Most people have their secret cravings. But we who have ADHD specialize in one kind of craving. We crave carbs. It’s the pint, quart, or even gallon of Cherry Garcia … Continue reading Ice Cream at Midnight
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 … Continue reading My Write Difficult!
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…
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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…
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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’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
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
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
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
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
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 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”
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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