May We Introduce You To: Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., Founder | The Hallowell ADHD Centers

by Lee Gehrls R&D Coordinator (Volunteer)

Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell is a name in the world of ADHD that many of you are familiar with and may have heard him speak at a conference or workshop. He is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and is passionate about educating parents, families, adults with ADHD, providers, and educators. In this issue, I want to bring you up to date on the many ways you can take advantage of learning about ADHD and the related conditions from one of the leading experts in this country as well as internationally.

Dr. Hallowell is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, was a Harvard faculty member for 21 years, and has dedicated 40+ years to his profession. Dr. Hallowell is the founder of The Hallowell ADHD Centers located in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Seattle. He and his team work with children, teens, adults, couples, and seniors. Dr. Hallowell is the author of 20 books on different psychological topics and is probably best known for the Distraction book series, several of which he co-authored with Dr. John J. Ratey (who will be featured in our June newsletter) and he is also a frequent contributor to ADDitude Magazine.

To me, Dr. Hallowell is known for three phrases: 

  1. “unwrapping gifts” when he talks about the ADHD mind;
  2. “You have a Ferrari brain with bicycle brakes” when he explains ADHD to a child; and, 
  3. “Now and Not Now” when talking about ADHD and time blindness. 

He is straightforward when speaking about the need in getting a good diagnosis by trained professionals and the dangers and problems that can result from undiagnosed or undertreated ADHD. However, he believes that when ADHD is properly diagnosed and managed a person can build on their strengths and learn how to handle challenges. He also believes that one of the best things you can do is to educate yourself on ADHD and the many related issues.

The Hallowell ADHD Centers

His website contains a lot of educational ADHD information and he knows how to use all the media platforms to appeal to all learning styles. There are articles, blogs, books, videos and webinars, and podcasts. Here is a brief overview of the learning options that are available on his website:

  • Ned’s Recommended Reading
  • Notes from Ned – his monthly blog that you can sign-up to receive.
  • Ned Talks – these are short talks on ADHD, easy to access, and cover many topics on the disorder. They can be seen on TikTok and are often also posted on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Dr. Hallowell’s Wonderful World of Different – this is a 25-episode podcast where he visits with a different person each week and they tell their stories on how they have dealt with different challenges and successes in their lives.
  • FAQs – 16 different Q&As on ADHD

Dr. Hallowell offers a lot of educational opportunities that can keep you busy and learning for some time. His enthusiasm and easy manner makes for enjoyable learning. And to help you out, at the end of the article I’ve listed the books in his well-known Distraction series with links to Goodreads. Plus there is a link to the book Married to Distraction that is co-authored with his wife, Sue Hallowell, along with Melissa Orlov who today is considered one of the leading experts on the topic of ADHD relationships and marriage. Then to round out your learning options there is a link to ADDitude Magazine for a few of his articles and finally, you can find him on YouTube.

Goodreads for Dr. Hallowell

Created in January 2007, Goodreads is the Internet’s largest site for book reviews and recommendations.

Goodreads help you connect with other readers, track the books you’ve read or want to read and find books you need or books recommended to you. Its collection is vast and it is an easy way for learning about any book you discover. It also has a commentary section that provides reader feedback about any book.

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