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Archive for September, 2017

Saturday, September 30th, 2017


The 8th annual ADHD Awareness Expo starts October 1st and runs through October 7th.

Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with ADHD, love someone affected by ADHD or simply want to learn more about ADHD, this is such a great opportunity to gather information from ADHD Experts, professional ADHD coaches, services providers and authors.  You’ll be able to interact with the ADHD community virtually from the comfort of your own home – free.

So take advantage of this free opportunity to learn more about ADHD.  CLICK HERE to register and claim your free spot to attend.

My episode will air Saturday, October 7, 2018 @ 12pm EST. I hope you’ll join me. Thanks.

Friday, September 29th, 2017

10 Tips to Managing Modern Life

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Being too busy can become a habit so entrenched that it leads you to postpone or cut short what matters most to you, making you a slave to a lifestyle you don’t like but can’t escape.  In part, it is the desire for control that leads people to lose it.  Modern life makes us feel as if we can be everywhere and do everything and gives us the magical tools to heighten the illusion. Dr.  Hallowell offers the following 10 principles to managing your time, attention and energy in this CrazyBusy world to help you can take back control, lead a sane life and be the person you really want to be

  1. Do what matters most to you:  Don’t spread yourself too thin – you must choose, you must prioritize. Be careful not to overcommit. Learn to say, “No thank you.”
  2. Create a positive emotional environment wherever you are: When the emotional atmosphere is less than positive, people lose flexibility, trust, enthusiasm, patience, humor, and creativity.  When you feel safe and secure, you feel welcomed and appreciated, you think better, behave better, and are better able to help others.
  3. Find your rhythm:  Get in the “zone”, follow your “flow.” When you find your rhythm, you allow your day to be taken care of by the automatic pilot in your brain, so the creative, thinking part can attend to what it is uniquely qualified to attend to.
  4. Invest your time wisely so as to get maximum return:  Try not to let time be stolen from you or let yourself fritter it away.  Attention is like money: if we don’t watch how we spend it, we waste it.
  5. Don’t waste time screen sucking (a modern addiction of looking at your iPhone, computer, any type of screen): Break the habit of having to be near your electronic devices at all times by changing your environment or structure. Schedule an amount of time you are allowed to be on the computer; plan mandatory breaks. Just “Turn It Off.”
  6. Identify and control the sources of gemmelsmerch in your environment:  Gemmelsmerch, the force that distracts a person from what he or she wants to or ought to be doing, is as pervasive and powerful as gravity.
  7. DelegateDelegate what you don’t like to do or are not good at.  Your goal should be not to be independent, but rather effectively interdependent.  You do for me and I do for you – this is what makes life possible.
  8. Slow down:  Stop and think.  Ask yourself, what’s your hurry?  Why wake up, already impatient, and rush around and try to squeeze in more things than you should? Your hurry is your enemy.
  9. Don’t multitask ineffectively (avoid frazzling):  Try giving one task your full attention.  You will do it better.
  10. Play:   Imaginatively engage with what you are doing.  This will bring out the best part of your mind, focus you on your task, and make you more effective and efficient.

Adapted from CrazyBusy Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD, Ballentine, NY, 2006.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Parenting Your Child with ADHD

Parenting Your Child with ADHD – 

The Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest

Group for Education and Support

Topics include:

  • Understanding ADHD and the impact on executive functions
  • Fostering self-esteem and effective family communication
  • Addressing challenging behavior
  • Helping your child enhance social skills
  • Developing positive working relationships with schools

Most importantly, connect with other parents of children with ADHD aged 6-12.

Starting October 21, 2018Fridays 10:30-12pm, 8 weeks, and we will skip the Friday after Thanksgiving.   

$400 ($50 per weekly session) Contact: Shelley MacLeod, LICSW to register 978-287-0810 x119              shelley.macleod@gmail.com



Monday, September 25th, 2017

ADHD Awareness Month

Dr Hallowell will answer your questions on the Distraction Podcast starting with a new Q&ADHD video series with @drhallowell on Facebook & Twitter!

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Monday, September 18th, 2017

ADHD Myths

Dr. Hallowell explains how certain perceptions or myths surrounding ADHD are just plain wrong. For instance, that ADHD isn’t real. These myths are harmful and detract from the importance of educating everyone about the truths of ADHD.

Read more in this U.S. News and World Health Report

by Jennifer Lea Reynolds

Friday, September 15th, 2017

How to Handle ADHD, Anxiety & More

In this week’s DISTRACTION Podcast S2 Ep 17, I had the pleasure of speaking with some of our listeners and answering their questions on:
  • how to change routines;
  • anxiety and how it’s related to muscular tension in the body;
  • dealing with emotional stress;
  • what is the correlation between ADHD stimulant medication and eating disorders; and more.
I always enjoy speaking with our listeners.  If you have a question for me, please send it to: connect@distractionpodcast.com or call 844-552-6663. Thank you.
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