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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 … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2020 Note from Ned

Women with ADHD

I had a video appointment with a new patient this morning.  Video is how I “see” all my patients these days, except those who want to “see” me over the … Continue reading Women with ADHD

What Fills Your Mind?

I have a problem. Too few topics take up way too much space in my mind. The too few topics are: the upcoming election; the pandemic; the Post Office (Did … Continue reading What Fills Your Mind?

Just Wondering…

Just Wondering…If my understanding of physics is correct, which is a dubious assumption for sure, matter has no matter.  That is to say, materials that have mass, which comprise the … Continue reading Just Wondering…

Feeding Your ADHD Brain … Literally

Perhaps you’re asking, why should I worry about feeding my ADHD Brain?  My reply would be, “How many times have you heard it said, ‘You are what you eat?’ “ … Continue reading Feeding Your ADHD Brain … Literally

Promoting Hope in ADHD

Most people who discover they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD,) whether they be children or adults, have suffered a great deal of pain. The emotional experience of ADHD is … Continue reading Promoting Hope in ADHD

ADHD Diagnosis and The Parents Role

ADHD Diagnosis: The Good, The Bad, and The Parents Role: If you are the parents of an ADHD child, you may worry, and rightfully so, that the diagnosis can make … Continue reading ADHD Diagnosis and The Parents Role

Seven Critical Habits for ADHD Adults

In today’s increasingly harried, “crazy busy” world, the ability to organize oneself is a critical survival tool, as there are so many more potentially distracting stimuli and demands on our … Continue reading Seven Critical Habits for ADHD Adults

How ADHD Affects Relationships

Overview of How ADHD Affects Relationships:  In couples where one or both partners have ADHD, one of the biggest challenges  is developing mutual empathy and understanding. Without that, couples slip … Continue reading How ADHD Affects Relationships

Hope’s Up

After what you would have thought was an unthinkable, impossible, can’t-happen-here murder, George Floyd’s death hangs over us all posing, among many other questions, the most important one: what now? … Continue reading Hope’s Up

The Big Struggle – ADHD and Family Dynamics

What often develops in families where one child has ADHD (or one adult for that matter) is what I call the Big Struggle. The child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder … Continue reading The Big Struggle – ADHD and Family Dynamics

Race and Privilege

In this Distraction episode on Race and Privilege, I discuss the attack and murder of George Floyd and racism. I also acknowledge I am a privileged white man. Certainly a … Continue reading Race and Privilege

ADHD Students and Remote Learning

Many students with ADHD or other learning challenges struggle in the classroom. With the sudden shift to remote learning, ADHD students face the additional challenge of classroom instruction in the … Continue reading ADHD Students and Remote Learning

How to Reconnect in a Disconnected World

During this time of physical distancing, loneliness and isolation, Dr. Hallowell addresses “How to Reconnect in a Disconnected World.”  Whether you’re learning how to work from home in a job … Continue reading How to Reconnect in a Disconnected World

ADHD: Negative and Positive Traits

Although I’m known for talking about the advantages of having ADHD, in my YouTube video on ADHD: Negative and Positive Traits, I acknowledge the flip side of the trait. As … Continue reading ADHD: Negative and Positive Traits

Tired? Sad? On Edge?

Now that the novelty of living life in a pandemic has worn off,  we’re finding ourselves feeling more tired, sad and on-edge. Likewise, it may seem strange to be so … Continue reading Tired? Sad? On Edge?

ADHD and ANGER

For those of us who have  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD,) anger is common and can be a big problem.  Now is a particularly tough time for people with ADHD. … Continue reading ADHD and ANGER

COVID-19 Update HALLOWELL Boston MetroWest

Greetings, COVID-19 Update – On behalf of all of us here at the Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest, located on Rt. 117 in Sudbury, I want you all to know we … Continue reading COVID-19 Update HALLOWELL Boston MetroWest

If You Are Desperate…

If you are feeling desperate, down, or full of pain right now, Dr. Hallowell shares in his podcast, some words of comfort with you through a “letter” he wrote a … Continue reading If You Are Desperate…

Therapy in the Age of Quarantine

At the Hallowell Centers, this damn virus is teaching us a whole new strategy for offering help, and it works like a charm. Thanks to online platforms, in the “Age … Continue reading Therapy in the Age of Quarantine

Support for Overwhelmed Parents

Shelley MacLeod, LICSW is offering support for overwhelmed parents. Parents are experiencing a great deal of stress and emotions right now in this current crisis.  The truth is, many of … Continue reading Support for Overwhelmed Parents

The Force of Each Other

The Force of Each Other So here we are, everyone’s stressed out, worried, preoccupied, and otherwise twitched and bewitched by what my friend Ken Duckworth calls “The Thing”. It’s all … Continue reading The Force of Each Other

Status Update Hallowell Center NYC

Dear Clients: We hope this post finds you healthy and finding ways to manage during this crazy time. Following is a status update for Hallowell Center NYC in April. The … Continue reading Status Update Hallowell Center NYC

The Imagination in ADHD

I have ADHD.  That means I have one hell of an imagination.  But is having a potent imagination a blessing or a curse?  Centuries ago Samuel Johnson, who had one … Continue reading The Imagination in ADHD

Altruism Lives

One of the bright and shining lights in the current dismal viral fog is the beam of human altruism. During a crisis, and certainly during this crisis, the cynic might … Continue reading Altruism Lives

Secret Ingredient to Stoke Immune System

What is the secret ingredient to stoke your immune system during this stressful time, or DTST? (During This Stressful Time is a phrase we use so often now I think … Continue reading Secret Ingredient to Stoke Immune System

Figuring Out A System

Dear Friends, That’s what we’re all doing now in the corona era, isn’t it?, figuring out a system. Trying to take care of ourselves while making sure our loved ones … Continue reading Figuring Out A System

HALLOWELL CENTER SFO COVID-19 UPDATES

Dear Clients, Our staff at The Hallowell Center SFO  are concerned, just as you likely are, about the possible spread of the Covid-19 virus. We continue to closely monitor the … Continue reading HALLOWELL CENTER SFO COVID-19 UPDATES

HALLOWELL Center Boston MetroWest COVID-19 UPDATES

Dear Clients, Our staff at The Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest  are concerned, just as you likely are, about the possible spread of the Covid-19 virus. We are closely monitoring the … Continue reading HALLOWELL Center Boston MetroWest COVID-19 UPDATES

HALLOWELL Center NYC COVID-19 UPDATES

March 18, 2020 Dear Clients, Yesterday, Ireland’s Prime Minster, Leo Varadkar, said, in his St. Patrick’s Day address, “Let us come together by staying apart.” Indeed. To that end, during this … Continue reading HALLOWELL Center NYC COVID-19 UPDATES

Managing These Uncertain Times

I want to take a moment in these uncertain times to tell you what we are doing in my centers in Sudbury, MA and in Manhattan to address the issues … Continue reading Managing These Uncertain Times

Don’t let the Corona Virus Infect Your Productivity.

Now that you’re working on your own time from home, DISTRACTION looms large and  that can spell TROUBLE. If you’re having difficulty staying focused and productive, then CoreCoaching is the … Continue reading Don’t let the Corona Virus Infect Your Productivity.

Safety with COVID-19

We are all concerned about safety with COVID-19, which is why the Hallowell Centers are closely monitoring the current situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19.) Since the health and safety of … Continue reading Safety with COVID-19

Entering Sadness

I left church today, bid my wife, Sue, farewell as she headed off to a brunch, while I headed to Whole Foods to buy flowers (we buy flowers for our … Continue reading Entering Sadness

ADHD and Organizing Your Space

Humorous though it may seem, disorganization can plague your soul and wreak havoc in your life. Disorganization is especially pronounced in people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD.) People with … Continue reading ADHD and Organizing Your Space

ADHD in the Elderly

I’ve been treating ADHD in the elderly, let’s say people over 60 for decades, which is why this Wall Street Journal,  article on An Unexpected New Diagnosis in Older Adults: … Continue reading ADHD in the Elderly

How Do We Do It?

Since the last time I wrote to you all in this space, three events have dominated the news: Trump’s impeachment and trial; Kobe Bryant’s sudden death, along with his daughter … Continue reading How Do We Do It?

Changing Your Perspective on ADHD

Most people who don’t have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) don’t understand it. They often associate ADHD with what is wrong with a person.  And when you receive a diagnosis … Continue reading Changing Your Perspective on ADHD

Tips for Managing Adult ADHD

Over the years, Dr. Hallowell has invented tips for managing his ADHD.  He’s also collected various tips from people of all ages on how they manage Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder … Continue reading Tips for Managing Adult ADHD

Dr. Hallowell on Attending A Teachers Service

On a sunny, unseasonably balmy Saturday in January I found myself sitting in a back pew of an Episcopal church in Exeter, New Hampshire. I had made the hour-or-so drive from … Continue reading Dr. Hallowell on Attending A Teachers Service

Summer Camp for ADHD Brains

It’s not too soon to start making summer plans for the family. Long, school-free days can leave kids feeling restless and a bit unsettled. This is especially true for kids … Continue reading Summer Camp for ADHD Brains

ADHD The Key to the Best Outcome

People often ask me, “What’s the key to getting the best outcome in working with ADHD?” There is no one key.  Watch out for simplistic solutions and the people who … Continue reading ADHD The Key to the Best Outcome

New Year’s Hopes, Not Resolutions!

Not only are we on the threshold of a New Year, but also a new decade. It’s an exciting time to look back at the last year and to welcoming … Continue reading New Year’s Hopes, Not Resolutions!

10 ADHD Tips To Start 2020 Off Right

People with ADHD can spend a lifetime dodging the necessity of organizing themselves. They avoid getting organized the way some people avoid going to the dentist: repeatedly postponing it as … Continue reading 10 ADHD Tips To Start 2020 Off Right

Festivity

Today I was reminded of “festivity” when I received in the snail mail a Christmas card from a family I hadn’t heard from in ages. I don’t believe they’d sent … Continue reading Festivity

ADHD Holiday Survival Guide

Dr. Hallowell’s ADHD Holiday Survival Guide. Although people with ADHD love the intensity and excitement of the holidays, I know from experience that for someone with ADHD, stress this time … Continue reading ADHD Holiday Survival Guide

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Between my Junior and Senior year in college, I took a year off. I wanted to see what being on my own would be like. … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving

ADHD & Dyslexia Non-Medication Treatment

In this episode of Distraction on ADHD & Dyslexia Non-Medication Treatment, I interview my friend, colleague and mentor Wynford Dore. He discusses his personal journey and why he created the … Continue reading ADHD & Dyslexia Non-Medication Treatment

Your Racing ADHD Brain

In his ADDitude Magazine article on “How to Slow Down Your Racing ADHD Brain,” Dr. Hallowell says, “Telling someone with ADHD to slow down is like telling the sun not … Continue reading Your Racing ADHD Brain

Parenting Your ADHD Child

Parenting Your ADHD Child: If you are the parents of an ADHD child, you may worry, and rightfully so, that the diagnosis can make your child feel labeled or set … Continue reading Parenting Your ADHD Child

How Your ADHD Child Can Play and Live Better

In this special guest post by Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed. (author of Why Will No One Play with Me?) shares her advice for parents on how: Your Child with … Continue reading How Your ADHD Child Can Play and Live Better

Taking Back Control of Your CrazyBusy Life

Do the words Crazy Busy sum up your life? Are you increasingly wrestling with the issue of what to do about what’s happening and how to cope in a distracted, … Continue reading Taking Back Control of Your CrazyBusy Life

Making Meaningful Connections

Making meaningful connections at their best involve your whole soul. Of course, not every connection will draw upon all of you, but if you give yourself honestly in all your … Continue reading Making Meaningful Connections

How To Face Your Fears

When I first started speaking in public, I was terrified to speak in front of people. I had a phobia of public speaking. However, I had messages I wanted to … Continue reading How To Face Your Fears

Busting ADHD Myth on Medication

MYTH: The “right help” for ADHD begins and ends with medication. FACT:  While medication can often be useful in dealing with ADHD, it is neither necessary nor always effective.  The starting point … Continue reading Busting ADHD Myth on Medication

Celebrating Neurodiversity, ADHD and Dyslexia

Recently I had the great pleasure of attending a conference in Liverpool, England sponsored by the ADHD Foundation, Britain’s leading organization dedicated to neurodiversity, which of course includes ADHD and … Continue reading Celebrating Neurodiversity, ADHD and Dyslexia

Myth – ADHD means you are Stupid

  Since October is ADHD Awareness Month, now is a good time to review some ADHD myths. We want you to have the FACTS. MYTH: Having ADHD, ADD means you are … Continue reading Myth – ADHD means you are Stupid

Reframing ADHD

I have ADHD and I’m proud of it. My daughter and one of my sons have ADHD. I think that people with ADHD represent some of the most fascinating, fun, … Continue reading Reframing ADHD

My Turbo ADHD Brain

Now that ADHD Awareness Month is here, I’d like to take this time to share how I feel about ADHD. I’d also like encourage you to learn more about ADHD … Continue reading My Turbo ADHD Brain

It’s ADHD Awareness Month

The month of October is ADHD Awareness Month. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of Driven to Distraction. How far we’ve come since 1994 in our nation’s … Continue reading It’s ADHD Awareness Month

An Ode to Autumn

Swirling around, swept into the air like dry leaves before a great storm, we’re tossed about by forces we invented but no longer control. The wind rules, picking us up … Continue reading An Ode to Autumn

Exercising your ADHD Brain

Exercising your ADHD brain keeps it young and fit, much as exercising your body keeps your body fit. Of course, you can overdo mental exercise,  just as  you can overdo … Continue reading Exercising your ADHD Brain

What Is Neuropsychological Testing?

Neuropsychological Testing: What Is It and Why Do It? People often talk about “testing” or “neuropsychological assessment.”  What is this assessment? Why do people have it done? Finally, what does … Continue reading What Is Neuropsychological Testing?

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment – What You Should Know

What you should know about ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment Getting an ADHD Diagnosis:  Make sure you consult with a well-trained specialist. The doctors who have the most training in Attention … Continue reading ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment – What You Should Know

The Pennies Are Everywhere!

The other day one of my patients was talking about her father, who died in 1981. “He started college in 1929, and we all know what happened that year. So … Continue reading The Pennies Are Everywhere!

Try Judging Less, Understanding More

Dr. Hallowell shares some thoughts on why we should try judging less, understanding more in our “Gotcha!” world in this week’s Distraction mini episode. He says, “It’s time to cut … Continue reading Try Judging Less, Understanding More

We’re Hiring: ADHD Professionals San Francisco

San Francisco – The Hallowell Center of San Francisco, located in the downtown area, is seeking to expand. We are seeking part-time clinicians (Educational Therapists, Board certified psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, … Continue reading We’re Hiring: ADHD Professionals San Francisco

Strategies for Minimizing ADHD’s Impact on Relationships

I’m excited to welcome you to Season 4 of Distraction. It’s great to be back and to have my wonderful wife Sue join me for our first episode. Her speciality … Continue reading Strategies for Minimizing ADHD’s Impact on Relationships

Help Your ADHD Child Get Ready For School

Tips for Getting Children with ADHD Ready for Back to School The weather will soon be turning cooler and those long, lazy days of lounging poolside or spending every waking … Continue reading Help Your ADHD Child Get Ready For School

Doing What You Love To Do!

Greetings from Wellfleet, on Cape Cod. It’s a Sunday, the weather is generously beautiful, and I’m here for a week with my wife, Sue, and various relatives and guests to … Continue reading Doing What You Love To Do!

ADHD & the Family “Reputation”

ADHD Parent Tip: Try to change the family “reputation” of the person with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD.) Reputations within families, like reputations within towns or organizations, keep a person … Continue reading ADHD & the Family “Reputation”

8 things I Wish Teachers knew about my ADHD child

When he eventually became depressed — common for kids with ADHD — I made it my mission to ensure Nick’s teachers knew what interventions were working at home and what … Continue reading 8 things I Wish Teachers knew about my ADHD child

Burned out? Learn how to take back control!

Screens are sucking up so much of our time that people aren’t able to do what they really want, said Edward Hallowell, a psychiatrist who lives in Arlington and runs … Continue reading Burned out? Learn how to take back control!

A Celebration of Life

A Celebration of life – recently my wife, Sue, and I, along with my niece, Molly, and her 11-year-old daughter, Josselyn, who dreams of becoming a star of stage and … Continue reading A Celebration of Life

College and ADHD

College and ADHD: If you or a student you know has ADHD, his or her ability to get work done, done well and on time could be compromised. Success in … Continue reading College and ADHD

How to Explain ADHD to a Child

How to Explain ADHD to a Child – If your child was just diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, it’s important to remember that ADHD isn’t a death sentence. In fact, … Continue reading How to Explain ADHD to a Child

“Recognition Responsive Euphoria,” or RRE

Over the past few years, Dr. William Dobson has helped multitudes of people of all ages who have ADHD by developing the concept of “rejection sensitive dysphoria,” or RSD.  The … Continue reading “Recognition Responsive Euphoria,” or RRE

Family Summer Camp for ADHD

Summer is just around the corner. As you start making summer plans for your child, have you considered an ADHD summer camp for the whole family? Dr. Hallowell’s ADHD Summer Adventures … Continue reading Family Summer Camp for ADHD

Removing the Stigma of ADHD

Dr. Hallowell says, “Fear and shame are the major learning disabilities.”  As a result, removing the stigma of ADHD and getting rid of shame and fear are key! Above all, … Continue reading Removing the Stigma of ADHD

Your ADHD Brain is a Ferrari

Why do I say, “Your ADHD Brain is a Ferrari?”  My goal is to help people master the power of ADHD while avoiding its pitfalls. When the diagnosis of ADHD emphasizes … Continue reading Your ADHD Brain is a Ferrari

ADHD and Addiction

ADHD and Addiction – of the many masks that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) wears, substance abuse is one of the most difficult to see behind. This is due to … Continue reading ADHD and Addiction

Varsity Blues – What Do You Really Want for Your Children?

Dr. Hallowell’s Reaction to the College Admissions Cheating Scandal: Varsity Blues – What Do You Really Want for Your Children?  When I feel as much contempt as I felt for … Continue reading Varsity Blues – What Do You Really Want for Your Children?

I’m Such a Simple Man.  I Love My Dog.

Note from Ned on why “I’m such a simple man and why I love my dog. da-DUM, da-DUM, da-DUM A phrase came to me this morning while I was eating … Continue reading I’m Such a Simple Man.  I Love My Dog.

ADHD Diagnoses on the rise!

ADHD diagnoses is on the rise in the U.S. Why has it gone from 6.1% in 1997 to 10.2% in 2016?  Is that a good thing or bad thing? In … Continue reading ADHD Diagnoses on the rise!

Dr. Hallowell’s Red Beans and Rice Recipe

When I was in medical school at Tulane, down in New Orleans, back in the mid-1970’s, I learned how to make red beans and rice. You may not think that … Continue reading Dr. Hallowell’s Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Happy New Year 2019!!!

Happy New Year 2019. Thank you! Thank you for being a part of my community.  We work hard to bring you useful and entertaining material, but it would all be … Continue reading Happy New Year 2019!!!

Give the Gift of Love!

Give the Gift of Love – as December 25th approaches, I can’t help but reflect on warm memories from holidays long gone, and encourage you to reach out to those … Continue reading Give the Gift of Love!

All I Want for Christmas. . .

Was it my two front teeth? What do you want this time of year?  This time of the year makes me think of the song, “All I Want for Christmas…”  … Continue reading All I Want for Christmas. . .

ADHD? How to Uncover Your Own Learning Style.

Do you have difficulty learning?  Learn how to “Uncover Your Learning Style,” with Dr. Hallowell and Jessica McCabe. In this episode, they  discuss what helped them learn.  Dr. Hallowell  used flashcards … Continue reading ADHD? How to Uncover Your Own Learning Style.

Fear of Feedback

Fear of Feedback by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest Q: We have a very sensitive engineer who is key to our … Continue reading Fear of Feedback

Crazy Busy? 3 Steps To Take Back Control

Crazy Busy? 3 Steps to Take Back Control Technological innovation has changed our world more profoundly than anything since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press.  This change has brought both … Continue reading Crazy Busy? 3 Steps To Take Back Control

Give Thanks

The time is coming to give thanks.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I’m a holiday-lover, so there’s a lot of competition, but Thanksgiving always ranks near the top … Continue reading Give Thanks

ADHD and Productivity

It was my pleasure to welcome Kristin Seymour back to Distraction to discuss ADHD and Productivity. Kristin knows firsthand how tough it is to have be productive when you have … Continue reading ADHD and Productivity

Connections are CRITICAL

Reflecting on the recent news events in the United States, reminds me why connections are critical. Which is why I encourage you to make it a point to rediscover the … Continue reading Connections are CRITICAL

Erasing Stigma of ADHD, Dyslexia, Depression, etc.

KUOW interviewed Dr. Hallowell and Lesley Todaro, Hallowell Todaro Center, about erasing the stigma around the word “crazy,” the relationship between ADHD and creativity, and talking to kids about ADHD. … Continue reading Erasing Stigma of ADHD, Dyslexia, Depression, etc.

The Future of ADHD is VAST (SM)

Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on the current state of ADHD / ADD, Treatment and Advances, etc. in S3 Mini 6: The Future of ADHD is VAST (SM). This 5 minute episode … Continue reading The Future of ADHD is VAST (SM)

ADHD and College

ADHD and college can be a perilous journey far beyond what most people imagine. Even, if you don’t have ADHD, it is difficult enough to make the transition from home … Continue reading ADHD and College

Hold Onto Your Dreams

Why you should hold onto your dreams no mater how unrealistic. Someone asked me in a lecture I was giving the other day how she should tell her 10-year-old son … Continue reading Hold Onto Your Dreams

ADHD and Time Management

ADHD and Time Management – What is in your time bank account? Time Management We are all too familiar with this the term. If you are suffering with time management … Continue reading ADHD and Time Management

Mental Illness Swam In My Genes…

Giulia Rhodes, The Guardian recently interviewed Dr. Hallowell for her her article, Mental Illness Swam In My Genes…. She asked him why he wanted to become a psychiatrist. Dr. Hallowell … Continue reading Mental Illness Swam In My Genes…

Managing ADHD Meds and more…

In this DISTRACTION Podcast S3 Ep 2, we’re doing one of my favorite things — answering YOUR questions. In our Q&A episode, you’ll learn: * how to manage ADHD meds; … Continue reading Managing ADHD Meds and more…

How to be Cool, Calm and Collected!

Are you too busy? Stretched to the breaking point? In a state of constant frenzy? You’re not alone. In our 24/7, technology-driven world, it’s easy to lose control. Learn How … Continue reading How to be Cool, Calm and Collected!

Managing the Racing Mind

Managing the Racing Mind by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest Emotional regulation is a core executive function. Regular meditation and a … Continue reading Managing the Racing Mind

Summer Reflections

I just completed teaching my course about ADHD on Cape Cod at the Cape Cod Institute hence the title “Summer Reflections.”  If you’ve never taken the course, you ought to … Continue reading Summer Reflections

Get The Story Behind Dr. Hallowell’s Memoir

Matt Forte, Build NYC interviewed Dr. Hallowell  today to get the story behind his Memoir,  Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making of A Psychiatrist.  In his interview with … Continue reading Get The Story Behind Dr. Hallowell’s Memoir

Is Your Procrastination Style Working For You?

Is Your Procrastination Style Working For You by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest I bet you thought I was going to … Continue reading Is Your Procrastination Style Working For You?

ADHD and Marriage Advice from the Hallowells

In this Distraction Podcast, you’ll get ADHD and Marriage Advice from the Hallowells. Since Distraction is taking a mini break before we start Season 3, they’re re-airing a few of … Continue reading ADHD and Marriage Advice from the Hallowells

The New Refrain

There’s a new refrain I’m hearing more and more everywhere I go.  It used to be, “I’m so upset, I don’t know what to do.”  But that’s just not sustainable.  … Continue reading The New Refrain

Stigma Takes Lives!

Why Stigma Takes Lives – Often the worst part of a mental illness is not the illness itself but the societal shunning that results from it. Mental illness hits 20% … Continue reading Stigma Takes Lives!

What To Do When You’re Having A “Not Very Okay” Day

When you’re worried, stressed or having a “Not Very Okay At All” day, Dr. Hallowell recommends you “Never Worry Alone.” On those days when you’re not feeling quite right, remember … Continue reading What To Do When You’re Having A “Not Very Okay” Day

Dr. Hallowell’s Memoir

Dr. Hallowell’s Memoir Today marks the release of my memoir, Because I Come from a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist.  It’s unlike any book I’ve written before, this … Continue reading Dr. Hallowell’s Memoir

Stimulants and ADHD

This YouTube video is about stimulants and ADHD, more specifically the general stigma that steers people away from trying them as part of treatment for ADHD.  Used properly under medical … Continue reading Stimulants and ADHD

Harnessing the Power of Vitamin Connect

The Surgeon General named loneliness as the #1 medical problem in the country.  We live in a world characterized by what I call “the modern paradox”: miraculously connected electronically, we are … Continue reading Harnessing the Power of Vitamin Connect

ADHD CollegeCORE Coaching

What is ADHD CollegeCORE Coaching and how can CollegeCORE Coaching help you? CollegeCORE Coaching with Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC – Speech/Language Pathologist and Executive Function coach is available by phone, Skype, or … Continue reading ADHD CollegeCORE Coaching

Managing Anxiety and Toxic Worry

In this video, I discuss managing anxiety and toxic worry. Although anxiety and worry are common symptoms in life, excessive worry is not.  Worry is like blood pressure: you need … Continue reading Managing Anxiety and Toxic Worry

Stuck in a Rut at Work?

Are you stuck in a rut at work? How many times  have you found yourself sitting in a meeting, yawning, pinching yourself or grinding your teeth? Or how many days … Continue reading Stuck in a Rut at Work?

Adult ADHD, Diagnosis & Next Steps

In this follow-up video, I discuss adult ADHD, diagnosis & next steps. If you’re an adult who thinks you may have ADHD, it’s important to see a professional to get … Continue reading Adult ADHD, Diagnosis & Next Steps

Adult ADHD & High Achievers

In this VIDEO, on Adult ADHD & High Achievers, I explore why it’s not uncommon for high achieving adults who have ADHD, who may or may not know it, not … Continue reading Adult ADHD & High Achievers

ADHD and Focus at Work

Dr. Hallowell explains in this VIDEO how to reclaim your focus at work with ADHD. He discusses the “salience network” and the default mode network (DMN), which he calls the … Continue reading ADHD and Focus at Work

Curbing Your Cell Phone Addiction

Are you having difficulty curbing your cell phone addiction? One of the biggest drains on time and mental energy in modern life is what I call “screen sucking.” Screen sucking … Continue reading Curbing Your Cell Phone Addiction

Time is Precious

We all know that time is precious. Yet, even though sages through the ages have cautioned us to Seize the Day, we don’t. Time… rolls unnoticed. We spend it. Or … Continue reading Time is Precious

Dr. Hallowell on ‘Take Your Pills’ Netflix Documentary

Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts in this VIDEO on how this well meaning documentary meant to alert you to the dangers of stimulant medications used to treat ADHD misses the … Continue reading Dr. Hallowell on ‘Take Your Pills’ Netflix Documentary

The Real Danger of Digital Addiction

The Brain Equivalent of Global Warming The Real Danger of Digital Addiction by Dr. Hallowell / Psychology Today Nobody’s proven that digital addiction rots your brain.  Nobody’s proven that gaming 18 hours … Continue reading The Real Danger of Digital Addiction

Dr. Hallowell on Losing a Beloved Pet

If you’ve ever loved and lost a pet, you know how difficult it is to say goodbye. Recently our beloved dog Ziggy Marley passed away. He brought our family so much … Continue reading Dr. Hallowell on Losing a Beloved Pet

“Crazy” does not Equate Dangerous

Note from Ned – “Crazy” does not Equate Dangerous –  March 13, 2018 The first person I ever saw actually crazy, as opposed to crazy in the slang meaning of … Continue reading “Crazy” does not Equate Dangerous

Changing the Stigma and Shame of Mental Illness

Changing the stigma and shame of mental illness is important to me. You see, mental illness affected my family. My dad left home when I was 4 years old. I … Continue reading Changing the Stigma and Shame of Mental Illness

Accounting For Phone Time

Can You Handle the Truth? Accounting for Phone Time by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest Where does the time go? Why … Continue reading Accounting For Phone Time

ADHD and Time

In the world of ADHD, there are only two times: there is NOW, and then there is NOT NOW. In ADHD, time collapses, making life feel as if everything is … Continue reading ADHD and Time

How Alpha-Stim Reduces Anxiety

How Alpha-Stim Reduces Anxiety by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest Perhaps the most common concern my entrepreneur clients report is anxiety … Continue reading How Alpha-Stim Reduces Anxiety

Beating the Odds

I almost never thought about beating the odds. Although without realizing it,  I was actually beating them  every day. But when I looked back at my childhood and wrote about … Continue reading Beating the Odds

Children and Anxiety

Signs and How to Help Children with Anxiety – Anxiety –or what I call “toxic worry”–is rampant among children these days.  Ask any school teacher and she or he will … Continue reading Children and Anxiety

Managing Toxic Worry

Tips on Managing Toxic Worry  – While a healthy level of worry can help us perform efficiently at work, anticipate dangers, and learn from past errors, excessive worry can make … Continue reading Managing Toxic Worry

Don’t Let Anxiety Hold You Back!

If you’re struggling with anxiety, it may be hard to recall the last time  you weren’t feeling tense, worried, or on edge. Don’t let anxiety hold you back.  Anxiety can … Continue reading Don’t Let Anxiety Hold You Back!

Dr. Hallowell Addresses False Accusations

Dr. Hallowell Addresses False Accusation: I’m saddened to see false postings stating that I have connections to drug companies and Big Pharma.  I do not, and it is slanderous to … Continue reading Dr. Hallowell Addresses False Accusations

ADHD – No Creative, Productive Outlet

ADHD – NO CREATIVE, PRODUCTIVE OUTLET: All of us do better when we are creatively and productively engaged in some activity. It doesn’t have to be overtly creative, like writing … Continue reading ADHD – No Creative, Productive Outlet

ADHD and Isolation

ADHD and ISOLATION: Isolation is often the by-product of shame, pessimism, and negativity. It intensifies the shame and negativity, and can lead to depression, toxic anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, … Continue reading ADHD and Isolation

ADHD and Pessimism and Negativity

Yesterday, you learned how to handle SHAME.  Today, I’m tackling how to handle Pessimism and Negativity associated with ADHD. Pessimism and negative thinking create a roadblock that conscious intent can … Continue reading ADHD and Pessimism and Negativity

ADHD and SHAME

Today’s blog post will focus on  ADHD and SHAME (the “S” of S.P.I.N”)  Tomorrow’s blog will focus on P – Pessimism and Negativity. SHAME:  The older you get, the more … Continue reading ADHD and SHAME

ADHD and S.P.I.N. Cycle

HOW TO AVOID THE S.P.I.N. CYCLE OF ADHD: I often compare the ADHD mind to Niagara Falls, both wonders of gargantuan movement and energy.  The trick to making use of … Continue reading ADHD and S.P.I.N. Cycle

ADHD – Changing the Shame and Fear

The greatest learning disorder of all is fear. Getting rid of shame and fear are key!!  Kids, and this includes kids with ADHD, Dyslexia or any Learning Disorder, need to … Continue reading ADHD – Changing the Shame and Fear