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Dr. Hallowell Newsletter                                                January 2015

As we head into 2015, let me please take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of the audience that receives this newsletter along with the "Notes from Ned" that appear in it. I love the chance to connect with you this way.
    I was thinking how cool it would be if you all could connect with each other, at least a bit. To that end, I am inviting you to send an email to me with comments you'd like me to send along to the readership. Comment on anything. Surprise us. Say what's on your mind about anything, or offer your favorite recipes for a Super Bowl party.
    Speaking of which, as some of you know, I am a devoted Patriots fan. My family has been season-ticket holders since they day the team hired Bill Parcells decades ago. Our 3 kids have grown up going to Patriot games. Those trips became the highlights of every fall, and we put enormous energy and creativity into the tailgating as well as the flinging of the ball in the parking lot. It was a pure celebration of life--in a sprawling, charcoal-burning, dancing and carousing parking lot full of rabid fans.
    Now that our kids have all left home--the youngest of our 3 is a Freshman at Trinity--Sue and I may give up our tickets, as we are getting old to go Sundays, and the crowds are, well, crowded.

ADHD does have advantages. I do not consider it a disability. I consider it a trait.

Do you have Attention Deficit Trait (ADT)?

Do you often feel anxious or overwhelmed?

Do you have a hard time setting priorities?

Are constant demands keeping you from getting things done?

Driven to Distraction  
at Work
Driven to Distraction included in list of "2015 books to pre-order today."

"This book explains how the modern technology-driven workplace is creating in many workers an inability to focus, which in turns prevents them from completing important tasks, or enjoying it when they do. More important, the book provides an easy-to-follow recipe for teaching yourself to focus in the midst of the workplace chaos."

Work Smart!  
Train Your Attention! 
                   Order here

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Dr. Hallowell LIVE
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
Mining Magnificent Minds

March 18

March 19
NJ, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest - When You Worry About the Child You Love

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.
ADHD & Marriage
Upcoming Seminars and Events

Melissa at Hallowell Todaro Seattle Center - February 9, Melissa will be speaking on intimacy and also giving an in-person couples seminar.

 The ADHD Effect In-Depth Couples Seminar: This 8-week phone seminar has helped many ADHD-impacted couples start to turn their 'stuck' relationship around and find the hope and love they thought they had lost forever. Highly recommended by past participants. The next live session begins February 17th.

Recovering Intimacy in Your Relationship: NEW! 5-week in-depth phone seminar reveals the best ways to improve intimacy, to rebuild trust; to engage in sexual play; and much more. Starts May 5. Taking The ADHD Effect In-Depth Couples Seminar first is highly recommended. To be notified when registration opens, please email

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Q: Dear Dr. Hallowell, how can I maintain focus in the workplace?
A: Focus is the balance between right and left brain. Disconnecting from an activity is essential for optimal performance, however, we shouldn't do it too frequently throughout the day. If too frequently, then we are not productive. If too infrequently, then our brains don't re-energize. Ten of my three word tips are included in a review by Fast Company. Here are the first three:

1. Turn It Off - Simply turn them off when you want uninterrupted, focused time.

2. Trust Your Way - You know what works best for you. Follow the routines and processes for producing your best work.

3. Take A Break - Even a sixty second break can do the trick when you are feeling frantic or dazed.
Hallowell Centers News

Today, January 13th, Noon EST - 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 at 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
Our Newest Hallowell Center - South Shore Massachusetts!
Dr. Hallowell joins a group of specialists in at the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness in Hingham, Mass. Learn more about our traditional psychotherapy and psychiatry, yoga, meditation, nutrition management and college counseling here and read more here.

Midterm Panic - Immediate Rescue from Academic Troubles

It's the time of the year when frantic parents and overwhelmed students collide - what can a student do to recover from dipping grades, anxiety and low self-esteem?

Rebecca Shafir, speech/language pathologist, developed Emergency Academic Recovery Services (EARS) after years of training middle school to college age students on how to ramp up their school performance in ridiculously short periods of time. Often times, the problems center around one's executive functioning -- planning, organizing, initiating, emotional regulation, working memory, inhibition and the ability to shift between tasks and emotional states.  

How does EARS work?

The first in-person visit is to get to know your student's helpful traits and past successes, study any recent testing or teacher reports, identify areas of need and set a course for action. Together we create a plan and get to work immediately. Regular follow-up sessions can be in person, by phone or Skype. All that's needed is a supportive parent or caregiver, and a cooperative, trustworthy student who is "change-ready" and eager for a positive approach to solving problems and making new habits. Contact Rebecca for a free inquiry at 978 287 0810 or 978 255 1817.  


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.
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. 
Driven to Distraction Podcast - Dr. Hallowell offers tips on how to stay focused at work. Run up and down the stairs for two minutes - great way to get a boost of energy. His segment begins at 4:40. Listen to this podcast at MoneyTalking.

Driven to Distraction Interview - Dr. Hallowell explains the difference between ADHD, ADD and ADT,  discusses medication and children, and offers advice on maintaining focus in the workplace. Listen to the podcast at

Manage Brain Overload in the Workplace - Staying focused at work is difficult. Take a quiz to see how your fare in ADT, and learn tips to keep you focused. Read more and take the quiz at

Does Your Child Have a Learning Disability? Understood is a FREE resource. It is really a gift from heaven. Type in your child's issues, and find marvelous video clips of children who have these issues themselves describing what it is like. There is also a great community of support  with experts and chat rooms. Not only is it free, it's not attached to drug companies or anyone trying to sell anything. It's almost too good to be true. Read more ParentMap.

What Makes a Successful Person? Listen to Dr. Matthew Kaplowitz's interview on the Creative Warrior podcast to learn strategies to overcome the challenges of a creative mind.   
Dr. Hallowell Likes


"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 



An Exciting New Book on the Search for Love - Single people are barraged by messages telling them to lose weight, act confident, play hard to other words, fix themselves if they want to find love. This approach doesn't lead to love, it leads to insecurity and game-playing. That's why I want to introduce you to an important new book on the wiser search for love-Deeper Dating: How to Drop The Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy, written by Ken Page LCSW. Deeper Dating is a course-in-a-book for everyone who is truly serious about finding love--and it references many of my central ideas in very interesting ways. Here's what I had to say about it:

"A unique and brilliant contribution. Chock full of practical wisdom as well as tender care. Highly recommended."   

Dr. Hallowell 


Focus@willLOGO "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." Dr. Hallowell
"The end goal doesn't matter... Getting there does." - Edward M. Hallowell