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Archive for April, 2017

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

ADHD and Time

Is your inner clock set to “ADHD time”?

Follow my 4 suggestions to diffuse the Time Bomb! No inner clock = procrastination. Read the article in ADDitude Magazine.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Book Group for The Compound Effect

Book Group – The Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest – 

7 week workshop with group support and discussion.

When: May 23, 7-8:30p.m.

Cost: $65/session in-person; Webinar $50/session

Who: For folks with or without ADHD or executive dysfunction

Contact: Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC- 978 287-0810 Ext 117 

Monday, April 24th, 2017

ADHD and S.P.I.N. Cycle


     I often compare the ADHD mind to Niagara Falls, both wonders of gargantuan movement and energy.  The trick to making use of the energy in Niagara Falls, and to doing well in life with ADhD, is building a hydroelectric plant.  You need to hook the energy up to some contraption that can turn it into a useful product.

     Whoever makes your diagnosis could say to you what might have been said to someone who lived next to Niagara Falls all her life but never understood how to deal best with a waterfall.  “This waterfall is an insurmountable obstacle if your goal is to paddle.  But, if you will change your plan, I can show you how you can turn this waterfall into something wonderful.  This waterfall can generate enough energy to light up millions of homes.  People will pay you for all that electricity.  You just need to throw away your paddle and build a hydroelectric plant.”

When treatment begins, you are on your way to building that plant.  Treating ADHD may seem as difficult as building a hydroelectric plant—but it can be just as successful.  You need to know some of the major pitfalls.

After an initial burst of improvement at the beginning of treatment of ADHD, there is usually a leveling off.  This may be followed by long, frustrating periods during which the person with ADHD—or the entire family—feels stuck, as if they are simply spinning their wheels instead of making the kind of progress they should be making.  Such spinning happens in people of all ages, but it is especially a problem in older adolescents and adults.  With children, the natural forces of development, coupled with the influence of parents and school, usually prevail and the child progresses.

However, when the diagnosis is not made until late adolescence or adulthood, prolonged periods of going nowhere can stultify treatment.  As one woman wrote to me, “I know you know this already, but there are some people who stubbornly resist help, who are caught in patterns too deeply rooted in the subconscious to be freed from.  Sometimes I wonder if I am one of those.  So don’t bet your money on this horse.  Remember, you can’t save everyone, kid.”

I call these periods of being stuck “spinning,” based on an acronym, S.P.I.N.  The term sums up the usual causes of getting stuck:

  • “S” stands for Shame.
  • “P” stands for Pessimism and Negativity.
  • “I” stands for Isolation.
  • “N” stands for No Creative, Productive Outlet.

Getting un-stuck often depends on reversing the influence of some or all of the components of SPIN.  You can do this with a therapist, a coach, a spouse, a support group, a friend, a pastor, a relative, or all of the above.

Check back tomorrow’s for suggestions on how to handle the SHAME associated with ADHD.


Friday, April 21st, 2017

ADHD, Time and Procrastination

In the world of ADHD: We have only 2 times: now & not now. Lack of inner clock = procrastination!

Follow Dr. Hallowell’s 4 suggestions to diffuse the Time Bomb in this ADDitude Magazine article.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

ADHD & the Family “Reputation”

ADHD Parent Tip: Try to change the family “reputation” of the person with ADHD. Reputations within families, like reputations within towns or organizations, keep a person in one set or mold. Recasting within the family the reputation of the person with ADHD can set up a fresh start and brighter expectations. If you are expected to screw up, you probably will; if you are expected to succeed, you just might. It may be hard to believe at first, but having ADHD can be more a gift than a curse. Try to see and develop the positive aspects of the person with ADHD and try to change their family reputation to accentuate these positive aspects. Remember, this person usually brings a special something to the family, special energies, special creativity, special humor. He (or she) usually livens up any gathering he attends, and even when he is disruptive it’s usually exciting to have him around. He or she has a lot to give;and the family, more than any group of people, can help him/her reach their potential.

More about ADHD and Parenting @ http://www.drhallowell.com/add-adhd/add-parenting/

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

ADHD and Entrepreneurs

Kelly Putter, Yahoo Finance  interviewed  Dr. Hallowell on how entrepreneurs are harnassing the Power of ADHD.

Today’s successful entrepreneur might possess an MBA, well-connected parents and plenty of chutzpah, but there’s one often misunderstood component and it goes by the four-letter acronym known as ADHD.

Experts say Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition shared by most entrepreneurs, some of whom have a knack for controlling their ADHD so they can foster success in their professional lives.

“I bet 80 per cent of entrepreneurs have it,” says Dr. Ned Hallowell, a U.S. psychiatrist and leading authority on ADHD. “Although way fewer have been diagnosed with it. Almost every entrepreneur I meet has it and when I talk to groups of entrepreneurs and describe ADHD they’re all jumping out of the chairs saying that’s us.” Read more HERE!

Dr. Hallowell on ADHD.

Tips for Entrepreneurs in Dr. Hallowell’s DISTRACTION Podcast on Things You Can Do to Finish What You Start. 

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