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CrazyBusy Tips

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Updated for iOS 8 including new content from Dr. Hallowell and new focus-building games!

Dr. Hallowell’s CrazyBusy Tips guides users to highlight areas in their lives that feel out of balance, analyzes and then summarizes these responses into red, yellow, and green categories, depending on the return on time invested and worth-it scores.  The app offers customized and specific suggestions based on the analysis.
The CrazyBusy Tips app also offers 15 focus and attention-building games, loads of helpful content from Dr. Hallowell, and helpful tools including a stopwatch, gratitude tracker, to-do list, and an introduction to meditation. Let Dr. Hallowell help you manage your CrazyBusy life!


Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell is a New York Times best-selling author. He has written 20 books on ADHD and various social and psychological topics as well as many scholarly articles.  You can review all of his books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, iBooks and IndieBound.
Below you’ll find brief descriptions of his books, as well as links to learn more about them. Click through “learn more” or the picture of the cover for more information, or “Buy Now” to purchase.

Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of A Psychiatrist

Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of A Psychiatrist

When Dr. Edward “Ned” Hallowell was eleven, a voice out of nowhere told him he should become a psychiatrist. A mental health professional of the time would have called this psychosis. But he took it in stride, despite not quite knowing what “psychiatrist” meant. With a psychotic father, alcoholic mother, abusive stepfather, and two so-called learning disabilities of his own, Ned was accustomed to unpredictable behavior from those around him, and to a mind he felt he couldn’t always control. The voice turned out to be right.

Because I Come from a Crazy Family, tells the often strange story of a childhood marked by what he calls the “WASP triad” of alcoholism, mental illness, and politeness, and explores the wild wish, surging beneath his incredible ambition, that he could have saved his own family of drunk, crazy, and well-intentioned eccentrics, and himself.

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Driven to Distraction At Work

Harness the Power of Focus!

How to Focus and Be More Productive by Dr. Hallowell

Available at:Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  Books-a-million, iBooks and Indiebound.

This valuable book is for everyone wrestling to maintain focus at work! It is a business book, not a book on ADHD (although there is one chapter devoted to ADHD).

Stop workplace demands from wreaking havoc on your performance and sense of well-being!

Dr. Hallowell, known for his work with children and adults, now identifies the underlying reasons why people really lose their ability to focus at work—where many of today’s adults feel distracted and unproductive. He explains why commonly offered solutions like “learn to manage your time better” or “make a to-do list” just don’t work because they don’t address the deeper, underlying issues of mental distraction at play. Read more here.

Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People

By Edward Hallowell
Published January 13, 2011
SHINEYour job as a manager is getting harder all the time. But your most critical responsibility–especially in today’s world of intensifying competition and economic stress–is how to help your people shine their brightest.
What do you do when your most talented employees fall short of their potential? How do you inspire a solid contributor to strive for more? What should you try if a star player falls off their game?
Brimming with Hallowell’s trademark candor and warmth, Shine is a vital new resource for all managers seeking to inspire excellence in their teams.
Brimming with Hallowell’s trademark candor and warmth, Shine is a vital new resource for all managers seeking to inspire excellence in their teams.
Order your copy now at Amazon, Barnes & NobleBooks-A-Million, iBooks or IndieBound.

MARRIED TO DISTRACTION: Restoring Intimacy and Strengthening Your Marriage in an Age of Interruption

Married to Distraction
All of us who have been part of a couple for more than a few years will recognize ourselves in this reassuring book. Complete with scripts, tips, specific communication and interaction techniques, and a detailed 30-day reconnection plan, as well as inspiring real-life stories from relationships that were brought back from the brink, Married to Distraction will set couples on a course of understanding, healing, and love. Learn More!


Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

delivered_100For those who wish to learn about ADD, or who have been recently diagnosed with ADD, Delivered from Distraction is a thorough introduction to what ADD is, how it is diagnosed, the biological roots of ADD, and strategies for treating and succeeding with ADD. Learn more!

SUPERPARENTING FOR ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child

super-parenting-addDrs. 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!
Buy SUPERPARENTING FOR ADD at Amazon, Barnes & NobleBooks-A-Million, iBooks or IndieBound!

CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! : Strategies for Handling Your Fast-Paced Life

crazybusy_100Being busy is a problem for almost all of us. This book is about both the opportunity and the problem — where this peculiar life comes from and how to turn it to your advantage. Offering solutions to this difficult, complex problem that might work for you, most importantly, Crazybusy may prompt you to create solutions of your own.
Buy CrazyBusy now at Amazon, Barnes & NobleBooks-A-Million, iBooks or IndieBound!


CONNECT: 12 Vital Ties That Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, and Deepen Your Soul

connect_100Although our culture is focused on achievement, it is not our accomplishments that sustain us. It is the connections we make along the way. Dr. Hallowell outlines the steps we can take to make or reaffirm the connections that nourish the hungry heart.
Buy CONNECT: 12 Vital Ties… now at Amazon, Barnes & NobleBooks-A-Million, iBooks or IndieBound!



The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy

This book is brimming with good news about raising children–the basic reassuring news about happiness and unconditional love, about enduring family connections and kids who grow up right. The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness outlines a 5-step plan that all parents can use in giving their children the gift of happiness that will last a lifetime. Connection, play, practice, mastery, and recognition: as fundamental as these five concepts are, they hold the key to raising children with healthy self-esteem, moral awareness, and spiritual values.
The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness awardedViewpoints.com, a leading consumer reviews site, recently named The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness in its guide to the best parenting books!
Buy the Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness now at Amazon, Barnes & NobleBooks-A-Million, iBooks or IndieBound!


Here is the first book to explore every facet of the most common and debilitating emotional state: worry. While a healthy level of worry can help us perform efficiently at work, anticipate dangers, and learn from past errors, in its extreme forms worry can become “toxic”–poisoning our pleasures, sabotaging our achievements, and preventing us from resolving actual problems.In this lucid, reassuring book, Dr. Hallowell discusses all types of worry, explores their underlying causes, and considers the best strategies for coping.

When You Worry About the Child You Love

worry_100There are a ton of books that offer child-rearing advice, and only a few less that describe research on childhood emotional and learning problems; this is one of the few books that combines the two. When You Worry About the Child You Love will help you understand why your child is unhappy or underachieving, will help you help your child to manage her emotions, and perhaps most important, will help parents do what they can and stop blaming themselves. (Amazon.com Review)
Buy When You Worry About the Child You Love now at Amazon, Barnes & NobleBooks-A-Million, iBooks or IndieBound!

A Walk in the Rain with a Brain

walk_100Each brain finds its own special way — that’s the message in this delightful, colorful story by America’s foremost expert on learning and childhood development. At many of Dr. Hallowell’s lectures worldwide he has read a story he wrote for children about how each person’s brain is unique — and it has resonated among the thousands of parents, teachers, and others who have heard it. This is an illustrated version of that story.
Buy A Walk in the Rain with a Brain now at Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & NobleBooks-A-Million or IndieBound!

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood

driven_100A classic in the field of ADD, Driven to Distraction was one of the original books to clearly explain ADD and dispel many common myths about it, while also describing many of the treatments for ADD as well as the research about it at the time. While Delivered From Distraction is more up-to-date, Driven to Distraction is still a helpful reference.
Buy Driven to Distraction at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, iBooks or IndieBound!

Answers To Distraction

Answers To Distraction provides practical solutions to the dilemmas of ADD. This ”user’s guide” to ADD is presented in question-and-answer format ideal for even the most distractible reader. Each chapter covers a specific aspect of ADD, such as ADD in women, ADD and aggression, ADD and addiction, or ADD and work.
Buy Answers To Distraction now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, iBooks or IndieBound!

Human Moments: How to Find Meaning and Love in Your Everyday Life

Human Moments proposes a simple, effective way to find happiness and love in this totally unique guide to living a fulfilling life. Dr. Hallowell teaches us how to recognize and appreciate a “human moment,” an instance when we recognize and connect to things that really matter most in life and make it worth living.
Buy Human Moments now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, iBooks or IndieBound!

Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform

Frenzied executives who fidget through meetings, lose track of their appointments, and jab at the “door close” button on the elevator aren’t crazy–just crazed. When a manager is desperately trying to deal with more input than he possibly can, the brain and body get locked into a reverberating circuit while the brain’s frontal lobes lose their sophistication, as if vinegar were added to wine. The result is black-and-white thinking; perspective and shades of gray disappear.
Buy Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform now!

The Human Moment at Work

In the last decade or so, technological changes–mainly voice mail and e-mail–have made a lot of face-to-face interaction unnecessary. Face-to-face contact has also fallen victim to “virtuality”–many people work at home or are otherwise off-site. Indeed, most people today can’t imagine life without such technology and the freedom it grants. The strategic use of the human moment adds color to our lives and helps us build confidence and trust at work. We ignore it at our peril.


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