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Archive for October, 2018

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Busting ADD Myth #10 – ADHD is caused by bad parenting

Busting Myth #10 – ADD / ADHD is caused by bad parenting, too much electronics, pollution, or environmental stress.

FACT: While the FACTors listed above can make ADHD worse–or life in general worse–they do not cause the condition.  In most cases, one inherits a genetic predisposition to ADHD which the environment then draws out, or does not, depending, of course, on the environment.  As the growing field of epigenetics is proving, there is a life-determining interaction between a person’s genetic endowment and the environment in which he or she lives

If you know a child or adult with ADHD or are suffering from low self-esteem as a result of your ADHD, I invite you to sign up for this FREE online ADDitude webinar on October 31 at 1:00 PM ET: From Shame and Stigma to Pride and Truth: It’s Time to Celebrate ADHD Differences.

Even if you can’t attend at 1:00pm, if you sign up, you’ll receive a link to listen at your convenience  Learn more and register HERE!

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If you want to learn more about parenting your ADHD child, read “Loving Your Child in the Face of Opposition.”


Drs. Hallowell and Jensen fully understand the real and everyday challenges–both at home and at school–facing parents of an ADD child, and offer practical strength-based techniques that put the talents, charms, and positive essence of your child ahead of any presumed shortcomings. LEARN MORE.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

The Future of ADHD is VAST

Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on the current state of ADHD / ADD, Treatment and Advances, etc. in S3 Mini 6: The Future of ADHD is VAST. This 5 minute episode will have you thinking about ADHD in a whole new way!

VAST stands for Variable Attention Stimula Trait – it’s a new name Dr. Hallowell and Dr. Ratey coined for the condition– expanding its reach to include millions of people.  LISTEN NOW!
October is ADHD Awareness Month. Learn more:
Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Busting ADHD Myth #9 – ADHD / ADD meds are dangerous

MYTH #9: ADHD / ADD medications are dangerous and addicting.

FACT:  While the medications used to treat ADHD, ADD can be dangerous and addictive, if they are used properly they can be totally safe and hugely helpful.  When they are used properly, and when they work, which is in 80% of people who have ADHD who try them, they are like eyeglasses for the mind: they produce mental focus.  And, when monitored properly, they cause no side effects, other than appetite suppression without unwanted weight loss.  Used properly, these medications are very safe and highly effective.  First used to treat what we now call ADHD in 1937 (most people have no idea these medications have been around that long), stimulant medication can turn a child’s or adult’s life completely around.  While medication should never be the only treatment (education, lifestyle modification, exercise, and coaching or tutoring should also be included), it can be an extremely helpful component of the treatment regimen.

Learn more about Stimulants and ADHD HERE.


Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

ADHD and College

If you don’t have ADHD, it is difficult enough to make the transition from home to a college or university. If you do have ADHD, it is perilous far beyond what most people imagine. If you do not prepare in advance, the changes are good that you will stumble.

In this special Distraction episode on Why College Can Be Daunting For ADHDers  sponsored by Landmark College, Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD, shares the problems she faced  with new demands and less support in college.

To avoid the dangers of college, information and preparation make all the difference. First of all, parents and students should know in advance that going from home to college means going from a place of dependence and high supervision to a place of independence and low supervision. It is a jarring, albeit longed-for transition, one that students who have ADHD are particularly ill-equipped to handle. Parents and students ought to prepare for this transition methodically, instead of simply letting the student jump into the college environment literally overnight, hoping he or she can swim.

Even if your child does not have ADHD, I recommend that you begin during senior year of high school to prepare your child for the transition to college. If your child does have ADHD, this is crucial. Once  your child gets into college, you should then assist him or her to organize and run their life. You should not stop supervising them.

Dr. Hallowell’s Top 10 Tips for Parents, Children, Teachers and Students of all ages – how to make school rewarding and successful!

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Busting ADHD Myth #8 – You do not have ADHD if you can pay attention!

MYTH #8:  If you can pay attention, you do not have ADHD.

FACT:  People with ADHD can super-focus at times and pay better attention than anyone.  When what they are doing interests them they often go into a state of hyper-focus, such that they lose track of the passage of time or their biological needs and drives.  A child with ADHD may sit for hours meticulously putting together a model airplane. An adult may work with amazing concentration when faced with a deadline. Or an adult with ADHD may become obsessed with a project and complete it in a tenth of the time one would have predicted. This ability to hyperfocus heats up the furnace in the brain, so to speak, and melts down rigid elements so they may easily flow and commingle, allowing for new products to be formed once they hit the cool light of day.  It is when they are not interested that their minds wander.  But their minds do not go empty, which is why attention deficit is such a misnomer.  In ADHD attention wanders, but it never disappears.  Adapted from Driven to Distraction.

October is ADHD Awareness Month.  Dr. Hallowell shares how he feels about ADHD in “My Turbo ADHD Brain..


Friday, October 12th, 2018

ADHD? 7 habits to get the most out of life!

One way to understand how to get the most out of life with ADHD is to develop habits to help you succeed. In Distraction S3 Mini 5: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective ADHD Adults, Dr. Hallowell reviews his list:

1.  Do what you’re good at.  Don’t spend too much time trying to get good at what you’re bad at.  You did enough of that in school.

2.  Get well enough organized to achieve your goals. 

3.  Connect your energy to a creative outlet.

LISTEN NOW to hear all 7 tips. Perhaps you’ll apply some to your own life or be inspired to develop your own habits.

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