Strategies to Counter Negative Emotions

Strategies to Counter Negative Emotions

Negative thoughts and feelings of rejection, anger, resentment and bitterness can be particularly difficult for those with ADHD. The good news is that these feelings and emotions can be managed by practicing positive beneficial emotions. And it’s something everyone can learn to do!

Listen and follow along as Dr. Carol Locke of OmegaBrite Wellness (one of our sponsors) takes Ned through a Metta meditation. Practicing this meditation regularly has been shown to decrease stress and make you feel less depressed. It actually changes your brain! 

Learn more about Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria in this Distraction episode with Dr. William Dodson.

Center for Healthy Minds (University of Wisconsin website Dr. Locke mentions in this conversation)

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Q&A with Dr. H: How Can I Build Up My Self-Esteem?

Q&A with Dr. H: How Can I Build Up My Self-Esteem?

Ned responds to a 20-year old college student who writes, “I started a new job at a science lab about two months ago and I’m not doing very well… I really related to the passage in your book about how one client felt like he had to “answer” to the preacher of self loathing and would get trapped in a hyperfixation around negative self-talk. How can I build up my self esteem and deconstruct the critic?”

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Embrace Your Awkward Moments

Embrace Your Awkward Moments

In honor of National Awkward Moments Day, Ned shares a personal story about an awkward moment he recently experienced while on the phone with a friend. We’re confident many will be able to relate to Dr. H’s “foot in mouth” moment!  

Take a listen and then share your awkward moments with us in the comments! 

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Get a copy of Ned’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE.

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A Different Way to Find a Career Where You Shine

A Different Way to Find a Career Where You Shine

A traditional college setting isn’t always the ideal learning environment for those who learn differently. That’s why Tom Bergeron and his co-founder Rick Fiery created Inventive Labs in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Ned talks to Tom about how their “career incubator” works for those who have struggled in traditional education settings. 

Learn more at Inventive Labs.

Note: Dr. Hallowell is on the Advisory Board of Inventive Labs. 

If you have a question or comment you’d like Dr. Hallowell to address in an episode reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

Students who learn differently love Landmark College and so does Ned! Learn what it’s like to attend Landmark during their Virtual Open House on March 19th! Register HERE. Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

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Get a copy of Ned’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE.

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Q&A with Dr. H: How Do I Become a Better Writer?

Q&A with Dr. H: How Do I Become a Better Writer?

Dr. H offers advice on how to improve your writing skills in response to a listener named Jake who is struggling as a copywriter. Jake is 34 years old, a new dad and a dual business owner with ADHD. 

Ned is a prolific author who just released his 21st book in January. In this episode he shares several practical strategies everyone can use to become better writers.

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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.

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It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s How You React that Matters

It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s How You React that Matters

Finding happiness (or just being happy) while living through a pandemic can be challenging, even on a good day. Fortunately, Dr. H has some thoughts on how to find happy moments regardless of your situation.

He shares one of his favorite stories about the philosopher Epictetus that just might be what you need to hear to change your mindset. It’s a story he’s shared on the podcast before, but as Dr. H reminds us in this episode it’s important to, “find ways to direct your mind toward satisfying thoughts, ideas and activities, and away from the places of misery and complaint.” 

Get a copy of Dr. H’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

If you have a question or comment you’d like us to address in a future episode reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

Check out our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

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Questions Practitioners Ask When Diagnosing ADHD

Questions Practitioners Ask When Diagnosing ADHD

Angel Gambino is a serial entrepreneur with an insanely organized refrigerator who recently realized she might have ADHD.

Angel shares her story with Dr. H in a conversation that illustrates the kinds of questions a practitioner would ask as part of the process to determine if someone has ADHD.  

Angel’s good friend, Freda, joins the conversation to share additional insights about Angel, as Ned always recommends including a close friend or relative in this kind of discussion. 

The purpose of this conversation is to demonstrate the kinds of questions a practitioner would ask as part of a lengthier process to diagnose a person with ADHD. Therefore, Dr. Hallowell does not diagnose Angel with ADHD in this episode. He just strongly suspects she has it! 

Keep listening at the end of this episode for a special feature from Dr. Carol Locke of OmegaBrite Wellness. Dr. Locke shares some of the latest information about the Covid vaccine, and herd immunity in particular. 

Get a copy of Ned and John Ratey’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.comJohnRatey.com, or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

If you have a question or comment you’d like Dr. Hallowell to address in an episode reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

Check out our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

Learn what it’s like to be a student at Landmark College during their Virtual Open House on March 19th! Register HERE. Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

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Q & A with Dr. H: Why Do I Feel Shame When Talking About My ADHD?

Q & A with Dr. H: 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!

Pamela’s ADHD celebration cake!

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Get a copy of Ned’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!

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Waiting Can Feel Like Agony

Waiting Can Feel Like Agony

Ned talks about how waiting in line and waiting his turn get him riled up and feels like torture. He proposes a few ways we can pass the time without getting angry and irritated, and pledges to try and turn his impatient moments into something other than purely painful. 

Get a copy of Dr. H’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

If you have a question or comment you’d like us to address in a future episode reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

Check out our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

Learn what it’s like to be a student at Landmark College during their Virtual Open House on March 19th! Register HERE. Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

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Get to the Good Part of Your ADHD

Get to the Good Part of Your ADHD

Ned and his longtime writing partner, Dr. John Ratey, talk about some of the best ways to treat ADHD and minimize the damage. They touch on a variety of topics like finding a creative outlet, how exercise helps the brain, addiction, and of course Ned’s favorite, the power of connection! 

This conversation highlights what you’ll find in Ned and John’s newest book, ADHD 2.0.

At the end of this episode, keep listening for a special feature from Dr. Carol Locke of OmegaBrite Wellness, who shares some of the science behind the development of the Covid vaccines. 

Get a copy of Ned and John Ratey’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.comJohnRatey.com, or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

If you have a question or comment you’d like Dr. Hallowell to address in an episode reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

Check out our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

Learn what it’s like to be a student at Landmark College during their Virtual Open House on March 19th! Register HERE. Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

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Q & A with Dr. H: How to Say ‘No’

Q & A with Dr. H: How to Say ‘No’

Saying ‘no’ is a skill that requires practice. In this Q&A Ned addresses a question from a high school student about guarding your time. He talks about how to learn to be okay with not accepting every request that comes your way.

This is a common issue for many with ADHD!

We hope you’re enjoying our new series of Q&A episodes! We’ll be releasing a new Q&A episode every Monday, thanks to our new sponsor, Forman School in Litchfield, Connecticut!

If you have a question or comment you’d like Dr. Hallowell to address in an episode just like this, 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. Ned loves Forman!

Get a copy of Ned’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!

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Be Who You Are

Be Who You Are

When you have ADHD, it can feel like you need to be someone else to get along in the world. Dr. H shares some advice about appreciating who you are and why you should just be yourself. Ned says we should get out of the habit of trying to please everyone because we can’t, and besides life is too short! 

Bottom line… don’t read someone else’s script! Don’t rob yourself of your individuality. 

If you have a question or comment you’d like Dr. Hallowell to address in an episode reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected].  

Learn more about our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

Get a copy of Ned’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our recording engineer/editor is Scott Persson and our producer is Sarah Guertin.

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