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Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Personal Story of a Psychiatrist

Dr. Hallowell spent his childhood surrounded by dysfunction. Listen HERE to his interview with Neal Howard, Health Professional Radio (HPR) as he shares stories about his dysfunctional family and how the difficult factors surrounding his childhood strengthened his desire to become a psychiatrist to be able help his family.

Dr. Hallowell wrote his book,Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making of A Psychiatrist, to inspire others to destigmatize the “crazy” in their own families.

Because I Come From A Crazy Family is scheduled to be released on June 12th. You can pre-order at: AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, BooksAMillion, and IndieBound.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Stimulants and ADHD

May is Mental Health Month. This video is about stimulant medication, more specifically the general stigma that steers people away from trying them as part of treatment for ADHD.  Used properly under medical supervision, stimulant medications are safe and effective, but most people are terrified of them and do not want to even consider trying them. I address this issue in this video

This month, my Note from Ned is a Video from Ned.  That’s a first for us, but I think we will do it more often, as people like video often more than print.

I hope you like this piece and share it.  Please send us feedback about the video format and let us know what you think.  You can always email me directly at drhallowell@gmail.com

When medication works, it works as safely and dramatically as eyeglasses. Medication helps about 80% of the time in the treatment of ADD. Make sure you work with a doctor who can explain the issues around medication to you clearly. Most people do not realize how safe and effective stimulant medications truly are, when they are used properly. Make sure you work with a doctor who has plenty of experience with these medications. The stimulants include medications like Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall, Vyvanse, Focalin, and others. As long as you take them under proper medical supervision, they can help you immensely.

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Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Changing the Stigma and Shame of Mental Illness

Mental illness affected my family. My dad left home when I was 4 years old. I didn’t really know why. Nobody told me what was going on. The fact is that he was in and out of mental hospitals. I didn’t know that though until I was in high school. That’s because stigma and shame so surrounded anything relating to conditions of the mind that people just didn’t talk about it. There were no “Hallmark” cards saying “Hope you get over your latest psychotic break soon.” These conditions were shrouded in shame. Unfortunately, in many instances, they still are.  It’s time for us to bring that to an end.  I invite you to watch my video on:

Changing the Stigma and Shame Associated with Mental Illness. 

Let’s band together to eliminate this stigma and shame. Share your story with me. Thank you.

Read my article on Beating the Odds

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Click here to learn more about my Memoir: Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making of A  Psychiatrist.

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