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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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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.

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"An excellent resource." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Linda Bend, OR, USA 04-15-10
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    This book is literally changing my life. It is amazing to view ADD from a positive perspective and focus on how to build on the strengths rather than just fighting the challanges!

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    Amazon Customer DAYTON, OH, United States 08-14-08
    Amazon Customer DAYTON, OH, United States 08-14-08 Listener Since 2007
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    Dr Hallowell is probably the best ADD PhD.

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    Paul Joliet, IL, USA 10-21-07
    Paul Joliet, IL, USA 10-21-07
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    "Delivered From Distraction (Unabridged)"

    This book, along with the first one, Driven to Distraction have been amazingly helpful to me. I am a 46 year old male living in the Chicagoland area, and only known I have ADHD for a little over 2 years now.

    These gentlemen have helped me to understand why I am different, and that it's ok that I am. In fact, I am starting to discover the spectacular benefits of it.

    If you have, or even THINK you might have ADD or ADHD, LISTEN or READ this book! Your world will be changed.

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    Anna debrecenHungary 03-17-07
    Anna debrecenHungary 03-17-07
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    "brilliant"

    A lifechanging book for me. Allthough being successfull in many areas of life listeningto this book has made me understand the not so great aspects of it.
    I´m an adult ADD I had my diagnosis many years ago I thougt I knew a lot about my disorder, but I didn´t know how to deal with it´s negative aspects, which I now starting to do.

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    Victor MexicoMexico 12-13-05
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    "WOW They have done it again"

    A must read experiance for all people related with ADD, I have it and has given me light with tips on what to do and not to do on real life experiance, not just dry theory

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    Nikki Tucson, AZ, USA 09-10-09
    Nikki Tucson, AZ, USA 09-10-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic Book - Eye Opening"

    At first I thought to myself, how in the world does somebody right a book for us people with A.D.D? Does he not realize that we can't get through an entire book! LOL. This book really was able to communicate with people that have A.D.D. The structure of the chapters is laid out in such a way that you can skip around...start at the end...do whatever you want to do and still get all the vital information out of the book. This book helped me truly understand a lot about myself...especially about how A.D.D. affects you as a parent. I didn't put the 2 together until I listened to this book. Highly recommend it to anybody with A.D.D., suspects they may have A.D.D., or someone with loved ones, friends, and/or coworkers that have the gift! (Can't believe I was able to write all that! Amazing!)

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    Geoffrey San Antonio, TX, United States 08-13-09
    Geoffrey San Antonio, TX, United States 08-13-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Get the abridged first, then this"

    Very informative and interesting. The woman's magazine style of plenty of 3rd party stories will appeal to many in giving life to the information. The price of that is time. The abridged version gives you a very good 50k foot view, and when you can linger, give this a listen. Good narration, as well. Listen to the Amen book 'Change Your Brain...' as a companion book.

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    Deanna Nicole Davis 03-15-07
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    "Deliver me from this book"

    I realize that many people suffer from ADD and I consider myself one of them. I do not, however, drown myself in self pity, looking for every excuse to blame this condition on someone else. If you are truly looking to be delivered, skip this book. If you are looking for permission to wallow in self pity - by all means, get this book.

    1 of 28 people found this review helpful
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