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Driven to Distraction Audiobook

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood

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Publisher's Summary

Through vivid stories of the experiences of their patients (both adults and children), Drs. Hallowell and Ratey show the varied forms ADD takes - from the hyperactive search for high stimulation to the floating inattention of daydreaming - and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment.

©1995 Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D. All rights reserved. ©1995 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Kimmo Leveelahti 03-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very helpful!"

    Helps me to understand the syndrome. A lot of unexplained things leading to questions of charachter flaw gets answered.

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    Amazon Customer 12-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "So many lists"

    While I absolutely loved the lessons that this book gave me I couldn't help but notice that the book does lists very regularly. These weren't very short lists either so it made it slightly difficult to stay on track with the book. I did especially enjoy the stories of others that struggle with ADHD. It helps to know that you are not alone when it comes to these things. I would recommended this book to adults looking to educate themselves on ADHD.

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    T. Carmichael Central Ohio 10-28-15
    T. Carmichael Central Ohio 10-28-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I'm glad for the opportunity to hear this book."

    Being diagnosed in 2014 and struggling with it for years I'm sure I would not have been able to read the dead tree Edition.

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    Livia 08-01-15
    Livia 08-01-15
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    "Excellent"

    The exemples of his patients make it clear to undersatand, and we start remembering of people that could be adhd
    I recommend !!



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    Sailor Girl 07-31-15
    Sailor Girl 07-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An understanding of ADD in all corners of life"

    I first want to say that the narrator, John McDonough, has one great and entrancing voice. When first listening to the book I thought it was a bit slow. So, I decided to set it at x1.25 the normal speed and found it to be perfect. I'm glad that he spoke at that speed because when it came to reading the last chapter, I found it hard to keep up with all the brain terminology and had switched it to his regular speed. Hat's off to John for giving every sentence the oral attention it needs to get not only the words across, but the whole context as well. Great job, John McDonough.

    Just finding out ADD recently with a psychiatrist on holiday soon after, I found this book perfect for helping me dive into what issues I had with my ADD. It is extremely informative, but not in a boring way to say the least. I guess I'm not totally sure on whether it was my ignorance that intrigued me to learn more or the actual content. Despite this, I would recommend this to any person wanting to harness their ADD.

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    Mila 07-02-15
    Mila 07-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Right on the money"

    I loved this book. I cried many times realizing my biofeedback doctor's suspicions have merit. I ''ve been diagnosed with at least 4 other issues. I think this doctor is right. I've scheduled to see a doctor now who specializes in ADD. It's worth looking into. I did have to back up several times to comprehend, but that's not unusual.

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    Patricia Woodstock, GA, United States 03-11-15
    Patricia Woodstock, GA, United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Pathway to better understanding"

    This book helps build a strong bridge of relating to the person w/ADD ... this book also reminded me of information that I had forgotten - after 18 years of parenting a child,now young adult living w/ADD. Excellent reader and extremely informational.

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    Norina Neacsu canada 03-06-15
    Norina Neacsu canada 03-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Best book ever"

    The narrator was AMAZING!!!
    The book very informative and detailed. The dark maze of ADHD sooo clearly explained and with great details. Thank you for your efforts to write this book for us.

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    Ebooker 01-24-15
    Ebooker 01-24-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Still a great listen"

    Still a great listen many years after it's initial release. Dr. Hallowell takes the shame and stigma out of having ADHD that so many other authors keep trying to put back in by denying ADHD or distracting readers from it's seriousness. Instead, Hallowell, who knows ADHD personally as well as professionally, offers a hopeful, encouraging perspective. Not as advanced as later works (including his own) but still a fine introduction to people who've been recently diagnosed.

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    Shane 12-31-14
    Shane 12-31-14
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    "Good in general"

    Good in general though somewhat dated (eg. Makes reference to DSM-III, instead of DSM-5 (which includes adult ADHD), doesn't reference newer drugs. research etc).

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    "Just what I needed to hear! "

    Hooray for this book! I have finally heard something that perfectly sums up how I've felt all my life. I'm not going crazy after all!

    All jokes aside, this book is expertly written and backed up with both anecdotes and medical studies.

    As someone with suspected adhd (awaiting consult), I did wonder if I would be able to make it through with the narrator's long drawn voice. So much so that I nearly didn't buy it. I'm so glad I did though. The narration was engaging and kept my interest throughout. It was a great tool for keeping me in one room at a time while I cleaned!!

    Will definitely be listening again (as I have forgotten most of the things I want to take from this book hahaha!).

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