Renowned Psychiatrist Addresses Common Behavioral Problems in Adults, Children

Centerstone Hosts Dr. Edward Hallowell for Everyone Matters Speaker Series

Nashville, Tenn.
— National best-selling author and psychiatrist Edward Hallowell, M.D. will discuss common behavioral concerns of adults and children at a luncheon presented by Centerstone, Middle Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services.

The event, part of Centerstone’s Everyone Matters Speaker Series, will be held on September 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. During his presentation, Dr Hallowell will dispel myths about Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and highlight appropriate responses to traits such as shyness, defiance, disruptiveness and excess energy in both children and adults.

“Centerstone is honored to present a professional of Dr. Hallowell’s stature as part of its Everyone Matters Speaker Series,” said David Guth, CEO of Centerstone. “Not only is he widely-recognized as one of the top authorities on ADD, but he is highly accessible and approachable. Dr. Hallowell’s goal is to give people the tools with which to understand and respond to behavioral concerns more appropriately.”

The father of three young children, Dr. Hallowell is also the author of When You Worry about the Child You Love and co-author of Driven to Distraction. His presentation will focus on a wide range of common childhood problems that worry parents, and offer advice to both parents and professionals who work with children on recognizing warning signs of behavioral and genetic conditions.

He also will shed light on some of the most common childhood issues and suggest ways to approach special concerns, such as the shy and serious child, the chronic rule-breaker, the disruptive or defiant child, the child who is afraid to join in and the child with learning differences.

Additionally, Dr. Hallowell will address behavioral issues that affect adults, including ADD, one of his areas of expertise. He was diagnosed with both ADD and dyslexia in first grade, and his personal experiences prompted his research on the subject.

“Far too much stress is placed on what’s wrong, and not nearly enough attention is placed on what’s right,” Hallowell says. “People who have ADD are wonderful people – outgoing, warm, gregarious, persistent, tenacious… they are not complainers, they are doers, intuitive and creative.”

Dr. Hallowell emphasizes that individuals with ADD often have a terrific sense of humor, one of the positive aspects of the condition that needs to be stressed.

Tickets for the lecture/luncheon are $50 and are available through Centerstone by calling 615 463-6643 or by emailing Linda Ballew. Proceeds from the event benefit Centerstone’s counseling and prevention programs for children and youth.

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., is a child and adult psychiatrist and the founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He serves on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge. Hallowell has authored several books on various psychological topics, including problems with attention and stress. His national television appearances include 20/20, The Today Show, Dateline, Oprah, Good Morning America and The View. Dare to Forgive, his latest book, outlines with optimism, warmth and compassion, the whys and how-tos of forgiveness. Due out in mid-September is Hallowell’s new book for children, A Walk in the Rain with a Brain. The book’s intent is to help kids understand and celebrate the individual ways they think and learn the best. Coming in February is the much anticipated Delivered from Distraction, the sequel to the best-selling ADD/ADHD handbook, Driven to Distraction.