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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Summer Reflections

I just completed teaching my course about ADHD on Cape Cod at the Cape Cod Institute.  If you’ve never taken the course, you ought to consider it.  It’s a lot of fun.  You get a week in Eastham, or whichever nearby town you choose–more on this later–and after spending 9 – 12:15 learning about ADHD in the morning, you get the afternoon and evening free to play.  People always have a ball. Attendees make friends with each other, and almost everyone leaves feeling glad they came, not just for what they learned, but, more important, for the people they met and the experiences they shared.  

            It’s all produced by the Cape Cod Institute (Cape.org).  They offer 3 courses per week all summer long, each on a different topic in mental health, each given by one or two authorities in a wide range of different fields.  It was started 39 years ago by a marvelous psychiatrist, Dr. Gil Levin, who was at Mt. Sinai Medical School when he opened the Institute.  He has since passed the operation on to his son, Alex, who ran it for the first time this summer.  We had about 55 attendees in the course this year, in which I introduced my new name for ADHD.  I now call it VAST, Variable Attention Stimulation Trait.  Carrie Feibel, who attended last year’s course and is Health Editor at KQED in San Francisco, came up with the name and I love it.

               I urge you to check out the Cape Cod Institute for yourself.  Now, let me commend the rest of Cape Cod to you.  A few memories from the week.  Hatch’s seafood and produce in Wellfleet Center.  We got six lobsters steamed and cracked which fed us and our friends just wonderfully along with the corn from the adjoining farm stand.  LeCount Hollow Beach.  You leave your footwear atop the dune, then walk down to the beach and the surf.  I grew up in Chatham and it makes me shudder to think that now we have to watch for seals and the risk of sharks that might be following them, but we do.  Nonetheless, the beaches on the Cape, especially those that face the ocean, give me doses of majestic beauty like nothing else.  Provincetown, Commercial street, a place where people can be whoever they want to be.  It is so wonderful to walk through that little town and bask in how great, and rare, true freedom really is.  The Wellfleet Drive-In.  Although we didn’t go there to see a movie, and rarely do, it is a landmark, one of the first places I made out when I was a kid, and a wonder that it still stands.  I hope it never closes down.  Arnold’s.  Lobster rolls, fried clams, beer.  Isn’t this summer at its best?  The occasional rainy day, reading inside, deciding what to cook for dinner, we opted for linguine with clam sauce with plenty of crunchy bread for dipping.  Driveways made of broken oyster shells.  The pungent salt air when you get near the beach at just the right tide with the right wind.  Horseshoe crabs.  Blue claw crabs.  Seagulls.  Beachgrass.  Roadside stands selling jellies made of beachplums and honeysuckle.  Standing barefoot on the white lines in parking lots so as not to burn your feet while you wait for an ice cream from a truck.  The many bars where when you sit down and look around you have the passing fantasy that maybe you really should have spent your life as a beach bum.  The many churches, some splendidly white, some in such disrepair you wonder why God doesn’t just send a lightning bolt and end it right there.  The spectacular houses lining the best roads belying the poverty and broken down houses so many of the locals live in while the super houses go empty through the winter.  Hydrangeas and wild roses galore, wildflowers everywhere, each marshy area boasting cat-o-nine-tails standing like fat Churchill cigars, titling in the wind.  To me, it was, and always will be somewhat, home.

            The fact that if you are driving it is so hard to get onto the Cape and so hard to get off makes you wonder why so few people live here year round. Maybe some day.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Executive Function & College Readiness Workshop for College Students with ADHD

August 14, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM Led by Dr. Jocelyn Lichtin, PhD One-Day Executive Function & College Readiness Workshop for College Students with ADHD Tuesday, August 14, 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM This workshop is a day-long course in executive functioning and related college-readiness skills for college students with ADHD. It derives from evidence-based – specifically, cognitive behavioral – interventions for ADHD that have been shown to lead to significant improvements in ADHD-related symptoms and impairment. Led by Dr. Jocelyn Lichtin, PhD Space is limited. To register, call 212.799.7777 or enroll at www.hallowellcenter.com.

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Executive Function & College Readiness Workshop for College Students with ADHD

August 14, 2018  – 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Led by Dr. Jocelyn Lichtin, PhD

This workshop is a day-long course in executive functioning and related college-readiness skills for college students with ADHD. It derives from evidence-based – specifically, cognitivebehavioral – interventions for ADHD that have been shown to lead to significant improvements in ADHD-related symptoms and impairment.

Designed for: College students with ADHD

Objective: Students will learn strategies that lay the groundwork for positive habits, academic
success, and personal growth.

Details: Structured and didactic format. Tools are introduced and practiced in exercises
throughout the day. Small group format allows for individualized attention as well as support
amongst participants.

Students will learn to:

  • Manage time – including how to structure time, how to balance school work with social life, how long to spend on assignments, when to start, how to overcome procrastination
  • Prioritize healthy sleep habits
  • Organize paperwork and belongings
  • Effectively approach papers, projects, and exams
  • Manage meals, laundry, medication, exercise, and communication with family
  • Utilize on-campus supports and effectively advocate for yourself
  • Monitor emotions, combat unhelpful thinking patterns, utilize coping skills, and know when and how to
    seek help
  • Feel more confident about the ADHD diagnosis and begin to embrace differences
  • Throughout this program students learn about ADHD and the ADHD brain – including its assets and its
    weaknesses – and how the skills taught will leverage strengths to achieve goals

To enroll: Space is limited. To register, call 212.799.7777 or enroll at www.hallowellcenter.com.

Cost: $900 for the day and is nonrefundable and due upon enrollment.

What to bring: Reliable laptop (and charger) and spending money (for lunch, stationery supplies,and some toiletries). Breakfast and mid-afternoon snack will be provided. Students are requested to sign up for a Google account in advance of this workshop, and should bring their class schedule (if they have it) as well.

Location Information:
117 West 72nd Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10023
212.799.7777
Thursday, July 19th, 2018

ADHD Across the Life Span August 6-10

August 6-10, 2018

Educators, Parents, Adults with ADHD

Dr. Hallowell will share his unique approach on how to manage this most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder at the Cape Cod Institute, MA. Read Dr. Hallowell’s thoughts on ADHD here. 

There is still availability in most workshops and lodging.  Register now

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

The New Refrain

There’s a new refrain I’m hearing more and more everywhere I go.  It used to be, “I’m so upset, I don’t know what to do.”  But that’s just not sustainable.  You can only be so upset you don’t know what to do for so long before you figure out something to do.  And that’s become the new refrain.

What I hear more and more, everywhere I go, is this:  “I’ve decided I’m going to focus my energy and my talent and my resources on what I can control, and let the rest go hang,” or words to that effect.  “I’m going to work on what I can actually change myself, or help a team to change, and let the rest be damned,” or words to that effect.  “I’m going to stop being so upset by what I can’t control and start taking satisfaction in working on what I can control.”

That’s the new refrain.  That’s the conclusion more and more people tell me they’ve reached, everywhere I go.

It makes a lot of sense.  One way to die young, or get sick soon, is to worry yourself silly over all the things you can’t control, and these days we have more than life’s usual array of scoundrels, thieves, charlatans, and popinjays who’d steal us away from the meaningful tasks and pleasures we can actually regulate and develop ourselves.  They would abscond with our minds, if we’d let them, and lately we’ve been letting them, many of us have at least, myself included.

Which is why I am joining the refrain, I intend to embrace, work on, advance, and sweat over what I can stand a chance of controlling or at least significantly influencing myself, and do my very damnedest to ignore the most diverting sideshow this country has ever seen.

If I am going to get work done, if I am going to have fun, I’ve got to stop getting distracted by the sideshow, because it’s becoming the main show.  For us with ADHD, this is a teaching moment, as the new jargon puts it.  People like me can take a lesson and learn how to focus what matters and stop getting distracted by what is enormously entertaining and seems to matter a hell of a lot, but over which I, at least, have zero control.

I have to get back to work.  To this note.  To my books.  To my patients.  To my talks.  To growing my clinics.  To spreading my strength-based message.  To having fun with my wife and our kids and our friends.

I bet you have really interesting stuff to get back to as well.  As incredibly diverting as the sideshow is, produced by masters of entertainment and PR, we have to seize this teaching moment and discipline ourselves to get back to tending to what we can significantly influence and control.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am not saying don’t vote.  For goodness sake, vote!  Every citizen should vote if he or she wants to call him or herself a citizen.

But at the same time, live the life that adds the most to this world.  Life the life not of a spectator, but of a do-er, a creator, a builder.

Enough of the feeling miserable, ok?  Let’s do something positive every day.

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Memoir, “Because I Come from a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist” is releasing tomorrow, June 12, 2018

 

 

After months of waiting – I’m excited that my Memoir, “Because I Come from a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist” released, June 12, 2018.

It’s my own personal story of 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.

Please pre-order today! It helps lots, really!

drhallowell.com/books/neds-memoir

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