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Archive for June, 2013

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Odds and Ends from Dr. Hallowell

I’ve seen a number of patients of mine, both children and adults, who have benefited from going on a gluten-free diet.  It’s not as hard as it sounds, as many stores now carry a full gluten-free section.  I’ve done it myself, to help me lose weight, and I’ve lost 20 pounds.  I just made some macaroni salad using rice flour based macaroni, and it was delicious.

I’ve also seen patients do well on a dairy-free diet.  I’m also doing this myself. For me, cheese has been the most difficult item to give up.  It’s worth a try, if you are getting less than perfect results from your current regimen.

What’s new?  Think more about what’s old, what’s tried and true, what’s tested and works.  Make sure you are doing all of those interventions before you look for what’s new.  What’s lasted, that’s what generally works.

Never forget the other vitamin C, vitamin connect.  I know I mention this all the time.  I do so because too many people ignore it.  Take time for a friend, a regular lunch every week, and I guarantee, not only will you be happier, but you will be healthier and more productive.

Don’t worry about being “appropriate”.  That is a killer word in the world of ADHD.  Just be well enough within social norms that you stay out of trouble.  This world needs “inappropriate” people, to chart new courses, break new ground.

Never worry alone.  Another one of my repeated bits of advice, taught to me by Dr. Thomas Gutheil, when I was a resident in psychiatry way back in 1980. Best advice I’ve ever received.  Never worry alone.

Wake up each day in search of a surprise.  Stay open enough to people that you can allow them to surprise you.  When was the last time you listened carefully enough to another person to hear something you did not expect?  It’s there, in every conversation, if you will only allow yourself to hear it.  We are so conditioned to hear stereotypes, it is difficult to hear the unique.  But it is out there.  Listen for it.

Try never to give in to the idea that the die is cast, your life is set and fixed, nothing of any magnitude will change.  Guess what?  Winning the lottery, even winning big, doesn’t have much of an impact.  After a year or so, the winners are back where they started, emotionally.  What does have an impact is free and available to anyone.  You know what I am talking about.  Don’t hold back.  Go for it.

Finally, laugh. Laugh, rejoice, and enjoy.  No matter what.

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