An accidental discovery led me to the website of John, the Catholic ADHD coach. John is quite aware of the issues of ADHD. He is an ADHDer as is his three children. He uses this experience, combined with his religious faith, to “offer a distinctive approach” to ADHD coaching. Since I am Jewish [note 1], I wondered if there was a Jewish ADHD coach who could provide a Jewish perspective on ADHD. I’m pleased to say that after doing an extensive search I found a Jewish ADHD Coach: Dr. Irving Schmaltzowitz.
Dr. Schmaltzowitz has been an ADHD coach for over 35 years. His interest in ADHD actually began during his days at rabbinical school (he wanted to be a rabbi but decided not to pursue that career). While studying the holy texts, he noticed that the Call of Abraham is, in a number of respects, very much an ADHD-like reaction to a chaotic world. In Genesis 12:1 it says,
Abraham, as we know, promptly packed up his tent and said, in essence, “I’m outta here.” Dr. Schmaltzowitz speculated that the Call of Abraham and his subsequent reaction to that call, appealed to his innate ADHD need for physical movement, excitement and novelty. Dr. Schmaltzowitz found additional evidence of ADHD scattered throughout the holy texts. For example, he found:
- Inability to follow instructions (Eve eats an apple despite being told not to)
- Inability to control anger (Cain and Abel)
- Inability to do long-term planning (Moses, et al., wandering the desert)
- Need for detailed instructions for large complex projects (Noah’s Ark)
From this point forward, Dr. Schmaltzowitz realized the pivotal role that ADHD played in the founding of the Jewish faith and decided to dedicate his life to Jewish ADHD and Jewish ADHD coaching.
In this podcast, Dr. Schmaltzowitz provides a brief overview of the Jewish perspective on ADHD and ADHD coaching. In the near future he will be answering questions about ADHD. You can send your questions to “thejewishcoach at jeffsaddmind dot com.” Please remember that any questions you send become the property of Dr. Schmaltzowitz and Jeff’s ADD Mind. (If you have a problem with this policy, please speak to Dr. Vinny.)
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Dr. Schmaltzowitz’s Professional Training
He received his degree in advanced psychiatry from the SUNY Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. He is a member of ACO (ADHD Coaches Organization) and NUTS (National Union of Trained Specialists).