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Friday, April 27th, 2018

Harnessing the Power of Vitamin Connect

The Surgeon General named loneliness as the #1 medical problem in the country.  We live in a world characterized by what I call “the modern paradox”: miraculously connected electronically, we are growing disconnected interpersonally. This social isolation is as dangerous a risk factor for early death as cigarette-smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity. In this VIDEO, I discuss harnessing the power of “the other Vitamin C, Vitamin Connect.”

While we are far more connected electronically than ever before, we are missing the “human moment.” We’re texting instead of talking. We’re glued to our phones while out with friends (take a look at the photo – that’s what social disconnection looks like.)

Maybe you feel powerless; you think disconnection is a sign of the times.   I’m here to tell you that it’s a problem we can solve. It’s in your power to live a life rich in human connection. I’m not just talking about person to person. You can connect by joining a club, team, connecting with your neighbors, having a pet or a hobby. Join me and find out how to add Vitamin Connect to your daily life.

What more tips on improving family and community connections? CLICK HERE!

Learn more about CONNECT: 12 Vital Ties that Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, and Deepen Your Soul

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Time for some Vitamin C?

Connection, which I call the other vitamin C, is as essential for health, success, joy, and longevity as ascorbic acid. So let’ put technology aside this weekend and get  out and pursue real-live connections.  Whether you decide to visit a family member, get a cup of coffee with a friend or neighbor, the point is to connect with someone and get your dose of Vitamin C.

Five suggestions for improving family connections HERE!

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Because I Come From a Crazy Family – The Making of a Psychiatrist

  Dr. Hallowell reads from the first paragraph of his Memoir ” I come from an old New England WASP family….”  on YouTube.

This book tells the story of his childhood through first years of psychiatry. http://www.drhallowell.com/books/neds…

Read more about his first memoir: Because I Come from a Crazy Family – The Making of a Psychiatrist.

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Managing Toxic Worry

While a healthy level of worry can help us perform efficiently at work, anticipate dangers, and learn from past errors, excessive worry can make an otherwise sane person seem crazy, devoid of sound judgment, peace of mind and happiness. So how do you curb the anxiety associated with stress and toxic worry?
First, it helps to understand what I call the basic equation of worry. This is a good way to conceptualize where toxic worry comes from:

Heightened Vulnerability + Lack of Control = Toxic Worry.

The more vulnerable you feel (regardless of how vulnerable you are) and the less control you feel you have (regardless of how much control you actually have), the more toxic your worrying will become. Therefore, any steps you can take to reduce your feelings of vulnerability and/or increase your feelings of control will serve to reduce your feelings of toxic worry.

But how do you stay out of the paralyzing grip of toxic worry? If you’re walking through a minefield, how do you not feel so afraid that you can’t take another step? You need a plan. When you have a plan, you can turn to the plan for guidance, which immediately makes you feel as if you are less vulnerable and more in control whether you are or not. So whether the danger you perceive stems from the poor economy, a concern about your children, or a mole on your forearm that you think might be melanoma, you need a method to keep your fear from running wild so you can systematically dismantle the problem and take control.

10 Tips for Controlling Worry

  1. Never worry alone.  When you are alone, toxic worry intensifies. So talk to someone you trust – a friend, your spouse, a colleague, a relative. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Get plenty of vigorous exercise.  Exercise is an anti anxiety agent and reduces the accumulated noise and helps relax you.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 an organization coach. BLUBERYL.org empowers individuals to identify, organized and master their organization skills. The National Association of Professional Organizers is another resource for finding coaches.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Avoid watching too much TV or reading too many newspapers and magazines.
  10. Get regular doses of positive human contact (connect – the other vitamin C.) Avoid doses of negative human contact.  In other words, try, as much as you can, to be around people who are good to you and not be around people who are not.   

Learn how the Hallowell Center Can Help You.

Listen to Dr. Hallowell’s Podcast discussion on Worry.

For a dose of optimism, listen to Dr. Hallowell’s Podcast on “If You Believe It, You Can Do It!

Adapted from: Worry: Hope and Help for a Common Condition
Edward M.Hallowell, MD, Ballentine, 1997

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Free Sample Chapter Dr. Hallowell’s Memoir

Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of A PsychiatristI’m excited to tell you about a book I’ve been working on for the past two years. It’s unlike any book I’ve written before. I love my previous books, all 19 of them, but this one is completely different. It’s not about ADHD or any other psychological topic. It’s a memoir. It’s about my own funny, off-beat, and sometimes crazy life starting with my pretty unusual childhood.
It’s entitled “Because I Come from a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist”. I tell stories of my growing up and my early training in psychiatry. Everything in the book is true, it all really happened, and it’s written straight from my heart.
I never would have dared to write it, let alone allow it to be published, had not my wife, Sue, pretty much demanded that I do it. She insisted that people would be interested in it, that my story was so poignant that it would give other people hope and encouragement. She urged me just to write about what happened when I was a little boy, and then through college and med school and residency. She told me that readers would welcome my story with open arms and feel uplifted and entertained by reading it
Since Sue never steers me wrong, I took a deep breath, hoped for the best, and wrote the memoir. I laughed and I cried as I wrote it, I amazed myself at how clearly I remembered what happened so long ago (dispelling any fears I might have harbored about having Alzheimer’s!), and how funny, eccentric, unpredictable, and road-less-taken my family truly was.
Mine was certainly a family of originals. Some crazy, some just odd, some pretty tragic, but all full of life, which I render as vividly as I can in the book.
If you’re interested in crazy families—and what family isn’t a bit crazy—and if you wonder what training in psychiatry actually entails, I hope you’ll read my memoir. It comes out June 12, but you can pre-order it on:
It will help me if you do that, as it will show there is advance interest in the book, and that Sue was correct, people actually will want to read it! Thank you.

FREE Download Chapter 1 Because I Come From A Crazy Family

Edward Hallowell, MD
A portion of the author’s proceeds will be going to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Because I Come From A Crazy Family

When Dr. Hallowell was very young when he heard the call (quite literally, as he tells it) to become a psychiatrist. His childhood—spent in Cape Cod, Charleston, and Exeter—was spent surrounded by dysfunction, which he only later identified as mental illness. His father was manic-depressive, his mother was an alcoholic, and he had an abusive step-father. He also suffered from the learning disabilities ADD and dyslexia. Years later, when asked “Why do you want to want to become a psychiatrist?” he would answer, “Because I come from a crazy family.”
His desire to become a psychiatrist came from a place of love—he loved his family and wanted to help them, even if they were, as he has said, “certifiably crazy.” He credits his feeling of love and connection to his family, friends, and mentors as the thing that helped him beat the odds and build a happy, successful life, even if it was seasoned by many harrowing moments.
Because I Come from a Crazy Family is in many ways a paean to the mentally ill and those who love them. Dr. Hallowell is honest about these complicated relationships and the difficult years of his own life that accompanied them, and he hopes that this honesty will inspire others to destigmatize the “crazy” in their own families.
This is a book for fans of Dr. Hallowell’s distinguished work in ADHD treatment, fellow members of the psychiatric community, those who have experienced mental illness themselves or in those they love, and readers of all kinds interested in a memoir about finding love in a truly difficult family. A portion of the author’s proceeds will be going to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
It’s scheduled to be released June 12, 2018.
Pre-order your copy today from:
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