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.

Do you have a question for our host? Reach out to us with an email, or record a voice memo on your phone and send it to [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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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.

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Mini 32: Dr. H on His ADHD & Shocking Med School Moment!

For Dr. Hallowell, having ADHD means anything “boring” can feel like a medical emergency. In fact, you’ll never believe what he did back in medical school to escape one “boring dinner” with classmates and professors.

It’s a mini Distraction, but it’s extra special so it’s a little longer than usual!

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Ep 29: Ned’s Wife Gets Real About His ADHD


On a recent afternoon at The Hallowell Center in NYC, Dr. Hallowell sat down with his wife Sue for a heartwarming conversation about his own ADHD and their marriage. Sue doesn’t hold back and gives listeners a clear picture of what it’s like to be the only one in their house without ADHD. (Their 3 kids also have ADHD!) She shares her insights and tips for living with and loving someone who has ADHD.

Ned and Sue’s Book, Married to Distractionhttp://www.drhallowell.com/books/married_to_distraction/

https://www.adhdmarriage.com/

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Ep 18: Tackling ADHD Questions Head-On – Part 2

Dr. Hallowell and his longtime co-author, Dr. John Ratey, pick-up where they left off in our last episode by answering more listener questions. Anxiety, slow processing speeds, helping someone you love with ADHD and other issues are all covered in this show.  

Join the conversation and be a part of the show! Call 844-55-Connect with your questions and comments, or email [email protected].

Check out Dr. Hallowell’s and Dr. Ratey’s bestselling book, Driven to Distraction: http://www.distractionpodcast.com/about/

For another great source of information on ADHD, please visit ADDitude magazine at www.additudemag.com.

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Ep 14: Stop Reducing Life to Sound Bites

Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on a recent New York Times article by Teddy Wayne called, “The End of Reflection.” Ned sounds a warning bell that if we are not careful, we’ll give up our inner lives and capacity to think.

Link to article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/fashion/internet-technology-phones-introspection.html?_r=0

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DR. HALLOWELL: Hi this is Dr. Ned Hallowell. Welcome to my podcast. Every once in a while, something will come up, where I want to talk directly to you with no guest, no other kinds of supports, and this is one of those times. We’ll do this now and then, where a topic strikes me with such an impact, that I want to simply talk directly to you.

The provocation for this particular episode, just between you and me, was an article in the New York Times on June 11th, an article called The End of Reflection. A fabulous article written by Teddy Wayne. It really struck a nerve in me. Truly the article is all about what the podcast is all about, trying to sound a warning bell that if you’re not careful, you’ll basically give up your inner life, you’ll basically give up without intending too, the capacity to think. You ask someone where do you do your best thinking, rarely do they say at work. The most common answer is in the shower. It’s the one place where you’re not going to be interrupted. It’s the one place and as soon as they have a waterproof iPhone, I’m sure that will be gone too.

We make jokes about it, the speed at which we’re living, and the number of data points that we’re asking our brains to process every day, but it’s not funny. What we’re doing again, without intending to, is we’re giving away our most uniquely human capacity, namely to think, to imagine, to develop an idea, to develop a relationship, to go deep. You see when you’re going fast, you can’t go deep.

Superficial Conversations and Elevator Pitches

What we’ve seen is this sort of superficialization of life, superficial conversations, superficial ideas, half-baked ideas, punch lines, sound bites, elevator pitches. You know I’ll come out with a new book, and someone will say to me, give me the elevator pitch. It drives me crazy. I want to say, if I could do an elevator pitch and cover the whole book, I wouldn’t have written the book. I didn’t just take an elevator pitch and pad it, and turn it into a book, I made it into a book because that’s how long it would take me to properly express the idea.

Yet we’re reducing so much of life to these sound bites, these stereotypes, these pigeon holes, red state/blue state, liberal/conservative. Instant judgments of people based on very little information. You call it profiling or call it stereotyping, whatever it is, it has a terrible dumbing down effect on human existence, and really making bland what ought to be a rich, complex, nuanced, subtle, soup called life and turning it into just one flavor, turning it into a blur, if you will, going so fast. People are in a hurry to get where? Nowhere, and yet they’re demanding speed, hurrying through life, not savoring moments.

The good news about this is that we can control it. It’s not like global warming or terrorism where we have to wait for governmental policies to change. This is something we can control in our own lives. It helps if the people around you join in.

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MINI #6: What’s Your Lake Doolittle, and Why Do You Need One?

In this episode, Dr. Hallowell stresses the importance of connecting with family in a distraction-free and interruption-free environment. Listen in as he reminisces with his son Tucker about family memories of their annual family trip to Lake Doolittle. The conversation covers themes essential to the power of connection, like determining what’s important in your life and taking the time to grow lifelong memories that foster strong family bonds.

Send Dr. Hallowell an email about your family getaways at [email protected] and you might be featured in a future episode!

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