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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help people unwrap their gifts." My way of seeing it is that these people "have a race car brain with the brakes of a bike." Interestingly, Weaver also uses a similar analogy. He says, "Folks with ADHD who have a strong interest in something are like a Lamborghini. With high interest, no one passes them on the highway, but with topics of low interest to them, it's like driving this fancy car on a dirt road." Weaver says he sees many very bright patients, who are doctors and lawyers. An example of a physician with the disorder is the doctor who loves seeing patients and excels at it but just can't get around to taking his notes. John Thomas, not his real name, who runs a successful company that manages employee benefits, says his diagnosis 20 years ago by Hallowell changed his life. His high school's class clown, he was not accepted into a single college, like Weaver, but, also like Weaver, he managed to turn himself around. His company now employs 40 people. He says he has learned to see his hyperfocus as a gift. "I get to the bottom line very quickly and can be very creative," he says. The Darker Side of Adult ADHD But, Hallowell notes in a February 2016 Washington Post article, "To be clear: undiagnosed and untreated, ADD can ruin a life. It can ruin fitness & health "undiagnosed and untreated, ADD can ruin a life" 148 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 P A R A D O X F X / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M "ADHD is a challenging diagnosis to make. It can be overdiagnosed. Some people would rather think they have ADHD than depression or anxiety." – D r. R a c h e l a E l i a s , P s y c h i a t r i s t , N e w t o n -W e l l e s l e y H o s p i t a l

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