Listener Q&A: Which Is Better for Neurodiverse Brains, Multi-Tasking or Single-Tasking?

Listener Q&A: Which Is Better for Neurodiverse Brains, Multi-Tasking or Single-Tasking?

Today’s question comes from 16-year old Emily who wrote:

I’m 16 years old and was diagnosed with ADHD in the third grade. I know that those of us with ADHD are often very good at multitasking… or so we think. But I’ve recently heard about the term “single-tasking,” (focusing on doing one thing at a time) as being a better way to accomplish some tasks, which I totally struggle with. Can you talk about which method is better for neurodiverse brains, and how we can get better at focusing on one thing at a time? 

Today’s question is answered by guest-expert, Dr. Maryellen Ruth, Director of the Diagnostic Center at Forman School.

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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.

Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin.

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How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?

How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?

Dr. H shares his advice for knowing when a person or project is not worth any more of your time and effort. Whether you’re struggling with a job,  relationship or something else, this mini episode can help you figure out your next steps. Plus, hear about the project Ned walked away from after investing a ton of time and energy, and why he’s better off for it. 

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This episode was originally released in February 2019.

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Pulling Yourself Out Of Depression

Pulling Yourself Out Of Depression

College student Andrew Ewald opens up about his struggles with ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD and bipolar disorder (and how he’s overcoming them) in this frank conversation about the ups and downs of living with mental health problems. Listen as our host shares some of his own struggles as well.

Reach out to us! Record your question or comment on your phone using the voice memo app and send it to [email protected].

Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin and recorded and mixed by Pat Keogh. 

This episode was originally released in October 2019. 

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Dav Pilkey’s Magnificent Message

Dav Pilkey’s Magnificent Message

Through his extremely popular books, including the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series, author Dav Pilkey has brought laughter and joy to millions of kids and adults around the world. In this mini episode the author with ADHD and dyslexia answers several questions we received from some 4th and 5th grade students at Green Acres Elementary School in North Haven, Connecticut. And Ned shares his own thoughts on Dav’s books and message. 

To learn more about Dav Pilkey and all of his books visit his website HERE

To hear the full-length Distraction episode featuring Dav’s amazing life story click HERE

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This episode was originally released in January 2019. 

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What Your Therapist Is Actually Thinking When You Talk

What Your Therapist Is Actually Thinking When You Talk

Ever wondered what is going through your therapist’s mind while you’re talking? In this conversation Kati Morton, a licensed therapist in California with over 1M followers on YouTube, shares what she’s thinking when she meets with a patient, and Ned shares his thoughts too!

Kati’s popular videos address common mental health issues like eating disorders, abandonment, narcissists, perfection, depression, and other important topics. 

To learn more about Kati or to watch her videos CLICK HERE

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This episode was originally released in April 2018. 

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How To Help Your Child Stop Lying

How To Help Your Child Stop Lying

Lying is a common problem in children, but especially for those with ADHD. It’s a dangerous habit but it is a solvable problem and there are strategies you can use to work past it.

In this mini Ned responds to  concerned mom who reached out about her 11-year old son who is struggling with telling the truth. She’s tried various forms of punishment with little success and is concerned about her son ruining future opportunities and relationships because of the lying. Dr. Hallowell shares some insights and suggestions for our listener, along with a healthy dose of optimism too. 

Do you have a question or show idea? We’d love to hear it! Email us at [email protected]

This episode was originally released in March 2019. 

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An Easy Way to Manage Your Time Better

An Easy Way to Manage Your Time Better

Prioritizing, organizing and time management are fundamental skills that everyone should have, but unfortunately many never learn. Self-described school junkie and founder of SchoolHabits.com, Katie Azevedo, joins Dr. Hallowell to share some habits and hacks to help get you through school, work, and life in general.

The conversation includes an in-depth discussion of The Pomodoro Technique, a time management system that was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980’s that everyone can benefit from, not just those with ADHD!

Check out Katie’s website: SchoolHabits.com

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This episode was originally released in Season 2.  

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Your Recurring Struggles Are Trying To Tell You Something

Your Recurring Struggles Are Trying To Tell You Something

You might have asked yourself at some point, “What do I want out of life?” But have you ever asked yourself what you’d be willing to sacrifice for your goals? Ned talks about drive and determination, and how to figure out what you really want. He thinks the secret to uncovering your greatness might lie in recognizing the recurring struggles in your life!

Mark Manson’s article mentioned in this episode: https://qz.com/584874/you-probably-know-to-ask-yourself-what-do-i-want-heres-a-way-better-question/

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This episode was originally released in October 2018. 

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Misophonia: When Noises Trigger Rage

Misophonia: When Noises Trigger Rage

Most of us have been annoyed at one time by the sound of another chewing or breathing, but for some it goes way beyond annoyance. For those who suffer from misophonia, everyday sounds like gum chewing, lip smacking, or the clicking of a pen can induce feelings of outrage.

Dr. Hallowell talks to Josh Furnas, a man who has suffered from misophonia since he was a young child, and Dr. Phillip Gander, an assistant research scientist at the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa about this unusual condition. 

Links:

www.misophonia.org

www.misophonia-association.org 

Dr. Phillip Gander

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This episode was originally released in March 2017. 

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