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Q & A with Dr. H: 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! 

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 connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

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. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

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

Waiting Can Feel Like Agony

Ned talks about how waiting in line and waiting his turn get him riled up and feels like torture. He proposes a few ways we can pass the time without getting angry and irritated, and pledges to try and turn his impatient moments into something other than purely painful. 

Get a copy of Dr. H’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

If you have a question or comment you’d like us to address in a future episode reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Check out our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

Learn what it’s like to be a student at Landmark College during their Virtual Open House on March 19th! Register HERE. Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

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

Get to the Good Part of Your ADHD

Ned and his longtime writing partner, Dr. John Ratey, talk about some of the best ways to treat ADHD and minimize the damage. They touch on a variety of topics like finding a creative outlet, how exercise helps the brain, addiction, and of course Ned’s favorite, the power of connection! 

This conversation highlights what you’ll find in Ned and John’s newest book, ADHD 2.0.

At the end of this episode, keep listening for a special feature from Dr. Carol Locke of OmegaBrite Wellness, who shares some of the science behind the development of the Covid vaccines. 

Get a copy of Ned and John Ratey’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.comJohnRatey.com, or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

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 connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Check out our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners SAVE 20% on their first order with the code: Distraction at OmegaBriteWellness.com.

Learn what it’s like to be a student at Landmark College during their Virtual Open House on March 19th! Register HERE. Landmark College in Putney, Vermont is the college of choice for students who learn differently. 

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

Q & A with Dr. H: How to Say 'No'

Saying ‘no’ is a skill that requires practice. In this Q&A Ned addresses a question from a high school student about guarding your time. He talks about how to learn to be okay with not accepting every request that comes your way.

This is a common issue for many with ADHD!

We hope you’re enjoying our new series of Q&A episodes! We’ll be releasing a new Q&A episode every Monday, thanks to our new sponsor, Forman School in Litchfield, Connecticut!

If you have a question or comment you’d like Dr. Hallowell to address in an episode just like this, reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

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. Ned loves Forman!  

Get a copy of Ned’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

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

Be Who You Are

When you have ADHD, it can feel like you need to be someone else to get along in the world. Dr. H shares some advice about appreciating who you are and why you should just be yourself. Ned says we should get out of the habit of trying to please everyone because we can’t, and besides life is too short! 

Bottom line… don’t read someone else’s script! Don’t rob yourself of your individuality. 

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 connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Learn more about our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners 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. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

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

Why ADHD Brains Crave Sugar and Carbs

Becca King, a dietitian with ADHD who specializes in help others with ADHD develop health eating habits, shares the role dopamine plays in binge eating and explains the idea of “conscious eating” and why it’s important.  She also offers up advice to several questions Ned poses like, “How do I stop myself from eating the whole pint of ice cream?” and “How can I break the pattern of binging on carbs when I love eating them?”

Learn more about Becca King, MS, RDN, LDN on Instagram. You can find her with the username @adhd.nutritionist or click THIS LINK to schedule a call with Becca. 

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 connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Learn more about our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners 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. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

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

Q&A with Dr. H: Finding the Right Career

Dr. H answers a question from a listener named Victor who is bored with his job, his co-workers and working from home in general. Victor reached out looking for advice about how to find a new job that suits him. Listen to hear the three main components Ned says are integral to finding the right career. This advice is applicable to everyone, with or without ADHD! 

We hope you enjoy this first episode in a series of Q&A episodes we’ll be releasing every Monday, made possible by our new sponsor, Forman School in Litchfield, Connecticut.

If you have a question or comment you’d like Dr. Hallowell to address in an episode just like this, reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Learn more about our new 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. Ned loves Forman!  

Get a copy of Ned’s newest book, ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

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

Manage the Cause of Toxic Stress, Not Just the Symptoms

Not all stress is bad as Dr. H explains in this mini episode. It’s important to preserve the patterns of good stress in your life (like exercising or rehearsing for a play) and minimize the parts that promote bad (toxic) stress. 

Toxic stress might give you a headache, make you feel sick to your stomach or cause memory issues. The solution to these issues isn’t to take an aspirin or other pill to alleviate the symptoms and forget about them. The solution is to address the root cause of the toxic stress, whether it’s a relationship, job or other aspect of your life. 

If you have a question or comment for Dr. Hallowell reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Ned’s new book is out now! Get a copy of ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

Learn more about our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners 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.

The Mental Health and Addiction Consequences of Covid

Dr. Lloyd Sederer became the mental health commissioner of New York City right after the 9/11 terror attack. In this conversation he shares how the lessons he learned from that experience can be applied to the current pandemic, including the impact social isolation, treatment gaps and treatment inequities have on the public, and the disproportionate affect on people of color. 

This broad conversation also touches on how adding structure to your day helps you feel better, the latest treatments for substance use disorders, and why Dr. Sederer believes humans are extremely resilient.

Dr. Lloyd Sederer is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health and Director of Columbia Psychiatry Media. He served for 12 years as the Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health, where he continues as Distinguished Psychiatrist Advisor. He has been Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene Services in New York City (the “chief” psychiatrist for NYC), Medical Director and Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA (a Harvard teaching hospital), and Director of the Division of Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Association. He has led the mental health disaster responses to 9/11, Hurricane Sandy and other disasters.

You can learn more about Dr. Sederer or get a copy of his book, Ink Stained for Life, on his website: Ask Dr. Lloyd

If you have a question or comment for Dr. Hallowell reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Ned’s new book is out now! Get a copy of ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

Learn more about our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners 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.

How to Deal with Disappointment

The expression, “don’t cry over spilled milk” has been around for centuries, but what do you actually do when your faced with a disappointment?

In this week’s mini Dr. H talks about a few different ways you can move past a disappointment. And yes, that does call for the occasional “good cry.”

If you have a question or comment for Dr. Hallowell reach out to us! Write an email or record a voice memo and send it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.  

Ned’s new book is out now! Get a copy of ADHD 2.0 at DrHallowell.com or by clicking HERE. You can also find it wherever books are sold!  

Learn more about our sponsor, OmegaBrite Wellness! Distraction listeners 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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