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Exercising your ADHD Brain

Exercising your ADHD brain keeps it young and fit, much as exercising your body keeps your body fit. Of course, you can overdo mental exercise,  just … Continue reading Exercising your ADHD Brain

Neuropsychological Testing: What Is It and Why Do It?

People often talk about “testing” or “neuropsychological assessment.”  What is this assessment – why do people have it done, and what does it entail? If your … Continue reading Neuropsychological Testing: What Is It and Why Do It?

Exclusive Q&A with Dr. Hallowell

If you’ve been dying to ask Dr. Hallowell questions about ADHD, now is your chance. Terry Matlen is offering an exclusive Q/A webinar with Dr. Hallowell. … Continue reading Exclusive Q&A with Dr. Hallowell

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment – What You Should Know

Getting an ADHD Diagnosis:  Make sure you consult with a well-trained specialist. The doctors who have the most training in ADHD are child psychiatrists. If you … Continue reading ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment – What You Should Know

The Pennies Are Everywhere!

The other day one of my patients was talking about her father, who died in 1981. “He started college in 1929, and we all know what … Continue reading The Pennies Are Everywhere!

Try Judging Less, Understanding More

Dr. Hallowell shares some thoughts on reserving judgment in our “Gotcha!” world in this week’s Distraction mini episode. It’s time to cut each other some slack, … Continue reading Try Judging Less, Understanding More

We’re Hiring: ADHD Professionals San Francisco

San Francisco – The Hallowell Center of San Francisco, located in the downtown area, is seeking to expand. We are currently seeking part-time clinicians (Educational Therapists, … Continue reading We’re Hiring: ADHD Professionals San Francisco

Strategies for Minimizing ADHD’s Impact on Relationships

I’m excited to welcome you to Season 4 of Distraction. It’s great to be back and to have my wonderful wife Sue join me for our … Continue reading Strategies for Minimizing ADHD’s Impact on Relationships

Distraction Season 4 starts August 27th

Exciting announcement! Join Dr. Hallowell and his wife Sue Hallowell for the brand new Season 4 of Distraction Podcast coming tomorrow Tuesday, August 27th!  You can … Continue reading Distraction Season 4 starts August 27th

Help Your ADHD Child Get Ready For School

Tips for Getting Children with ADHD Ready for Back to School The weather will soon be turning cooler and those long, lazy days of lounging poolside … Continue reading Help Your ADHD Child Get Ready For School

Doing What You Love To Do!

Greetings from Wellfleet, on Cape Cod. It’s a Sunday, the weather is generously beautiful, and I’m here for a week with my wife, Sue, and various … Continue reading Doing What You Love To Do!

ADHD & the Family “Reputation”

ADHD Parent Tip: Try to change the family “reputation” of the person with ADHD. Reputations within families, like reputations within towns or organizations, keep a person … Continue reading ADHD & the Family “Reputation”

8 things I wish teachers knew about my child with ADHD

When he eventually became depressed — common for kids with ADHD — I made it my mission to ensure Nick’s teachers knew what interventions were working … Continue reading 8 things I wish teachers knew about my child with ADHD

Burned out? Learn how to take back control!

Screens are sucking up so much of our time that people aren’t able to do what they really want, said Edward Hallowell, a psychiatrist who lives … Continue reading Burned out? Learn how to take back control!

A Celebration of Life

Recently my wife, Sue, and I, along with my niece, Molly, and her 11-year-old daughter, Josselyn, who dreams of becoming a star of stage and screen … Continue reading A Celebration of Life

College and ADHD

Success in college is more about getting work done, done well and on time (“executive function skills and routines”) than IQ! If you or a student … Continue reading College and ADHD

How to Explain ADHD to a Child

ADHD isn’t a death sentence. In fact, it’s a condition that can bring incredible gifts. Pointers for professionals and parents on how to explain ADHD to … Continue reading How to Explain ADHD to a Child

“Recognition Responsive Euphoria,” or RRE

Over the past few years, Dr. William Dobson has helped multitudes of people of all ages who have ADHD by developing the concept of “rejection sensitive … Continue reading “Recognition Responsive Euphoria,” or RRE

Family Summer Camp for ADHD Brains

Summer is just around the corner. As you start making summer plans for your child, have you considered an ADHD summer camp for the whole family? … Continue reading Family Summer Camp for ADHD Brains

Removing the Stigma of ADHD

  Dr. Hallowell says, “Fear and shame are the major learning disabilities.”  Getting rid of shame and fear are key! Kids, and this includes kids with … Continue reading Removing the Stigma of ADHD

ADHD Advice for Middle Schoolers

In S3 Mini 29, Dr. Hallowell offers up tips for helping your  6th, 7th and 8th graders manage their ADHD so they can thrive during these … Continue reading ADHD Advice for Middle Schoolers

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 … Continue reading Wanted: Women Who Have Not Been Diagnosed with ADHD

Your ADHD Brain is a Ferrari

My goal is to help people master the power of ADHD while avoiding its pitfalls. When the diagnosis of ADHD emphasizes what is wrong with a person, … Continue reading Your ADHD Brain is a Ferrari

ADHD and Addiction

Of the many masks that ADHD wears, substance abuse is one of the most difficult to see behind because the substance abuse itself causes such problems. … Continue reading ADHD and Addiction

Varsity Blues – What Do You Really Want for Your Children?

Dr. Hallowell’s Reaction to the College Admissions Cheating Scandal: When I feel as much contempt as I felt for Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, et al., I … Continue reading Varsity Blues – What Do You Really Want for Your Children?

I’m Such a Simple Man.  I Love My Dog.

Note from Ned da-DUM, da-DUM, da-DUM A phrase came to me this morning while I was eating my grape nut cereal with blueberries and milk, not … Continue reading I’m Such a Simple Man.  I Love My Dog.

ADHD Diagnoses on the rise!

Why have ADHD diagnoses in the U.S. gone from 6.1% in 1997 to 10.2% in 2016?  Is that a good thing or bad thing? In Distraction, … Continue reading ADHD Diagnoses on the rise!

Dr. Hallowell’s Red Beans and Rice Recipe

When I was in medical school at Tulane, down in New Orleans, back in the mid-1970’s, I learned how to make red beans and rice. You … Continue reading Dr. Hallowell’s Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Happy New Year 2019!!!

Thank you! Thank you for being a part of my community.  We work hard to bring you useful and entertaining material, but it would all be for … Continue reading Happy New Year 2019!!!

Give the Gift of Love!

As December 25th approaches, I can’t help but reflect on warm memories from holidays long gone, and encourage you to reach out to those around you … Continue reading Give the Gift of Love!

All I Want for Christmas. . .

Was it my two front teeth? What do you want this time of year?  Do you still have your two front teeth?  I am lucky enough, … Continue reading All I Want for Christmas. . .

ADHD? How to Uncover Your Own Learning Style.

Do you have difficulty learning?  Learn how to “Uncover Your Learning Style,” with Dr. Hallowell and Jessica McCabe. In this episode, they  discuss what helped them learn.  … Continue reading ADHD? How to Uncover Your Own Learning Style.

Fear of Feedback

by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest Q: We have a very sensitive engineer who is key to … Continue reading Fear of Feedback

Dr. Hallowell Family Lessons

I have a Crazy Family… and you may too. In fact, many, many people come from “crazy”. Listen to this great podcast with me and Dr Charles … Continue reading Dr. Hallowell Family Lessons

Give Thanks

The time is coming to give thanks.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I’m a holiday-lover, so there’s a lot of competition, but Thanksgiving always … Continue reading Give Thanks

ADHD and Productivity

It was my pleasure to welcome Kristin Seymour back to Distraction. Kristin knows firsthand how tough it is to be productive when you have ADHD. Not … Continue reading ADHD and Productivity

Connections are CRITICAL

Reflecting on the recent news events in the United States, I encourage you to make it a point to rediscover the goodness in people. It is … Continue reading Connections are CRITICAL

Erasing Stigma of ADHD, Dyslexia, Depression, etc.

KUOW interviewed Dr. Hallowell and Lesley Todaro, Hallowell Todaro Center, about erasing the stigma around the word “crazy,” the relationship between ADHD and creativity, and talking … Continue reading Erasing Stigma of ADHD, Dyslexia, Depression, etc.

The Future of ADHD is VAST

Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on the current state of ADHD / ADD, Treatment and Advances, etc. in S3 Mini 6: The Future of ADHD is VAST. This … Continue reading The Future of ADHD is VAST

ADHD and College

  If you don’t have ADHD, it is difficult enough to make the transition from home to a college or university. If you do have ADHD, … Continue reading ADHD and College

Hold Onto Your Dreams, No Matter How Unrealistic

Someone asked me in a lecture I was giving the other day how she should tell her 10-year-old son that his dream of playing in the … Continue reading Hold Onto Your Dreams, No Matter How Unrealistic

ADHD and Time Management

WHAT IS IN YOUR TIME BANK ACCOUNT? Time Management. We are all too familiar with this the term. If you are suffering with this issue just … Continue reading ADHD and Time Management

Mental Illness Swam In My Genes…

Giulia Rhodes, The Guardian recently interviewed Dr. Hallowell about his Memoir.  In her article, Mental Illness Swam In My Genes…, she asked him why he wanted … Continue reading Mental Illness Swam In My Genes…

Managing ADHD Meds and more…

In this DISTRACTION Podcast S3 Ep 2, we’re doing one of my favorite things — answering YOUR questions. In our Q&A episode, you’ll learn: * how … Continue reading Managing ADHD Meds and more…

How to be Cool, Calm and Collected!

Are you too busy? Stretched to the breaking point? In a state of constant frenzy? You’re not alone. In our 24/7, technology-driven world, it’s easy to … Continue reading How to be Cool, Calm and Collected!

Managing the Racing Mind

by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest   Emotional regulation is a core executive function. Regular meditation and … Continue reading Managing the Racing Mind

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 … Continue reading Summer Reflections

8 things I wish teachers knew about my child with ADHD

Dr. Hallowell is a featured expert on this important subject. Of all the problems your kid could have, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder seems relatively benign. But the … Continue reading 8 things I wish teachers knew about my child with ADHD

Get The Story Behind Dr. Hallowell’s Memoir

Matt Forte, Build NYC interviewed Dr. Hallowell  today to get the story behind his Memoir,  Because I Come From A Crazy Family.  In his interview with Matt, … Continue reading Get The Story Behind Dr. Hallowell’s Memoir

Is Your Procrastination Style Working For You?

  by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest I bet you thought I was going to curse procrastination … Continue reading Is Your Procrastination Style Working For You?

ADHD and Marriage Advice from the Hallowells

Since Distraction is taking a mini break before we start Season 3, they’re re-airing a few of our favorite episodes. So if you missed my podcast … Continue reading ADHD and Marriage Advice from the Hallowells

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 … Continue reading The New Refrain

Stigma Takes Lives!

Often the worst part of a mental illness is not the illness itself but the societal shunning that results from it. Mental illness hits 20% of Americans … Continue reading Stigma Takes Lives!

Stimulants and ADHD

May is Mental Health Month. This video is about stimulant medication, more specifically the general stigma that steers people away from trying them as part of … Continue reading Stimulants and ADHD

Your “Guy In The Basement”

  by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest Several years ago at a National Speaker’s Association meeting, I … Continue reading Your “Guy In The Basement”

ADHD CollegeCORE Coaching program

Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC – Speech/Language Pathologist and Executive Function coach,  Hallowell Center MetroWest, (978) 287- 0810 or (978) 255-1817 CollegeCORE Coaching (by phone, Skype or in person) helps … Continue reading ADHD CollegeCORE Coaching program

Stuck in a Rut at Work?

How many times  have you found yourself sitting in a meeting, yawning, pinching yourself or grinding your teeth? How many days have you gone to the … Continue reading Stuck in a Rut at Work?

Adult ADHD & Diagnosis & Next Steps

In this follow-up video, I discuss the steps towards making an ADHD diagnosis and the kinds of help available for adults. Adults who have ADHD but … Continue reading Adult ADHD & Diagnosis & Next Steps

Adult ADHD & High Achievers

In this VIDEO, I explore why it’s not uncommon for high achieving adults who have ADHD, who may or may not know it, not to get … Continue reading Adult ADHD & High Achievers

ADHD and Focus at Work

Dr. Hallowell explains in this VIDEO how to reclaim your focus at work with ADHD. He discusses the “salience network” and the default mode network (DMN), … Continue reading ADHD and Focus at Work

Curbing Your Cell Phone Addition

One of the biggest drains on time and mental energy in modern life is what I call “screen sucking,” mindlessly sending and receiving emails, texting, surfing … Continue reading Curbing Your Cell Phone Addition

Dr. Hallowell and his ADHD Life

Want to know about Dr. Hallowell’s own experiences with ADHD and more? Watch Kirsten Milliken’s interview on YouTube or listen to it on iTunes.  You’ll hear … Continue reading Dr. Hallowell and his ADHD Life

Dr. Hallowell on ‘Take Your Pills’ Netflix Documentary

Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts in this VIDEO on how this well meaning documentary meant to alert you to the dangers of stimulant medications used to … Continue reading Dr. Hallowell on ‘Take Your Pills’ Netflix Documentary

The Real Danger of Digital Addiction

The Brain Equivalent of Global Warming The Real Danger of Digital Addiction by Dr. Hallowell / Psychology Today Nobody’s proven that digital addiction rots your brain.  Nobody’s proven … Continue reading The Real Danger of Digital Addiction

Dr. Hallowell on Losing a Beloved Pet

If you’ve ever loved and lost a pet, you know how difficult it is to say goodbye. Recently our beloved dog Ziggy Marley passed away. He brought … Continue reading Dr. Hallowell on Losing a Beloved Pet

“Crazy” does not Equate Dangerous

Note from Ned March 13, 2018 The first person I ever saw actually crazy, as opposed to crazy in the slang meaning of that word, was … Continue reading “Crazy” does not Equate Dangerous

Changing the Stigma and Shame of Mental Illness

Mental illness affected my family. My dad left home when I was 4 years old. I didn’t really know why. Nobody told me what was going … Continue reading Changing the Stigma and Shame of Mental Illness

Can You Handle the Truth? Accounting For Phone Time

by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest Where does the time go? Why can’t I get more done … Continue reading Can You Handle the Truth? Accounting For Phone Time

ADHD and Time

In the world of ADHD, there are only two times: there is NOW, and then there is NOT NOW. In ADHD, time collapses, making life feel … Continue reading ADHD and Time

Wanted: Future ADHD Superheroes

X-Men – Superheroes that are powerful, potentially dangerous, yet are capable of so much good. This is the dramatic conflict in Marvel comics and the hugely … Continue reading Wanted: Future ADHD Superheroes

Don’t Let Anxiety Hold You Back!

If you’re struggling with anxiety, it may be hard to recall the last time  you weren’t feeling tense, worried, or on edge. Anxiety can cause sudden … Continue reading Don’t Let Anxiety Hold You Back!

Dr. Hallowell Addresses False Accusations

I’m saddened to see false postings stating that I have connections to drug companies and Big Pharma.  I do not, and it is slanderous to claim … Continue reading Dr. Hallowell Addresses False Accusations

ADHD – No Creative, Productive Outlet

NO CREATIVE, PRODUCTIVE OUTLET: All of us do better when we are creatively and productively engaged in some activity. It doesn’t have to be overtly creative, … Continue reading ADHD – No Creative, Productive Outlet

ADHD and Isolation

ISOLATION: Isolation is often the by-product of shame, pessimism, and negativity. It intensifies the shame and negativity, and can lead to depression, toxic anxiety, drug and … Continue reading ADHD and Isolation

ADHD and Pessimism and Negativity

Yesterday, you learned how to handle SHAME.  Today, I’m tackling how to handle Pessimism and Negativity associated with ADHD. Pessimism and Negativity: Pessimism and negative thinking … Continue reading ADHD and Pessimism and Negativity

ADHD and SHAME

Today’s blog post will focus on  the SHAME & ADHD (the “S” of S.P.I.N”)  Tomorrow’s blog will focus on P – Pessimism and Negativity. SHAME:  The … Continue reading ADHD and SHAME

ADHD and S.P.I.N. Cycle

HOW TO AVOID THE S.P.I.N. CYCLE OF ADHD I often compare the ADHD mind to Niagara Falls, both wonders of gargantuan movement and energy.  The trick … Continue reading ADHD and S.P.I.N. Cycle

Changing the Shame and Fear Associated with ADHD

  The greatest learning disorder of all is fear. Getting rid of shame and fear are key!!  Kids, and this includes kids with ADHD, Dyslexia or … Continue reading Changing the Shame and Fear Associated with ADHD