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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.

October 26th, 2014

ADHD Virtual Expo Oct 26 – Nov 1

Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with ADHD, love someone affected by ADHD or simply want to learn more about ADHD it can be extremely daunting to discover the sheer volume of information that’s out there and available to you.

That’s why one of the voices of the ADHD population on the internet created the ADHD Awareness Expo – a virtual gathering of ADHD Experts, professional ADHD coaches, service providers and authors, gathered all in one virtual space to make your information gathering as easy as heading to a department store.

The 5th annual ADHD Awareness Expo is being held the week of October 26th through November 1st and the best part about it is that there’s no travel required.  That’s right – it’s held virtually, so all you need to do is grab a comfortable seat at your computer and explore all the ADHD products, services and options available to you.

I’ll be there, of course, since it’s such a great opportunity to gather information, find out more and simply interact with the ADHD community – did I mention attendance is free?  That’s right, all of this information, at your fingertips, from the comfort of your own home – free.

I’d love to “see” you there! Just register here to claim your free spot to attend.

October 24th, 2014

Anxiety & Stress Management without Medication

Rebecca Shafir from the Hallowell Center Sudbury led a CHADD of Northern Virginia and DC/Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center webinar on why emotional control is an important first step to school success. View the entire webinar here and read more here.

Oftentimes, anxiety can overcome a student during an important assignment. We tend to back away from stressful learning situations and are drawn to interesting learning situations. This is because learning is emotional! Learn the telltales signs of emotional disregulation, what to do about them to become a successful learner and non drug options:

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.
October 16th, 2014

Dr. Hallowell named Best of the Web – Blog award from Psych Central

#8. Dr. Hallowell’s Blog

This blog wins points on its simple, clear presentation. Dr. Hallowell is not offering an ultimate cure-all, but instead writes on the premise of ‘Live a better life.’ If you are the parent or teacher of a child with ADHD, this is definitely a site worth looking at. The blog includes innovative screening materials which reflect Dr. Hallowell’s extensive experience and expertise working in the field. Guest posts from people of varied ages and professions keep the blog fresh.

Read more at PyschCentral

October 11th, 2014

ADHD Awareness Month: Dr. Hallowell’s Call to Action in Huffington Post

The month of October is ADHD Awareness Month. It also marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of my book Driven to Distraction on ADHD. When it was first released, many medical experts dismissed the effectiveness of coaching as an ADHD management technique, or worse yet, questioned the validity of ADHD as a real condition. Now, ADHD is recognized as a real, brain-based medical disorder that affects people from all walks of life. We’ve come far since 1994 in our nation’s collective awareness of ADHD, but we still have far to go when it comes to our view of those with ADHD.

Read more in the Huffington Post.

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