Loved the advice and deeply appreciated the empathy that the author clearly had for folks who have ADD.
Would love to see this title paired with the Kindle version. Was rather annoyed and concerned when I bought the book and it said it was part of Audible Kids. I thought I had made a mistake in buying it. Deeply glad I persevered but it was off-putting and considering the subject matter not correct.
35 and just figuring out why my life has been the way it is. If you listen to the book you'll know without a doubt if he talking about you or someone you love.
Dr Hallowell practices what he preaches. As a person with ADD he does understand why this diagnosis is often missed in kids and adults.
The reader has a pretty good pace and is clear. This book was designed to be skipped around in, and makes references to chapter numbers. This is very frustrating in the audio book because the "Audible Chapters" and the "Book Chapters" don't line up.
While I appreciate the South Park view of the 12 step program, it was really interesting to hear the comparison between the 12 steps for AA and for dealing with ADD. I also appreciated the more scientific/psychological interpretation of these steps.
N/A? The only thing I am curious about is the roles of the two authors in this book. One section is clearly Dr. Hallowell describing his experiences, but I was never clear on if any other sections were primarily authored by Dr. Ratey. I don't think the reader could have possibly known this though.
This is a great book to have both the kindle and audible version of. While I listened to much of the book straight through in the car, when I wanted to try and find a specific section talking about fish oil it's near impossible without a text search.
Put simply, this book is essential reading/listening for anyone who has ADD or loves someone who does.
As an adult with ADD, I've read several books on the topic. This is the best one.
Practical, readable and empathetic, it has opened my eyes, changed my thinking and my actions, and helped me understand my own brain in profound ways.
The author reveals his own ADHD and some of the problems he faced and gives a balanced account of managing the condition using both drug and behavioural techniques. recommend to treating professionals as well as those with the condition or suspected ADHD
Finally, Dr. Hallowell explains not only what it is that drives us charismatic, disorganized bunch of individuals to distraction, but how to truly thrive. I am what I would consider a successful business man and IT professional of 20 years. During those years, and all my life, I've struggled and benifited from ADD/ADHD. I've seen doctors, read books, tried diets, you name it in an effort to find what drives me to scratch that itch of not being where I really wanted to be. I've excelled as well as missed opportunities due to my quirky, friendly, high energy personality.
John J. Ratey speaks with enthusiasm and passion making me forget I'm even listening to an audio book. I will be looking for other reads narrated by him.
Well done both of you!
This book is amazing because the psychiatrist who wrote it has ADD. The subjects it touches upon are very diverse. It's kind of a survival guide/pep talk for people with ADD. He covers a lot of bases, and does so with humor and compassion. I really needed this book. On top of that, the narrator is my favorite out of any audiobook I've listened to. His voice is so warm and paternal. The whole experience was like being wrapped in a warm blanket.