Ned Hallowell
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  • "Ned Hallowell has done more than anyone in America to illuminate the challenges of ADD and ADHD. He has given parents hope. He has taught us all how to focus on children’s strengths. Most importantly, he has provided teachers with a variety of ways to help struggling children in their classrooms every day. You cannot find a better guide for ADD and ADHD than Ned Hallowell."
    -Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Independent School Consultant, "New York Times" best-selling co-author of "Raising Cain" and "Best Friends"

  • "Productivity is the long-term strategic advantage in today’s world, and Dr. Hallowell clearly defines the road map to that advantage—getting things done."
    -Tim Armstrong, CEO, AOL

  • "[Driven to Distraction is] A must-read for any and all of us who cherish our ability to connect deeply with others as well as to think."
    -Vanity Fair

Ned Hallowell

Edward (Ned) Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist as well as the founder of the Hallowell Centers with offices in Sudbury, MA, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle. These centers specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of learning differences, especially ADHD and dyslexia, using a strength-based approach.

A graduate of Harvard College, Tulane Medical School, and a Harvard residency and fellowship in adult and child psychiatry, Dr. Hallowell served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School for 20 years until he retired from academia to devote his full professional time to seeing patients, writing books, and giving lectures and seminars.

A specialist in learning differences, Dr. Hallowell's 1994 ground-breaking New York Times best-seller on ADD called Driven to Distraction brought attention deficit disorder to the general public. He went on to write 19 more books on various psychological topics including several more books on ADD; the transformative force of connection in human life; how to deal with worry; how to forgive; how to raise children so that they will become the adults we hope they will become; how to run organizations so that each employee achieves at his or her peak; and his latest book on how to achieve focus in the modern, highly charged and distracted workplace.

In aggregate, Dr. Hallowell's books have sold over 2 million copies. He has appeared on every major TV show including Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, The View, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, 60 Minutes and CNN.

Dr. Hallowell's major contribution to the field of learning is his strength-based approach. Having both ADHD and dyslexia himself, and having thrived with those conditions throughout his life, he sees them not as disorders but rather as traits that can confer enormous benefit. If those traits are managed well, they turbo-charge success. But if they are managed poorly or not recognized at all, they can lead to disaster. The stakes are high. For this reason, Dr. Hallowell is rather messianic in getting the message out to recognize and capitalize on these traits, which he calls "The American Edge."

Be it treating ADHD in his clinics, writing about the wide range of topics he addresses in his books, or speaking from the many stages on which he's appeared, Dr. Hallowell always comes across as genuine, humorous, transparent, and passionate about his calling.

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