Edward Hallowell (psychiatrist)

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Edward M. "Ned" Hallowell is an American 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 is when he learned 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] Hallowell states that ADHD does not always include Hyperactivity but can include having an inability to follow through on assignments at work or at school, misplacing things, avoiding tasks, or getting distracted easily.[7] Hallowell has claimed that Einstein, Mozart, Thomas Edison and Abraham Lincoln all had ADHD.[8]

McNeil Pediatrics[edit]

Hallowell was a paid consultant to and spokesperson for McNeil Pediatrics, a company that makes Concerta and other stimulants which Hallowell has praised.[9][10][11]

Views on stimulant drugs[edit]

Hallowell has stated that Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin, and other ADHD drugs are "incredibly and unbelievably safe", "safer than aspirin", and are like "eye glasses"[12][13] But he does not take them for his own ADHD.[14][15][16] 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".[17]

Personal life[edit]

Hallowell lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sue, a social worker, and their three children.[18]


Hallowell has written several books. They include:

  • Finding the Heart of the Child (1993)
  • Driven to Distraction (1994)
  • Answers to Distraction (1996)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder : A Different Perception (1997)
  • When You Worry About The Child You Love (1997)
  • Worry (1998)
  • Connect: 12 Vital Ties That Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, and Deepen Your Soul (1999)
  • The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness (2003)
  • A Walk in the Rain With a Brain (2004)
  • Delivered from Distraction (2005)[19]
  • CrazyBusy (2006)[20]


  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
  5. ^ "It_Really_Is_All_about_the_Child" (PDF). www.montlanc.com.
  6. ^ "Interview with Edward "Ned" Hallowell, MD - Mentor Coach".
  7. ^ Grant, Eva Taylor. "7 Unfairly Stigmatized Health Issues You Should Know More About".
  8. ^ "ADHD – TheTLS". www.the-tls.co.uk.
  9. ^ "National Survey Reveals Impact of ADHD in Adults - Redorbit". www.redorbit.com.
  10. ^ Parker-Pope, Tara. "A New Face for A.D.H.D., and a Debate".
  11. ^ "Federal Survey Reveals Results Of ADHD In Adults". ezoclub.org.
  12. ^ Orange, Richard (10 November 2016). "ADHD Nation by Alan Schwarz review – investigating a £10bn industry". the Guardian.
  13. ^ "National Survey Reveals Impact of ADHD In Adults - ADDA - Attention Deficit Disorder Association". 24 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Letter to the New York Times by Hallowell NYC". www.hallowellnyc.com. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  15. ^ "ADHD – TheTLS". www.the-tls.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  16. ^ Orange, Richard (10 November 2016). "ADHD Nation by Alan Schwarz review – investigating a £10bn industry". Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via www.theguardian.com.
  17. ^ Pittsburgh Morning Star - September 15, 2005
  18. ^ "Meet Dr. Hallowell". Dr Hallowell ADHD and mental and cognitive health. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  19. ^ Wallis, Claudia (10 February 2006). "Getting Hyper About Ritalin". Time. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  20. ^ 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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