Millions of American kids have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without hyperactivity. This can make for challenges in the classroom, and even at home or with friends. People with ADD are often prescribed stimulant medications to help them focus better. What are the benefits and risks of such drugs? What other approaches can help? How does ADD affect relationships such as marriage? Dr. Ned Hallowell is one of the country’s leading experts on ADD and ADHD. His books, Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction are classics in the field. Guest: Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, is a child and adult psychiatrist and founder of The Hallowell Center in Sudbury, Massachusetts. His books include Driven to Distraction, Delivered from Distraction, and CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap. His Web site is

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  1. Judy Z

    This program came at the perfect time and is the most concise and sensible thing I’ve seen on the subject. I have a 14 yearold who has diagnosed herself as ADD/ADHD. I am in the process of having her evaluated and have never been a fan of immediate medication. I’m aware of the connection between sleep and diet and ADD/ADHD symptoms, but Dr. Hallowell’s simple ideas of sleep, nutrition/diet, excercise and structure makes so much sense. I will explore the medications, but am relieved to hear some common sense alternatives/co-treatments. Thank you for a wonderful program!

  2. Ken Hood

    I am a Special Ed./4th grade teacher and have for years searched for a usable set of opinions on ADD and its meds. I found it when I listened to your show. I’m passing this along to all of my colleagues, and parents. Thanks to both of you and the good doctor.
    Ken Hood
    Mountain Union School District
    Montgomery Ck. CA

  3. Roger Page

    Great program!

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