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Edward Hallowell (psychiatrist)

Edward M. "Ned" Hallowell (born 2 December 1949) is an American child and adult psychiatrist who specialises in ADD and ADHD. He is the co-author of the books Driven to Distraction (1994) and Delivered From Distraction (2005).



Hallowell grew up in Charleston, South Carolina.[1] His father, traumatized by his experiences in the Second World War, suffered from bipolar disorder and had ECT.[2] Hallowell's mother remarried to an abusive alcoholic.[3]


Hallowell is an alumnus of Harvard and Phillips Exeter Academy and received his medical degree from Tulane University Medical School.[4]


In 1981, Hallowell attended a lecture about children with ADHD and stated that he has the syndrome. For the next ten years Hallowell diagnosed people with it using the Conner's Scale.[4] In an interview in 2012, Hallowell stated that ADHD appears in 15% of the population.[5] In May 2015, Hallowell declared the USA was violent because of ADHD.[6]

Drug advocateEdit

Hallowell has stated that Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin, and other ADHD drugs are "incredibly and unbelievably safe", "safer than aspirin", and are like "eye glasses", particularly when he was a paid consultant to and spokesperson for McNeil Pediatrics, a company that makes Concerta.[7] But he does not take them for his own ADHD.[8][9][10]

Driven to DistractionEdit

In Driven to Distraction, published in 1994, Hallowell claimed "ADHD has symptoms that include trouble concentrating, impulsivity, disorganization, procrastination and hyperactivity".

On September 15, 2005 Hallowell said "Whenever you get someone with ADHD diagnosed and treated successfully, everyone wins. Along with behavioral therapy, medication is good because it can improve adults' relationships, parenting skills, job performance, even their sex lives".[11]

Hallowell said "ADHD, when treated properly, is not only "powerfully positive" but probably what made people like Albert Einstein, Edgar Allan Poe, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, John Irving and Henry Ford so special".[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Hallowell lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sue, a social worker, and their three children.[13]


  • Finding the Heart of the Child (1993)
  • Driven to Distraction (1994)
  • Answers to Distraction (1996)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder : A Different Perception (1997)
  • A Walk in the Rain With a Brain (2004)
  • When You Worry About The Child You Love (1997)
  • Worry (1998)
  • 12 Vital Ties That Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, and Deepen Your Soul (1999)
  • The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness (2003)
  • Delivered from Distraction (2005)[14]
  • CrazyBusy (2006)[15]

Television appearancesEdit

  • Today (9/30/2005)
  • Dr. Oz (10/19/2011)
  • Dr. Phil (7/9/2009)
  • Good Morning American (12/21/2010)
  • The Revolution with Ty Pennington (3/22/2012)[16]
  • Dr. Oz (2/18/2013).


  1. ^ "Corrections". The New York Times. 25 November 1999. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  2. ^ ADHD Nation - Schwarz (2016).
  3. ^ "Dr. Dad Gives Thanks for Impossible Families". The New York Times. 25 November 1999. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  4. ^ a b ADHD Nation - Alan Schwarz - 2016
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  8. ^ "Letter to the New York Times by Hallowell NYC". Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "ADHD – TheTLS". Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  10. ^ Orange, Richard (10 November 2016). "ADHD Nation by Alan Schwarz review – investigating a £10bn industry". Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via 
  11. ^ Pittsburgh Morning Star - September 15, 2005
  12. ^ Driven to Distraction - Hallowell and Ratey - 1994.
  13. ^ "Meet Dr. Hallowell". Dr Hallowell ADHD and mental and cognitive health. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Wallis, Claudia (10 February 2006). "Getting Hyper About Ritalin". Time. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  15. ^ Archer, Michelle (16 April 2006). "Too busy to read this book? Then you really need to". USA Today. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
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