Interview: How to make ADHD your Superpower with David Keevil
David Keevil is a psychologist who studies behaviors of adults and teenagers diagnosed with ADHD. He likes figuring out how they work, how they think, how they feel, and how they interact.
Below is a summary of our interview:
From a bumper sticker, “Celebrate neurological diversity.”
David had no idea where his life was going growing up. He grew up in a large family being in the middle of seven siblings. His parents adopted 2 African-American siblings and added a foster-brother to the family, making that a household of 10. Growing up in upper middle class in Massachusetts was a little different. David graduated high school and went off to college. The only time David was happiest was in the sculpture and art building. So he transferred to art school. At the University of Califonia, San Diego, David became a program administrator and teacher of academic writing. He earned his doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and trained at the Cambridge Hospital and the Brookline Center, both in Massachusetts.
A Low Point
When he transitioned from being a college student to being an artist. He was young, he had gone off to college following the rules, but didn’t have any real path to what he was doing. Also David had a girlfriend for a couple of years and when she broke up with him, that hurt him. So he was terribly depressed and saw a therapist on campus. He imagined just getting on a greyhound bus, going to California and calling his parents. That felt like a dark time for him.
The moment when David decided he was going to become a therapist – he had been home to visit his family and they were all standing around and hugging each other. When he was sitting in the airport with his wife, he decided he would go back to school to become a psychologist.
David’s work now
David Keevil is a psychologist with a practice at the Hallowell Center in Sudbury, Mass., where he has worked since 2001. He specializes in ADHD, which stands for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other mental health issues. David mostly works with adults and teenagers.
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Getting up really early in the morning and spending an hour on his creative work.
He acknowledged his wife, whom he’s been married to over 25 years.
For information on ADD, it’s CHADD.org.
What’s Your Purpose:
To be as present as possible. To be in the moment and avoid distraction.
Where to follow David and Parting Words
If you Google David Keevil, you can find him at Dr. Hallowell’s website.
Good luck to us all.