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.
This book is literally changing my life. It is amazing to view ADD from a positive perspective and focus on how to build on the strengths rather than just fighting the challanges!
This book, along with the first one, Driven to Distraction have been amazingly helpful to me. I am a 46 year old male living in the Chicagoland area, and only known I have ADHD for a little over 2 years now.
These gentlemen have helped me to understand why I am different, and that it's ok that I am. In fact, I am starting to discover the spectacular benefits of it.
If you have, or even THINK you might have ADD or ADHD, LISTEN or READ this book! Your world will be changed.
A lifechanging book for me. Allthough being successfull in many areas of life listeningto this book has made me understand the not so great aspects of it.
I´m an adult ADD I had my diagnosis many years ago I thougt I knew a lot about my disorder, but I didn´t know how to deal with it´s negative aspects, which I now starting to do.
A must read experiance for all people related with ADD, I have it and has given me light with tips on what to do and not to do on real life experiance, not just dry theory
At first I thought to myself, how in the world does somebody right a book for us people with A.D.D? Does he not realize that we can't get through an entire book! LOL. This book really was able to communicate with people that have A.D.D. The structure of the chapters is laid out in such a way that you can skip around...start at the end...do whatever you want to do and still get all the vital information out of the book. This book helped me truly understand a lot about myself...especially about how A.D.D. affects you as a parent. I didn't put the 2 together until I listened to this book. Highly recommend it to anybody with A.D.D., suspects they may have A.D.D., or someone with loved ones, friends, and/or coworkers that have the gift! (Can't believe I was able to write all that! Amazing!)
Very informative and interesting. The woman's magazine style of plenty of 3rd party stories will appeal to many in giving life to the information. The price of that is time. The abridged version gives you a very good 50k foot view, and when you can linger, give this a listen. Good narration, as well. Listen to the Amen book 'Change Your Brain...' as a companion book.