Ned’s New Book is Published!

Buy your copy of ADHD 2.0: New Science and Strategies for Thriving with Distraction from Childhood through Adulthood

This brand new book from Drs Ned Hallowell and John Ratey is packed with new science, tips and practical plans for both children and adults. Read why they consider “Variable Attention Stimulus Trait” to be a much better and more positive name for this fascinating and potentially positive trait. Learn about exercise and the brain, the Default Mode Network and how to avoid it, how to find your Right Difficult, the latest in medication and more.

Meet Jen


This month for our meet our staff, we are featuring Jen Zobel Bieber. Jen is a certified personal coach whose specialty is helping adults with ADHD achieve significant personal and professional goals.

Jen has a keen ability to listen, synthesize, and help individuals move from contemplation into action. She brings to her work an understanding of the neuroscience of ADHD and its practical applications. Her clients come away with tools for time management, organization, decision-making, and simplifying. They report feeling more centered and confident as they capitalize on their strengths, manage their challenges, and exceed their own expectations.

Jen received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Columbia University, where she graduated as valedictorian of her college class. She received her coaching certification from NYU.  Earlier in her career, Jen worked in the film and television industry in news, documentary, and entertainment production for NY1, PBS, ABC, NBC, and HBO.  Jen’s work as a personal coach has been featured in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Time Out New York, Forbes, and on The Today Show.

ADHD 2.0

We’re excited to be only a few weeks away from the launch of ADHD 2.0: New Science and Strategies for Thriving with Distraction from Childhood through Adulthood, the new book by Drs. Ned Hallowell and John Ratey, which hits bookstores on January 12, 2021! You can pre-order a copy here.
Ned Hallowell and John Ratey, both of whom have ADHD, or what they prefer to term “Variable Attention StimulusTtrait,” draw on the latest science to provide both children and adults a plan for minimizing the downside and maximizing the benefits of ADHD at any age. As inspiring as it is practical, ADHD 2.0 will help you tap into the power of this mercurial condition and find the key that unlocks potential.

My Write Difficult!

Deliberately choosing to do something that is difficult does not on the face of it sound tempting. Sometimes we voluntarily subject ourselves to the difficult in order to improve ourselves by say, going on a diet or taking up a new language. But over the years I’ve found there’s a special category in the world of the difficult that each of us would do well to understand.
I call this category “the right difficult”. This is the difficult the pursuit of which not only improves you but, far greater, fills you with a unique satisfaction no other activity can match. It is especially important for those of us who have ADHD to identify and then ardently engage with this right difficult for as long as we can. It will give us the stimulation our brains crave, providing satisfaction that enables us to focus. I’ve come to believe that finding and pursuing the right difficult is among the top strategies for living positively and successfully with ADHD.
I identified my right difficult in 12th grade when I wrote a novel. Might I call it my write difficult? I’ve been wrestling with writing ever since. Like all right difficults, writing is a stern master, and yields up rewards only grudgingly. But nothing else does it for me like writing does. By “does it” I mean engages me, preoccupies me, grows in my unconscious when I’m not doing it, and, while forever frustrating and bedeviling me, gives me fulfillment like nothing else can. Writing a good sentence makes me glow for a moment or two, maybe comparable to the quick thrill a golfer feels when he or she hits a great shot, or a scientist feels when good results come in at last.
I wrote an entire chapter about the right difficult in the new book John Ratey and I are coming out with on Jan. 12, 2021, ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction. As the title promises, it contains lots of new and good stuff, useful stuff, fascinating stuff, fresh from the research labs as well as the combined 80 years of clinical experience John and I can draw upon. One of the rewards of getting a bit older is that, as the ad puts it, you know a thing or two.
In the book we introduce a new term for ADHD, because ADHD is such an inaccurate term. There’s no deficit of attention in ADHD; there’s an abundance! The challenge is to control it. And so many mega-successful people have ADHD that it makes no sense to classify it entirely as a disorder. Instead, we see it as a trait, which, depending on how you manage it, can become a burden or a special power. So our new term for ADHD is VAST: Variable Attention Stimulus Trait.
You can pre-order the book from a number of booksellers here: And after you’ve read it, John and I would love to hear from you. We want to build a VAST community based on our strength-based approach to this fascinating condition.
Meanwhile, as you wait for your book to arrive, start thinking about what your right difficult might be. Identify it, start to pursue it, wrestle with it, and before you know it, you’ll be dancing with it forever.

Thanksgiving 2020 Note from Ned

It’s Thanksgiving once again. Before you say 2020 has been the pits, that there’s coal in all our stockings, and that the idea of giving thanks makes no more sense than going swimming in the Arctic, let me say hold on, think twice, and relax just a moment. Before you add, “And since I have ADHD, there’s even less reason to be thankful, like below zero reason,” let me add this.
Since I have ADHD myself, I’m at least that much qualified to comment. Yes, ADHD can be a colossal pain in the butt. But, speaking of butt, but. . .
But we have each other. And that’s a big deal. And for all the hassles ADHD gives you day in and day out, let me propose some advantages that might, in your case, come with it, as well as mine.
How about if I name a dozen? Make that a baker’s dozen.
  1. You make people laugh. Ok, sometimes at you, but more often with you. Own it, you’ve got a wicked good sense of humor.
  2. You never bore people.
  3. You’re rarely if ever bored yourself.
  4. Trouble may follow you, but you specialize in solutions.
  5. Let’s face it: you are one creative human.
  6. You’ve got a heart as big as the Grand Canyon.
  7. You’re generous to a fault.
  8. You never give up.
  9. You embrace change.
  10. New ideas come to you all the time.
  11. You’re quirky, but wonderfully so.
  12. You can put a smile on the sourest face.
  13. It’s people like you who change the world.
So there’s a gratitude list for you. I hope you agree with at least some of them?
But what I do not need your agreement upon is my heartfelt warm wishes toward all of you. How can I say all of you, when I don’t know all of you? Because in my mind you’re a group I treasure, the all-of-you group, a group I can honestly say I feel very grateful to have in my life, and a group I love being connected with.
So let me repeat: I send all of you my warmest wishes for a well-fed, happy, and most of all healthy Thanksgiving.