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Delivered From Distraction Audiobook

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

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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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    William 04-19-13
    William 04-19-13 Member Since 2015

    Life long learner of all sorts of things.

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    "Fantastic book"

    This is not only full of good information about ADD, it is enjoyable. The Author creates a no stress approach in reading about the disorder. (which I have)

    There are many helpful hints and ideas, but more than that, the Author does a great job in helping to put guilt and frustration into perspective; and more importantly, how to deal with them. Understanding what ADD is the key to unlocking its potential of very fulfilling life and a productive one,

    Growing up with the disorder, I could totally relate to the people discussed in this book. The stories are that of real people finding real answers.

    If you are someone else has ADD, please get this book - it will make a huge difference.

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    Jared Wake Forest, NC, United States 03-19-13
    Jared Wake Forest, NC, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "It clicks"
    Where does Delivered From Distraction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrated very well.


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    Debi 03-04-13
    Debi 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Informative"
    Would you listen to Delivered From Distraction again? Why?

    I would listen to the abridged version next time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Cashman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What did you learn from Delivered From Distraction that you would use in your daily life?

    We will be changing our nutritional habits.


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    Gary NORTH ADAMS, MA, United States 01-12-13
    Gary NORTH ADAMS, MA, United States 01-12-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "The One Book you should read"

    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.

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    Jane 01-11-13
    Jane 01-11-13
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    "Must read!"
    Would you listen to Delivered From Distraction again? Why?

    Yes, it is comprehensive and digestible information on ADD that will certainly benefit on a 2nd listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Balanced and informative. Provided concrete examples and situations which allowed listener to identify with and connect to information and relationship with ADD.


    Which character – as performed by Dan Cashman – was your favorite?

    Good narration.


    What did you learn from Delivered From Distraction that you would use in your daily life?

    Alot!


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent book which I have already recommended to several people.

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    Amazon Customer 11-12-12
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    "Wonderful material"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will recommend this book to every person I know and many I will meet.


    What did you learn from Delivered From Distraction that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned a great many things about my situation and the oulets to help me cope and grow a s aperson.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Robert 11-05-12
    Robert 11-05-12
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    "Great introduction to ADD"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Delivered From Distraction to be better than the print version?

    A lot easier for ADDers to listen to than having to sit and focus


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the contradictions of how ADD presents itself in different people


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dan Cashman?

    probably not


    What did you learn from Delivered From Distraction that you would use in your daily life?

    take a breath, relax and cut yourself some slack. we are different not better or worse just different.


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    Suzanne Grace 08-20-12
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    "Excellent book with lots of informative examples"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Delivered From Distraction to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    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".


    Have you listened to any of Dan Cashman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Both I've heard were very good, clear, no fake voices, easy to follow and informative.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 04-29-12
    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good enough, not detailed enough"

    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.

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    David Canada 02-26-12
    David Canada 02-26-12

    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.

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    "A great listen chock full of sage advice"
    Would you listen to Delivered From Distraction again? Why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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