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APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED: Wanted: Women Who Have Not Been Diagnosed with ADHD

We are no longer accepting applications.  THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered.  The producer is still reviewing applications. When a final decision is made, we will notify everyone who applied.

Note from Dr. Hallowell below:

When I sent out the invitation to participate in my upcoming documentary, I didn’t know what kind of response to expect, since I had never sent out such an appeal before.  I knew it would take some courage to reply, because appearing on screen before an international audience is no small exposure, and I also knew I was restricting the invitation to women over 24 who believed they had ADHD but in whom it had not been diagnosed.  For all I knew, I’d get only one or two responses.

Well,  we have received over 1000 responses and counting!  I can’t thank you enough.  I am so moved.  It is a testament to the courage, generosity, and desire to help others of this community, and proof of your ongoing willingness to stand up and be counted.  I am so very, very impressed.  It’s easy to remain silent in anonymity, but it takes real guts to say, “OK, I’ll give it a shot, I’m willing to share my story on an international stage if it will help others.”  

Honestly, your response gave me a huge shot of faith-in-human-nature, a massive drink from the cup of people-are-there-when-you-need-them.  None of you had to reply, there was nothing in it for you, nothing but the chance to help others and share what you’ve lived through.  It proved to me what I’ve known all along, that this community if full of hugely generous, giving, trusting, good people.

We hope this project, this documentary, will advance the strength-based model of ADHD that I’ve been building since I learned about ADHD back in 1981.  The time has come to demolish the deficit-based model.  Yes, as my friend and greatly respected colleague Russell Barkley has shown, untreated ADHD can ruin your life, costing you on average 13 years, but if you take care of your ADHD can treat it properly, it can take you to the top, as it did for Tim Armstrong, as it did for David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue, or Heather Reisman, CEO of Canada’s Indigo Books, or Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines, or so many of the entrepreneurs who built this country and other countries and are making the world great today.

Thank you all for joining this great effort. The time has come for us to rise up victorious, stigmatized and shamed no more, and stake our claim as the brilliant, innovative, and valued creators we can be.

With my heartfelt best wishes,

Ned Hallowell

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               Hello my friends. In this note from Ned I want to make an unusual offer.  I am in the middle of collaborating with some wonderful people in making a documentary about ADHD.  We want it to present this condition with emphasis on the strengths that so often accompany it, as we hope the documentary will go a long way toward combating the terrible stigma that still prevents both children and adults from getting the help that could change their lives forever.

              While we will be emphasizing strengths, we will also portray the terrible dangers inherent in not taking ADHD seriously, the great risk of addiction, of unemployment in adulthood, of poor school performance, of medical problems due to lack of follow up, and the host of other problems that have led Dr. Russell Barkley to conclude that untreated ADHD costs on average 13 years of life.  It’s a high risk proposition.  We want the public to understand that this condition can ruin your life or it can make your life great.  We want to blow away stigma and replace it with knowledge and truth so that people can take advantage of the upside.

               My offer is this.  If you’d like to be part of this truth, if you’d like to appear in the documentary, please get in touch with me.  Because adult women are the largest undiagnosed group, we are looking for adult women who have not been diagnosed before with ADHD but believe they might have it.  If you are such a person, or know such a person, and if you’d like to be filmed for a documentary that will be released internationally, then please contact my assistant, Dianne, at hallowellevents@yahoo.com.

               The producers will screen you to see if you are appropriate, and if you are, I will do an evaluation free of charge and begin treatment, also free of charge.  This entire process, after the screening, could be filmed.

                Obviously, this is not for everyone.  But if you are the kind of person who’d like to appear on screen and make a difference by showing what ADHD is really like, by showing the strengths and the power it packs, as well as the frustrations, and if you are a woman over 24 years old and you believe you might have ADHD, then contact Dianne.

                 We hope this documentary will make a big difference.  It won’t come out until January of 2021, so there’s a lot of work yet to be done.  Let us know if you want to be part of it.

                  With all best wishes,   Ned

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