the effects it has on all of us. 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

9mins

8 Sep 2016

Rank #5

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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 was originally released in October 2016. 

19mins

10 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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S2 Ep 16: This Music Helps You Hyper-Focus

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. 

21mins

5 Sep 2017

Rank #7

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S2 Ep 39: Women and ADHD Q&A

Women and girls with ADHD face a number of unique issues in dealing with their "race car brains." In this episode Terry Matlen, ACSW, who specializes in helping women with ADHD, joins Dr. Hallowell to answer questions from our female listeners. Topics  include pregnancy and medication, hormones, exercise, toxic relationships, social isolation and much more. A special thank you to our listeners who sent in questions for this episode! If you have a question or show idea please send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  Important Links: Landmark College - Learn more about the college for students who learn differently!   Queens of Distraction website ADD Consults website What Does Everybody Know That I Don't? by Michele Novotni, PhD The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done by Terry Matlen Survival Tips for Women with ADHD by Terry Matlen

34mins

13 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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S2 Ep 31: What Motivates Getting Things Done

Are you task driven or deadline driven? Modern research has shown that procrastination does not interfere with success, and that procrastinators and non-procrastinators simply respond to motivation in different ways. In this episode, Dr. Hallowell and Mary Lamia, PhD discuss how emotions compel us to act, and how shame and fear aren't necessarily a bad thing. Mary Lamia's book What Motivates Getting Things Done MaryLamia.com Learn more about our sponsor, Landmark College, the college of choice for students who learn differently.  Do you have a question or show idea for us? Send an email or voice memo to connect@distractionpodcast.com. Or call and leave a message at 844-55-CONNECT. 

32mins

19 Dec 2017

Rank #9

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BREAKTHROUGH Non-Medication Treatment for ADHD and Dyslexia

New research has shown that the key to treating ADHD and dyslexia lies in the cerebellum, the area of the brain that controls coordination and balance, with exercise playing an integral part. And a new treatment program created by a father who wanted to help his struggling daughter has shown remarkable success in the more than 50,000 people that have tried it, including our host's own son. This breakthrough is so new that most doctors don't even realize the important role the cerebellum plays in unlocking a person's potential. Listen to hear how Wynford Dore's program is literally changing lives. Learn more about Zing Performance and how their non-medication treatment works by clicking HERE. Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas: connect@distractionpodcast.com. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh. To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE.

31mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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S2 Mini 10: 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: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD 

11mins

27 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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Throwback Thursday: 7 Ways to Manage Adult ADHD

Being successful in life takes hard work, especially when you have ADHD! Dr. Hallowell offers several tips for adults with ADHD to get the most out their "ferrari-engine brains" and thrive in life. Please share this episode with someone you know who has ADHD. Let's all help each other and continue to build our ADHD community! If you have a question for Dr. Hallowell or a show idea send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  This episode was originally released in October 2016. 

6mins

4 May 2017

Rank #12

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Mini 34: 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's sponsor is OmegaBrite, the premier natural advanced omega-3 formula for mind, heart, and joint health. Explore OmegaBrite products and benefits at www.omegabrite.com. 

5mins

10 Nov 2016

Rank #13

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Ep 43: You've Got Questions. Dr. H Has Answers!

This week Dr. Hallowell talks to several listeners who have reached out to Distraction with questions. Liz from Seattle has concerns about self-doubt, Sammy talks to Ned about her young daughter's ADHD diagnosis, Nikki seeks advice on dealing with her partner's angry outbursts, and Ellen from New York looks for guidance regarding her daily struggles around transitioning from one task to the next.  Do you have a question for Dr. Hallowell? Send it in an email to connect@distractionpodcast.com or leave a voice message by calling 1-844-55-CONNECT.  This episode's sponsor is OmegaBrite, the premier natural advanced omega-3 formula for mind, heart, and joint health. Explore OmegaBrite products and benefits at www.omegabrite.com. 

34mins

10 Jan 2017

Rank #14

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S3 Ep23: Overcome Your Procrastination

ADHD coach Jeff Copper shares his best tips for beating procrastination, along with some details about how your working memory impacts why you put off or delay doing something. Jeff excels at helping people identify their unique natural processes and showing them how to use those processes to achieve their goals. Jeff's Coaching Website: DigCoaching Jeff's Podcast: Attention Talk Radio We'd love to hear from you! Send your questions, comments and show ideas to connect@distractionpodcast.com!  This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more HERE. 

23mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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S2 Ep 50: Landing A Job When You Have A Learning Difference

Finding employment can be very difficult when you are someone who learns differently. Inventive Labs in Amesbury, MA is on a mission to change that! Founder Rick Fiery joins Dr. Hallowell to talk about the new intern program his organization has started that is specifically geared to those with ADHD and other learning challenges. Rick and his co-founder, Tom Bergeron (no, not the famous one!) believe that given the right supports and training, these learners can do anything and find a job that they love. Inventive Labs is currently looking for intern candidates for this program, so if you know someone who might be interested, encourage them to check out the Inventive Labs website for more information.  If you're the owner of a business that would be interested in learning more about Inventive Lab's intern program for your business, please check out their website as well! This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. CLICK HERE to learn more! 

35mins

1 May 2018

Rank #16

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S3 Ep18: Stop Chewing Like That! When Noises Trigger Rage

Most of us have been annoyed at one time by the sound of another chewing or breathing, but for some it goes way beyond annoyance. For those who suffer from misophonia, everyday sounds like gum chewing, lip smacking, or clicking a pen can induce feelings of outrage. Dr. Hallowell talks to Josh Furnas, a man who has suffered from misophonia since he was a young child, and Dr. Phillip Gander, an assistant research scientist at the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa about this unusual condition.  Links: www.misophonia.org www.misophonia-association.org Dr. Phillip Gander This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. Learn more HERE. Send your thoughts and episode ideas to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  This episode was originally released in March 2017. 

22mins

22 Jan 2019

Rank #17

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S2 Ep 21: The Impact of ADHD on Marriage

Marriage is never easy, but it's even harder when one or both partners have ADHD! Meygan and Casey Caston say they are the least likely couple to succeed in marriage. Not only does Casey have ADHD, but between them their parents have been married a dozen times, so instability was a theme in their youth. They've had their share of screaming matches, name calling and threatening divorce, but luckily discovered tools and resources to help them become better spouses, as they now have a loving and thriving relationship. And they're helping thousands of other couples achieve the same results!  Meygan and Casey Caston's website: Marriage 365 Do you have a question for Dr. Hallowell or a show idea? Send an email to connect@distractionpodcast.com or leave us a message by calling 844-55-CONNECT.  Take our Listener Survey! Learn more about our new sponsor Landmark College!

28mins

10 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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S2 Mini 7: Top 5 Focus Factors

Ned outlines key elements for training your attention and becoming more focused every day. Learn about the healthy habits that can help you consistently find focus and achieve your goals.  This episode is sponsored by OmegaBrite, the premier natural advanced omega-3 formula for mind, heart, and joint health. Explore OmegaBrite products and benefits at www.omegabrite.com. 

4mins

20 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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S2 Ep 42: Willpower Doesn't Work

Benjamin Hardy believes people can change in both big and small ways, but not how they've traditionally been taught. He thinks that "you are who you are because of your environment." If you want to change, Ben says, you need to change your environment. Listen as he talks about why this is true, how people always learn to adapt, even in the worst environments, and his new book that was just released today, Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success. Important Links: Visit Benjamin Hardy's Website Landmark College - Learn more about the college of choice for student's who learn differently.

30mins

6 Mar 2018

Rank #20