2019 Fall Conference
Dr. Hallowell introduces you to the world of VAST - Variable Attention Stimulus Trait. VAST is his new name for an expanded version of ADHD and the title of his next book that he wrote with his partner, John Ratey, coming out in early 2020.
VAST is for people who may not fit the exact diagnostic criteria for ADHD but still can benefit from an understanding of what it is and from the various means of dealing with it that we've developed over the past several decades. Because Dr. Hallowell sees ADHD not as a disorder but as a trait, he feels it is important to describe it in language that does not pathologize the condition. While ADHD can certainly ruin a person's life, if it is taken care of properly, it can turn a person's life into a life of greatness, a life of joy, and of major contribution to the world.
Dr. Hallowell introduces material he has not addressed before, including: the overlap of creativity and dark thoughts and how to control those by mastering the Default Mode Network; the exploding realm of ADHD/VAST and addiction and the new and exciting methods of prevention and treatment; the idea of VAST as the "lover, the lunatic, and the poet"; a case example of treating a 7-year-old boy in China only by sending emails to his mother and using no medication; the story of Dav Pilkey, author of Captain Underpants; a wellness program the elements of which will surprise you; and the supreme value of Vitamin Connect.
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