WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Still, the great majority of adults with ADHD are never diagnosed—women least of all. Unwrapping ADHD Gifts The good news, according to Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell—one of the country's fore- most experts on adult ADHD who has offices in Sudbury and New York City and who himself has the disorder or "trait" as he prefers to call it—is that many adults with ADHD are often very successful in life. "My whole platform," says Hallowell, who wrote the best seller Driven to Distraction, "is that having ADHD can be a positive thing. It's a great disservice to call it a disorder." In fact, he stresses, many original, creative, pioneering, and entrepreneurial people, such as Thomas Edison and J.J. Abrams, the director of the most recent Star Wars movie, have ADHD. In fact, most entrepreneurs have some compo- nent of ADHD, he adds. He says adults with ADHD (noting he prefers the term ADD since there usually isn't a hyperactivity component with adults) have difficulty focusing on tasks they deem bor- ing, such as school work or writing reports. However, most also have an ability that other people don't have to hyperfocus on topics that are of interest to them. He says this allows them to successfully complete tasks more thoroughly and quickly than people without the disorder. "I don't treat disabilities," says Hallowell, "I 147 f a l l 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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