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:
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.
"An excellent resource." (Publishers Weekly)
top of the list. if you think you have ADD, know people that do (or thinking you know people that do) or just understand it in general you should give a listen.
Narrated very well.
I would listen to the abridged version next time.
It points out many different types of ADD and possible solutions. It makes marching to a different drum appear normal and a good thing. Emphasizes strengths.
We will be changing our nutritional habits.
After being treated for ADD with initial success, I started to feel once again, that I was getting no where. This book will really help you truly understand the condition, and the changes you need to make to your life to get on a successful track. There was a point in the book where I got a powerful rush and really came to terms with how affected my life has been and where I needed to go.
Yes, it is comprehensive and digestible information on ADD that will certainly benefit on a 2nd listen.
Balanced and informative. Provided concrete examples and situations which allowed listener to identify with and connect to information and relationship with ADD.
An excellent book which I have already recommended to several people.
I will recommend this book to every person I know and many I will meet.
I learned a great many things about my situation and the oulets to help me cope and grow a s aperson.
Whisper-sync does not seem to work. Also, the only problem with this recording is that the chapters are improperly titled. For someone with ADD this is almost a deal breaker. It forced me to listen to the entire book as opposed to jumping around to areas I need first.
A lot easier for ADDers to listen to than having to sit and focus
the contradictions of how ADD presents itself in different people
take a breath, relax and cut yourself some slack. we are different not better or worse just different.
I have not read the print version, but since I have ADD and don't do well reading books, the audio format was a very good option for me.
I would compare it most to other Hallowell/Ratey books such as the earlier Driven to Distraction. Both are excellent, informative, and best of all, the authors both have ADD that was not diagnosed until adult hood, giving them a very good understanding and a much different perspective that that of other professional "experts".
Both I've heard were very good, clear, no fake voices, easy to follow and informative.
There was so much useful information, too much to list probably. He gave many good suggestions and told many stories of patients and how their battle against ADD went. He talked about the usual medication/counseling options, but also gave information about many other options and possible solutions. It gave me hope that even if I can't get medication management/ counseling, there may be help for me out there.He mentions frequently that especially if not diagnosed early in life, ADD can really effect your relationships, yet he does assume that you have someone to help you and spend time with you. A spouse and children are frequently assumed, and if not that, then definitely it is expected you have parents/siblings, or friends to help. If you don't have anyone nearby you feel like you can connect with, what to do. A support group perhaps. I just found the assumptions a bit depressing.
I highly recommend this book as well as Driven To Distraction to anyone with any interest or interaction with individuals who have ADD. You really have to read it nd the stories to understand what it is like to have ADD and how you feel when people offer you obvious advice (time management, just work harder, be quiet, sit still) that just doesn't work for those with the condition. His suggestions also help you understand things that may help you get better in many areas and are as simple as diet, exercise, supplements, etc.A great book
The author shares his own experience being ADD himself and has a center for treatment. It's an introduction for parents and making them comfortable with the diagnosis. If you're looking for details of treatment to make an informed decision on how to go about helping your child, look for something else.
Getting the school on board is not easy, the information regarding the pharmaceutical options is not detailed enough and the approach for different age ranges is not discussed.
Good introduction to add.
I have a long-ish (~45 minute) commute that I often use to listen to audio books on my Kindle. I enjoy classics and self-help.
Absolutely. It's non-fiction, so the re-listen-ability may drop a bit, but there was so much helpful information that I will definitely listen to it again.
The stories were some of the best parts. One woman had spent her whole life struggling with ADD, only to discover that with help she could overcome it and have a better life.
At first, I thought it was read by the author, as their voices sort of sound the same. Dan Cashman was able to bring a lot of life to a non-fiction book, and it was very enjoyable.
Knowledge is power, keep learning :)
This audio book will give thorough information to anyone that may have or had ADD. It helps the non ADD partner or parent get a better understanding of the disorder. It's a long book.
The reader has a great voice and is compassionate. Not harsh or boring.
I purchased this book to try to understand my husband, and he ended up listening to the audio as well and identified with lot. I believe it ended up being an awakening he and I have been looking for.
It is long and informative, but well worth it.
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