Scattered

How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It
Narrated by: Barry Abrams
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (341 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) has quickly become a controversial topic in recent years. Whereas other books on the subject describe the condition as inherited, Dr. Gabor Maté believes that our social and emotional environments play a key role in both the cause of and cure for this condition.

In Scattered, he describes the painful realities of ADD and its effect on children as well as on career and social paths in adults. While acknowledging that genetics may indeed play a part in predisposing a person toward ADD, Dr. Maté moves beyond that to focus on the things we can control: changes in environment, family dynamics, and parenting choices. He draws heavily on his own experience with the disorder as both an ADD sufferer and the parent of three diagnosed children.

Providing a thorough overview of ADD and its treatments, Scattered is an essential and life-changing guide for the millions of ADD sufferers in North America today.

©1999 Gabor Maté (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"In one of the most comprehensive and accessible books about Attention Deficit Disorder, Mate...challenges many accepted notions about the condition, which afflicts more than three million children and a significant number of adults." ( Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

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BOOK, great, NARRATOR, so so.

Great book. I read this years ago and found it an excellent resource for parents and adults with ADHD, too. Most of the books I've found on ADHD are geared more to parents, and so I really appreciated that this was useful for adults who were never diagnosed.

The narration is so so. I far prefer Daniel Maté's narration - he narrated Gabor Maté's other titles: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts; When the Body Says No, and Hold On to Your Kids. I found a copy of Daniel narrating Scattered Minds (same book, but the title is slightly different) on audible.ca - it just opened recently - but not sure if Daniels version is on the USA site or not. Wish I'd known it was there before I purchased this version.

Daniel is Dr. Maté's son and he does a great job with these titles. He's warm and sincere. Barry Abrams is okay, but rather dry - or maybe his reading just doesn't feel as connected to the text as Daniel's narration. I'm not sure what it was, but I found that I had to work a bit harder to follow this narration. If the reader isn't really connecting with the text, then I find it hard to stay focused. Abrams doesn't quite have the audible compassion Daniel brought to the other audiobooks by this author. And I also found Daniel's narration very helpful in making sense of the science parts in In the Realm and When the Body Says No. I didn't have to back-up and go over difficult sentences. Solid inflection can do that for an audiobook.

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Life Changing

I can't say how scientifically accurate it is, but everything about it made total sense to me. Amazingly total sense. This guy knows me better than I have ever known myself. He connected ALL the dots. I now can make sense of it al. I will be 60 in a few months. I wish I found this out many years ago. For my own sake and for my family's sake.

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Can't Listen to Narrator

I opened an Audible account specifically so I can listen to this book, as well as another book of Mate's: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. I listened to Hungry Ghosts first, and I loved it. I was even more excited to listen to Scattered, since I myself have ADD. Unfortunately, the narrator is too distracting for me to be able to focus on the actual content.

I read in another review that there is a version of this book at Audible.ca that is narrated by Daniel Gabor, who did an amazing job reading "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts", so I opened another Audible account at Audible.ca, but it turns out I can't purchase the other version of Scattered without having a Canadian mailing address.

I am so frustrated. I've tried multiple times to listen to this book, but I absolutely can't get past the narrator's voice and inflection. I'm now about to purchase the book through eBay and hope I can manage to focus long enough to read the whole thing...

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Life Changing

I read this book to gain a greater understanding of my ex-husband and children. What I heard was an 11-hour description of my own life. I cannot recommend this book any more highly, especially if you or anyone you love suffers from ADD.

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The first book I should have read on this subject

I have read a ton of material on ADHD, the supposed top ones and each of them looks at it as a disease with a reactive set of answers to living with it and/or manage it. Gabor Mate has a completely different perspective on the subject looking at how ADHD is something that is learning to manage emotions and dealing with the emotions of people and kids struggling with it. As a person who has had ADHD since birth and struggled for over 50+ years with it, I feel I would have sped up my ideas on recovery if I had found this book five years ago when I was first diagnosed. Heartily recommend this to anyone who has or wants to assist someone else with this condition.

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Thank you!

Beautiful! Finally, a description of ADD that makes sense. I always suspected that there was a strong connection between moods, emotional state, and ability to concentrate. I feel satisfied to learn Dr Mate's theory. I wish this was a more highly accepted/regarded theory than the simplistic biological one I tend to hear and see. At least that is my impression.

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Annoying narrator but great content.

The narrator reminded me of the over enunciation you hear in infomercials. If you can read as opposed to listen to the book, I would recommend doing so. But if not, it's still a fantastic book on ADHD.

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I was living under a rock for 37 years

First of all, I have to clarify that I never heard of Gabor Maté before in my life until two/three weeks after writing this review and personally, other than the year or two I briefly had back in high school during those psychology classes, I grew up in an environment far from connecting with a professional.

Already in 2020, in my 37 years and 5 months of age, I'm guessing it was destiny or just a mere coincidence that I ran to a 5 min YouTube video of one of Maté's speeches where he talked with such clarity when explaining a very complicated topic. Somehow this amount of information clicked perfectly in my brain that I immediately rushed to more of this person.

So I went online and learned more about his work and the books he had written. Even though I didn't have a clear idea of what ADD really was, I got intrigued by the number of good reviews that surrounded 'Scattered'.

My immediate emotions after I finished [listening] to his book as so far, I've read only one whole book in my life, went all over the place, It started from reliving sad experiences and memories that I always wanted to forget to different directions as sometimes it escalated to anger and frustration where I just wanted to scream out loud at the top of my lunges.

But this was the first time in a long time I really cried with the objective to heal,
Surprisingly, I gained a feeling like someone taking away the weight and burden out of my shoulders.

In an almost PERFECT way, Dr. Maté explains the who's, the how's, and the when's that surrounds this disorder that helped made incredibly easy to me connect the dots that I can almost draw a blueprint of my life.

Again, it amazed me the perfect way Gabor Mate balanced his own life experiences, the observations made with his own patients, combined with his medical interpretation and supported by scientific data and facts meant a TREASURE to me.

It amazed me to the point where Dr. Maté talks of topics or emotions related to my personal life I've never even talked out loud or dared to question to myself of wrongdoing with a red flag.

There's no doubt I need to seek the right counseling and guidance, but the years and years of unanswered questions I was carrying ever since my childhood felt for the first time in my life it's something I can really accomplish, manage, and overcome.

Even though this clearly marks the beginning of my endeavor as I still need to get officially diagnosed, my gut tells me I'm correct in the right path as I'm an adult facing with undiagnosed A.D.D.

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Goddamn! Life changing.

Wow, this book opened my eyes and mind and really gave me some wonderful steps to take to help me understand and improve my struggles with ADD.

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Fantastic!!

I am thankful to have run across this book. I understand myself much more after listening to it. If you or someone you love has ADHD this book is a must.

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