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Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Adult ADHD & Diagnosis & Next Steps

In this follow-up video, I discuss the steps towards making an ADHD diagnosis and the kinds of help available for adults.

Adults who have ADHD but do not know it are at much higher risk than the general population for serious problems. Depression and anxiety usually occur when ADHD goes undiagnosed. Even if depression and anxiety are treated, the underlying problem, if left untreated, leads to other problems.

The diagnosis of ADHD should mark the end of the worst times and the start of better times. Especially in adults, by the time the diagnosis finally gets made, a lot of bad years may have piled up and misery may saturate the person’s life. The diagnosis of ADHD tips all that to the good When this diagnosis’s made, right on that very day, right at the moment of diagnosis, the diagnosis shifts the bad that has happened into the light of science and out of the darkness of moral condemnation.

Most adults with ADHD are in such a hurry that even when everything appears to be going well in life, they don’t stop long enough to observe why their performance is inconsistent and they’re off their game.  By taking the time to consult with a professional to get an ADHD diagnosis, you take the first step towards laying claim to a better life. Give it some thought. No matter how well you’re doing, consider the fact that you could be doing even better.

Once the diagnosis is made, the next step is to find and develop your talents and develop. Usually a professional with set up a treatment plan.

ADHD Tips on Diagnosis & Treatment

Want to learn more about diagnosis? Listen to Dr. Hallowell’s Podcast on Unmasking ADHD: An In Studio Diagnosis.   

Fill out the form below to download 50 tips Free Handout NOW!

ADHD is a neurological condition that is usually genetically transmitted. It is characterized by distractibility, impulsivity and restlessness or hyperactivity. These symptoms are present from childhood on, and with a much greater intensity than in the everyday person, so that they interfere with everyday functioning.

Adult ADHD: 50 Tips of Management by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., and John J. Ratey, M.D.
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Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

ADHD 50-tips-free-handout

*50 Tips are adapted from Delivered from Distraction, Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., John J. Ratey, M.D., Ballantine, 2005

The treatment of adult ADHD begins with hope.

We break down the treatment of adult ADHD into five basic areas:
•    Diagnosis
•    Education
•    Structure, support, and coaching
•    Various forms of psychotherapy
•    Medication

Fill out the form below to download your copy NOW!

ADHD is a neurological condition that is usually genetically transmitted. It is characterized by distractibility, impulsivity and restlessness or hyperactivity. These symptoms are present from childhood on, and with a much greater intensity than in the everyday person, so that they interfere with everyday functioning.

Adult ADHD: 50 Tips of Management by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., and John J. Ratey, M.D.
Enter your name, email & state below and we will send you a link to your FREE Download!


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Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

ADHD: late teens and twenties are often make-or-break years

Make or break years

One of the most pressing needs for people who have ADHD, or any other learning difference, is “getting launched,” finding a job, finding some activity in this world that someone else is willing to pay you to do that is meaningful and does not involve breaking the law.

The late teens and twenties are often make-or-break years for these young men and women.  If they do not do well in the world of standard college education or even trade school, if they have trouble fitting into learning institutions, if they do not fit a typical 9-5 environment, then their talent can go to waste, or not get recognized at all.

I’ve spent my entire career discovering that these people usually have enormous talent, and that it is worth the effort to go in search of it. Parents’ basements, unemployment lines, rehab centers or homeless shelters are not the places for them to find their talents.  Sadly, often there are few other places for them once they reach a certain age.

I’d been waiting a long time for the two incredible men who created InventiveLabs to come along when they did.  What they created is a godsend.  Let me tell you a little bit about it.

I have been an advisor for InventiveLabs since before they opened their doors and it has been impressive to watch two seasoned entrepreneurs, Rick Fiery and Tom Bergeron, work as hard as they have to evolve their business. Each year they have expanded their offering to people in the learning differences community where they work with people with ADHD, dyslexia or who are on the autism spectrum. They offer Gap-year, entrepreneurship and career prep programs, but I think their latest evolution is a real game changer for these folks and their families!

From the beginning, they knew that to truly make an impact, they needed to get corporations to buy into their vision of celebrating the tremendous strengths and abilities of people with ADHD and other learning differences. They are now engaging with companies to reserve some of their precious college internships and co-ops, for people who participate in InventiveLabs Career Prep program. These will be real pathways to employment in careers such as cybersecurity, programming or marketing; for positions that are normally offered only to college graduates. The first company they have signed up for this program should be celebrated as an innovator- Bentley Systems in Exton, PA.  They are a multinational software company, with subsidiaries in over 40 countries, and a CEO and team that truly get the mission. InventiveLabs is working with Bentley to define positions that leverage the strengths of people with learning differences. The Lab will then recruit candidates for these spots and train them on how to fit into an accepting corporate environment and prep them for the business elements of the chosen position. The interns will have the opportunity to earn a full-time position.

Why is this such a game-changer? Companies have almost become trained to simply tick the box that says “college degree required” for their internships and higher-level positions. It is almost becoming muscle memory. InventiveLabs is challenging that assumption by pointing out that they are missing some of the brightest minds on the planet. Many of these brilliant young people are trapped at home or in dead-end jobs that do not leverage their strengths. This movement, when it spreads to other companies, can liberate them and allow them to shine without constraint.

This is a movement that is long overdue.  I am proud to say that InventiveLabs, a group I backed from the very beginning, is leading the way. If you know somebody who is stuck, and could benefit from the opportunity to work with them, please send that person to www.inventivelabs.org to apply for the next session starting in September 2018. And, if you work for a company with an internship program, or you have the ability to take on interns from InventiveLabs yourself, please contact Rick or Tom. I know for a fact they will be thrilled to take your call. Their contact details are on their website –www.inventivelabs.org or you can reach them via email at info@inventivelabs.org.

Dr. Hallowell will host an Open House at InventiveLabs on May 31, 2018. Look for updates on our Events Page.

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Adult ADHD & High Achievers

In this VIDEO, I explore why it’s not uncommon for high achieving adults who have ADHD, who may or may not know it, not to get help. A lot of people think that if you’re doing well in life, like Bubba Watson, or other successful people with ADHD, you don’t need help. As a child and adult psychiatrist and someone with ADHD, I know firsthand that adults with ADHD who are diagnosed and treated live a much better life than those who aren’t.

ADHD does not have to keep you from achieving your dreams. When managed right, ADHD can take you to the very top. When managed incorrectly, it can lead you down a terrible path. That’s what makes ADHD so interesting. It can make you or it can break you. Find out why getting the proper help can make the difference.

LISTEN to Jaime Diaz discuss Dr. Hallowell and Bubba Watson.

Interested in learning more about Adult ADHD, click here.

Do you have questions about ADHD? Dr. Hallowell answers the top 10 ADHD questions HERE.

In Part 2, which will be released on Thursday, I’ll discuss the steps towards making an ADHD Diagnosis and the kinds of help available for adults.

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Managing Your Time: Hey Big Spender! Part 3 of 3

by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest

In my previous blog on Managing Your Time, I urged you to look at “time” as you do “money.” I invited you to assign a dollar amount to each work task in your day. By the end of the day, ideally, if you did everything on the list, you’d figuratively earn a day’s pay. If you slacked off instead, it would reflect in your bottom line. In this blog I’m suggesting you think of every minute of your workday as a dollar. Periodically throughout the day, ask yourself: Am I wasting or saving time right now?

Time is more precious than money. There are many similarities: they are limited, have value, and are measurable. If you viewed your time this way, you might be shocked to see how much better you are with your money than you are with your time. The difference between the two is that you can earn money back, but not time.

Consider viewing time spent playing video games, surfing social media, consenting to interruptions, and worrying as “throwing time” out the window. If you “throw out” an average of four hours a day ( 240 minutes) with every minute at $1, it’s $240 lost a day, x 7 days is $1680 a week out the window! Would you throw $1680 out the window every week? Hell, no! If you’re conservative with money, thinking of “time as money” is a great way to think twice before you act.

Need some extraordinary ways to manage time? Let me know. Rebecca@MindfulCommunication.com

Friday, April 6th, 2018

ADHD Parenting

Please consider attending one or more parenting programs:

April 9-20, 2018 The 7th Great Parenting Show

PARENTS: Are you frustrated, exhausted and tired of spinning your wheels?  Then the The 7th Season of The Great Parenting Show is for you! Parenting experts, including Dr. Hallowell, will answer your frequently asked questions about raising children with special issues such as ADD, sensitive kids, kids with special needs, digital issues, etc. Register FREE now while there’s still time.

April 13, 2018 Parenting Your Child with ADHD Ages 6 – 12

Contact Shelley MacLeod, LICSW to register at 978-287-0810 x 119, shelley.macleod@gmail.com,
Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest $400 Fridays 10:30- 12pm, 8 weeks
• Understand ADHD and the impact on executive functions
• Foster self-esteem and effective family communication
• Address challenging behavior
• Help your child enhance social skills
• Develop positive working relationships with schools
• Connect with other parents

The Real High School Story

Two day workshop designed to help students develop and practice skills to deal with unique challenges. 2 Sessions, April 14th & 15th, 3-7pm At the Hallowell Center NYC.

 

April 26-30, 2018 The Bright and Quirky Child  Online Summit.

Strategies to help your bright child thrive, even with focus, learning, social, emotional or behavioral challenges. Sign up at Bright and Quirky Conference 2018.

May 31, 2018 InventiveLabs

Dr. Hallowell will keynote an Open House at InventiveLabs, Amesbury Ma – A place of acceptance for alternative learners to discover a career, start a business or experience a Gap-year.  Save the Date –  More information to follow.

July 15-20, 2018 –  Dr. Hallowell Summer Camp,  Week long 

Hallowell Summer Adventures ADHD Family Summer Camp for Parents, children and siblings. Click here for more information.

Additional Resources:

ADHD and Teens

ADHD for Parents

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