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February 27th, 2015

Dr. Hallowell Discusses ADHD on Boston Chronicle Feb 27

Dr. Hallowell Discusses ADHD on WCVB Chronicle February 27, 2015

Learn how ADHD can:
  • Take a toll on marriage
  • Be a blessing
  • Pose serious risks
  • Help adults when they discover they have ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition commonly considered a childhood disorder. But millions of adults also struggle with staying focused at home, paying attention at work, and controlling their overall behavior. Tonight we meet some men and women coping with the consequences, and look at treatment options for adults.
Read more here.

February 24th, 2015

Dr. Hallowell Discusses ADHD on Boston Chronicle

Friday February 27th

Dr. Hallowell Discusses ADHD on WCVB Chronicle

Learn how ADHD can:
  • Take a toll on marriage
  • Be a blessing
  • Pose serious risks
  • Help adults when they discover they have ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition commonly considered a childhood disorder. But millions of adults also struggle with staying focused at home, paying attention at work, and controlling their overall behavior. Tonight we meet some men and women coping with the consequences, and look at treatment options for adults.
Read more here.

 

February 18th, 2015

Dr. Hallowell Discusses ADHD in Seattle, WA March 10-11

The Hallowell Todaro Center wanted to let you know of an exciting opportunity that will be offered to its current child clients.

As many of you know, Dr. Hallowell is coming to Seattle in March. While he is in town, he will be holding groups for children of all ages with ADHD. These groups are first come first serve, limited to 10 kids and are only open to families that are clients at the Hallowell Todaro ADHD center.

Dr. Hallowell, in his magical way, will discuss the strengths of ADHD, as he has experienced in his own life. There are times in all of our lives when one person or one event impacts us in ways we did not expect. Dr. Hallowell speaks about ADHD in a unique way that makes those who do not have ADHD, want it.

Groups will be held during the following timeframes:
Tuesday, March 10- 4:00-5:00-  Group for elementary age kids
Tuesday, March 10- 5:30-6:30- Group for Middle and high school and college age kids.
Wednesday March 11- 4:00-5:00- Group for siblings of kids with ADHD.

Groups will be $100 per child and space will be reserved by calling the center at 206-420-7345. Please leave a message if Amanda is not in the office when you call.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, you can purchase your tickets to his speaking event taking place at Town hall at 7 pm on March 11th here.  Find out more about the Hallowell Todaro Center.

February 11th, 2015

Dr. Hallowell Explains How Snow is a Metophor for Feeling Buried, and Finding Beauty

I am writing to you all from my home in Arlington, Massachusetts, where we have been given three to four feet of snow over the past two weeks. As I look out my windows now, the snow is drifted in places higher than I am, and I am six feet. When I let my dog, Ziggy, a Jack Russell who has ADD for sure, outside, he instantly sinks down, invisible under the snow, until, like the Phoenix, he bounds up and leaps around the yard, jubilant to have a new type of playground. He can’t find his usual spots to make his deposits, so, imaginative fellow that he is, he marks out new spots. Little does he know, they will soon be snowed over as well.

There’s a metaphor or two in here. What do we do when we are buried? I’ve been reading Joan Chittister lately. I recommend her highly. She is a Catholic nun, but she writes for everyone about life’s deeper matters. She writes about living in uncertainty, about needing faith in possibility more than in additional data, as we grapple with what we must grapple with.

I’ve had a lot to grapple with this month; perhaps some of you have as well. Life does offer up difficulties and unpleasant surprises on a fairly regular basis. Long ago I gave up asking why, as there is no definitive answer provided to us humans, at least while we are alive. We are left simply to cope with what difficulties arise, be they a lot of snow or a lot of other stuff.

What do we do when we feel buried under it all, such that we cannot find our usual resting places, our usual spots of repose? What do we do when our familiar landscape disappears under drifts?

I take a lesson from Ziggy. When I go out into life and find myself quickly sinking, I try to spring up and bound around just as Ziggy does, until I find a hospitable spot.

To do this I need muscles of resilience, muscles of hope and some kind of inner spring or shock absorber that propels me from the dark place I find myself buried in into the glittering new landscape the snow, all those difficulties, have created.

That’s the part I too easily overlook. When the snow falls, especially when it falls as heavily as it has of late, it creates a sparkling, twinkling, and in the sun at times blinding bedazzlement of beauty. It creates a new world, a world quite changed from the previous world we knew. If I stop feeling put upon–all that shoveling, all that digging out of difficulty!–and I take a moment to see what is right outside my door, and see it in the way I usually can’t, then I feel an invigorating wave of excitement, of energy, of hope. It is as if God (I believe in God, but if you do not, substitute the word Nature, or whatever word feels right to you) has thrown me a lightning bolt, a radical message to wake up and see life, and perhaps live life, in a new way.

The modern response to just about everything is to gather up data, more and more data, and based upon that, well, gather more data, until somehow a plan emerges from the swirl of confusing, contradictory data.

Ziggy doesn’t see it that way. He simply bounds on to do what he wants to do.

I am trying to do like Ziggy, to see all this snow–and my difficulties–that way, as heralds of a new world. As messages to take heart, to rise up with a jubilant heart, eager to carry on. But more than carry on, to exult in my precious chance to do so, fully aware that the day will come when I can do no more.

For today, I give thanks to Ziggy, and to the mysterious forces that send the many messengers to us like Ziggy. I pray I will always have eyes to see them.

February 11th, 2015

Dr. Hallowell in Seattle on March 11

March 11 – Seattle Town Hall Unwrapping the Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach to ADHD

Location:  Seattle, WA 206.420.7345  Time: 7:00PM

Dr. Hallowell’s goal is to help people master the power of ADHD while avoiding its pitfalls. Click here for complete information and registration.

February 9th, 2015

Dr. Hallowell Talks about ADHD and the Newly Opened Hallowell Todaro Center in Seattle, WA

Dr. Hallowell answers questions regarding ADHD: its treatment, the stigma associated with it and the idea of over-diagnosis in America in this article at ParentMap.com.

Find out more about the Hallowell Todaro Center.

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