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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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    "Excellent book poor category."

    Loved the advice and deeply appreciated the empathy that the author clearly had for folks who have ADD.

    Would love to see this title paired with the Kindle version. Was rather annoyed and concerned when I bought the book and it said it was part of Audible Kids. I thought I had made a mistake in buying it. Deeply glad I persevered but it was off-putting and considering the subject matter not correct.

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    Kirk J. Faulkner New York, NY 04-05-15
    Kirk J. Faulkner New York, NY 04-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "ADHD is a real thing."

    35 and just figuring out why my life has been the way it is. If you listen to the book you'll know without a doubt if he talking about you or someone you love.

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    felisha Chicago, IL, US 03-18-15
    felisha Chicago, IL, US 03-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This was a great book! I"

    I highly recommend anyone diagnosed ADHD to read this book. very informative.
    Easy to understand. Lots of tips and resources.

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    Dan 01-30-15
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    "Life changing!"

    After years of piecing together coping mechanisms for the many symptoms of ADD I finally have the core problem and more solutions.. I found myself within the pages of this book.

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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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    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.

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    Nate W. St. Louis, MO. USA 11-27-13
    Nate W. St. Louis, MO. USA 11-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Essential Reading"

    Put simply, this book is essential reading/listening for anyone who has ADD or loves someone who does.

    As an adult with ADD, I've read several books on the topic. This is the best one.

    Practical, readable and empathetic, it has opened my eyes, changed my thinking and my actions, and helped me understand my own brain in profound ways.

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    Mahendra (MH) Melbourne Australia 11-11-13
    Mahendra (MH) Melbourne Australia 11-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Personal Perspective and Management of ADHD"

    The author reveals his own ADHD and some of the problems he faced and gives a balanced account of managing the condition using both drug and behavioural techniques. recommend to treating professionals as well as those with the condition or suspected ADHD

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    Charlie Vancouver, WA, United States 09-29-13
    Charlie Vancouver, WA, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Finally Finding The Answer"

    Finally, Dr. Hallowell explains not only what it is that drives us charismatic, disorganized bunch of individuals to distraction, but how to truly thrive. I am what I would consider a successful business man and IT professional of 20 years. During those years, and all my life, I've struggled and benifited from ADD/ADHD. I've seen doctors, read books, tried diets, you name it in an effort to find what drives me to scratch that itch of not being where I really wanted to be. I've excelled as well as missed opportunities due to my quirky, friendly, high energy personality.

    John J. Ratey speaks with enthusiasm and passion making me forget I'm even listening to an audio book. I will be looking for other reads narrated by him.

    Well done both of you!

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    Nancy Elizabeth Brown Texas 07-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrific Book - Terrific Narrator"
    What did you love best about Delivered From Distraction?

    This book is amazing because the psychiatrist who wrote it has ADD. The subjects it touches upon are very diverse. It's kind of a survival guide/pep talk for people with ADD. He covers a lot of bases, and does so with humor and compassion. I really needed this book. On top of that, the narrator is my favorite out of any audiobook I've listened to. His voice is so warm and paternal. The whole experience was like being wrapped in a warm blanket.


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