Attention deficit disorder (ADD) has quickly become a controversial topic in recent years. Whereas other books on the subject describe the condition as inherited, Dr. Gabor Maté believes that our social and emotional environments play a key role in both the cause of and cure for this condition.
In Scattered, he describes the painful realities of ADD and its effect on children as well as on career and social paths in adults. While acknowledging that genetics may indeed play a part in predisposing a person toward ADD, Dr. Maté moves beyond that to focus on the things we can control: changes in environment, family dynamics, and parenting choices. He draws heavily on his own experience with the disorder as both an ADD sufferer and the parent of three diagnosed children.
Providing a thorough overview of ADD and its treatments, Scattered is an essential and life-changing guide for the millions of ADD sufferers in North America today.
©1999 Gabor Maté (P)2016 Tantor
"In one of the most comprehensive and accessible books about Attention Deficit Disorder, Mate...challenges many accepted notions about the condition, which afflicts more than three million children and a significant number of adults." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
Beautiful! Finally, a description of ADD that makes sense. I always suspected that there was a strong connection between moods, emotional state, and ability to concentrate. I feel satisfied to learn Dr Mate's theory. I wish this was a more highly accepted/regarded theory than the simplistic biological one I tend to hear and see. At least that is my impression.
I read this book to gain a greater understanding of my ex-husband and children. What I heard was an 11-hour description of my own life. I cannot recommend this book any more highly, especially if you or anyone you love suffers from ADD.
The narrator reminded me of the over enunciation you hear in infomercials. If you can read as opposed to listen to the book, I would recommend doing so. But if not, it's still a fantastic book on ADHD.
Gabor Mate gets at the truth of ADD and holds it up in the light for all to know. In so doing he washes away the shame, confusion and judgement. He offers meaning and validation to those who are profoundly lost and hopeless. He shows us a path to re-claim our humanity. And he shows us that our creativity, love and dreams are not an illusion.
This is written by a doctor who personally experiences ADD, and now brings tremendous insight and knowledge after a life of family and personal encounters with ADD, as well as dedicated research and work to help those who struggle.
No. He was very good.
The book is is a goldmine of insight and inspiration.
I'm ordering the print version so I can re-read and make notes.
I can't say how scientifically accurate it is, but everything about it made total sense to me. Amazingly total sense. This guy knows me better than I have ever known myself. He connected ALL the dots. I now can make sense of it al. I will be 60 in a few months. I wish I found this out many years ago. For my own sake and for my family's sake.
the moment you feel you need to educate yourself in the realm of ADD, whether it be for your own family, as a health practitioner, social worker, teacher, or drug councilor, this is your first step.
enlightening as to the science behind ADD and the best practices for medical professionals and parents
"Good. Realm of hungry ghosts better, and relates, even if that is a book on addiction. The brain is the brain, after all."
Can't stand the 'pretending to be a little kid' voice when reading a quote, but the info is good. The personal relation to the material is contrastingly antidotal in a well researched presentation.
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