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Archive for October, 2014

Monday, October 27th, 2014

ADHD is Not the Parent’s Fault

As a parent, it is important to remember that ADHD is not your fault, but a neuropsychiatric condition that actually can enable many positive traits! Check out Dr. Hallowell’s interview with Yahoo Parenting for how to best handle an ADHD diagnosis in your family.

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Dr. Hallowell’s Tips to Manage Worry, Anxiety

Edward M. Hallowell, MD

10 Antidotes for Anxiety

Anxiety is often brought on by “worry.” Many of you have written us asking for tips on how to curb the anxiety associated with stress and worry. Many of these tips are from Dr. Hallowell’s book “WORRY.” These are ten of our favorite tips for putting worry in perspective:

  1. All worry is not bad. Identify all the things you worry about and separate out the toxic to your health worries from good worry. Good worry amounts to planning and problem solving. Toxic worry is unnecessary, repetitive unproductive, paralyzing and life-defeating.
  2. Exercise at least every other day. It reduces the accumulated noise and helps relax you.
  3. Repeat the mantra “I’ll fix what I can and, then I’ll put the rest out of my mind,” when you feel anxious thoughts emerging.
  4. Add structure to your life where you need it. Often disorganization, poor time management creates anxiety. To help get you on track and calm your stress, consider hiring a organization coach. The National Association of Professional Organizers has a listing of such coaches near you.
  5. Reality – test your worry. Regain perspective. Share your worries with someone who should know if what you are worrying about makes sense or if you have exaggerated it. So many of our problems are the result of overactive imaginations.
  6. Use humor. Make friends with amusing people, watch a Marx brothers movie, tune into Comedy Central or a humorous sit-com. Humor restores perspective; toxic worry almost always entails a loss of perspective.
  7. Get plenty of sleep. One good way to fall asleep naturally is to focus on counting your breaths. Inhale on 2-3 counts and exhale on 5-6 counts. This relaxes you and gives you something neutral to think about.
  8. Avoid watching too much TV or reading too many newspapers and magazines.
  9. Never worry alone. You often find solutions to a problem when you talk it out with someone. The mere fact of putting it into words takes it out of the threatening realm of the imagination and puts it into some concrete, manageable form.
  10. Develop connectedness in as many ways as you can – with family, friends, organizations or nature. Take up a hobby that could get you involved in a local group – bird watching, cycling, walking etc. Consider volunteering for an organization that you care about.
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Listen to Dr. Hallowell on ADHD Coaching and 20 Years of Driven to Distraction

Dr. Hallowell and David Giwerc (addca.com) discuss the value of coaching for people with ADHD and how it has blossomed into a very sophisticated discipline on Attention Talk Radio. Finding the positive attributes in ADHD is important to move forward.

Dr. Hallowell explains that he invented coaching for ADHD. He found that coaching was more valuable than what a doctor could offer. When we are children, we often look to our parents. Coaching is good for adults because it is not often advisable to look to our spouses.

Coaching schools now provide a credentialing body and those with ADHD, and even those without, can tap into this valuable resource.

ADHD and dyslexia are an amalgam, an “alloy” of positive and negatives. Dr. Barkley has spent his career showing how crippling ADHD can be. I have devoted my career to showing how positive it can be. To call ADHD simply a disorder, disregards the positive,” says Dr. Hallowell.

“I would get help from other people, and I have learned how to extract the good parts of ADHD and dyslexia. It is through connection and effective cooperation that we have learned how to survive,” says Dr. Hallowell.

“Years ago, you would never see a coach presenting with a doctor,” says Mr. Giwerc. ADHD coaching is about igniting the brain as to what are your strengths and gifts. The ADHD brain is attracted to negative emotions and the ADHD brain has to work that much harder to find the positive. “We need to be a warrior against the negatives,” says Mr. Giwerc.

The show has been archived and is available for listening or downloading on the studio page at www.attentiontalkradio.com, www.facebook.com/attentiontalkradio, and on iTunes.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

When Should You Treat Siblings Differently?

“Because each child is a unique individual, interactions between each parent and each child will also be unique. Children can understand and accept this differential treatment, as long as there is constructive dialogue and clear explanation in the home.” Christina Nichols from Hallowell Centers New York offers advice to parents in Everyday Health.

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