I will recommend this book to every person I know and many I will meet.
I learned a great many things about my situation and the oulets to help me cope and grow a s aperson.
Whisper-sync does not seem to work. Also, the only problem with this recording is that the chapters are improperly titled. For someone with ADD this is almost a deal breaker. It forced me to listen to the entire book as opposed to jumping around to areas I need first.
A lot easier for ADDers to listen to than having to sit and focus
the contradictions of how ADD presents itself in different people
take a breath, relax and cut yourself some slack. we are different not better or worse just different.
I have not read the print version, but since I have ADD and don't do well reading books, the audio format was a very good option for me.
I would compare it most to other Hallowell/Ratey books such as the earlier Driven to Distraction. Both are excellent, informative, and best of all, the authors both have ADD that was not diagnosed until adult hood, giving them a very good understanding and a much different perspective that that of other professional "experts".
Both I've heard were very good, clear, no fake voices, easy to follow and informative.
There was so much useful information, too much to list probably. He gave many good suggestions and told many stories of patients and how their battle against ADD went. He talked about the usual medication/counseling options, but also gave information about many other options and possible solutions. It gave me hope that even if I can't get medication management/ counseling, there may be help for me out there.He mentions frequently that especially if not diagnosed early in life, ADD can really effect your relationships, yet he does assume that you have someone to help you and spend time with you. A spouse and children are frequently assumed, and if not that, then definitely it is expected you have parents/siblings, or friends to help. If you don't have anyone nearby you feel like you can connect with, what to do. A support group perhaps. I just found the assumptions a bit depressing.
I highly recommend this book as well as Driven To Distraction to anyone with any interest or interaction with individuals who have ADD. You really have to read it nd the stories to understand what it is like to have ADD and how you feel when people offer you obvious advice (time management, just work harder, be quiet, sit still) that just doesn't work for those with the condition. His suggestions also help you understand things that may help you get better in many areas and are as simple as diet, exercise, supplements, etc.A great book
The author shares his own experience being ADD himself and has a center for treatment. It's an introduction for parents and making them comfortable with the diagnosis. If you're looking for details of treatment to make an informed decision on how to go about helping your child, look for something else.
Getting the school on board is not easy, the information regarding the pharmaceutical options is not detailed enough and the approach for different age ranges is not discussed.
Good introduction to add.
I have a long-ish (~45 minute) commute that I often use to listen to audio books on my Kindle. I enjoy classics and self-help.
Absolutely. It's non-fiction, so the re-listen-ability may drop a bit, but there was so much helpful information that I will definitely listen to it again.
The stories were some of the best parts. One woman had spent her whole life struggling with ADD, only to discover that with help she could overcome it and have a better life.
At first, I thought it was read by the author, as their voices sort of sound the same. Dan Cashman was able to bring a lot of life to a non-fiction book, and it was very enjoyable.
Knowledge is power, keep learning :)
This audio book will give thorough information to anyone that may have or had ADD. It helps the non ADD partner or parent get a better understanding of the disorder. It's a long book.
The reader has a great voice and is compassionate. Not harsh or boring.
I purchased this book to try to understand my husband, and he ended up listening to the audio as well and identified with lot. I believe it ended up being an awakening he and I have been looking for.
It is long and informative, but well worth it.
Could not believe the truth that I heard! It summarized the life of someone that has ADD or ADHD
That it was easy reading, like a story, but factual and very helpful
Never have listened to him before, but will from now on
Help is here
This book is NOT written specifically for audience of doctors, students, teachers, parents, patients or children, but ANY individual whose life is influenced and affected by ADD/ADHD. Dr. Hallowell does an excellent job of relating any clinical information to understandable, everyday concepts that the listener can truly comprehend.
As a person with ADD, the stories in the book provoked a plethora of emotions. Most noticeably, the author generated an indescribable sense of “inner peace” after the first few moments! Shortly after the introduction, I was convinced Dr. Hallowell wrote this book while following me around for the last 27 years! I occasionally looked over my shoulder suspicious he was in the back seat! Some stories brought on a few memories of frustration, sadness, anger and pain. It inspired and motivated me to better myself. It made me satisfied, peaceful and happy by encouraging me to focus on the GREAT, UNIQUE qualities I have and things I do BETTER than most. It made me laugh out loud listening to such similar stories from other people when you think you are the ONLY one. Most importantly, it has given me strength, hope, courage and determination to improve my quality of life, set goals and develop a plan to reach them.
Thanks, Dr. Halloway
I have been ADHD all my life nad knew it but thought I could just deal with it and take care of it on my own. I have been fighting things for years that I did not know were linked to ADHD. If you think your ADHD....Listen to this book.
If you have ADHD family members....read this book. You will get a lot of insight into how we all think, operate and what weakness we have. I am now treating my ADHD through medication, discipline, and a system I am using for reminders, notes, etc.... Finally my life is on a good track and now I feel more productive and more in control of my own life!!!! Finally the things that I fought for years and could not get past I am seeing that i can get past them. Not just from this book but also with the help of the right consolers, doctors, and family.
I could write for days on the insights this books gave me and the areas of my life it helped me to address. Get the book. Get the help. Live your life. (no I am not paid to say this, nor am i a consoler looking for business and I am not a motivational speaker :) Just a guy that has really seen an astounding positive change in his life.
This is a MUST READ for any educator or person who believes they may need to seek treatment for adult ADD/ADHD. I have always told people that "It takes people like me to make everyone else look normal." I literally cried through so many portions of the book as I felt like I had finally found someone who understood me and the struggles I have had throughout life. After having been unsuccessfully treated in the past for generalized anxiety disorder and depression (separately), I am now looking to find a doctor who specializes in adult ADD. This book succeeds in providing detailed information in so many areas regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and more; I feel very well versed in what I need to do to get on the right path for successful treatment of the REAL issues I face. The stories in this book will resonate with anyone who has lived with undiagnosed ADD. This would also be an excellent book for family members of those who have ADD.
As an educator, I found this book to be tremendously enlightening as to the additional symptoms/issues that are often coupled with ADD/ADHD. Educating teachers on the true issues of ADD/ADHD and the associated problems would serve students well.