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Dr. Hallowell Newsletter                                                   March 2015

I wish you all the best, the very best.  Know that no matter what we believe, we are all in this life together.

In this "Note from Ned" I want to tell you about one of the most memorable trips I've ever taken in my life. The last few days of February, I fled the otherworldly snows of Boston and flew to Israel.  
A marvelous woman by the name of Iris Shani invited me and set up the trip.  She and her colleagues founded an organization three short years ago to help educate and inspire the people of Israel regarding ADHD, dyslexia, and other differences in learning.
What she and her group have done in such a short time is truly amazing. 
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Q: Dr. Hallowell, I am a parent of a struggling son with dyslexia and associated focus and stress problems. He was in private school and did very well and gained a lot of confidence. He is now in public school, and unfortunately, it seems that the nature of school -especially public school-is to force students (especially those with disabilities) to focus on their weaknesses with little opportunity for discovery and development of their talents.

You have referred to dyslexia as a gift. We have explained this to our son and are trying to help him to find and pursue his passion in life and to pursue his talents outside of school.  He is gifted athletically and musically, and is also a bright, kind, intuitive and empathetic person.

I am bothered by the nagging question as to whether by putting so much effort into his reading and into helping him to be successful in school we are somehow helping to sublimate, or even worse, diminish his gifts. 

Many thanks,

A: Dear Helen,

I found your letter so compelling, as well as of general interest, that I will include it in my next newsletter, along with this reply, if that is all right with you.

I've written and said many times that both ADHD and dyslexia are composed of positive as well as negative qualities, which is why it doesn't make sense to call either one a total disability nor a pure gift.  Both part good, part problematic.

I've also said that I do not treat disabilities, I help them unwrap their gifts.  In the case of both ADHD and dyslexia, these gifts can be extremely difficult to unwrap, but unwrapped they can be!  I've spent an entire career doing just that.

Sometimes people misunderstand me, and misquote me as saying that I believe ADHD and dyslexia are gifts.  That's not what I've said or written.  I've said they can turn into gifts, or they can ruin lives and be horrible curses.  It's all a matter of how one manages these conditions.

I know.  I have both ADHD and dyslexia myself.

To unwrap the gifts embedded in these conditions, one must get the right help, and, often, spend many years doing the work needed to develop the positives both these conditions contain: creativity, originality, intuition, tenacity, depth of thought and heart, sparkle, humor, and more, much more.

In the case of your son, who is being tutored to help him overcome the negative side of dyslexia, he is getting the right help in that regard. It can take years of tutoring to develop fluency in reading.

However, that should not be the only intervention.

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Summer ADHD Camp - 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. From childhood through adulthood, ADHD can present both difficult dilemmas as well as unique opportunities for change, growth, and success. Dr. Hallowell's goal is to help people master the power of ADHD while avoiding its pitfalls, all in this beautiful setting. Learn more at

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If stress is producing chaos in your life, your household and your work environment, it is time to learn to manage it. This is particularly important if you have ADHD, as impulsivity, distractibility and hyperactivity are symptoms you must manage daily. As Dr. Hallowell describes it, having ADHD is like having a powerful race car for a brain, but with bicycle brakes. Treating ADHD is like strengthening your brakes. This workshop utilizes a combination of mindfulness techniques, meditation, breath-work, movement and visualization to reduce stress, increase focus and manage distractions. 6 week series at the Hallowell Center NYC. 212 799-7777. Starts April 8th, 6:30-8:30pm. $395.
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Entrepreneurs and ADHD - ADHD is common in entrepreneurs as we tend to be creative, independent, even stubborn. We are visionaries, dreamers, creators, inventors. What is the biggest sign that we may have ADHD? Unexplained underachievement. Read more at

Dr. Hallowell Describes Workplace Stress and Distractions -  Dr. Hallowell is asked pointed questions about stress, focus and lack thereof, distractions and misconceptions of ADHD in this interview by Bob Morris.  
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How Rude!: The Teen Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out-Alex J. Packer PH.D. 

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