Books by Edward M. Hallowell

BECAUSE I COME FROM A CRAZY FAMILY by Edward M. Hallowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"An affectionate, well-meaning memoir of how a psychiatrist gained empathy through his family's troubled lives."
A psychiatrist reflects on his childhood and the family members who struggled with mental health issues. Read full book review >
CONNECT by Edward M. Hallowell
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 2, 1999

A rambling, chatty—and ultimately comforting—explanation of how interpersonal connections can improve mental and physical health. Psychiatrist Hallowell, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, draws freely on his personal and professional experiences to frame and support his case. His most basic, passionately held belief is that meaningful connections—with family, friends, pets, with art/beauty, nature, the past, and traditions, with work colleagues, institutions, God, and oneself—are what make life worth living. "The aim of this book is to convince you to make time for connectedness, even if it involves aggravation—and it usually does!" says Hallowell. He bolsters his arguments with scientific studies: the 1980s Speigel study of breast cancer survivors in support groups, for instance, and a more recent Carnegie-Mellon University study showing that use of the Internet is associated with declines in the feeling of connectedness and well-being, because there is no face-to-face human contact. Hallowell also provides illustrative case studies from his practice. Hallowell's own father suffered from manic-depressive illness, and his mother and stepfather were alcoholics. Hallowell loosely groups his discussion into the various types of connections and offers plenty of help on how to begin to reach out to others. A real boost toward building a lifelong support system, then; this has the overall feel of a long, comfortable chat with a trusted friend. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1997

What, me worry? Well, except for Mad magazine's cover boy, just about everybody does—sometimes to the point of obsession and behavioral paralysis. This immensely helpful study is written for all the anxious ones. Hallowell, a senior lecturer at the Harvard Medical School and founder/director of a center for ``cognitive and emotional health,'' explores the full gamut of worry, from healthy worry (the root of planning) to hard-core paranoia. He supplies a succinct ``equation'' for how worry comes about, noting that it ``results from a heightened sense of vulnerability in the presence of a diminished sense of power.'' What perhaps most distinguishes Hallowell's book is its holistic approach. The author's multidimensional exploration of worry's causes balances the genetic, physiological, psychosocial, and attitudinal. His guide to managing worry calls for drawing upon a broad array of practices, involving not only medication and psychotherapy, when appropriate, but also proper exercise, diet, and sufficient sleep. For Hallowell, an additional key to maintaining a healthy, not-overly- fretting self is what he calls ``connectedness'' to other people, to ideas, and to the spiritual dimension of life, all designed to help one go beyond the emotional ghetto of the brooding self. And the author, whose style is straightforward and engaging, almost conversational at times, is nothing if not pragmatic. A concluding chapter recommends everything from trying Kundalini Yoga to buying insurance. If not everything Hallowell recommends will work for a particular reader, he or she still will find much in this first- rate popular psychology book to better understand and control worry before it becomes toxic. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 1994

A thorough examination of the hot new psychological syndrome, attention disorder deficit (ADD), formerly called hyperactivity and now believed to be neurological in origin, by two Harvard Medical School psychiatrists who have adult-diagnosed ADD themselves. According to Hallowell and Ratey, about 15 million Americans suffer from ADD. Symptoms include high activity, distractibility, daydreaming, impulsiveness, failure to complete anything from homework to a Ph.D., and language problems (ADD often coexists with learning disabilities such as dyslexia). The repercussions: children are often called stupid and lazy by parents and teachers; adults lose jobs, fail to achieve goals, and their relationships founder. Actually, many ADD sufferers have very high IQs, and the disorder, as the numerous adult-and-child case studies here show, cuts across all socioeconomic strata. Treatment combines psychotherapy and behavior modification, a ``coaching'' that encourages and reminds the patient, and drugs—85% of adults, the authors say, benefit from medication. Stimulants, such as Ritalin and Dexedrine, work on some, and desipramine antidepressants- -generally Norpramine—on others. Halowell and Ratey warn that a few children have suddenly died while on Norpramine. Because of the current tendency to medicate, they also stress that the diagnosis be rigorously made to avoid mistakes. To their credit, the doctors have gotten many patients back on track—and out of therapy—in a year. They stress independence, not reliance on one's therapist. A very responsible study for the layperson. According to the authors, the positive aspect of ADD—high creativity—should prevent stigma being attached to this highly treatable condition. Read full book review >