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Dr. Hallowell Newsletter                          November 2014

In this "Note from Ned" I am over-the top excited to announce the publication of my new book, Driven to Distraction at Work, published by the Harvard Business Review Press. You can order it off now, even though its official publication date is January 6, 2015.


The reason I am so excited is that this book hits a bullseye. It brings together, in one place for the first time, a comprehensive plan to fix one of modern life's most frustrating and challenging problems: the lack of focus most of feel as we are pulled in a thousand directions all at once every day, peppered with messages and plagued with unplanned interruptions. Delivered to Distraction at Work offers practical solutions you can use right away.


This new book is not about ADHD; as you know, I've dealt with that elsewhere. But I do bring to bear my 30+ years of experience and knowledge as a "focus doctor" to offer a plan to treat the uniquely modern condition I call Attention Deficit Trait or ADT.   


Emotional Control: An Overlooked First Step to School Success
Emotional Control: An Overlooked
First Step to School Success
Webinar by Rebecca Shafir

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Dr. Hallowell details the reasons why we lose focus at work, and clearly spells out how you can regain control and become happier, healthier, and more productive than ever!

Work Smart!  
Train Your Attention! 
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Available for the Holidays!
Do You Have Attention Deficit Trait (ADT)?
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Once completed, you'll receive a score for each type of ADT and some tips to help you improve your focus. 
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November 14
Washington, DC, Congress of Future Medical Leaders
The Masters of Life Success and Happiness

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

January 30, 2015
 Lynn University - Florida
Mining Magnificent Minds

March 18

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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The Zen of Listening 

by Rebecca Shafir


Poor listening is the source of many headaches and heartaches in our lives - failed relationships, lost customers, divorce and poor grades - just to name a few. Rebecca Shafir's award-winning book, The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction gives readers simple, authentic and reliable ways to connect more efficiently with people and information.

Speaking with Power and Persuasion
by Rebecca Shafir

We all love the convenience of a short, precise text message, but it comes at a cost. More and more people are ill equipped to pick up a phone or arrange an in-person meeting, and often even the idea of speaking causes actual anxiety. In Speaking with Power and Persuasion, I give you the tools to engage in meaningful communication with easy to learn steps.

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Driven to Distraction
Dr. Hallowell Speakers Bureau


Dr. Hallowell  
hosted a series of workshops in London.

The theme of the workshops was "Mastering ADHD for Lifelong Success". Learn more at ADDSpark

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Dr. Hallowell is a seasoned and passionate speaker. He offers customized, entertaining, and research-driven talks on a wide range of topics including ADHD, parenting, relationships, education, and business. 
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Q: I'm a 53 year-old male who has been diagnosed with ADHD (Inattentive Type) and Executive Dysfunction. I have read several of Dr. Edward M. Hallowell's books regarding ADHD, so therefore I have a good understanding of ADHD. However, I do not have a clear understanding of Executive Dysfunction.  What is Executive Dysfunction?  Thank you.
A: Executive functions include such processes as planning, working memory, self-monitoring, emotional self regulation, inhibition, task initiation and task shifting. Depending on the individual, these range from relative weakness to relative strength. Executive dysfunction or poor execution of these processes are symptoms often associated with a learning disability and ADHD. I like the book Cognitive-Behaviorial Therapy for Adult ADHD: Targeting Executive Dysfunction by Mary V. Solanto.
- Rebecca Shafir, Speech/language pathologist, and the Coordinator of Complementary Services at the Hallowell Center Sudbury
Driven to Distraction Nominated Top Ten ADHD Books

Honored that Driven to Distraction is on the list of Top Ten ADHD Books for the distracted parent!

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Back-To-School Blues or a Bad Teacher?
Excerpted from Everyday Health

Christina Nichols, PhD, Hallowell Center NYC

Summer has come and gone, and its ending has brought the back-to-school preparations, hustle, and excitement. Now you're back in the swing of things and your children are back to their regular routines, but that doesn't mean the stress is gone.


When children start experiencing difficulties at school, it can be tricky to determine the cause. Is the material harder? Is he having trouble with other children at school? Does she have a medical condition such as ADHD? Is a bad teacher affecting his performance? I hear about many parents who worry that their children are not getting the attention they need in school. But how can you tell if your child has a bad teacher?


First, I should clarify that I am always reluctant to make generalizations about people and to categorize someone as "bad," especially teachers. Teaching is a complex and demanding career; it requires many skills. The key to ensuring a good parent-teacher relationship is communication and working together to support your child in the classroom.


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Hallowell Centers News

Announcing the Newest Hallowell Center - South Shore Massachusetts!

Dr. Hallowell joins a group of multi-disciplinary specialists dedicated to improving psychological health and well being.

Dr. Hallowell and Hallowell Center specialists will be working with patients at the newly opened Center for Integrative Health and Wellness in Hingham, Mass. In addition to traditional psychotherapy and psychiatry, the Center will provide holistic treatment approaches including yoga, meditation, nutrition management and college counseling. Please visit here.

Over 100 Attended Grand Opening of Hallowell Center Seattle - The center has six treatment rooms and three therapists to treat patients  using medication, therapy, tutoring and testing. Read more at Puget Sound Business Journal.

CrazyBusy Workshop at Hallowell Center NYC - Crazy Busy workshops, led by Cheryl Jacobs, is designed to reduce stress, anxiety, and physical/mental distress. Several workshop dates to choose from. Learn more here.

A Faster and More Effective Way to Manage Anxiety - Meditation and mindfulness are effective practices, but can take several months of regular practice to reap the benefits. The Heartmath EmWave biofeedback helps children and adults manage anxiety and increase personal balance and resilience in less time. It is a very affordable and state-of-the-art form of biofeedback (approximately $200), used to train and monitor one's stress levels at home, at school and at the workplace. Users report less dependency on anxiety medications, better sleep and reduced frustration in difficult situations. When stress is under control, school and workplace performance is enhanced. To see results sooner, we recommend professional guidance. Rebecca Shafir (a Hallowell Center Sudbury clinician and a certified Heartmath provider) is offering two 60 minute training sessions for proper and effective use of the Heartmath EmWave biofeedback. Thereafter, you and your family members will be able to practice more efficiently and without more office visits. To schedule your Heartmath EmWave training call the Hallowell Center at 978 287 0810. The fee for the two sessions is $300. If needed, extra tune up sessions are $75.   
Dr. Hallowell In the News
October Was ADHD Month, But Remember This...
Last month was ADHD awareness month and it was great to see the engagement in the community-however there are things to remember year round about ADHD. Read more at Everyday Health.
Dr. Hallowell Joins Forces with the Poses Foundation - A new and free resource has recently been made available for parents of children with learning and attention issues. Dr. Hallowell joins the staff of experts. Learn more at

Adderall Abuse Among Teens - Dr. Hallowell explains, "When it's taken properly, it's not a dangerous street drug, but rather an effective way of helping children and adults with ADHD focus their minds and control their impulses. Used improperly, though, it's dangerous." Read more in SheKnows.

Why Emotional Control is an Important First Step to School Success - Anxiety can overcome a student during an important assignment. Rebecca Shafir from the Hallowell Center Sudbury led a CHADD of Northern Virginia and DC/Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center webinar on emotional control. View the entire webinar here.

5 Step Plan for Parents with ADHD Children - Dr. Hallowell's recommendations include connect, play, practice, mastery, and recognition in EverydayHealth.
Dr. Hallowell Likes


"I'm thrilled to announce the publication of a new book by my friend and colleague, Terry Matlen! Terry is a true veteran of the ADHD saga. Her new book, " The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get It All Done" is authoritative, yet warm; up-to-date, yet timeless. Topics cover clutter, time management, parenting, relationships, hormones, and more. Clever, helpful tips are sprinkled throughout the book. This is a "must-have" book for women with ADHD- I recommend it most highly." - Dr. Hallowell  



ADHD Coaching Matters - The Definitive Guide 

by Sarah D. Wright  

"This book is a much needed addition to the field that will make it much easier for new (and established) ADHD Coaches to learn the lay of the land."  - Ari Tuckman   


Made by Raffi Craig Pomranz

Raffi is a shy boy who doesn't like noisy games and is often teased at school. But when he gets the idea of making a scarf for his dad's birthday, he is full of enthusiasm even though the other children think it is girly to knit. Then the day draws near for the school pageant, and there is one big problem: no costume for the prince. And that's when Raffi has his most brilliant idea of all - to make a prince's cape. On the day of the pageant, Raffi's cape is the star of the show.

"Without intervention, children with undiagnosed can fail in school and go on to suffer depression, low self-esteem and anger." - Edward M. Hallowell


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