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!

Share your thoughts with us about this episode! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected]

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

Do you know a student with ADHD or other learning difference looking for a higher education experience? Tell them about our amazing sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont. Learn more about their summer programs HERE.

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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.

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].  

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.

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.

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

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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.

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: 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 [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.

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

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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.

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].  

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.

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.

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

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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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Q&A with Dr. H: How Do I Help My Son Help Himself?

Q&A with Dr. H: How Do I Help My Son Help Himself?

Today’s question comes from Cindy, a concerned parent. She emailed Distraction and wrote in part, “Our 31 year old son has the most incredible “race car brain with bicycle brakes” that are in desperate need of maintenance… As parents of an adult with ADHD we struggle with how to help our son. How do we help him help himself?”

Dr. Hallowell responds by offering up a few ideas and encourages Cindy to jump in and help. “Sink or swim? In our world you sink,” he says in this episode. “So you need to jump in there with life jackets…” he continues.

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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Train Your Dog to Support Your ADHD with Jessica McCabe and Landmark College

Train Your Dog to Support Your ADHD with Jessica McCabe and Landmark College

Jessica McCabe of How to ADHD explains how dogs can be trained to help manage ADHD symptoms, alleviate anxiety, help regulate emotions and so much more! 

“Dogs can help us put on the brakes,” Jessica tells Dr. Hallowell in this episode. “It’s a wonderful thing.”

Dogs can be trained to sense when you’re going to have a panic attack, notice when your heart rate increases and detect spikes in cortisol and blood sugar.

Jessica also shares how she’s training her own dog, Chloe, as a psychiatric service dog in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.

Check out Jessica’s ADHD videos at HowtoADHD.

Do you have a psychiatric service dog or have you trained your dog to help you? Share your thoughts with us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to [email protected]

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

Do you know a student with ADHD or other learning difference looking for a higher education experience? Tell them about our amazing sponsor, Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont. Learn more about their summer programs HERE.

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Simone Biles, Howie Mandel & Lisa Ling Are ADHD All-Stars

Simone Biles, Howie Mandel & Lisa Ling Are ADHD All-Stars

Simone Biles is not ashamed of her ADHD. Howie Mandel can’t remember a time when he didn’t have ADHD and OCD. And Lisa Ling learned how to manage her ADHD before she even knew she had it.

In this mini Ned shares some of the tweets and thoughts these three highly successful individuals have expressed about their own ADHD.

Plus you’ll hear what Lisa Ling recommends for anyone who thinks they might have ADHD, in a clip from her conversation with Dr. H back in 2017!

CLICK HERE to listen to Lisa Ling talk about having ADHD in this Distraction episode from Season Two!

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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