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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

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

CBT for Mental Health and Pain Issues

Our own Terri Bacow, PhD. comments on the use of CBT therapy when managing pain and mental health issues. Read the article in Thrive Global

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Young Adults Who Learn Differently with ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism Open House

Join Dr. Hallowell for an exciting evening of great pitches and inspiring moments! Learn how young adults with ADHD, Dyslexia and Autism can create amazing careers!

6 – 8:00 pm Lite refreshments and hors d’oeuvre will be provided.

RSVP inventivelabs.org/2018-open-house-rsvp
This is a great opportunity to hear an amazing speaker, Dr. Hallowelland learn whether the Lab is the right place for you.

All the guides at the Lab will be present for you to meet and answer questions. Additionally, the people currently in our program (we call them Inventives) will be there to answer questions and share their stories. We have Inventives with interests in all kinds of fields: from art and animation, to techies and fisherman, to community builders and streamers. They come from all over the world.

Dr. Hallowell will be personally autographing 3 copies of his latest book – enter to win!

We will also be offering tours of our facility, where we can share the stories of people who have been through our program. This is our fourth year in business, so we have a lot to share. inventivelabs.org/2018-open-house-rsvp

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Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Taming Technology

Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC of The Hallowell Center of Boston MetroWest interviews renowned developmental psychologist Dr. Saul Rosenthal on the challenges and dangers of technology. Both Ms. Shafir and Dr. Rosenthal have extensive experience helping clients balance technology usage and offer suggestions to curb its over- and mis-use so that it becomes the helpful productivity tool it was intended to be.

Listen to the recording.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Dr. Hallowell Memoir Pre-Order Gifts and Book Tour

Order before May 30 for Pre-Order Gifts! Learn More.

 

Join Dr. Hallowell at one of his upcoming Talks and Signings to promote his Memoir, Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of A Psychiatrist.   Pre-order your copy now at: 

AMAZONBarnes & NobleBooksAMillion or IndieBound

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

June 13, 2018  7pm @ Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

June 14, 2018 6pm @ Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA

June 15, 2018 7pm @ University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA

June 16, 2018 4pm – Villa Duchense & Oak Hill School, St. Louis, MO – Register for this FREE event!

June 19, 2018 7pm @ Water Street Books, 125 Water Street, Exeter, NH

June 21, 2018 7pm @ Belmont Books, 79 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA

June 29, 2018 12:30-1:30pm Author Showcase at NAMI Convention, New Orleans, LA (Note: need to register for convention to attend this session.)

July 10, 2018 7pm @ Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main Street, Concord, NH

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