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Dr. Hallowell Addresses Teens on Sadness and Worry

Dr. Edward Hallowell speaks honestly to teens with LD and AD/HD about depression and anxiety. In this article, he shares his personal and professional insights.

 By Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D.
When I was in high school, I was worried or sad a lot of the time. I came from a pretty mixed-up family and didn’t feel very secure within myself. I felt pressure not only to do well academically but also to be liked and accepted by the others in my class. Often I felt on the outside, and I didn’t know what to do to find a way to the happy, secure life I imagined my classmates enjoyed.

 

I wish someone had been able to sit down with me and explain that my feelings were common among people like me, people who have learning difficulties (I have both dyslexia and attention deficit disorder), as well as people who have a family history of mental illness and alcoholism, as I do. My father had bipolar (or manic-depressive) illness, and my mother was alcoholic.

If all this sounds frightening, take heart. I am a very fulfilled man today. At the age of 52, I have three happy children whom I adore, a wonderful wife whom I cherish, and a multi-faceted job I love. I am a psychiatrist in private practice and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, a writer, and a public speaker.

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2 Responses to “Dr. Hallowell Addresses Teens on Sadness and Worry”

  1. Tim says:

    Dr Hallowell

    How do you feel about the use of drugs such as Epilizine and Risperidone in conjunction with Concerta for the treatment of ADHD?

    Regards

    Tim

  2. NIcole says:

    Dr. Hallowell, in response to your advice on “connectedness” in “Worry” (p 25-26), I decided to start a book club to connect people with a shared interest in this topic. I had the idea before, but these pages in your book helped propel me to do it. I invited 5 friends who have expressed concerns over self or family members struggling with a form of worry/anxiety (from OCD to severe shyness), whose opinions I value. We will read chapters of your book, “Worry”, then meet to share ideas. Not so different from a book club surrounding an entertaining novel, we’ll just be entertaining ideas and coping strategies from YOUR book!

    I just invited them to do this with me today, I will let you know how it goes. I have 2 friends willing so far. I am so excited to learn from friends and grow together in our efforts to help ourselves and families cope more effectively. 🙂

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