S2 Ep 42: Willpower Doesn’t Work

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.

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S2 Mini 41: A Sneak Preview of Ned’s New Book

S2 Mini 41: A Sneak Preview of Ned’s New Book

Dr. Hallowell’s 20th book, Because I Come From A Crazy Family: The Making Of A Psychiatrist, will be released this June. It’s unlike any book he’s written before, because this one tells the story of his own upbringing. It was a childhood that was filled with trauma, but lots of love and laughter too. Listen as Dr. Hallowell reads a few passages from his soon-to-be-released memoir.

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S2 Ep 41: Brad Meltzer Thinks Ordinary People Change the World

S2 Ep 41: Brad Meltzer Thinks Ordinary People Change the World

Master storyteller Brad Meltzer has been a published writer for 20 years. In that time he’s come to realize that, “Every life makes history. Every life is a story.” In this very special episode the bestselling thriller and mystery writer talks about how he persisted even after receiving 24 rejection letters for his first book, and why he believes that ordinary people can change the world.

Brad’s latest thriller, The Escape Artist, comes out March 6th.

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Brain Care Basics from How to ADHD & Landmark College

Brain Care Basics from How to ADHD & Landmark College

Jessica McCabe has researched the best ways to take care of your brain and this week she shares her insights with Distraction listeners. In this special episode sponsored by Landmark College, the How to ADHD host talks with Dr. Hallowell about all of the different things you should be doing to ensure your body and mind are at peak performance.

And as Jessica says in this episode, don’t beat yourself up if you’re not doing all the things you should be doing. A good way to start moving toward self-care is to track your activities and symptoms and start with one small change. Take a listen to this special episode for more about this and other great ideas from the YouTube star!

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S2 Ep 40: Women and ADHD Q&A Part 2

S2 Ep 40: Women and ADHD Q&A Part 2

This week we continue the discussion on women’s issues related to ADHD. Terry Matlen, ACSW, returns to answer more questions from our female listeners. In this episode, she and Dr. Hallowell address topics like diagnosis, depression, migraines, estrogen levels, executive function, chemotherapy, and heightened sensitivities.

A special thank you to those of you who sent in questions! If you have a question, comment or show idea please send it to [email protected].

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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

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S2 Mini 39: Try Something New, It’s Good For You

S2 Mini 39: Try Something New, It’s Good For You

Dr. Hallowell opens up about following his own advice and trying something new, a recommendation he regularly makes to patients. In his case, the “something new” is learning how to use Facebook live. And as Dr. Hallowell reveals in this mini episode, he’s definitely hit a few bumps along the way! Listen as he talks about why it’s important (and good for you) to try new things, even when they’re hard.

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S2 Ep 39: Women and ADHD Q&A

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.

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S2 Mini 38: Dealing with Disappointment

S2 Mini 38: Dealing with Disappointment

It should come as no surprise to Distraction listeners that Dr. Hallowell is pretty bummed the Patriots lost the Super Bowl on Sunday. But what can you do about those bad feelings? In this mini, Dr. Hallowell shares some of the ways he deals with disappointment, as he mulls the loss of a 6th championship for his favorite football team.

“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!

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S2 Ep 38: Become A Better Listener By The End Of This Episode!

S2 Ep 38: Become A Better Listener By The End Of This Episode!

“Wait, what did you say your name was?” From our phones and TVs, to email notifications, traffic and crowded restaurants, our minds are constantly bombarded with noise. It’s no wonder people are having trouble trying to listen and comprehend. And sure, we’ve all been guilty of not listening when someone is talking, but poor listening skills can be improved! Speech and language pathologist, Rebecca Shafir, joins Ned to talk about her book (now in its 8th printing!) The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction. Rebecca’s insights will help you become a better listener and better overall communicator by the end of the episode!

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S2 Mini 37: Ned’s Super Sunday Traditions

S2 Mini 37: Ned’s Super Sunday Traditions

Whether you’re all geared up for the big football game this weekend or couldn’t care less about it, Super Bowl hype is hard to avoid! In this week’s lighthearted mini, Dr. H lets listeners in on his plans for game day (including where to get the best hot wings in the Boston area) and shares some personal stories about what the big event means to him.

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Managing Distractions with How to ADHD & Landmark College

Managing Distractions with How to ADHD & Landmark College

Whether it’s a notification on your phone, a new email, a chatty co-worker or a really good tv show, distractions are all around us. So how do you get stuff done amid a sea of interruptions? Jessica McCabe of How to ADHD joins Dr. Hallowell to offer up solutions for minimizing distractions and accomplishing whatever is on your to-do list.

This special episode is sponsored by Landmark College, with content support from Professor Rebecca Matte.

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