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Edward Hallowell (psychiatrist)

Edward M. "Ned" Hallowell (born 2 December 1949) is a 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 is an alumnus of both Harvard and Phillips Exeter Academy, and received his medical degree from Tulane University Medical School.[citation needed]

Driven to DistractionEdit

In Driven to Distraction, published in 1994, Hallowell claimed "ADHD has symptoms that include trouble concentrating, impulsivity, disorganization, procrastination and hyperactivity. Along with behavioral therapy, medication is good because it can improve adults' relationships, parenting skills, job performance, even their sex lives".[citation needed]

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".[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Hallowell lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sue, a social worker, and their three children.[2]

In May 2015, Hallowell charged with groping a woman in October 2014.[3] but given pre-trial probation for a year in September 2015.


  • 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)[4]
  • CrazyBusy (2006)[5]

Television appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Driven to Distraction - Hallowell and Ratey - 1994.
  2. ^ "Meet Dr. Hallowell". Dr Hallowell ADHD and mental and cognitive health. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Wallis, Claudia (10 February 2006). "Getting Hyper About Ritalin". Time. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  5. ^ 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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