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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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    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 2016
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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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    William 04-19-13
    William 04-19-13 Member Since 2017

    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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