ADHD and the Evolution Advantage

ADHD and the Evolution Advantage

Dr. H talks about how the genetic variant DRD4 7R (which is linked to ADHD) enabled hunters to be more alert and innovative in early humans, and how modern life has evolved to benefit more sedentary behaviors. But there’s good news, because Ned thinks that is changing! 

Happy Earth Day! 

A Hunter in a Farmer’s World by Thom Hartmann

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A Reminder That Your Past Does Not Define Your Future

A Reminder That 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

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Q&A with Dr. H: How Do You Help Someone Who Refuses Help?

Q&A with Dr. H: How Do You Help Someone Who Refuses Help?

Ned responds to a worried mom who reached out looking for ways to help her 17 year old daughter. She wrote in part,

My daughter has been given numerous amounts of education about ADHD, she seems to have the right combination of medication now, and she gets exercise daily from being a studio competition dancer.

But she is still struggling. She is 17.5 yrs old, without a driver’s license, never had a job, she still operates in the world of now and not now, fights most structure that would help tackle tasks, closed off to any type of personal suggestion/coaching for ADHD, really struggling daily in most executive function skills such as organization and time.

17.5 is a hard age to still be living daily in what you describe “transparency, to the point of being honest to a fault”, especially with the lying and the “tendency to externalizations or blame others while not seeing their role in the problem” and it is becoming a huge concern for us about what her adult future will be like.

As her parents we feel very stuck, defeated and devastated that her future will be nothing but struggles that she doesn’t have to have, but will.

How do we help her be more receptive toward putting structure into her life and embracing the help of a coach? Both would give her more control over her outcomes, not just reacting to situations. These are the only two things I can think of that we haven’t already included in her life.”

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Jessica McCabe Shares the Science Behind Why ADHDers Are More Creative – Sponsored by Landmark College

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!)

An extra special thanks to our sponsor Landmark College in Putney, Vermont for making this episode possible!

Check out Jessica’s videos at HowtoADHD. BTW, she now has over 628,000 subscribers!

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media and produced by Sarah Guertin.

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Why Ned Is Banned From Family Road Trips

Why Ned Is Banned From Family Road Trips

It’s official, there IS a day for everything. Today on the podcast we’re celebrating National That Sucks Day, the April 15th holiday created to embrace all things sucky. 

Ned shares several things he thinks suck that always leave him feeling irritated and upset.  So upset in one example, that he’s now banned from family road trips! Hear why Ned now flies to Virginia for Thanksgiving, while his family drives! 

Dr. H also shares several historical events that took place on this day that sucked, and the little we know about this minor holiday. 

Learn all about things that suck at  ThatSucks.net.

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It’s Nice to Hear You – A Matchmaking Experiment

It’s Nice to Hear You – A Matchmaking Experiment

At the beginning of the pandemic last year Heather Li found herself out of work and newly single. She was lonely, living in New York City, and had a lot of time on her hands. So she decided to create a dating experiment, solely based on the exchange of voice messages between two people. Each “experiment” lasted for 30 days, with each pair sharing one voice message a day with their match. And brilliantly, Heather documented it all in a podcast so we could follow along and listen to what happens. 

Heather shares with Ned what she learned about her own communication style and the role vulnerability plays in really getting to know someone. It’s a fascinating conversation about the power of voice and the power of connection.

Listen to Heather’s awesome new podcast at It’s Nice to Hear You.

From the podcast’s website: IT’S NICE TO HEAR YOU explores human connection through the power of voice. The podcast is created from a matchmaking experiment based on the exchange of voice memos. It shares stories about compatibility, vulnerability and empathy, narrated by the creator of the experiment and anchored by the voices of a few strangers who participated.

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Learn more about the programs being offered this summer at Landmark College! There’s a summer program for high school students, a summer bridge experience, and a college readiness program. Go HERE to learn more. Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Learn more about our sponsor OmegaBrite Wellness, creators of the #1 Omega-3 supplements for the past twenty years. Ned and his wife, Sue, take them every day. Distraction listeners will SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media and produced by Sarah Guertin. 

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Q&A with Dr. H: How Can We Help ADHD Kids Manage Their Emotions?

Q&A with Dr. H: How Can We Help ADHD Kids Manage Their Emotions?

Today’s question is from a mom named Mary. She wrote:

My seven-year-old daughter Laura was diagnosed with ADHD combined type about a year ago. She is very smart and does well academically, but school is still a struggle.

She gets overwhelmed very easily and she falls apart crying or has screaming meltdowns in class frequently. This was only made worse by the changes made to schools with in-person learning during the pandemic.

Her teacher can’t hug her to help her feel secure. What strategies can you suggest to help kids with ADHD manage their emotions and have less overwhelming feelings?

Dr. H response includes several ways Mary can help her daughter, including one that involves a giant bean bag! If you have a question or comment you’d like Dr. Hallowell to address in a future Q&A episode just like this reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect[email protected].  

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There Is No Test for ADHD

There Is No Test for ADHD

We received an email from a listener who asked, “How effective is the T.O.V.A. (Test of Variables of Attention) as a diagnostic tool for ADHD?” The listener was administered this test by a therapist but the results did not indicate she had ADHD. Years later, the listener is being treated for ADHD and said it “helped immensely” but is second guessing her ADHD diagnosis because of her T.O.V.A. results.

Ned shares that tests like the T.O.V.A. should not solely be used to diagnose ADHD, and talks about the method he’s found to be a much more reliable and accurate diagnostic tool.

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Students who learn differently love Landmark College and so does Ned! Sign up now for one of their summer programs! Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently.

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

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College Student Katie Is a Great Role Model for ADHD Girls

College Student Katie Is a Great Role Model for ADHD Girls

School has never been easy for 22-year old Katie LaBombard. Even though she was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age and found a treatment plan that worked, she still struggled. Now Katie is set to graduate from Landmark College this spring, despite never imagining she’d even make it through high school. 

We found Katie through our sponsor Landmark College, and she graciously and openly shares her story in this episode. We can’t say enough good things about Katie, and we’re confident you’ll feel the same after listening! 

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 the programs being offered this summer at Landmark College! There’s a summer program for high school students, a summer bridge experience, and a college readiness program. Go HERE to learn more. Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Learn more about our sponsor OmegaBrite Wellness, creators of the #1 Omega-3 supplements for the past twenty years. Ned and his wife, Sue, take them every day. Distraction listeners will SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media and produced by Sarah Guertin. 

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Q&A with Dr. H: What Does Inattentive ADHD Look Like in Girls?

Q&A with Dr. H: What Does Inattentive ADHD Look Like in Girls?

Today’s question is from a listener named Cynthia who wrote in part, “I often read that girls, who more commonly have the inattentive type, don’t get diagnosed because they aren’t disruptive but dreamy. It concerns me to read that the boys are diagnosed two to three times more often than girls. If we knew to look for the dreamy, flaky children, would we find those with inattentive ADHD and get them help, or is it still too difficult to tell?”

Dr. H responds by sharing some of the ways ADHD presents itself in girls and what to look for. He also shares the story of how he didn’t recognize ADHD in his own daughter!

If you have a question or comment you’d like Dr. Hallowell to address in a future Q&A 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.

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

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

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ADHD Theme Park Opening Spring 2022

ADHD Theme Park Opening Spring 2022

Don’t pack your bags just yet, but there’s an ADHD theme park in the works that’s set to open in 2022! Ned shares the details in this mini episode. 

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

Students who learn differently love Landmark College and so does Ned! Sign up now for one of their summer programs! Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Check out our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness, creators of the #1 Omega-3 supplements for the past twenty years. Ned and his wife, Sue, take them every day! Distraction listeners can 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.

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

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iFocus Measures How Well Your ADHD Treatments Work

iFocus Measures How Well Your ADHD Treatments Work

iFocus is a program that uses eye-tracking technology and a proprietary artificial-intelligence algorithm to enable doctors to create the ultimate treatment plans for their patients. 

Adi Diner, CEO and co-founder of iFocus, realized when her son was diagnosed with ADHD that there was no way to measure how well his treatments were working. So, in typical ADHD style, she invented something that could! 

Learn more about iFocus at iFocusTest.com

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 the programs being offered this summer at Landmark College! There’s a summer program for high school students, a summer bridge experience, and a college readiness program. Go HERE to learn more. Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

Learn more about our sponsor OmegaBrite Wellness, creators of the #1 Omega-3 supplements for the past twenty years. Ned and his wife, Sue, take them every day. Distraction listeners will SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

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

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