Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D. is the #1 New York Times best selling author of the 1994 ground-breaking Driven to Distraction, co-authored with John Ratey, M.D. Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of ADHD.
Dr. Hallowell went on to write 20 more books on various psychological topics including several more books on:
- the transformative force of connection in human life;
- tips on managing your crazybusy life;
- how to manage worry;
- dare to forgive;
- raising happy children;
- how to run organizations so that each employee achieves at his or her peak performance;
- achieving focus in the modern, highly charged and distracted workplace; and
- his Memoir Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of A Psychiatrist.
His next book, ADHD 2.0 New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction – from Childhood through Adulthood, co-authored with John J. Ratey, is releasing on January 12, 2021.
In aggregate, Dr. Hallowell’s books have sold more than 2 million copies.
A new approach reframing ADD/ADHD as a personality trait that most people have to some degree, featuring cutting-edge research and strategies to help readers thrive, by the internationally bestselling authors of the seminal ADD books Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction
World-renowned authors Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D. literally "wrote the book" on ADD/ADHD more than two decades ago. Their bestselling book, Driven to Distraction, largely introduced readers to the behaviors, diagnosis, and treatment of this "disorder" and sold more than a million copies along the way.
Now, in ADHD 2.0 New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction - from Childhood through Adulthood, they present a revolutionary new idea: What if we viewed impulsivity, distractibility, and hyperactivity as personality traits instead of symptoms? Furthermore, what if we learned to value and harness these traits for the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit they tend to breed?
Introducing the bold new concept that ADD/ADHD is really the outward manifestation of what they call the Variable Attention Stimulation Trait (V.A.S.T), Drs. Hallowell and Ratey--who both have this trait--update the science, research, and treatments (when necessary) now available for this ubiquitous condition. Through remarkable case studies, they also detail the latest innovative strategies and technologies for thriving at any age. As inspiring as it is inspirational, ADHD 2.0 stands to be the new bible for people on this trait spectrum.More info →
Because I Come from a Crazy Family, tells the often strange story of a childhood marked by what Dr. Hallowell calls the “WASP triad” of alcoholism, mental illness, and politeness, and explores the wild wish, surging beneath his incredible ambition, that he could have saved his own family of drunk, crazy, and well-intentioned eccentrics, and himself.
Dr. Hallowell "Unlike any book I've written before, this one only tells stories, true stories from my childhood and my early training in psychiatry. I introduce you to the great array of eccentric, wonderful, colorful and yes, sometimes crazy people who populated my life. It gives me enormous pleasure to share with you all the gifts they gave to me through this memoir."
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In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADHD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder–all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated. In Delivered, Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey build on the breakthroughs of Driven to Distraction to offer a comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADHD.More info →
In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD.) Widely recognized as the classic in the field, this national bestseller (over a million copies sold) has long been a lifeline to the approximately eighteen million Americans who are thought to have ADHD. Now this New York Times bestselling book has been revised and updated with current medical information for a new generation searching for answers. Through vivid stories and case histories of patients – both adults and children, Drs. Hallowell and Ratey explore the varied forms ADHD takes, from hyperactivity to daydreaming.
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Human Moments is unlike any book available today. Renowned author Edward Hallowell proposes a simple, effective way to find happiness and love in this totally unique guide to living a fulfilling life. Dr. Hallowell teaches us how to recognize and appreciate a "human moment," an instance when we recognize and connect to things that really matter most in life and make it worth living.
An engaging storyteller, Hallowell uses his own personal experiences from a traumatic childhood to a prosperous adulthood to illustrate concepts and connect with readers. Skillfully he teaches us how to recognize human moments when they happen, how to savor them, treasure them, and turn them into an enriching experience. Best of all, he reveals how human moments are happening to us all the time-in fact, every day.More info →
Don’t be distracted by the bad news about ADHD/ADHD. You may not believe it, but having ADHD is a gift. Still, it can be a hard gift to unwrap, so it may help to meet these seventeen fascinating people; including JetBlue CEO David Neeleman, Books-a-Million Chairman, Clyde Anderson and others, who realized that ADHD could help them achieve their dreams. These people did not succeed despite their ADHD, they succeeded because of their creative, energetic, and multifaceted personalities - all characteristics of ADHD. Dr. Hallowell, a bestselling expert in the field of ADHD, teams up with a mother of triplets with ADHD to deliver a much-needed inspirational book that looks at ADHD from a rarely seen positive angle.More info →
Your job as a manager is getting harder all the time. But your most critical responsibility--especially in today's world of intensifying competition and economic stress--is how to help your people shine their brightest. What do you do when your most talented employees fall short of their potential? How do you inspire a solid contributor to strive for more? What should you try if a star player falls off their game?
In Shine, bestselling author, psychiatrist, and ADHD expert Dr. Edward Hallowell draws on brain science, performance research, and his own experience helping people maximize their potential to present a proven process for getting the best from your people.
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Here is the first book to explore every facet of the most common and debilitating emotional state: worry. While a healthy level of worry can help us perform efficiently at work, anticipate dangers, and learn from past errors, in its extreme forms worry can become "toxic"--poisoning our pleasures, sabotaging our achievements, and preventing us from resolving actual problems.
In this lucid, reassuring book, Dr. Hallowell discusses all types of worry, explores their underlying causes, and considers the best strategies for coping. Case histories and anecdotes illuminate such issues as worry in relationships; the correlation between worry and conditions like, depression, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder; worry at work; and the worried childMore info →
Nothing is more upsetting to a parent than to know that their child is anxious, disruptive, or depressed for no apparent reason. Though there is a long tradition in child rearing of blaming the parent or child when things go wrong, often the root of the problem is hidden from view. In When You Worry About the Child You Love, Dr. Hallowell takes you through some of the most common childhood problems and shows how biology and genetics contribute to them all-without ignoring other factors. If your child's problem is a natural stage in the growth process, this book will give you relief and reassurance. If your child is developing a serious problem requiring professional diagnosis and treatment, this book will alert you to it. Conversational in tone and comprehensive in content, this authoriatatie and accessible guide will reassure and aid parents who treasure their child's well-being above all.More info →
Each brain finds its own special way -- that's the message in this delightful, colorful story by Dr. Hallowell, America's foremost expert on ADHD and learning and childhood development. A Walk in the Rain with a Brain features a little girl named Lucy, who is making her way down a rainy sidewalk when she spies, of all things, a brain -- Manfred, called Fred -- sitting forlornly in a puddle. The courtly cerebrum asks Lucy for help getting home, and as they walk along she worries that she's not smart enough. "Everyone's smart!" explains Fred. "You just need to find out at what!" Fred reassures her that each child learns and thinks differently -- and that every child has special talents. Charming illustrations and a funny, whimsical story teach children to play and learn in order to find the strengths they have -- and a discussion guide at the end gives parents and educators the background support they need in order to help children understand and discover the sparkling individuality of their minds.More info →
In What Are You Worth, Dr. Hallowell and Mr. Grace explore the links between personality and financial acumen, combining psychological analysis with practical financial planning tips, as well as insights into seventeen personality types and how each can achieve financial security.More info →
In this book Dr. Hallowell and Dr. Thompson address a wide array of topics related to children, families and schools. A sampling of the titles of the essays includes: "Remembering My Schools;" "Adolescence is Hard Work;" "College Admission as a Failed Rite of Passage;" "What Is It Like to Have Attention Deficit Disorder;" "How Can Teachers Cope?" "What Do You Want For Your Children?" and "Connectedness." A must read for all educators and parents.More info →
In a book that gets more timely by the day, bestselling author Ned Hallowell shows that forgiveness is strength—and also that it’s essential to living a healthy, happy life.
Forgiveness is not a sign of weakness but of strength. It’s also healthy, brave, contagious and sets you free. In this book, Dr. Hallowell not only explains why forgiveness is one of the best things you can do to heal your body and mind; he also offers a practical, four-part plan for achieving it.
True stories illustrate the power of forgiveness in real lives, from a wife who forgives the hurtful words of her husband to a mother who forgives the man who kidnapped and murdered her daughter.More info →
Look at what's happened to the usual how-are-you exchange. It used to go like this: "How are you?" "Fine." Now it often goes like this: "How are you?" "Busy." Or "Too busy." Or simply "Crazy."
Without intending for it to happen or knowing how, when, or why it got started, many people now find that they live in a rush they never wanted. If you feel busier than you've ever been and wonder how this happened and how you can keep up the pace much longer, you are hardly alone.
Crazy? Maybe not. Dysfunctional? Yes, indeed. We all have more to do than ever before -- and less time to do it. In this highly listenable audiobook, the foremost expert on ADHD, Ned Hallowell, explores the society-wide phenomenon of culturally induced ADHD.
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That last raise may be fattening your bank account, but it did nothing for your soul. The talk you had with your boss about your kids' schools, however, did. Although our culture is focused on achievement, it is not our accomplishments that sustain us. It is the connections we make along the way.What are these connections? They are the feelings of being part of something that matters, something larger than ourselves, whether it is a friendship, marriage, team, company, or even a set of ideals. They can enrich your life, and their absence can shorten it. They are the key to what counts in life, and they are becoming harder and harder to make.Now a noted psychiatrist outlines the steps we can take to make or reaffirm the connections that nourish the hungry heart. Through his own life experiences and those who have shared their stories with him, we learn of the great joy and peace that come from connecting, and the consequences of remaining detached. And we learn how to nurture that part of us which is so often neglected, and so very crucial to our emotional, psychological, and physical well-being -- our connections.More info →
Here, at last, is a book brimming with the good news of raising children--the basic reassuring news about happiness and unconditional love, about enduring family connections and kids who grow up right. Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., father of three and a clinical psychiatrist, has thought long and hard about what makes children feel good about themselves and the world they live in. Like the works of T. Berry Brazelton and Benjamin Spock, "The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness is infused with the wisdom and humanity of a doctor who truly loves and understands children. Writing with the warmth of a friend and the authority of an expert, Dr. Hallowell gives us a book at once practical and exuberant, joyous and informative, eye-opening and reassuring. Ultimately, this book is a celebration of childhood and of the magic that happens between parents and the children they love.More info →
Are you more distant from your spouse than you’d like to be? Do you sometimes get into big struggles over what amount to mere administrative details? Do you or your spouse waste time “screensucking”—mindlessly viewing email or surfing the Web? Welcome to the club! Modern marriage is busy, distracted, and overloaded to extremes, with ever-increasing lists of things to do, superficial electronic connections, and interrupted moments. Dr. Edward M. Hallowell, the bestselling co-author of the hugely popular Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction, teams up with his wife, Sue George Hallowell, a couples’ therapist, to explain the subtle but dangerous toll today’s overstretched, under nurtured lifestyle takes on our most intimate relationship. The good news is that there are straightforward and effective ways to maneuver your marriage out of the destructive roadblocks created by the avalanche of busy living. Just thirty minutes of effort a day for thirty days can restore and repair communication and connection, resurrect long-buried happiness and romance, and strengthen—even save—a marriage.More info →
After decades of being unfairly diagnosed, children and adults with attention deficit disorder are now recognized as having a common and treatable neurological condition. Drs. Hallowell and Ratey answer the questions most frequently asked at their nationwide workshops and seminars, resulting in an easy-to-read reference that covers every aspect of the disorder: from identifying symptoms and diagnosis, to the latest treatment options, as well as practical day-to-day advice on how you or a loved one can live a normal life with ADHD. Each chapter covers a specific aspect of ADHD, such as ADHD in women, ADHD and aggression, ADHD and addiction, or ADHD and work. The authors provide advice for teachers on recognizing ADHD and helping students to cope, plus extraordinary insights into the relationship difficulties caused by ADHD.More info →
With decades of experience working with ADD children, Dr. Edward Hallowell–a pediatric psychiatric clinician, father of two ADHD children, and himself an adult with ADHD–understands how easily the gifts of this condition are lost on a child amid negative comments from doctors, teachers, and even loving but frustrated parents. Hallowell has long argued that ADHD is too often misunderstood, mistreated, and mislabeled as a “disability.” Now he teams up with top academic ADHD researcher Peter S. Jensen, M.D., who is himself a father of an ADHD child, to bring you an upbeat and encouraging new approach to living with and helping your ADHD child. The practical strength-based techniques Drs. Hallowell and Jensen present put the talents, charms, and positive essence of your child ahead of any presumed shortcomings.More info →
You know the feeling: you can't focus; you feel increasingly overwhelmed by a mix of nonstop demands and technology that seems to be moving at the speed of light; and you're frustrated just trying to get everything doe well - and on time. Not only is this taking a toll on performance, it's impacting your sense of well-being outside the office. It's time to reclaim control. In Driven to Distraction at Work, Dr. Hallowell identified the underlying reasons why people lose their ability to focus at work, explains ADT (Attention Deficit Trait), its traits, how it affects your focus and productivity, and what are the six most common distractions at work and how to overcome them.
Dr. Hallowell's 10 Tips on Achieving Focus in Today's Busy Workplace.More info →