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Learning to Deal with Disappointment

This week we’re re-sharing an episode Ned recorded after his beloved Patriots lost the Super Bowl back in 2018. His message still resonates over two years later. Whether it’s the job you didn’t get, a broken relationship, or your favorite team losing the biggest game of the year, dealing with the down sides of life can be tough.

In this mini, Dr. Hallowell talks about some of the ways he deals with disappointment and reminds us that while these negative feelings and emotions aren’t pleasant, it means you care about something. And that’s a good thing. 

Poem mentioned in this episode:

If by Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream – and not make dreams your master; If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, ‘Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!


Season 6 begins in August!

The Impact of ADHD on Marriage

Marriage is never easy, but it’s even harder when one or both partners have ADHD! Meygan and Casey Caston say they are the least likely couple to succeed in marriage. Not only does Casey have ADHD, but between them their parents have been married a dozen times, so instability was a theme in their youth. They’ve had their share of screaming matches, name calling and threatening divorce, but luckily discovered tools and resources to help them become better spouses, as they now have a loving and thriving relationship. And they’re helping thousands of other couples achieve the same results! 

Meygan and Casey Caston’s website: Marriage 365

This episode was originally released in October 2017. Season 6 is coming in August!

Learn To Go With The Flow

Finding your “suppress my frustration” button (as Ned puts it) can be tough, especially when you have to change plans at the last minute or deal with some sort of disappointment. Listen as our host talks about his own challenges with this issue, and learn how he handles these difficult moments.

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Distraction is a production of Sounds Great Media. This episode was produced by Sarah Guertin and was originally released in September 2019. 

Answering Your Qs About Genetic Testing, Family Issues, Self-Medicating & More

Dr. H answers questions about a variety of issues in this week’s episode. A listener named Tracy inquires about genetic testing for ADHD medication, another asks about his “hyper response to stress,” and Cooper called with a question about self-medicating with cannabis. Listen to Ned’s thoughts on these questions and others that we received from our listeners in the Distraction community. 

This episode was originally released in October 2018.

Change Is The Only Constant

A few conversations with friends had Dr. Hallowell thinking about how the world has changed in his lifetime, and whether or not it’s for the better. Do we still have standards in society? Are millennials lazy? Is social media to blame for all of our problems? 

As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus put it so many years ago, “the only thing that is constant is change.”

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This episode was originally released in May 2018.

Helping Athletic Coaches Understand ADHD Kids

Own Beat Athlete is an organization that aims to help soccer, baseball, football and other coaches better understand neurodivergent kids, like those with ADHD. As a former coach and mother to a son with ADHD and dyslexia, Susan Stout saw that many coaches of young athletes didn’t understand ADHD, resulting in seasons filled with frustration and anxiety for both the coaches and the young athletes. Susan decided to create Own Beat Athlete to reduce the struggle between coaches and players, as she tells Ned in this episode. 

Own Beat Athlete

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This episode was originally released in April 2019.

Q&A: Why Do I Feel Shame When Talking About My ADHD?

Pamela was recently diagnosed with combined-type ADHD at the age of 43. She’s thrilled to finally have a name for what she’s experienced all of her life, but reaches out to ask why she feels shame and guilt when talking about her diagnosis with friends and family.

Ned offers advice to help Pamela move past her feelings and embrace the positive qualities she possesses. Which includes being an excellent cake baker! 

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. This episode was originally released in March 2021. 

How to Overcome Anxiety

Stress, anxiety and depression can affect everyone in our society, from the youngest to the oldest. Our guest today offers ways to break free from these feelings and move past them in her book, Goodbye Anxiety Hello Freedom. Author Stephanie Dalfonzo shares many different techniques with our listeners for overcoming anxiety and building resilience. As Stephanie says, some of the tools are deceptively easy– but don’t let their simplicity fool you. It’s these simple shifts that create lasting changes!

Download 5 tips from Stephanie’s book: 5 Easy Ways to Calm Anxiety

Stephanie Dalfonzo’s Website: 

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This episode was originally released March 2019.

3 Ways to Feel Less Busy

Is life feeling a little too hectic these days? Then it’s time to un-busy yourself. Dr. Hallowell outlines three easy ways to feel less busy and regain control of your day, in this mini that was inspired by an article from  

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler

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This episode was originally released in January 2018. 



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