How to De-escalate a Conflict

How to De-escalate a Conflict

In this quick 3-minute episode, Dr. H offers up several ideas for reducing the intensity of a heated situation. Whether it’s an argument with your spouse, a co-worker  or someone else, follow these simple steps to work toward resolution.

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin (@sarahguertin) and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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Meet the Doctor Using Hyperfocus to Find His Own Cure

Meet the Doctor Using Hyperfocus to Find His Own Cure

Dr. David Fajgenbaum was diagnosed with a deadly disorder called Castleman Disease when he was in medical school. But instead of giving up, he used his ADHD superpower of hyperfocus (and his own body) to seek out a cure for the rare and under-researched disease that he was battling. Now, a decade later, his breakthrough research has resulted in treatments that are keeping him and others alive. Dr. Fajgenbaum is still looking for a cure today, and joins Ned to talk about his new memoir, Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope into Action.

Learn more at Castleman Disease Collaborative Network: CDCN.org

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin (@sarahguertin) and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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Send Some Snail Mail and Get a Dose of Connection

Send Some Snail Mail and Get a Dose of Connection

When was the last time you received an actual letter in the mail from someone you love? In honor of National Handwriting Day on January 23rd, Dr. Hallowell encourages listeners to hand-write a letter to someone they cherish. You’ll feel good for doing it, and the receiver will feel good getting it! It’s an easy and thoughtful way to connect with someone you care about.

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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Tim and Nancy Armstrong Tackle ADHD Falsehoods in New Documentary

Tim and Nancy Armstrong Tackle ADHD Falsehoods in New Documentary

Tim Armstrong is the founder and CEO of the dtx company, a former CEO of AOL, and former President of Google’s America Operations. Tim also has ADHD. This week he and his wife, Nancy, reveal details about Tim’s diagnosis (hint: their kids have it), and their new movie aimed at countering the misconceptions surrounding ADHD. They share insights about their struggles and offer sound advice for parents and kids who have “Ferrari engine brains with bicycle brakes,” as Dr. H puts it.

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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Top 3 Tips for Managing Your Child’s ADHD

Top 3 Tips for Managing Your Child’s ADHD

Dr. Hallowell offers his best advice for raising a child with ADHD.

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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Get a Dog, and Other Solid Life Advice

Get a Dog, and Other Solid Life Advice

Dr. Hallowell answers your questions. Topics include when to stop taking ADHD medications, what to do when meds don’t work, dealing with persistent negative thoughts, the best exercises for ADHD brains, and how to overcome chronic lateness.

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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How To Not Get Mad (When You Really Want To)

How To Not Get Mad (When You Really Want To)

It’s a simple lesson, but a good one: You have more to lose than gain when you get angry and have an outburst. Dr. Hallowell shares some of the ways he copes with anger, especially while he’s engaged in one particular activity. Discover what causes our host to lose his temper, and the steps he takes to rein in those feelings.

How do you handle feelings of rage? Reach out to us with an email or voice memo! [email protected]

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

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Give Yourself Permission To Be Real

Give Yourself Permission To Be Real

If you’ve spent any time on social media in the past few years, you’ve likely seen posts tagged with #happiness and #blessed as users share their lives. But is it for real or for show? Today’s guest, Monica Sweeney, offers a refreshing look at the path to finding happiness. Her bold and irreverent guided journals allow people to work through life’s ups and downs in a way that feels authentic and genuine, with a healthy dose of curse words to help them along the way. WARNING: This episode contains strong language.

Monica Sweeney’s journals include: Zen as F*ck, Let That Sh*t Go, Find Your F*cking Happy, and her latest work, Zen As F*ck at Work.

Reach out to us at [email protected].

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

Do you know someone who learns differently? Our sponsor, Landmark College, might be the right place for them. Learn more HERE.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective ADHD Adults

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective ADHD Adults

The start of a new year is a good time to reassess how you’re managing your ADHD. In this previously released mini episode,Dr. Hallowell gives his spin on Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, with a similar list for those with ADHD. From doing what you’re good at, to asking for advice, you’re bound to find a few nuggets of applicable wisdom for your own life. But as Ned advises, this is his list, so if these habits don’t resonate with you, add your own to the list!

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is @sarahguertin and our recording engineer/editor is Pat Keogh.

Do you know someone who learns differently? Our sponsor, Landmark College, might be the right place for them. Learn more HERE.

This episode was originally released in October 2018. 

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Start the New Year with a Growth Mindset

Start the New Year with a Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is one’s belief in his or her own ability to learn and develop skills. And it’s a great place to begin a new year and decade!

Dr. Hallowell considers it a happy accident that he happened to attend a lecture given by third-grade teachers Darrah Parsons and Becky Kline. The talk focused on their experiences teaching young girls about Carol Dweck’s groundbreaking findings regarding ability and achievement in life. In this episode, Darrah and Becky join Dr. Hallowell to talk about the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, and why productive struggle is a really good thing. If you want to do more and be more in life, this episode is here to show you that you can! It’s never too late to change your mindset, achieve your goals and find success.

If you’d like to reach out to Darrah, email her at [email protected], and if you’d like to reach out to Becky, email [email protected].

Click HERE to go to Carol Dweck’s website.

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This episode was originally released in December 2017.

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Make New Year’s Hopes, Not Resolutions

Make New Year’s Hopes, Not Resolutions

Dr. Hallowell doesn’t think resolutions are a good idea, and instead suggests we think about our hopes for 2020. Listen as he advises all of us (including himself) on the right mindset for the new year and decade.

Happy New Year to all of our listeners! Thank you so much for being a part of the Distraction community. We truly could not do it without you!

Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to [email protected]. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh.

To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE. See their beautiful campus in Putney, Vermont at their next Open House on Friday, January 10, 2020.

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Holidays Give Us a Chance to Feel All the Feels

Holidays Give Us a Chance to Feel All the Feels

As Hanukkah and Christmas quickly approach, Ned reminds himself (and all of us) to focus on the love and joy that holidays bring, and to look for those moments of connection that show us how fortunate we are to be alive. Listen as our host shares some much needed perspective on the craziest, busiest time of the year!

Please reach out to us with your questions and show ideas! Record a voice memo or write an email and send it to [email protected]. Our producer is Sarah Guertin @sarahguertin, and our editor/recording engineer is Pat Keogh.

To learn more about how our sponsor, Landmark College, helps students with ADHD succeed click HERE. See their beautiful campus in Putney, Vermont at their next Open House on Friday, January 10, 2020.

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