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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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November 27, 2018 – Core Brain Journal with Dr. Charles Parker – My Crazy Family – Lessons – Dr. Hallowell

October 30, 2018 – KUOW – Why Ned Hallowell Wants To Celebrate Craziness.

October 1, 2018 – i NEWSI’m a psychiatrist because I come from a crazy family.

September 22, 2018 – The Guardian – Mental Illness Swam In My Genes: why I was born to be a Psychiatrist.

August 10, 2018 – ADDitude Magazine – interview with Dr. Hallowell on  The ADHD March on Stigma.

August 3, 2018When A Family Member Survives A Suicide Attempt – With hope comes the very real dread that he will try to kill himself again, Tonic.vice.com.  Find helpful tips on preventing suicide at NAMI. 

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August 2, 2018 – Live in-studio interview at Build Series NYC with Matt Forte. Dr. Hallowell shares personal stories about his mom, dad and family members, why he wrote his memoir, and the importance of removing the stigma of mental illness. LISTEN NOW.


July 23, 2018 -Dr. Hallowell joins KMOX’s Charlie Brennen on KMOX’s Profiles to discuss how his novel sparked the revolutionary understanding of ADD and ADHD.

July 13, 2018 – Dr. Carole Lieberman interviews Dr. Hallowell  for her show, “Dr. Carole’s Couch.” They discuss, “What Makes a Little Child Decide to Become a Psychiatrist?”

June 29, 2018 – Top of Mind with Julie Rose, BYU radio – The Making of a Psychiatrist

June 26, 2018 – Donna Seebo Show – Radio interview Because I Come From aCrazy Family with Dr. Hallowell   Dr. Hallowell discusses various members of his family mentioned in his book and why he became a psychiatrist.

June 14, 2018 – Boston Globe by Kate Tuttle – The Gifts of Growing Up in a Crazy Family

June 12, 2018 – NPR Radio – Because I Come From A Crazy Family – A Personal Story of a Psychiatrist.

June 11, 2018Dr. Hallowell on NECN “The Take with Sue O’Connell” discusses “Destigmatizing Mental Health,” the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Boudain and why he wrote his memoir.

June 6, 2018 – Interview with Lisa Davis “Its Your Health.”

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July 15, 2018 Bowling Green Daily News – ‘A Crazy Family.’

June 12, 2018, Book Trib by Jim Alkon – Still Crazy After All These Years: The Making of a Psychiatrist

May 25, 2018, Nominated as Top Summer Read by PureWow!

Because I Come From A Crazy Family was 1 of 9 Books recommended by PureWow! to read in June.

“Sorry to have missed the event. My copy of the book arrived and I can’t put it down. Congratulations🎉” – Dixie

“We are all the products of our families–and all as crazy as they are. So the real power of this great book? Proving that none of us is alone. Powerful, harrowing, and outrageously reassuring!” –  Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of THE ESCAPE ARTIST

“Poignant, unexpectedly funny, and a brilliant read, this book is thoroughly relatable for anyone who has loved a complex person, worked to learn life lessons, and tried make the world a better place. In short, all of us.” –  Ken Duckworth M.D., Medical Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

“It’s one thing to turn the hardships you face into fuel for doing good for others. But it’s quite another, even braver thing to reveal details about those hardships publicly. Ned Hallowell has written a brave and illuminating book about overcoming odds.” –  Ann Curry

 Susan Taylor from Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY – “Wow! This book is the best explanation for becoming a psychiatrist that I have ever read. (Not that there have been that many….) Anyone with an interest in mental health, memoir, or WASP tradition will enjoy this book. Fascinating”

Library Journal Review:  Hallowell, Edward M. Because I Come from a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist. Bloomsbury USA. Jun. 2018. 414p. ISBN 9781632868589. $28; ebk.ISBN 9781632868602. MEMOIR

When asked for the umpteenth time, during the interview process for psychiatric internships after medical school, why he was interested in becoming a psychiatrist, Hallowell (Driven to Distraction) finally admitted the truth: “Because I come from a crazy family.” The author, who went on to become a guru to the ADD/ADHD community, here provides not only a memoir of his journey to academic and professional success but a family portrait that is part Cheever (the painfully polite but often mentally ill and alcoholic, New England branch) and part Faulkner (a Southern gothic interlude in Charleston, SC, is marked by horrific behavior exhibited by an enigmatic, occasionally drunk stepfather). In this readable narrative, Hallowell presents an unvarnished account ofhis learning challenges and the forces and faith that supported him during the years of turmoil preceding his accomplishments as pioneering psychiatrist. VERDICT Hallowell’s many followers will seek out this account. Those unfamiliar with his work will find much to appreciate and absorb in his clear-eyed retelling of a life path that easily could have gone a different way. Therese Purcell Nielsen, HunJington P.l., NY

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Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of Psychiatrist
by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-63286-858-9
406 pages

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