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Dr. Hallowell Newsletter            August 2014  

I've been treating ADHD for over 30 years in people of all ages, so I have seen firsthand how devastating it can be.

Recently I received an "open letter to Ned Hallowell" in which the author took me to task for stating that ADHD is not a disorder but rather a trait. She then went on to explain how much pain and suffering ADHD has caused her, and she criticized me for implying that she did not have a disorder (which I most certainly did not mean to do). She said that while ADHD may not have disabled me, it was certainly disabling her.

Her letter reflects a widespread misunderstanding of my position. Let me take a moment to clarify where I stand.

Whenever I say that ADHD is a trait, I immediately go on to state that it can indeed be a disorder, and that it can ruin a life. It would be absurd to claim that ADHD cannot be a crippling, chronic, lifelong disability.
Watch Dr. Hallowell as he describes adult ADHD on the Katie Couric Show

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

September 20 - 21
Charlotte, NC, Christ Episcopal Church

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.

November 19
Duxbury, MA, The Parent Connection
Connection in the Digital Age

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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Dr. Hallowell Likes - where creative, innovative, determined young people 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. - Check out my friend and colleague, Terry Matlen's new online group coaching program for women with ADHD. Whether you live in Boston or Paris, this affordable online resource will help you when you feel stuck and need help moving forward with clutter, piles and more. 

7 Steps to Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students With Disabilities - Transitioning to college can be a challenge for students with learning disabilities. This book helps students adapt to this less structured environment.  
Q: For students with ADHD heading off to college for the first time in the fall, do you have suggestions for keeping prescription stimulant medications secure in the dorm setting?
A: For parents, it is a good idea to have a conversation with your teen before they head off to college in order to talk about this issue.  Encourage your son or daughter to tell friends who ask to share their medications that these meds can be dangerous when used casually, rather than under a doctor's care, and are off limits.  (Though they work very effectively to treat ADHD, they are controlled substances for a reason!)  Encourage your child to not share information about meds, including their location.
Only keep one month's supply. If your student is concerned that other students may "help themselves", keep a one or two week supply in dorm, the rest at the health center.  (And set an alarm or reminder to go get the next two week's supply before they are due to run out!)
Keep medications in a drawer, out of sight. To remind oneself to take them, put an empty daily pill box in with your toiletries or on the dresser where it will remind you each day.
- Melissa Orlov 
What to Do If You Suspect Your Child Has ADHD
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and/or hyperactivity. ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders and frequently continues into adolescence and adulthood.

Although so many individuals with ADHD are bright, creative, and dynamic and have tremendous gifts, ADHD can greatly interfere with educational, occupational, economic and social functioning. Fortunately, there are many effective approaches to managing, facing and embracing ADHD and helping individuals achieve greater balance in their lives.

If you suspect that your child has ADHD there are several simple and straightforward steps to take to get things started.



  Get informed
  Find a provider with whom you and your child connect
  Consider all treatment options
  Find the right treatment for your child
  Be optimistic



  Feel stuck with the first provider you meet
  Immediately rule out treatment options
  Believe that one size fits all
  Give up

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 or spending every waking moment with best friends while away at summer camp are quickly coming to an end. But with every end, comes a new beginning and an opportunity for change. Back to school time brings bright possibilities and the chance for a clean slate to introduce new organizational strategies into your home.


Organization doesn't just happen and children with ADHD need scaffolding and support to help organize themselves and their environments. Each family will have their own way of setting up certain systems and it is important to communicate as a family so that the systems are clear to all family members. The first day of school is no time for drastic changes in household schedules. Hold a family meeting 2-3 weeks prior to the first day back at school and discuss expectations, consequences, and brainstorm ideas to help each day flow more smoothly.

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
10 Practical Tips for Managing Adult ADHD - Adult ADHD can be managed, but it does take consistency and planning. Read Dr. Hallowell's ten suggestions at
ADHD Explained Simply - ADHD is a complex medical condition, but Dr. Hallowell can explain it to the general population in terms that make it easy to understand. Read his interview in  Forbes Magazine

ADHD and Its Crippling Side Effects - Shame is common in people with ADHD. Dr. Hallowell recommends strategies in this ADDitude article on how to overcome the shame many of us with ADHD experience due to recurring mistakes and past failures. Listen to audio and review webinar slides here. For more detail, Dr. Hallowell addresses shame in chapter 32 of Delivered from Distraction.

Connection is Nourishing - Connectedness is as nourishing to one's health as a vitamin. Check out this article from Care2 to assess your connectedness quotien. For more tips on how to reaffirm the connections in your life, read Dr. Hallowell's book Connect.
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"Heard Ned speak at the TIME conference in Houston. He was great! His stories were so filled with meaning and with humor. What a likeable person, and with such important information to share. I think everyone could relate to him, find a piece of their own lives and experiences in his own and feel accepting of all."  Marcy


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