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Dr. Edward Hallowell of Driven to Distraction Keynote Speech
I've recommended Dr. Ed Hallowell's many books on ADHD to all of my Adult ADHD Coaching clients, and member of my Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group He not only works with adult with ADHD he has ADHD. One good book to start with would be Delivered
notes were sent to me by Jonathan Dawson. They were much
neater than my notes from the conference so I'm posting
them here. It was a great speech. Was in 2004.
Seven Habits of Highly Successful ADDers
1. Do what you are good at.
2. Delegate what you are bad at.
3. Connect your Creativity with an outlet.
4. Get well enough organized to achieve your goals.
5. Ask for advice (Good Advice) where and whenever you can.
6. Make sure you keep up social contact with close friends
7. Go with your positive side; Run your life with your positive side.
two traps of ADD are SPIN and SLIDE
Pessimism and general negativity
No creative outlet
Imagining the worst (Everything is bad)
Dread, on named anxieties
is a trait; it is both a gift and a curse.
brain poses challenges and confers gifts.
is just another type of brain, it is a "Race Car
Brain with a Braking problem"
a life on your talents
do moral Diagnosis
are known for:
thinking outside the box
kind of empathy
self involved, yes- but only when not paying attention
to think of unusual solutions. (The inventor of
the electronic ticket had ADD, from Jet Blue Airways.)
of our minds, about creativity
for Abilities within disabilities.
only disability of ADD is Shame and Fear.
shame and fear out of the way.
the Limbic system->which recruits the frontal lobes->which
slip into survival mode->"shut down": occurs->
no openness to new information.
need a loving protecting connection
wasp triangle: Alcoholism, Mental illness, and Politeness.
Irving from Exeter, writer.
Hallowell has his practice in Sudbury Massachusetts.
for ADD: (DORE Treatment)
a kid after doing the cerebellum stimulation exercises:
"I used to read choppy, but now I read smooth."
problem with ADD: Hope diminishes, Anger rises, Cynicism
organize by stuffing, and then they graduate to piles.
have two senses of time: now, and not now. I.e.
"When is the test?"
so its not now."
which is like Ritalin. ADDers are addicted to crises.
opposite of ADD is Attention Surplus disorder, like the
people that work in the motor vehicle ticket department,
who never had an original idea in their lives.
are impulsive when bored. That's when they get into
trouble. ADDers don't have a problem in crisis; they
know exactly what to do. It's when they go for a vacation
in Tahiti that they really should watch out.
does not require belief. Its existence is scientifically
responds to a treatment plan,
are anatomical differences in an ADDers brain,
is highly heritable.
is to depression what "wandering of attention"
is to ADD.
find it very hard to linger.
have a tendency to be a maverick. "Want to
do it my own way"
the people in Europe who couldn't sit still migrated
to North America.
to worry needlessly->They use worry as a means of
is a stimulant
never hear "Riveted in contentment" no,
its "riveted in Worry"
to have inaccurate self observation
with self esteem.
to treat ADD
what you are good at
what you're bad at as much as possible
your creativity to a creative outlet
well enough organized to achieve your goal. (Don't waste
time trying to be perfectly organized) the book: "Its
hard to make a difference when you can't find your car
Sleep; don't stay up late
junk food drops Blood Pressure. Have protein instead.
(Omega 3 fatty acids- great for add and inflammation.
Fish oil: 2000 mg a day. (Barry Sears book
The Omega RX Zone)
or meditation. ->Kundalini Yoga works for DR Hallowell
Human contact. (Smiles, encouragement)
Since 1937 ADD stimulants have been around.
(Stimulants such as Ritalin actually decrease the
chance of building another addiction.)