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37 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Diagnosing, Medicating and Talking About Your ADHD
What does it mean when you're one symptom short of an ADHD diagnosis? Does that mean you don't have it? 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. Our producer, Sarah Guertin, joins Ned in this episode to read him your questions! Reach out to us at email@example.com. Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin and recorded and mixed by Scott Persson. It was originally released in October 2020. Season 6 is coming in August!
5 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Learning to Deal with Disappointment
This week we're re-sharing an episode Ned recorded after his beloved Patriots lost the Super Bowl back in 2018. His message still resonates over two years later. Whether it's the job you didn't get, a broken relationship, or your favorite team losing the biggest game of the year, dealing with the down sides of life can be tough. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell talks about some of the ways he deals with disappointment and reminds us that while these negative feelings and emotions aren't pleasant, it means you care about something. And that's a good thing. Poem mentioned in this episode: If by Rudyard Kipling IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!' If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, 'Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son! Season 6 begins in August!
26 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
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 This episode was originally released in October 2017. Season 6 is coming in August!
6 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Learn To Go With The Flow
Finding your "suppress my frustration" button (as Ned puts it) can be tough, especially when you have to change plans at the last minute or deal with some sort of disappointment. Listen as our host talks about his own challenges with this issue, and learn how he handles these difficult moments. What do you think? How do you deal with a change in plans without getting angry? Send an email or voice memo with your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin and was originally released in September 2019.
19 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Answering Your Qs About Genetic Testing, Family Issues, Self-Medicating & More
Dr. H answers questions about a variety of issues in this week's episode. A listener named Tracy inquires about genetic testing for ADHD medication, another asks about his "hyper response to stress," and Cooper called with a question about self-medicating with cannabis. Listen to Ned's thoughts on these questions and others that we received from our listeners in the Distraction community. This episode was originally released in October 2018.
7 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Change Is The Only Constant
A few conversations with friends had Dr. Hallowell thinking about how the world has changed in his lifetime, and whether or not it's for the better. Do we still have standards in society? Are millennials lazy? Is social media to blame for all of our problems? As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus put it so many years ago, "the only thing that is constant is change." Do you have a show idea for Distraction? Email it to email@example.com. This episode was originally released in May 2018.
23 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Helping Athletic Coaches Understand ADHD Kids
Own Beat Athlete is an organization that aims to help soccer, baseball, football and other coaches better understand neurodivergent kids, like those with ADHD. As a former coach and mother to a son with ADHD and dyslexia, Susan Stout saw that many coaches of young athletes didn't understand ADHD, resulting in seasons filled with frustration and anxiety for both the coaches and the young athletes. Susan decided to create Own Beat Athlete to reduce the struggle between coaches and players, as she tells Ned in this episode. Own Beat Athlete Please reach out to use with your comments, questions and show ideas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org! This episode was originally released in April 2019.
4 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
5 Ways to Increase Your Focus
Learn about the key elements for training your attention and becoming more focused every day. Plus hear about the healthy habits that can help you consistently find focus and achieve your goals. Reach out to us! Email email@example.com. This episode was originally released in April 2017.
9 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Q&A: Why Do I Feel Shame When Talking About My ADHD?
Pamela was recently diagnosed with combined-type ADHD at the age of 43. She's thrilled to finally have a name for what she's experienced all of her life, but reaches out to ask why she feels shame and guilt when talking about her diagnosis with friends and family. Ned offers advice to help Pamela move past her feelings and embrace the positive qualities she possesses. Which includes being an excellent cake baker! Reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. This episode was originally released in March 2021.
20 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
How to Overcome Anxiety
Stress, anxiety and depression can affect everyone in our society, from the youngest to the oldest. Our guest today offers ways to break free from these feelings and move past them in her book, Goodbye Anxiety Hello Freedom. Author Stephanie Dalfonzo shares many different techniques with our listeners for overcoming anxiety and building resilience. As Stephanie says, some of the tools are deceptively easy-- but don't let their simplicity fool you. It's these simple shifts that create lasting changes! Download 5 tips from Stephanie's book: 5 Easy Ways to Calm Anxiety Stephanie Dalfonzo's Website: https://stephaniedalfonzo.com/goodbye-anxiety-book/ Do you have a show idea or question? Email email@example.com. This episode was originally released March 2019.
3 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
3 Ways to Feel Less Busy
Is life feeling a little too hectic these days? Then it's time to un-busy yourself. Dr. Hallowell outlines three easy ways to feel less busy and regain control of your day, in this mini that was inspired by an article from DailyGood.org. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org This episode was originally released in January 2018.
26 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Jessica McCabe's Been Telling Us How to ADHD for Years
ADHD superstar Jessica McCabe joined Dr. Hallowell on Distraction for the first time four years ago! Listen back to her inaugural appearance on the podcast in June 2017 when she spoke with Ned about having ADHD and the unique struggles millennials with ADHD face. Learn more about Jessica on her website How to ADHD. Reach out to us at email@example.com.
8 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Listener Q&A: Which Is Better for Neurodiverse Brains, Multi-Tasking or Single-Tasking?
Today's question comes from 16-year old Emily who wrote: I'm 16 years old and was diagnosed with ADHD in the third grade. I know that those of us with ADHD are often very good at multitasking… or so we think. But I’ve recently heard about the term "single-tasking," (focusing on doing one thing at a time) as being a better way to accomplish some tasks, which I totally struggle with. Can you talk about which method is better for neurodiverse brains, and how we can get better at focusing on one thing at a time? Today's question is answered by guest-expert, Dr. Maryellen Ruth, Director of the Diagnostic Center at Forman School. If you have a question or comment you'd like us to address in a future Q&A episode reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about our sponsor, Forman School, a coed college prep school dedicated to empowering bright students who learn differently in grades 9-PG. Forman School provides the individual attention these students need. Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin.
4 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?
Dr. H shares his advice for knowing when a person or project is not worth any more of your time and effort. Whether you're struggling with a job, relationship or something else, this mini episode can help you figure out your next steps. Plus, hear about the project Ned walked away from after investing a ton of time and energy, and why he's better off for it. Reach out to us! Send your comments and questions to email@example.com. This episode was originally released in February 2019.
32 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Pulling Yourself Out Of Depression
College student Andrew Ewald opens up about his struggles with ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD and bipolar disorder (and how he's overcoming them) in this frank conversation about the ups and downs of living with mental health problems. Listen as our host shares some of his own struggles as well. Reach out to us! Record your question or comment on your phone using the voice memo app and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin and recorded and mixed by Pat Keogh. This episode was originally released in October 2019.
9 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Dav Pilkey's Magnificent Message
Through his extremely popular books, including the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series, author Dav Pilkey has brought laughter and joy to millions of kids and adults around the world. In this mini episode the author with ADHD and dyslexia answers several questions we received from some 4th and 5th grade students at Green Acres Elementary School in North Haven, Connecticut. And Ned shares his own thoughts on Dav's books and message. To learn more about Dav Pilkey and all of his books visit his website HERE. To hear the full-length Distraction episode featuring Dav's amazing life story click HERE. Send us your questions and episode ideas! Email email@example.com. This episode was originally released in January 2019.
5 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
The 6 Most Common Distractions at Work and How to Avoid Them
Be more focused and productive in your job! Dr. H shares strategies to combat the things that prevent us from accomplishing our goals at work including screen sucking, multi-tasking and idea hopping. Reach out to us by sending an email or a voice memo to firstname.lastname@example.org. This episode was originally released in August 2017.
7 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Reduce Stress by Doing Nothing
Life can be super stressful, so "niksen" might be just what you need to calm frayed nerves. Ned explains the Dutch art of doing nothing, and why you should practice it on a regular basis. We want to hear from you! Record your question or comment as a voice memo and send it to email@example.com. This episode was originally released in October 2019.
32 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
What Your Therapist Is Actually Thinking When You Talk
Ever wondered what is going through your therapist's mind while you're talking? In this conversation Kati Morton, a licensed therapist in California with over 1M followers on YouTube, shares what she's thinking when she meets with a patient, and Ned shares his thoughts too! Kati's popular videos address common mental health issues like eating disorders, abandonment, narcissists, perfection, depression, and other important topics. To learn more about Kati or to watch her videos CLICK HERE. Reach out to us by sending an email or a voice memo to firstname.lastname@example.org. This episode was originally released in April 2018.
4 minutes | May 27, 2021
How To Help Your Child Stop Lying
Lying is a common problem in children, but especially for those with ADHD. It's a dangerous habit but it is a solvable problem and there are strategies you can use to work past it. In this mini Ned responds to concerned mom who reached out about her 11-year old son who is struggling with telling the truth. She's tried various forms of punishment with little success and is concerned about her son ruining future opportunities and relationships because of the lying. Dr. Hallowell shares some insights and suggestions for our listener, along with a healthy dose of optimism too. Do you have a question or show idea? We'd love to hear it! Email us at email@example.com. This episode was originally released in March 2019.
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