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Archive for December, 2012

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Happy Holidays from Dr. Hallowell

Dear Friends,

In a year that is nearing its end amid tragedy, I wanted to reach out to you all and connect.

While Samuel Johnson, one of my heroes since I discovered his work in college, observed some 300 years ago, “We live in a world that is bursting with sin and sorrow,” it is also true that we live in a world that is brimming with goodness and grace, if we can but find it.

When I feel sad or hopeless, I urge myself simply to look around, not with eyes for what’s wrong, but with eyes keen for the details that pack every day with evidence of goodness beyond explanation: the bud that sprouts despite the freeze; the homeless woman on the street who sports red sneakers and an infectious grin; the child who shares her lunch with someone she doesn’t know; the dog who goes over and licks the man who’s asleep on the bench; the grumpy executive who decides to give back what he took; the worm that finds its way across the street without being crushed by a car; the cloud that casts a shade exactly when it was needed most; the song that lifts one stubborn heart enough that it can forgive; the aroma that says you’re home, even though you’re far away.

We live with so little to be sure of.  Life’s all a guessing game.  But I urge myself not to settle for what I can’t help but see, but to see what can’t help but settle my soul.

Last night I went to see a performance of Handel’s Messiah in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.  It was magnificent beyond words.  The sublime music, the words from the King James Bible, and the connection to all we dream of and hope for filled the room for a precious 2 hours.

Listening, I thought of all the people I connect with, which includes all of you who read these messages I send out, and I thought to myself, this is what we have, and this is very good.  The more we believe in and trust what we have, together, the stronger we become and the more able to rise beyond the sin and suffering with which this world bursts and reach the paradisical permanent place from which we can never be removed.

I wish you all the most joyous of holidays.

Ned

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Should my Child take a Holiday from Ritalin?

Approximately half of parents of kids with ADHD plan to reduce or discontinue their child’s ADHD medication over school vacations.

Dr. Edward Hallowell recommends the following considerations for vacation holidays from ADHD medications here.

 

 

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Dr. Hallowell’s Response to the CT Tragedy

I learned about this tragedy while standing in line at a juice bar.  The news was spreading from cell to cell, as jaws dropped all around me and people went pale.  What to say?  How to respond?  This quickly becomes a trauma, not only for the Connecticut community where it happened but for the country and the world.  How do we humans explain this to ourselves and to our children?  Gradually, facts will come out, theories will evolve, some perspective will emerge.  But, at core, we still will feel what we all felt when I was standing in line: shock, amazement, horror, and incomprehension.  We will invoke a word like “crazy” to explain what we can’t explain. I would urge us all to remind one another that while these random acts of terror and destruction do occur and will occur, they must not destroy our belief in one another.  Indeed, they prove how much we need each other, more than ever, how much we need each other to be there for us all, we need each other to group together and in our world wide community stand together as solid proof that sanity will prevail, love will prevail, and community will save us from the chaos tragedies like the one that happened in Connecticut seem to portend.  Now it is time to band together.  Now it is time to tell our children they are safe, because they are.  Now is not the time to hold back on life out of fear, but to step up and, together, boldly press on.  Together, we will prevail now, as we always have. – Dr. Edward Hallowell

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Dr. Hallowell’s Holiday Stress-Busting Tips!

A Survival Guide to managing ADHD and the Holidays  

Decorate the house. Done

Mail the holiday cards.  Done

Buy gifts.  Done

Sigh…if only planning for the holidays was that simple.

In reality though, for the nearly 9 million adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dr. Hallowell knows that the holidays create the perfect storm.  It’s a   stressful time for anyone and when you add ADHD into the mix, it can be overwhelming. Between juggling work, holiday parties, tons of lists, chaos with kids and unpredictable surprises along the way, it’s enough to send even the calmest person into a panic.

It’s a never ending cycle of to-do lists that never get done, juggling acts that falter and expectations that fall short.

 

So Dr. Hallowell offers the following tips to help cross out some of those items on your holiday to do list and ease the holiday headache for adults with ADHD and anyone else trying to remain sane in this crazybusy world:

 

1. Shop smart and shop early.  Last minute shopping is a big no.  There’s too much pressure.  So start as early as possible. 

2. Make a list of people you need to buy for and don’t buy too many gifts for each person.  That will keep the process from becoming too daunting. 

3. Create a schedule of events and don’t over schedule.  That will help you stay on task.

4. Get enough rest.  That will help you stay focused.

5. Carve out time to exercise or have some quiet time to yourself.  The downtime will really help when you’re in crunch time.

6. Keep up with your regimen during the holidays and be vigilant about it.  

The holidays are not the time to try something new.  They are the time to stick with what’s tried and true.  That will help ensure that you’re at your best this holiday season and you enjoy yourself.  Remember to take time and savor the joy of the moment.

Read more about ADHD here.

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Dr. Hallowell’s 5 Signs of Adult ADHD

Dr. Hallowell’s 5 Signs of Adult ADHD:

Chronic Lateness

Trouble Focusing

Procrastination

Disorganization

Forgetfulness

read more here.

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