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Dr. Hallowell Newsletter                                                February 2015

What do we do when we are buried?

I am writing to you all from my home in Arlington, Massachusetts, where we have been given three to four feet of snow over the past two weeks. 
      As I look out my windows now, the snow is drifted in places higher than I am, and I am six feet. When I let my dog, Ziggy, a Jack Russell who has ADD for sure, outside, he instantly sinks down, invisible under the snow, until, like the Phoenix, he bounds up and leaps around the yard, jubilant to have a new type of playground. He can't find his usual spots to make his deposits, so, imaginative fellow that he is, he marks out new spots. Little does he know, they will soon be snowed over as well.

     There's a metaphor or two in here. What do we do when we are buried? I've been reading Joan Chittister lately. I recommend her highly. She is a Catholic nun, but she writes for everyone about life's deeper matters. She writes about living in uncertainty, about needing faith in possibility more than in additional data, as we grapple with what we must grapple with.

      I've had a lot to grapple with this month; perhaps some of you have as well. Life does offer up difficulties and unpleasant surprises on a fairly regular basis.....


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Driven to Distraction
Q: I have such a hard time managing my addiction to the Internet. This is especially hard since I am required to use it at work. Should I tell my boss and colleagues about my problem, or would that be a career-killer?   

A: Who doesn't have a bad internet habit? You can suggest that the group as a whole needs to take this seriously and give each other permission to set boundaries. I would NOT use the word addiction, as that might scare people. But do get help (as from my book Driven to Distraction at Work).
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Dr. Hallowell In the News

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

Dr. Hallowell describes how ADHD can:
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Dr. Hallowell Discusses ADT, ADHD and Driven to Distraction at Work - Download the interview with Stu Taylor of "Your Company on Radio" here

Dr. Hallowell Explains the Free New Program for Parents of Children with Special Needs - The Coffee Klatch interviewed Dr. Hallowell on this amazing online program that provides support for parents. Here the radio interview at The Coffee Klatch.

Learning and ADHD - Dr. Hallowell offers helpful tips for teachers and students dealing with ADHD, in this guest post on Landmark 360's blog

Never Worry Alone - Dr. Hallowell explains how worry can be toxic, especially when you do it alone in this New York Magazine article.

Do You Have Difficulty Sustaining Lengthy Attention at Work? Well, you're not alone. Check out Dr. Hallowell's interview with Forbes for some tips on how manage these workplace distractions. 

What Drives You to Distraction in the Workplace? Check out my interview with Fast Company to learn how to cut your dependency on the Internet and rein in multitasking.

The ADT Trait Seems to Help us Deal with the Stresses of our Life ... Until it Doesn't - Distractions are likely to grow exponentially. Dr. Hallowell explains how to manage your workplace environment in The Globe and Mail
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InventiveLabs is accepting applications for the next team of bright young people who think & learn differently!  Read more in the Boston Business Journal.  


Dr. Keevil, Psy.D., on ADHD - He is from our Sudbury center and speaks frankly and openly with Alexis Avila of Preppedpolished about ADHD. Check out this excellent Podcast.    


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