What We Can Learn From Olympic Athletes

What We Can Learn From Olympic Athletes

The Olympic Games may be over, but we’re still feeling the excitement of the past few weeks. So that’s why we’re re-sharing this conversation with 3-time Olympic gymnast and gold medal winner, Muriel Grossfeld, from our very first season. Ms. Grossfeld talked about her experience and what it takes to be an elite-level athlete. This episode also features a conversation with the author of The ADHD Affected Athlete about how ADHD actually helps people excel in certain sports. 

This episode was originally released in August 2016. Sadly, Ms. Grossfeld passed away in January of 2021 at the age of 80. 

https://www.amazon.com/ADHD-Affected-Athlete-Michael-Stabeno/dp/1412032423

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Diagnosing, Medicating and Talking About Your ADHD

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!

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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! 

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The Impact of ADHD on Marriage

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!

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Answering Your Qs About Genetic Testing, Family Issues, Self-Medicating & More

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.

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Helping Athletic Coaches Understand ADHD Kids

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

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This episode was originally released in April 2019.

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Q&A: Why Do I Feel Shame When Talking About My ADHD?

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 [email protected].  

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. This episode was originally released in March 2021. 

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Listener Q&A: Which Is Better for Neurodiverse Brains, Multi-Tasking or Single-Tasking?

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 [email protected].  

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.

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Pulling Yourself Out Of Depression

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 [email protected].

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. 

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Dav Pilkey’s Magnificent Message

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

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This episode was originally released in January 2019. 

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How To Help Your Child Stop Lying

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 protected]

This episode was originally released in March 2019. 

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Your Recurring Struggles Are Trying To Tell You Something

Your Recurring Struggles Are Trying To Tell You Something

You might have asked yourself at some point, “What do I want out of life?” But have you ever asked yourself what you’d be willing to sacrifice for your goals? Ned talks about drive and determination, and how to figure out what you really want. He thinks the secret to uncovering your greatness might lie in recognizing the recurring struggles in your life!

Mark Manson’s article mentioned in this episode: https://qz.com/584874/you-probably-know-to-ask-yourself-what-do-i-want-heres-a-way-better-question/

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This episode was originally released in October 2018. 

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