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Friday, August 17th, 2018

NAMI NYS announces 1st Leader of Mental Health Awareness Honoree, Dr. Hallowell

NAMI-NYS is honoring Dr. Hallowell for his work in raising mental health awareness at their 2018 NAMI-NYS Educational Conference on:

Friday, October 26, 2018.

CLICK HERE for details and registration information.

Monday, August 13th, 2018

What Makes a Little Child Decide to Become 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. Years later, the voice turned out to be right and he did indeed become a psychiatrist.

Dr. Carole Lieberman was intrigued by Dr. Hallowell’s story and interviewed him for her show “Dr. Carole’s Couch.”  Listen to her interview with Dr. Hallowell’s as he shares his story in “What Makes a Little Child Decide to Become a Psychiatrist.

If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Hallowell, read his Memoir, Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making of A Psychiatrist.

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Get The Story Behind Dr. Hallowell’s Memoir

Edward Hallowell visits Build Series NYC on August 2, 2018 in New York. Photos by Noam Galai

Matt Forte, Build NYC interviewed Dr. Hallowell  today to get the story behind his Memoir,  Because I Come From A Crazy Family. 

In his interview with Matt, Dr. Hallowell shares his personal stories about why he loved his Mom, his dad’s mental illness, why he wrote his Memoir, his unusual journey to becoming a psychiatrist and even how he was conceived. His interview also supports the importance of removing the shame surrounding  mental illness.   LISTEN NOW!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

KMOX Profiles Dr. Hallowell

Enjoyed speaking with Charlie Brennan for his show: KMOX Profiles when I was in St. Louis.

We discussed my Memoir, Because I Come From A Crazy Family  The Making Of A Psychiatrist, my family stories, why we need to blow the lid off mental illness and be open about who we are, ADHD, the importance of connections, getting the right help and more.

Listen to our chat HERE.

Learn more about changing the stigma of mental illness. 

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

The Making of a Psychiatrist

Recently I had the pleasure to speak with Julie Rose, Top of Mind, BYUradio. We discussed my Memoir and why I became a psychiatrist. I also read a few passages.  LISTEN here!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Today marks the release of my new book, Because I Come from a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist.  

Unlike any book I’ve written before, this one only tells stories, true stories from my childhood and my early training in psychiatry.  I introduce you to the great array of eccentric, wonderful, colorful and yes, sometimes crazy people who populated my life.

Growing up I didn’t know we were any different from other families.  I thought the zaniness that surrounded me was just the way life was.  Everyone was very loving, often very funny, usually unpredictable, and most of the time a lot of fun.  This memoir is a celebration of craziness, my way of expressing my pride in my family in all our differences, craziness included.

It’s time to blast away the stigma that has plagued mental illness for thousands of years.  The fact is, many, if not most people of exceptional talent struggle with one or another of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses–depression, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, bi-polar disorder, reading disorders, or various personality disorders–yet they don’t seek help because they fear the shame and stigma that comes with the diagnosis.

I see these conditions as markers of talent.  When I diagnose someone, I tell them we are embarking on a process of unwrapping their gifts.  The mental illness can completely bury the talent so that it cannot emerge, or it can conceal it so that it can only partially emerge.  My job as a psychiatrist is not just to treat the illness but just as important to develop the talent, to encourage the growth of the healthy part of the person.

One reason I wrote my new book was to show personally, through characters in my own family, how talent and mental illness can appear in the same person; how lack of treatment can bring a person down, but also how proper treatment can save a person altogether; and how wonderfully freeing it can be to live true to oneself with others who appreciate who you are for who you are without shame or recrimination.

The great gift my family gave me was just that: permission, indeed, insistence to be real.  Our only real rule was don’t be a phony. And so in this new book I share with you all the true and wonderful characters I grew up with, and then the true and wonderful people who taught me psychiatry at the old Mass. Mental Health Center.  The best teachers I ever had were the patients who let me take care of them.  Like the people in my family, they could never be phony.  Sometimes I couldn’t understand them, but I always new they were real and true.

It gives me enormous pleasure to share with you all the gifts they gave to me through this memoir.

Please read more and order here

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