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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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    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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    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.

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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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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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    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.


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    Patrick WESTFORD, MA, United States 12-10-13
    Patrick WESTFORD, MA, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book on ADD, even if you've lived with ADD"
    Where does Delivered From Distraction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The reader has a pretty good pace and is clear. This book was designed to be skipped around in, and makes references to chapter numbers. This is very frustrating in the audio book because the "Audible Chapters" and the "Book Chapters" don't line up.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Delivered From Distraction?

    While I appreciate the South Park view of the 12 step program, it was really interesting to hear the comparison between the 12 steps for AA and for dealing with ADD. I also appreciated the more scientific/psychological interpretation of these steps.


    Did Dan Cashman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    N/A? The only thing I am curious about is the roles of the two authors in this book. One section is clearly Dr. Hallowell describing his experiences, but I was never clear on if any other sections were primarily authored by Dr. Ratey. I don't think the reader could have possibly known this though.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book to have both the kindle and audible version of. While I listened to much of the book straight through in the car, when I wanted to try and find a specific section talking about fish oil it's near impossible without a text search.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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