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Dr. Hallowell Newsletter            July 2014  

From time to time I use the "Note from Ned" space to tell you about a new program or product that especially excites me.

InventiveLabs is such a program.
How wonderful it would be, I've often thought to myself, if someone would create a program for the young people who just can't "do college," and yet have bold ambitions and serious talents. 

How wonderful it would be if someone would create a program where these creative, innovative, determined young people could get the guidance they need to start a business, write a book, build a boat, design an app, or pursue whatever their dream might be, without the constraints colleges and universities tend to impose. 

How wonderful it would be, in short, for these "X-Men" and "X-Women" to find a place where they could learn how to use their special talents.
Well, InventiveLabs is that place.
Watch this Good Morning America video as Dr. Hallowell comments on Lisa Ling's diagnosis at age 40:
"This is tremendously good news - your whole life can come into focus."

Work Smart! Be More Productive!

Dr. Hallowell's Latest Book

This book is for everyone wrestling to maintain focus at work! It is a business book, not a book on ADHD (although one chapter is devoted to ADHD).

Stop workplace demands from wreaking havoc on your performance and sense of well-being! Pre-Order here.
Available for the Holidays!
Official Release Date January 6, 2015
"I don't treat disabilities; I unwrap gifts." - Dr. Hallowell
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Summer is a perfect time to build skills! Neuropsychological Evaluations are available at each Center and can prove invaluable in detecting cognitive and emotional conditions. Read more here.

Boston - FREE Teleseminar: Are you concerned about your teen or young adult? Emotional control is a key executive function. Speech/language pathologist and the Coordinator of Complementary Services at the Boston Hallowell Center, Rebecca Shafir, explains that one's ability to plan, prioritize and carry out other executive functions independently is influenced by emotional stability, and emotional control is a first step to success with EF training and tutoring. She will describe effective complementary approaches to manage the frustration, anxiety and physiological upheaval many students experience.   

July 16, 2014 12:00-12:30pm
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Working Memory Strengthening - build mental math abilities, problem-solving, decision-making, reading comprehension, attention and concentration. Learn more at To get started contact Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC at 978 287 0810 x117 or
Dr. Hallowell LIVE

July 14 - 18   
MI, Leelanau Summer Camp
ADHD Summer camp for children and parents. 

July 27
FL, ADDA International Adult ADHD Conference
Dr. Hallowell Grand Finale Keynote

August 11 - 15    
MA, Cape Cod Institute
Unwrapping the Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach to ADHD Across the Life Span

September 29-October 3
London, UK ADDSpark Workshops Dr. Hallowell's workshop features his Strength based approached.

October 9
- For parents, caregivers and professionals.

October 25
- Dr. Hallowell to give Keynote.

October 29

Chatham, NJ, Montessori Children's Academy - More info soon.

December 4
Waldorf School of Garden City - Garden City, New York
CrazyBusy: Overbooked, Overworked and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD

April 15, 2015
Northshore Education Consortium, Wakefield MA - The Management of ADHD at School: A Strength-based Approach. Dr. Hallowell will speak at the Third Annual Behavioral Health Conference
ADHD & Marriage
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If your child or loved one has a birth injury, or if you suspect a birth injury, check the Birth Injury Guide for comprehensive information on birth injuries, symptoms, treatments, prognosis, and much more. 
Q: My 20 year old son has met a very nice girl. He has ADHD and takes Concerta, which has been very effective for him. Should he disclose his ADHD and the fact that he takes medication to her? I'm worried that he might be stigmatized in her mind.

A: Just as he might not disclose past family difficulties right away, he should only disclose the ADHD once he feels comfortable doing so. But since ADHD can significantly impact relationships he should certainly let her know once they are serious, and make sure she becomes educated about what ADHD is. She could read Delivered from Distraction to find out more. Remember, ADHD is only an issue if it gets in the way of your life and remains untreated.
ADHD: Use Whatever Works, as Long as It's Safe and Legal
credit: Kevin Mazur-2014

The recent exchange between Tony winner Audra McDonald, who thanked her mother for not medicating her hyperactive child, and Belinda Luscombe, editor-at-large of Time Magazine, whose child was helped by medication, prompts me to summarize my philosophy as a doctor who's been treating ADHD for over 30 years, and as a man who has the condition himself:

Use whatever works, as long as it's safe and it's legal.

Thankfully, we have many tools in our toolbox, from physical exercise, to nutritional interventions, to meditation, to coaching, and yes, to medication, as well as a host of newly developing alternative treatments.
It's best to avoid polarizing positions, as there is no one right way.  Happily, there are many right ways.  When people ask me if I "believe in" medication, my reply is that medication is not a religious principle. It is not a matter of faith, it is a matter of science, of evidence, weighing each decision on a case-by-case basis.
I see people who have ADHD as being blessed with Ferrari engines for brains, but equipped only with bicycle brakes.  The goal is to strengthen those brakes so these kids--and adults, like me, who have it--can become the champions they have it in them to become.
We have many ways to strengthen those brakes.  So, as long as what you use is safe and legal, use whatever works for you or your child!  

Bubba Watson, His ADHD and Why He Drives Me Nuts!
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Bubba Watson drives me nuts because he chooses not to address his ADHD. For fear of losing his edge and focus, he avoids discussion of treatment, primarily when directed to medication.

I think he is one of the most gifted golfers on the planet - but he could be better. Focus, under pressure, is not consistent. With a little brake-strengthening, who knows to what heights Bubba can soar to?
Dr. Hallowell Enrichment Programs
Educators & Parents: Help Students with ADHD Succeed in School 
Dr. Hallowell will again share his unique approach on how to manage this most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder of childhood at the Cape Cod Institute August 11-15th. Read his thoughts on ADHD here and find out more about here

Join Dr. Hallowell in London
- From Sept 29th to Oct 3rd 2014, Dr Hallowell will host a series of workshops in London for parents, ADD adults, educators and health professionals.  The theme of the workshops is "Mastering ADHD for Lifelong Success" and focuses on Dr Hallowell's positive, practical and proven approach to help master the power of ADD/ADHD while avoiding its pitfalls. For more information, please visit ADDSpark.  
Dr. Hallowell In the News
business-cellphone-woman.jpg 6 things highly productive people do every day -
Dr. Hallowell explains that distractions must be controlled in order to gain focus. He provides his advice in this article by Business Insider.    

Children and Focus
- Dr. Hallowell explains in this video that a child with ADHD can focus better, or less well, than a child without ADHD because of the wiring, not lack of discipline.
How Not to Discipline a Child with ADHD - Better than discipline is helping your child develop internal controls. Dr. Hallowell recommends ways to help your child in this ADDitude Magazine article.

ADHD and Shame - Dr. Hallowell describes in the ADDitude Webinar that shame is common in people who have ADHD and how to create a life without shame. Listen to audio and review the slides here. For more detail, Dr. Hallowell addresses shame in chapter 32 of Delivered from Distraction.
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