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“Truly magnificent!  Terrific analogies!  Clearly passionate about this topic.  Engaging in his approach.  Especially as the lead-off to a Saturday morning, he was perfect!”

“Very optimistic, hopeful attitude that is contagious.”

Excellent presentation and delivery with weaving in humor, personal story, and history and current info.  Just great.”

“Very interactive, had alot of humor and it was an interesting topic.”

“Superior presentation to relevant topics.”

“I found him enjoyable and informative.”

“Without a doubt Dr. Hallowell was the most enjoyable presenter of the 2 day conference.”

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Below are just a sampling of testimonials with names and identifying information changed. Indeed, the opportunity to help people has been one of my life’s biggest joys.

View a testimonial from Dan Sullivan, Founder of Strategic Coach.
Dan and Dr Hallowell are developing a video series together. “I would liken discovering and connecting with his work to growing up blind, and then one day finding a book, or surgeon, who was able to restore vision. I am seeing myself as I truly am, and it is so incredibly empowering and wonderful.”

From a Soldier in Iraq

Dr. Hallowell, I am currently in Iraq serving in the U.S. military. I’m 40 yrs old and have all my life wondered why I just never seemed to be on the same page as everyone else. I don’t want to make excuses but my life was like this, an abusive father, (who passed away almost 4 yrs ago) a mother that still to this day is undergoing treatments for depression and the list goes on. I somehow ened up with your book “Driven To Distraction” in my barracks room. I started reading it yesturday and read the first 70 pages(very uncharacteristic). I haven’t read that much in the last 3 yrs combined, including stop signs and newspaper headlines. So yes it has started a wide range of thinking and discussions with the the angel God sent to me, my wife Kristie. She teaches the Autistic class at our local high school. We always jokingly said I had it as well as O.C.D. but the first chapter of the book told my life story. It was like looking in a mirror. You could have taken any one of those peoples names out and put mine in and it would have been just as accurate. I guess I finally know now why I am the way I am and now I can finally come out to fix it. I guess I just wanted a way to say thank-you for writing the book. I can’t tell you the relief that comes with finding this out, to finally know that I’m not crazy or just a defiant little boy that is in trouble for no good reason or the husband that needs constantly reminded of little day to day missions because I don’t care. It REALLY put my whole life into perspective. Thanks again and God Bless You and God Bless America.

From someone struggling with Worry

Hi! Dr. Hallowell, About a month and a half back I emailed you an SOS email about facing job termination. Well, turns out I have a second chance in life. I am writing this email now because I have read almost all the books, and articles you have written on ADHD, and other mental health issues.  Your book on “Worry”, I must admit saved my life. Someday, I would like to share my story with you. We east Indians as a group do not ever want to admit that mental illness is as real as diabetes. You saved not only my life but also my mothers who suffers with chronic anxiety and has always thought it was punishment for the sins she committed.  I am indebted to your work and you give me the courage to, finally, become the person I am meant to be.

Hello Dr. Hallowell, As part of an “Understanding Our Children” seminar at my son’s elementary school I was asked to read your book “The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness”. I picked it up today and finished it within a few hours. The lessons that I learned have touched me deeply and have motivated me to take action using your cycle of 5 steps to increase my childrens’ ability to create and sustain joy. I know that I will be a better parent and my children will have better childhoods and hopefully adulthoods because of your work. I thank you with all of my heart for writing such an important book, and also for making it easy and entertaining to read. I have several parenting books on my shelf and because they felt like textbooks I just couldn’t get through them.

From a mother of two children with ADHD

Dr. hallowell – i wanted to thank you for writing your books! i am the mother of 2 kids, both diagnosed with add (girl) / adhd (boy)…i am also a 4th grade teacher. i have spent years trying many different methods to improve my children’s ability to pay attention – my daughter is 17 and is primarily inattentive; my son is 10 and is inattentive and hyperactive as well – niether child is an extreme example of their “trait”, but the ad/hd has caused a great deal of turmoil in our household over the years! my son also has some sensory intergration issues – after trying everything from checklists and rewards, to omega supplements, to sensory stimulation, i am now giving medication a shot – so far, my son has become less oppositional and overreactive, although not a whole lot more attentive!! for now, i’ll take it!! my daughter will start on meds in the next week or two – i am writing to you to thank you for not only addressing a real issue in “driven to distraction”, but offering some real treatments in “delivered from distraction” – not only am i going to try meds, but am also looking in to various brain exercises – we live in california and i am not able to access any dore centers – but i am exploring “the brain gym” and other brain exercises –  i am hoping to incorporate more brain exercises in my classroom as well, because out of 14 boys in my classroom, 1 is autistic and 8 are “attentionally challenged” – about 3 have a form of dyslexia, and 2 have auditory processing issues – many parents don’t want to hear that their child is having difficulty attending to their learning or processing information, and sometimes my own experience helps them realize that they need to seek out some support for their child –  however, brain exercises are beneficial for everyone, not just those with ad/hd, dyslexia, etc…and many of these treatments/supports are not presented to public school teachers as tools to use in the classroom – so, thank you so much for your insight and dedication to this issue – you can be sure that one teacher in oakland, ca will consistently consult your books for support!

From a College Student with ADHD

Dear Dr. Hallowell, I am a 21 year old college student with ADD from the Chicago area. Up until last year I was letting my ADD control me and allowing myself spiral out of control. Last summer I picked up your book by chance. I read it, and It has basically helped me put my life back together. For the first time, I was able to really understand ADD and how it effects me. So, I wanted to say thank you for writing such a great, informative book, and I wanted to add my name to the likely long list of people you have helped.

Dr. Hallowell – I have been using the Crazy Busy strategies for one month, and I am stunned. Here are some of my results. My To-do list has shrink from a five or six page long journal to only 35 items. I am much happier, doing the things I really like. I just had an extended weekend vacation, for the first time since I started my own business (which is over 1½ year ago) – planning to have more extended weekends in near future. I have much more time with my family, friends and have now started to look for a gorgeous girl to date. As far as I know, my customers haven’t noticed any change – Except for the boundaries I have put around myself – But they experience a faster feedback, and they know that they can count on me, because I am now much more consistent in what I do. During this groundbreaking “transition” of my life, my income has at least stayed the same, and I suddenly had the time to go for new orders from customers. I urge you to implement the simple systems that the Crazy Busy introduces to you. It’s easy, it’s fast and you will gain back control of your crazy busy life in record time.

From the parent of a child with ADHD

Dr Hallowell – I attended your lecture at Lincoln-Sudbury High School last night and I just wanted to THANK YOU for helping me to regain my perspective on my son’s uniqueness. When he was first diagnosed with ADHD (and at that point ODD as well) the neurologist dropped the diagnosis on me like a ton of bricks, along with a ton of books! My homework was to read the books and come back in 6 months to put him on medication. He was 5 years old! Even though nothing had changed I felt as though the rug had been ripped out from below me and we had received a term of life in prison. It was horrible. I started flipping through the mind numbing reading and was feeling very ADD myself when someone told me about Driven to Distraction. Your book changed so much for me. It is the only book I really recommend to my friends who are also getting the rug taken out from below them. I have always focused on how to manage the “disease” as a bad thing to overcome. Listening to you last night really hit home for me. Your passion and understanding that these are amazing kids who happen to not fit our cookie cutter institutions with their narrow rules does not mean they are wrong. When my son, who is now 7 and is using medication to manage some of his symptoms, along with LOTS of sports and the Academy Metrowest in Natick, woke up this morning I gave him a HUGE hug and told him the amazing thing I learned last night. I told him about his racecar brain and he beamed. I told him about all of the BRILLIANT people with squeaky brakes just like his and he got a twinkle in his eye. Thank you for teaching me that his ADD is not something to manage and change but that his brakes just need a bit of an adjustment.

From an adult recently diagnosed with ADHD

Hi Dr. Hallowell, I love you and I do not even know you! I thank you right along with my precious counselor (who gently and lovingly recommended I try medication) and my medical dr. (who prescribed the medication and recommended I get your book-Delivered From Distraction) here in town for being a part of the wonderful answer to my puzzling and sometimes amazing existence. I was recently diagnosed with ADD and am thrilled! The world is coming together for me now and I feel like I have a new lease on life. I can hardly write this note because my eyes are so full of tears. But I did want to let you know first of all if you have not finished writing your book on success stories of people with ADD, to consider my story. It has 1000000000% more meaning to me now that I finally have some perspective with my struggles for 40 years, and especially in my marriage.

From a 46 year old amicably divorced mother of 4 children recently diagnosed with ADHD

I am a 46 years old amicably divorced mother with shared custody of four children (2 girls;18&20 and 2 boys;10&15) and I have been diagnosed with ADHD – Inattentive type 2 years ago at the NYC Hallowell Center.  A diagnosis for 2 of our children (1 daughter and 1 son) also having ADHD came almost simultaneously and the research, knowledge and understanding for who we are, began there. While my children took this information about themselves in stride, I was absolutely ”  ”  Imagine feeling relief, resentment, sad and happy all at the same time.

My life has changed for the better dramatically having the ability to identify the numerous symptoms that I have felt my entire life, beginning as young as 3 years old.  Yes! I do remember.  Before my diagnosis I harbored a inexplicable secret that made me feel inadequate, frustrated, confused and unlovable my whole life.

Now, I am deliriously happy knowing that it is okay not to be perfect and I feel content and so grateful to have the research data from Psychiatrists, scientists, and doctors about a condition that so many share with me.

The past 2 years have been the most dramatic upswing in my whole life which has me feeling that I am just starting out instead of ending up.  I went back to school to begin a long lost passion for a healthcare career – became a more patient, compassionate and stable mother, friend and partner – and most of all, became the person I wished to be that I knew was inside all this time but couldn’t get there without my diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.

Thank You New York City Hallowell Center!

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