Distraction

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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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Developing a Relationship with Your Clinician Is Critical to Managing ADHD

DEVELOPING A COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR CLINICIAN IS CRITICAL TO MANAGING ADHD We're welcoming Black Girl, Lost Keys https://blackgirllostkeys.com/ blog creator, René Brooks, to Distraction as our guest host for ADHD Awareness Month! Today she is joined by Inger Shaye Colzie, a psychotherapist and ADHD leadership coach, for a conversation about how to work in conjunction with your therapist, psychiatrist or other healthcare provider so you can actually make progress and move forward. They also talk about how to navigate "the ADHD conversation" with your family and why you don't necessarily have to tell them anything.  Like our guest host René, Inger Shaye was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, and was even a therapist for 15 years before being diagnosed herself. They talk about how the lack of ADHD education for professionals affects Black women and children in particular, as they are much less likely to be diagnosed. Learn more about Inger Shaye Colzie on her website by clicking HERE https://ingershaye.com/.  And you can find  her Facebook group here: Black Women with ADHD This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org *  

44m
May 25
Save Your Advice and Offer Support Instead

SAVE YOUR ADVICE AND OFFER SUPPORT INSTEAD * Our guest-host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota, is joined by Bethany Johnson and Dr. Margaret M. Quinlan to continue the conversation about why so many moms feel like they're never good enough at home or at work. "The threshold for women to be called a bad parent is far lower than it is for men still, and that's an institutional thing..." Bethany says in this episode. The trio talk about how having a helpful partner can make a big difference when raising kids, but it will never make up for some of the systemic problems that exist, like the lack of good childcare. They also talk about a better way we can support moms and each other on social media that does not involve offering advice. Our guests today co-wrote the book, and share some of the historical underpinnings of why so many mothers struggle with feelings of shame and guilt regarding their kids.  Bethany L. Johnson (MPhil, M.A.) is a doctoral student in the history of science, technology and the environment at the University of South Carolina and a research affiliate faculty in the department of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studies how science, medical technology, and public health discourses are framed and reproduced by institutions and individuals with structural power from the 19th century to the present; specifically, she studies epidemics and reproductive health. She has published in interdisciplinary journals such as and  Margaret M. Quinlan (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Communication Studies, Director of an Interdisciplinary Minor, Health & Medical Humanities and Core Faculty Member of the Interdisciplinary Health Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She examines the nexus of public perceptions of medicine, science, and technology, both historically and presently. She investigates the role communication plays in public understandings of medical expertise, illness, wellness, caring, treatment, health, and healing. Dr. Quinlan has authored approximately 40 journal articles, 17 book chapters and co-produced documentaries in a regional Emmy award-winning series (National Distribution with PBS and available on Amazon). This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org This Classic Episode was previously Aired in Sept, 2021

17m
May 24
Alisyn Camerota and Heather Dubrow on Careers, Kids and Mom Guilt

ALISYN CAMEROTA AND HEATHER DUBROW ON CAREERS, KIDS AND MOM GUILT Alisyn is the mother of three teenagers and will be speaking with celebrities, experts and other professionals to talk about the issues families are facing right now.  Today we're sharing the second part of Alisyn's conversation with with actress, entrepreneur and mother of four,  Heather Dubrow. The star of The Real Housewives of Orange County and Alisyn talk about why moms feel pressure from social media, the surprising fact that your teenagers don't always hate you, and Heather shares some solid advice for parents.   This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

23m
May 19
Get Real About Parenting Teenagers

ALISYN CAMEROTA AND HEATHER DUBROW GET REAL ABOUT PARENTING TEENAGERS Today Alisyn speaks with actress, entrepreneur and mother of four,  Heather Dubrow http://heatherdubrow.com/. Alisyn and the star of The Real Housewives of Orange County talk about the challenges of raising teenagers who are prepared to leave the nest, talking to your kids about sex, drugs and alcohol; and whether nature or nurture has more sway when it comes to who your kids grow up to be. Heather also shares her best advice for raising happy and well-adjusted kids.  Remember to listen on Thursday to hear part two of Alisyn's conversation with Heather! They talk about mom guilt (something neither one of them experiences), how to raise grateful human beings, and how to support your kids no matter what they're going through.  This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org   THIS CLASSIC EPISODE WAS FIRST PRESENTED IN AUGUST 2021

26m
May 17
Is Resilience Learned Or Genetic?

IS RESILIENCE LEARNED OR GENETIC? Are people born with a natural ability to recover quickly from difficulties or is this a skill that can be learned? That's the subject of today's conversation between our guest host, CNN's Alisyn Camerota and Lenore Skenazy, founder of the Free-Range Kids movement and Let Grow https://letgrow.org/our-mission/, the organization that's leading the movement for childhood independence.  As Lenore says in this episode, "...there are some things that need tension, need a little bit of resistance for them to get strong and resilient... That's why people do weight training, right? You need something pushing against the bone for the bone to become stronger. And children need something in their lives that's isn't just simple an obvious and pleasant and a trophy for them to become strong too, for them to become anti-fragile."  Alisyn and Lenore discuss the importance of letting children do things on their own, and Lenore shares some simple steps parents can take to help a child increase their independence in a way that is comfortable for both kids and parents. Learn more about the Let Grow https://letgrow.org/ organization and download a FREE copy of the Let Grow Independence Kit HERE. Get a copy of Lenore's book, Free-Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow, HERE   This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org      

19m
May 12
YOU THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX BECAUSE YOU WERE BORN OUTSIDE THE BOX

René Brooks continues as our guest host of Distraction for ADHD Awareness Month with an in-depth conversation about neurodiversity and Black men. René is joined by John Hazelwood, a mental health advocate and awesome human who is using his voice and experiences to help others. In this conversation John shares some intimate details about his personal mental health journey and speaks about the importance of finding a safe space with people you can relate to. John also stresses the necessity of expressing, not suppressing, your emotions as the pair talk about some of the intricacies of being a Black man with ADHD.  John on Twitter: @j0n_j0n John on Instagram: @adhd_j0nj0n ADHD Mens Support Group https://www.instagram.com/adhdmensupport/ on Instagram This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org   Ths Classic Episode was originally released on 10-19-21

27m
May 10
What Motivates Getting Things Done

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 http://i.crnradio.com/amazodb29 MaryLamia.com http://www.marylamia.com/ This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org This Classic Episode Was Originally Released in December 2017

29m
May 05
Why College Can Be Daunting For ADHDers

WHY COLLEGE CAN BE DAUNTING FOR ADHDERS WITH HOW TO ADHD * Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD joins Dr. Hallowell to share her unique perspective and insights with college-bound students in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College. As Dr. H and Jessica both know college can present some unique challenges for those with ADHD!  Learn more about Jessica and watch her amazing videos at How To ADHD http://www.howtoadhd.com.  This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

15m
May 02
Doctor Using Hyperfocus to Find His Own Cure

MEET THE DOCTOR USING HYPERFOCUS TO FIND HIS OWN CURE Dr. David Fajgenbaum was diagnosed with a deadly disorder called Castleman Disease when he was in medical school. But instead of giving up, he used his ADHD superpower of hyperfocus (and his own body) to seek out a cure for the rare and under-researched disease that he was battling. Now, a decade later, his breakthrough research has resulted in treatments that are keeping him and others alive. Dr. Fajgenbaum is still looking for a cure today, and joins Ned to talk about his new memoir, Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action. Learn more at Castleman Disease Collaborative Network: CDCN.org Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin (@sarahguertin) and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh. This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org   THIS CLASSIC EPISODE WAS FIRST PRESENTED IN JANUARY 2020

27m
Apr 28
An ADHD Diagnosis is Good News

An ADHD Diagnosis is Good News  Pediatric neurologist, Dr. Sarah Cheyette, is an expert at working with kids and young adults with ADHD. She believes that while the condition has its challenges, an ADHD diagnosis actually allows people to become much stronger versions of themselves.  Check out Dr. Sarah Cheyette's website at: SarahCheyette.com. To purchase one of her books (which are available in audio versions read by Dr. Cheyette) go HERE. This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org    

19m
Apr 12
What Motivates Getting Things Done

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 http://i.crnradio.com/amazodb29 MaryLamia.com http://www.marylamia.com/   This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org    

30m
Apr 12
BROKEN LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE

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 the foster care system beat the odds.   This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org  

27m
Apr 05
Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World

BALANCING LIFE AND TECHNOLOGY IN A DIGITAL WORLD Current statistics suggest that the average American engages with screens 10+ hours a day, and while the effects differ at each point of development, real changes to the brain, relationships, and personal lives are well documented. Our guest today, Doreen Dodgen-Magee, Psy.D., offers tips and advice on how we can better use technology and break away from the bad habits we’ve formed.   To learn more about Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee click HERE. To get a copy of her book, deviced!: balancing life and technology in a digital world, click HERE. Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and recorded and mixed by Pat Keogh. This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org  

20m
Apr 05
Managing Relationship Stress During the Pandemic

MANAGING RELATIONSHIP STRESS DURING THE PANDEMIC Living in quarantine with your significant other isn't always sunshine and rainbows. Some days or moments can be really tough. Our host's wife, Sue Hallowell, LICSW, joins Ned for a conversation about the ups and downs of married life when neither partner can leave the house. They share some real examples of the struggles they've encountered over the past few weeks, and offer ideas on how to manage parenting, jobs, and relationships when you're stressed to the max. Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin (@sarahguertin) and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh. This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org    

23m
Mar 31
HOW TO STOP LOSING YOUR STUFF

HOW TO STOP LOSING YOUR STUFF WITH HOW TO ADHD AND LANDMARK COLLEGE If you can never remember where you put your keys, phone, wallet or whatever, help is on the way! Jessica McCabe of How to ADHD shares a bunch of useful tips and strategies to help you stop losing things in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently! Check out all of Jessica's amazing ADHD content on her website at HowtoADHD http://www.howtoadhd.com/.   Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin (@sarahguertin) and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh. This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org  

14m
Mar 29
The Science Behind Why ADHDers Are More Creative

JESSICA MCCABE SHARES THE SCIENCE BEHIND WHY ADHDERS ARE MORE CREATIVE - SPONSORED BY LANDMARK COLLEGE How to ADHD creator Jessica McCabe joins Ned for a conversation about creativity. Jessica opens up about the doubts she had when she first started her YouTube channel, shares the latest research on how neurodivergent brains are more creative than neurotypical ones, and underscores the importance of finding support for your creativity. (As you'll hear in this episode, for Jessica, that support came from Dr. Hallowell!) This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org Check out Jessica's videos at HowtoADHD. BTW, she now has over 628,000 subscribers!

14m
Mar 23
Landmark Special With Sarah Firestein

LANDMARK SPECIAL WITH SARAH FIRESTEIN HELPING WITH NEURODIVERSITY AND ADHD  HTTP://WWW.LCDISTRACTION.ORG Sarah Guertin discusses the challenges of recognizing and dealing with neurodiversity with Learning Specialist Sarah Firestein of the Bay Area Success Center, an entity of Landmark College. The conversation addresses working with neurodiverse individuals, teens and adults, supporting executive function, academic skills and deeper understanding of individual learning profiles, particularly during the transition from high school to college. Listen now to recognize the various indicators of neuordiversity and its challenges and how Sarah and her Landmark team enhance positive development through their specialized support.   This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

10m
Mar 22
Famous ADHD-ers

SIMONE BILES, HOWIE MANDEL & LISA LING ARE ADHD ALL-STARS Simone Biles is not ashamed of her ADHD. Howie Mandel can't remember a time when he didn't have ADHD and OCD. And Lisa Ling learned how to manage her ADHD before she even knew she had it.  In this mini Ned shares some of the tweets and thoughts these three highly successful individuals have expressed about their own ADHD.  Plus you'll hear what Lisa Ling recommends for anyone who thinks they might have ADHD, in a clip from her conversation with Dr. H back in 2017!  This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It’s the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org

8m
Mar 22
YOUR PAST DOES NOT DEFINE YOUR FUTURE

Jacquelyn Phillips' life story is one of hope and triumph. Just by reading the back cover of her book, Comfortably Uncomfortable: The Road to Happiness Isn't Always Paved, you can tell she's been through a lot.  "Jacquelyn hated herself. She sabotaged everything she did before she even started... her upbringing was toxic... her marriage was crumbling... her friendships were built on lies... she tried to kill herself...” Jacquelyn talks with Dr. Hallowell about her life, childhood, and the  low points that made her finally decide to choose a new path for herself in this open and frank conversation. Jacquelyn's story is an incredible reminder that we all have the power within us to change. Click HERE to get a copy of Jacquelyn's book. Jacquelyn's website: GrownUpGrowingPains.com This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media  

38m
Mar 10
Feeling Overwhelmed? HOW TO ADHD

FEELING OVERWHELMED? HOW TO ADHD & LANDMARK COLLEGE OFFER ADVICE FOR STUDENTS * Students of all ages can have issues dealing with the stress and anxiety of their workload, whether they're in elementary school, high school, college or beyond. But there is help for those who feel overwhelmed! Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD joins Dr. Hallowell to share some tips and ideas on how to manage those feelings when they arrive, and how to avoid feeling overwhelmed altogether! This special episode is sponsored by Landmark College, with content support from Professor Rebecca Matte http://i.crnradio.com/rebec440c.  Check out Jessica's website: How to ADHD This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org    

22m
Mar 09
Overcoming Perfectionism Lauren Krasnow

WHEN GOOD IS GOOD ENOUGH: OVERCOMING PERFECTIONISM RELEASED SEP 22, 2020 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 website HERE.    This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org  

24m
Mar 02
SPECIAL STUDY TIPS FROM LANDMARK

Do you know someone who struggles with schoolwork and studying? Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD joins Ned to share study tips for students who learn differently in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College.  Check out Jessica's website: How to ADHD This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org  

16m
Feb 28
Achieve More With A Growth Mindset

Dr. Hallowell considers it a happy accident that he happened to attend a lecture given by third-grade teachers Darrah Parsons and Becky Kline.  The talk focused on their experiences teaching young girls about Carol Dweck's groundbreaking findings regarding ability and achievement in life.  In this episode, Darrah and Becky join Dr. Hallowell to talk about the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset and why productive struggle is a really good thing.  If you want to do more and be more in life, this episode is here to show you that you can! It's never too late to change your mindset, achieve your goals and find success.  If you'd like to reach out to Darrah, email her at dparsons@hb.edu, and if you'd like to reach out to Becky, email bkline@hb.edu.  Click HERE http://i.crnradio.com/minds785e to go to Carol Dweck's website.  This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org  

28m
Feb 24
DO KIDS NEED ADHD COACHES

Dr. Hallowell responds to a listener question we received recently about ADHD coaches for kids. We think the self-proclaimed "disorganized parent" who reached out will be surprised to hear Ned's answer!   This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org  

6m
Feb 23
Lisa Ling on Having ADHD

JOURNALIST LISA LING ON HAVING ADHD RELEASED OCT 17, 2017 Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling opens up to Dr. Hallowell about her ADHD diagnosis, and the issues she's struggled with since childhood. She talks about the unique challenges of being a minority with ADHD, and how her ADHD strengths have helped make her who she is today.   Ling was formerly a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show "The View," a field correspondent for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and contributor to ABC News' "Nightline" and National Geographic's "Explorer." Currently, you can catch Lisa in the CNN Original Series, "This is Life with Lisa Ling http://i.crnradio.com/thiside85," which began its fourth season earlier this month.  This Episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at  http://www.lcdistraction.org   Journalist Lisa Ling On Having ADHD

18m
Feb 16
Women and ADHD

Women and girls with ADHD face a number of uniqueissues in dealing with their "Raqce Car Brains". In this Episode Terry Matlen, ACSW, who specializes in helping women with ADHD, joins Dr. Hallowell to answer questionsfrom our female listeners. Topics include pregnancy and medication,hormones, exercise, toxicrelationships, social isolation and much much more.  This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for those who learn differently. Learn more at http://www.lcdistraction.org What Does Everybody Know That I Don't?  by Michele Novotni, PhD The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Con Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done  by, Terry Matlen Survival Tips for Women With ADHD by Terry Matlen THis Classic Episode Was Originally Released In February, 2018

36m
Feb 16
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, and much more. A special thank you to our listeners who sent in questions for this episode! If you havbe a question or show idea please send it to: connect@distraction.com. Important links: Queens of Distraction website ADD consult website WHAT DOES EVERYBODY KNOW THAT I DONT? 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 This Classic Episode was originally released in Februray 2018

36m
Feb 15
Your Anti-Distraction Daily Plan

Dr. Ned Hallowell 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. This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at http://www.lcdistraction.org.

10m
Feb 10
Answers to Your ADHD Questions

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. For another great source of information on ADHD, please visit ADDitude magazine at www.additudemag.com. This episode is sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. It's the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more at http://www.lcdistraction.org.

16m
Feb 08
5 Tips For Clearing Out Your Mind

Our minds can easily be overrun with interruptions, obligations and general clutter. In this mini podcast episode, Dr. Hallowell offers five quick tips for weeding out your mind and quieting all the noise. 

5m
Feb 03