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Answers to Distraction: The Authors of Driven to Distraction Respond to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Attention Deficit Disorder Hardcover – January 15, 1995


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  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 1 edition (January 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679439730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679439738
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the authors of Driven to Distraction--their bestselling study of Attention Deficit Disorder--here is a new book that answers the most frequently asked questions about ADD. The result is a "user's guide to the disorder presented in a question-and-answer format. Accessible, concise, and leavened with humor, Answers to Distraction is an indispensable volume for the estimated 15 million Americans with ADD, and for their families, friends, teachers, psychologists, and counselors.

About the Author

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., is in private practice in adult and child psychiatry, and is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical school. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sue, and children, Lucy, Jack, and Tucker.

John J. Ratey, M.D., is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is in private practice. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Nancy, and children, Jessica and Kathryn. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I am a child and adult psychiatrist with private practices in Sudbury, Mass as well as on the upper west side in New York City. Both practices operate under the name The Hallowell Center, where we offer diagnosis and a range of treatments for ADHD and learning problems in children and adults. I also am a writer and a speaker. I am married to Sue Hallowell, a social worker and a therapist. We have been married for 24 years and have 3 children, Lucy, now 23, Jack, 20, and Tucker, 17 (as of April, 2013).
The major theme that runs through all my work is the magical power of the human connection, and the power of positive connections of all kinds. I also specialize in learning differences and have written books about how to deal best with attention deficit disorder, a condition that I regard as a potential gift, if it handled correctly. Having both ADHD and dyslexia myself, I am particularly qualified to help people with these conditions bring out their best
I welcome hearing from readers. Just send me an email to drhallowell@gmail.com or visit my website at drhallowell.com




Customer Reviews

This a great book to add your AD/HD Library.
Amazon Customer
I had a hard time understanding what his world was like but the book really helped with that.
E. Suter
If you aren't into reading than get the audio tape of this book.
Edward J. duffy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

97 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
The book's question and answer format is a perfect vehicle for finding and refinding essential information about ADD.
"Answers to Distraction" relies less on the first person stories of "Driven", focusing instead on delivering the appropriate amount of information for a specific question.
The books logical organization around chapter topics lets you concentrate your reading. It's a great book to keep handy.
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146 of 156 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you have Driven to Distraction, don't waste your money on Answers. Dr. Hallowell directily quotes passages from his own book. It's just more of the same, only phrased as questions and answers. Much of the book is filled with repetition even from chapter to chapter.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mark on February 8, 2002
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Dr. Hallowell & Dr. Ratey have written two books that are considered the gold standard of material on the subject of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This book, and its predescessor Driven To Distraction, share equally in providing the basics about the disorder in children, and adults. The format is easy to read and gives people who are new to understanding the disorder an overview of what it feels like to be ADHD. The chapter on Anger, "The gemlike flame", will take you step by step on how the ADD mind processes an incident that results in frustration and temper outbursts. Only from working with hundreds of people could Hallowell & Ratey detail this information in such an understandable format. In fact, this is the book that allowed me to be diagnosed with ADHD as a 36 year old adult, even though I had been diagnosed "hyperactive" as a young child back in the seventies when it was assumed the disorder went away with the onset of puberty!
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
Again, Drs. Hallowell and Ratey provide ADDers with another essential tool in dealing with their disability. Those who have ADD really should have this book and Driven to Distraction if they haven't it. Even if I reread the book, it continues to provide me with and remind me of helpful principles in living as an ADDer. One thing the books have taight me: ADDers are normal! We are trapped in a structure-trapped, overformalistic world that causes us to be distracted, yet has little tolerance for it. Yet the ADDer can survive - successfully. Thanks again to Drs. Hallowell and Ratey for such a relevant and helpful book - their books in fact!
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
This tape along with it's predecessor Driven To Distraction are must "reads". Like many others that are faced with the fact that they have ADHD or ADD, I too have difficulty getting through an entire book that is so full of information. But this audio version was a savior for me. I am a firm believer in books on tape and these ones helped me learn about myself so fully that it brought tears to my eyes (thankfully I wasn't driving at the time). I have two sons that have been diagnosed with ADD and have made marked improvement in school since we found out and started treating them. But these tapes helped me focus on the fact that I too suffer from the disorder and how it has channelled my life through the years. I would whole heartedly reccommend these tapes for anyone that has an interest in these disorders, from teachers to parents to sufferers like myself. Also the books by Russell A Barkley, he is a VERY thoughtful man that also has tapes available.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 4, 2004
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This a great AD/HD resource. The book is written in a very ADD friendly Q & A format. This book will anser many commonly asked AD/HD related questions. Many of the questioned answered are ones that you may have always wanted to know but were afried to ask.
This a great book to add your AD/HD Library.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. Suter on June 4, 2003
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I purchased this book when my husband was diagnosed with ADD. I had very little experience with the condition and didn't know how to help him. The book was wonderful. It includes so many helpful tips for non-medical management that I was almost overwhelmed with ideas. We slowly tried them out and kept the ones that worked for us and discarded those that didn't. The book also helped me understand the condition. I had a hard time understanding what his world was like but the book really helped with that. It is a must read for any parent or spouse living with an ADD sufferer.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Georgene on October 5, 2008
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I was diagnosed with Attention Deficeit Disorder at age 51. Although my son has suffered from this disorder all his life, it wasn't until I was diagnosed with the same problem that I fully realized what he has gone through his entire life. I discovered that while I was NOT aware of having ADD until age 51, the signs have been there all my life. This book, taken from questions submitted by the audiences to the author's lectures, was a fast, entertaining & meaningful read for me. It is in short "bites" that are easy to understand & helpful for those of us with short attention spans. I learned a lot about the disorder and about myself from reading this book. This is the first book on ADD that I have been able to actually finish without giving up in sheer boredom.
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