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Archive for April, 2013

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Dr. Hallowell comments on NY Times: ADHD and Sleep Disorders

Diagnosing the wrong deficit?  Could what looks like ADHD be a sleep disorder in disguise?

Dr. Hallowell comments: “For sure, sleep disorders including garden variety insomnia can cause symptoms identical to ADHD, and always should be asked about in the initial evaluation. Sleep problems and ADHD also often co-exist, each condition exacerbating the other. A good treatment plan will address both issues.”

Read the article at the NY Times.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Dr. Hallowell: Our Hearts are Heavy in Boston

“Regarding the recent senseless and horrific tragedy…”  How many times have we read those words since Columbine?  Columbine wasn’t the first, of course, but it did seem to mark the beginning of a string of terrors the like of which our world was not accustomed to before then but, sadly, has become all too accustomed to since.

How do we make sense of the latest terrible event, the one in my home state, in Boston, on the day of one of our most cherished, joyful, and glorious holidays?  And the running of our most celebrated athletic event, the Boston Marathon?

Not knowing who committed the terrible act, or why, I am unable to make sense of any sort out of what little I know.  I am, however, able to feel an avalanche of emotion, as I’m sure most everybody is.  I feel anger, sorrow, fear, and bewilderment.  I feel deep frustration that this kind of terror keeps on happening, like a dread drumbeat while the world lurches toward chaos and confusion.

But then I say to myself, “No.  I will not give in.  We will not give in.  As long as we live, we will stand together and oppose with all our might the forces of evil that would bring us down.”

We will do what we’ve been doing.  We will persevere.  We will band together and work to make our worlds safe, our towns, our communities, our schools, our everywhere’s.  We will band together in love and determination to protect each other and our ways of life.

We will not give in to evil.  We will always and everywhere stand for what’s good and strong and positive and we will shut down the forces of ruin whenever they rise up.  We will take the side of love against the side of hatred, we will take the side of courage against the side of cowardice, we will take the side of honor against the side of shame, we will take the side of hope against the side of despair, and we will shine light, for as long as we are able, into the Pit, into the darkness, into the gloom.

We, all of us, look to each other now in strength and hope and faith and good will.  We will prevail.  Together.  We already have, and we always will.

Evil is its own punishment, and love its own reward.  Let us reward each other every day and rest secure in the goodness that surrounds us always.

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Dr. Hallowell’s Strategies on how to Help Your Child’s CrazyBusy Life

Is your child’s life too fast paced?  Dr. Hallowell discusses the strategies to implement to help your child really succeed.  Watch this video from the Avenues School here.


Monday, April 1st, 2013

Dr. Hallowell in New York Times: ADHD Diagnosis is Handed out too Freely.

Dr. Hallowell in the NY Times article on ADHD maintains that while he still thinks that many children with A.D.H.D. continue to go unrecognized and untreated, he said the high rates demonstrate how the diagnosis is being handed out too freely. Read More in the New York Times

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