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Delivered From Distraction: Get the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder | [Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey]

Delivered From Distraction: Get the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder, all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder, all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated. In this new book, Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey build on the breakthroughs of Driven to Distraction to offer a comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD.

As Hallowell and Ratey point out, "attention deficit disorder" is a highly misleading description of an intriguing kind of mind. Original, charismatic, energetic, often brilliant, people with ADD have extraordinary talents and gifts embedded in their highly charged but easily distracted minds. Tailored expressly to ADD learning styles and attention spans, Delivered from Distraction provides accessible, engaging discussions of every aspect of the condition, from diagnosis to finding the proper treatment regime. Inside you'll discover:

  • whether ADD runs in families
  • the links between ADD and other conditions
  • how people with ADD can free up their inner talents and strengths
  • the new drugs and how they work, and why they're not for everyone
  • sexual problems associated with ADD and how to resolve them
  • strategies for dealing with procrastination, clutter, and chronic forgetfulness

ADD is a trait, it only becomes a disorder when it impairs your life. Featuring gripping profiles of patients with ADD who have triumphed, Delivered from Distraction is a wise, loving guide to releasing the positive energy that all people with ADD hold inside. If you have ADD or care about someone who does, this is the book you must read.

©2005 E. Hallowell and J. Ratey; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An excellent resource." (Publishers Weekly)

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    CURT VAN DE LIGT 07-03-14 Member Since 2010

    Science Fiction, humor, education, philosophy, horror and non fiction are my favorite genres.

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    "My favorite book that explains ADD"
    What did you love best about Delivered From Distraction?

    For me this title best illustrates the complexity and realities of living with Attention Deficit Disorder.


    What other book might you compare Delivered From Distraction to and why?

    I've read so many titles on this topic but none are really worth mentioning aside from books sold in University book stores for those studying Special Education.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Garden Grove, CA, United States 06-07-13
    Laura Garden Grove, CA, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Recognizes ADD for the superpower that it is"

    I love how this guy constantly emphasizes that ADD is a different type of mind and that it can be a blessing if you learn how to handle it. (I always tell the kids I teach that ADD is a superpower that you need to learn to control.)

    You can really tell this guy has done his research and that he really cares about the ADD patient.

    That said, OMG is he thorough. Reeeeeally thorough. I would appreciate if this extra thoroughness was put into separate sections so I could listen or not, depending on my needs.

    He mentions that it's fine to skip around the book, but I don't think the chapter breaks match the sections in the audiobook. This means I can't just forward to the next chapter by pushing the >> key on my iphone. Big problem for me. I want to finish the book because it's great info, but I've had to take a break from it because there's so much info.

    Since I listen while I'm driving, it's not practical for me to scroll forward, and anyway, even if I'm standing still, it's a real pain.

    Fix those two things and this is a nearly perfect book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beat Salt lake city, UT, United States 09-04-12
    Beat Salt lake city, UT, United States 09-04-12
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    "A revolution"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book changed our lives and provided some of the very best advice we ever encountered.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bibi sterling San Diego, CA, United States 10-21-11
    bibi sterling San Diego, CA, United States 10-21-11
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    "Got distracted before getting help. Is there help?"

    Like other reviewers I was looking for information about how to deliver ME from distraction. I listened to about 9 hours of this 12 hour book and evidently the part I am looking for does not happen till the end (according to other reviewers). So, I started looking for other solutions..

    Got suckered into Brian Tracy. He is good in a logical and rah-rah kind of way but pricey, with a heavy handed marketing machine. Felt upbeat for the first 5 days of listening but I could not maintain that state of mind.

    Next, purchased book "Getting More", about negotiation. This was slower, sometimes too slow but has practical, applicable information that I have been putting into practice. I am not finished, but as a typical ADDer, I am now ready to switch to "It's All Too Much", about getting rid of clutter. I know that clutter is making me worse. My husband is the real pack rat and I don't know how to deal with his mess. Every day more piles of equipment land in the living room and office. I love him dearly, but this is effecting my health.

    Feeling disabled at 53 after losing 60% of my savings in this economy is a big loss and stress. I still need to earn my pre-50 income through age of 85 to live in this modest house. I'm desperately searching for answers. I've seen many doctors with lots of promises that say it is not Alzheimers but I have made very little progress. I just keep listening to books and hoping to find a solution before I spend all my money on inconclusive doctor visits.

    Has anyone read the book to the end that can bullet point the tools for ADD adults?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Roddel Midwest, USA 02-04-10
    J. Roddel Midwest, USA 02-04-10 Member Since 2007

    Can't read enough

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    "Wonderfully enlightening"

    What an incredible book on this politically and emotionally-charged subject! Written by practicing MDs who work with both children and adults who have ADD/ADHD as well as a variety of other challenges, this book is highly informative for the person who is newly-diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, or who is just trying to make the most of their life while living with ADD/ADHD. Drs. Hallowell and Ratey have a very positive and uplifting writing style on the subject, and they focus on getting the most out of your life, or your loved ones' lives without causing shame, guilt, or fear in the person who suffers from symptoms of ADD. I was impressed with the vast number of resources available in this book for everything from ADD to personal coaches. This book is one of the best I have read on the subject. I wholeheartedly recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Hillsdale, MI, United States 01-21-10
    Lisa Hillsdale, MI, United States 01-21-10
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    "helpful"

    this is a great book for alot of answers and helpful suggestions. Not a book to get bored listening to. really enjoyed it.

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    Mary 05-13-06
    Mary 05-13-06 Member Since 2005

    Mary in Palos Verdes 15 year listener of audio books because I don't have time to sit down and read and many many times the narrator enhances the story.

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    "Good For All"

    We all know someone with ADD and this book sheds such a sweet and caring light on the entire life of the person with ADD and those that love them. I don't have ADD but suspect my son might...this book helped me to better understand and gave me the nudge to have him evaluated. It describes my adult stepson clearly and I'm going to buy him a copy in hopes that he'll get some help...this book makes you laugh & cry and informs the reader in a positive light. There are also many helpful references throughout that enlighten us on other possibilities of learning differences and disorders. There are many practical suggestions for treatment, living with ADD and with someone that has it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Wylie, TX, United States 10-16-09
    Kristi Wylie, TX, United States 10-16-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A Wonderful way to look at ADD"

    This is a wonderful way to be introduced to a unique way of being! It focuses on the positive aspects of having ADD. The information provided to people who are new to or dealing with a loved one with ADD is very clear and informative. And the ideas to help manage the condition are right on target. If you have ADD buy it and read the first part to find out how to use the book to help you. If someone you know has ADD buy it and read it, so you can understand what they are dealing with and how to best work with them and not against them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Sault Sainte MarieVirgin Islands, U.S. 09-21-09
    William Sault Sainte MarieVirgin Islands, U.S. 09-21-09
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    "Good information but..."

    This book is filled with excellent information on ADD. I can not add anymore than the other reviewers have.

    The only problem for me was that the book is divided into two parts. Each is over 6 hours long with no chapter breaks. Listening to it on my iPod Shuffle, it was easy to lose my place after turning the iPod off and starting up again. The book is filled with lots of notable items. To go back later to find them is frustrating.

    I plan to buy the book to enable me to highlight important information ie: .coms, book titles, Rx names, etc.

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    "Excellent Information"
    If you could sum up Delivered From Distraction in three words, what would they be?

    Dr Hallowell practices what he preaches. As a person with ADD he does understand why this diagnosis is often missed in kids and adults.


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