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Title:The Truth About ADHD with Dr. John Ratey | Being Well Podcast

ADHD is often misunderstood as a simple "lack of attention." But in this episode of Being Well, Dr. Rick and I are joined by ADHD pioneer Dr. John Ratey to explore the true nature of this complex condition. We debunk common misconceptions, explore how ADHD works in the brain, and discuss its surprising strengths and vulnerabilities. You’ll learn how to thrive with ADHD by applying effective interventions, including social connection, mindfulness practice, medication, and exercise. About our Guest: Dr. John Ratey is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author of eleven books including Spark and the Driven to Distraction series with Dr. Ned Hallowell. Their newest book in the series is the fantastic ADHD 2.0 Key Topics: 0:00 Introduction 2:00 Some of the biggest misconceptions about ADHD 3:30 The advantages of having ADHD 6:30: De-pathologizing, skillful means, and the problem of “fit” 9:50 The variety of presentations 12:25 A trait, not a disorder 13:15 The task-positive network, and the default mode network 19:55 Three ways to turn off the default mode network 23:15 The importance of social connection 26:45 Feeling like an outsider, and being punished for having ADHD 30:30 Deliberate internalization of beneficial experiences 33:20 Why exercise and movement is particularly useful for ADHD 36:45 Dance as an ideal form of exercise 42:05 Jump rope, and the right amount of exercise 43:50 Nature and the afflictions of civilization 47:15 Medication 54:50 Recap Subscribe to Being Well on: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Who Am I: I'm Forrest, the co-author of Resilient ( and host of the Being Well Podcast ( I'm making videos focused on simplifying psychology, mental health, and personal growth. You can follow me here: 🎤 🌍 📸


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