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Dr. Hallowell Newsletter                                                December 2014

So now we are in full-bore holiday mode. Like most people, I love parts of this time of year, and dread other parts.  
On the downside, we see the rapacious commercialization that has come to infest the month of December. We see shopping malls crowded to the point of being almost impossible to get to, let alone shop in. We see lonely people surrounded by celebrations that only leave them feeling more lonely. We see office parties that reek of hypocrisy as people feel they have to attend, even though they may quite dislike the place where they work. We see people getting triggered by memories of unhappy holidays from their childhood, or even just last year. In short, we see a ton of misery under the mistletoe, amidst the Hanukkah gifts, or around whichever tradition you might choose. Even if you are part of no tradition, that creates its own peculiar sorrow.
On the other hand. There's always that other hand. The older I get, the more sorrow I see, but also the more courage I witness. 

ADHD is commonly considered a childhood disorder, but many adults have ADHD. Dr. Hallowell explains on Boston's WCVB Channel 5 Chronicle how a diagnosis can change your life, no matter your age

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January 20, 2015
Amesbury, MA Inventive Labs
Open House with Dr. Hallowell

January 27
Webinar, Totally ADD Webinar: Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus at Work and be More Productive

January 30
Lynn University - Florida
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April 15
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

April 22
Chicago, The James Tyree Community Center, Unwrapping the Gifts.
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The Couples Guide to Thriving with ADHD 

by Melissa Orlov and Nancie Kohlenberger 


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Even as they work to improve their relationship, couples impacted by ADHD experience difficult emotions they would prefer to avoid.   


This book, named a finalist in the 2014 USA Best Book Awards (mental health) and a "great holiday gift for Adults with ADHD" from ADDitude, will show you how to take a relationship that is more challenging than you would like it to be, and make it a lot better.   


Scientifically-researched techniques that can help you replace emotions such as ambivalence, frustration, and anger with feelings of love, compassion and joy are shared.  

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Q: Dear Dr. Hallowell, I have a fairly new job with a lot of demands and stress. It seems the more that gets added to my list, the less quickly I work. I think I panic or something, but I am now not keeping up. Do you have advice for me?
A: It is very likely that distractions are keeping you from completing your tasks. My latest book, Driven to Distraction at Work will help you to work smarter, not harder. There is not enough room to address all the issues here, but I highlight a woman named Jean in the book, who does everything she can to handle an overwhelming load. People like Jean become increasingly and uncharacteristically hurried, curt and unfocused, while trying valiantly to pretend that everything is under control. Driven to Distraction at Work details these six most common distractions at work, and how to overcome them: Screen Sucking, Multitasking, Idea Hopping, Worrying, Playing the Hero and Dropping the Ball. Read about the 5 reasons you can't focus and what to do about it in Fast Company.

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Decorate the house. Done


Mail the holiday cards.  Done


Buy gifts.  Done


Sigh...if only planning for the holidays was that simple.

In reality though, for the nearly 9 million adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dr. Hallowell knows that the holidays create the perfect storm.  It's a stressful time for anyone and when you add ADHD into the mix, it can be overwhelming.  


Between juggling work, holiday parties, tons of lists, chaos with kids and unpredictable surprises along the way, it's enough to send even the calmest person into a panic.


It's a never ending cycle of to-do lists that never get done, juggling acts that falter and expectations that fall short.


Follow Dr. Hallowell's 6 tips to help cross out some of those items on your holiday to do list and ease the holiday headache:


1. Shop smart and shop early. Last minute shopping is a big no. There's too much pressure.  Start as early as possible. 

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Hallowell Centers News

Our Newest Hallowell Center - South Shore Massachusetts!
Dr. Hallowell joins a group of multi-disciplinary specialists in at the 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 and read more here.

Report Card S.O.S. - Emergency Academic Recovery Service (EARS) was developed after years of training middle school to college age students to ramp up their school performance in very short periods of time. Often, executive functioning is the culprit -- planning, organizing, initiating, emotional regulation, working memory, inhibition and the ability to shift between tasks and emotional states. Everyone has some executive functioning strengths, but it's the weaknesses that can cause havoc in school performance. This is not traditional tutoring. EARS enables your student to develop the skills and habits for long-term success.  Read more at Hallowell Sudbury Center.

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. To schedule your Heartmath EmWave training call the Hallowell Center at 978 287 0810.

Summer ADHD Camp - Save The Date! Make plans now for the whole family. July 13 - 17, 2015 at The Homestead Resort, Glen Arbor Michigan, $975 per person. For families with children between 10-18 years old. More details coming soon.

Free Teleseminar "I Know What to Do, I'm Just Not Doing It: 5 Steps to Bust through Procrastination and Overwhelm" - Want to learn how to bust through procrastination?  Join Dr. Sarah Reiff-Hekking, Coach and Psychologist The Hallowell Center Sudbury on January 13th. You'll find out how to take control of your time and tasks and STOP the feelings of being weighed down, overwhelmed, and confused. Register today here.
Dr. Hallowell In the News

Dr. Hallowell's In-Depth Interview with Boston WCVB's The Chronicle  

Dr. Hallowell describes how ADHD can:
  • Take a toll on marriage here
  • Be a blessing here 
  • Pose serious risks here 
  • Help adults when they discover they have ADHD here. 
Are You a Good Multi-tasker? No!
As technological distractions beep and ping their way into our consciousness, multitasking becomes inevitable. However, frequent multitasking can lead to attention deficit trait (ADT), a high-anxiety response to the hyperconnected environment. Check out Dr. Hallowell's interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer for more information on the effects of constant interruptions.

Dr. Hallowell in Time Article - Dr. Hallowell was quoted in the 'what brain science says about ADHD' section and his book, Driven to Distraction, is listed in additional reading resources in this TIME article "Growing Up With ADHD".

New, Free Resource to Help Kids with ADHD Succeed in School - Listen to the Podcast as Dr. Hallowell discusses the new Poses Foundation resource with Devin Thorpe from and Philanthropist Shelly London. "One in five children struggles with issues related to reading, writing, math, focus and organization. These kids are as smart as their peers, and with the right strategies and support, they can go from simply coping to truly thriving in school and in life." Listen to it here.

What Makes a Happy Household?
- Dr. Hallowell explains that achievement is often the focus, and we overlook the importance of connection. Read more in

What Are the Most Common Distractions at Work? Dr. Hallowell details the six most common distractions at work, and how to overcome them: Screen Sucking, Multitasking, Idea Hopping, Worrying, Playing the Hero and Dropping the Ball in this Business Insider article.  
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"InventiveLabs is up and running! I went see their wonderful space in Amesbury, MA and was impressed by the size, scope and feel of the operation. I expect to see great things from the Inventives I met at the Lab in the near future. Please RSVP to join me on January 20th to experience it for yourself. You can read more about InventiveLabs in this Boston Business Journal article." - Dr. Hallowell 



Focus@willLOGO You may remember previous praise in past newsletters for Focus@Will, an extraordinary audio service that enhances attention and productivity through scientifically re-engineered music. I've reported glowing testimonials about Focus@Will from a number of my clients, and, In Driven to Distraction at Work, gave my own personal endorsement of Focus@Will:

"For years, I've listened to classical music while writing.... A British rock musician turned scientist of sound...[h]as created music engineered not to engage the listener. Amazingly, if you listen to this music while, say writing, your focus improves significantly. I now swear by it. I am listening to his music as I write these lines. If you want to try it, go to the website, I predict you will be as impressed by it as I am."

Based on my personal enthusiasm for Focus@Will, I became an advisor to the Company. I'm now pleased to pass on this special offer that includes a FREE electronic copy* of my new book, Driven to Distraction at Work, for every paying subscriber who registers via this special offer page by year's end.

I urge you to try Focus@Will (registration for the trial takes less than 2 minutes and doesn't require a credit card). And if you do, please don't forget to drop me a note telling me how it worked for you. 
"Love someone with ADHD? Look them in the eye and acknowledge their "gifts." What better holiday gift could you give?!." - Edward M. Hallowell


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