Dr. Edward Hallowell, M.D. - VAST: A New Positive Outlook on ADHD

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Dr. Hallowell is considered to be one of the foremost experts on the topic of ADHD. He has helped thousands of people change their lives through his strength-based approach, which promotes the benefits of ADHD. His groundbreaking NY Times best-seller on ADHD called “Driven to Distraction,” co-authored with Dr. John Ratey brought attention deficit disorder to the general public.

Dr. Hallowell will share with us the tips and resources he has been using for over 35 years to help people with ADHD reach their full potential.

One of the many things I found most impressive about Dr. Hallowell is his positive nature, which is reflected in his therapeutic approach, his talks and his advice. 

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Dr. Hallowell introduces you to the world of VAST (SM) - Variable Attention Stimulus Trait.

VAST is his new name for an expanded version of ADHD and the title of his next book that he wrote with his partner, John Ratey, coming out in 2020 or 2021.

VAST is for people who may not fit the exact diagnostic criteria for ADHD, but still can benefit from an understanding of what it is and from the various means of dealing with it that we've developed over the past several decades.

Because Dr. Hallowell sees ADHD not as a disorder but as a trait, he feels it is important to describe it in language that does not pathologize the condition.

While ADHD can certainly be incredibly challenging, if it is taken care of properly it can turn a person's life into a life of greatness, a life of joy and a major contribution to the world.In this talk, Dr. Hallowell will explain what VAST consists of, and how we can reframe the challenges of ADHD to change our perception of it for a more positive one.

Edward McKey Hallowell is an American psychiatrist, speaker, New York Times best-selling author and podcast host.

He specializes in ADHD and is the founder of the Hallowell ADHD Centers.

Hallowell is the author of 20 books, including the Distraction series.

He attended Harvard College for his undergraduate and attended Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in adult and child psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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