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Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder Paperback – December 27, 2005
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Medication? Maybe. Marry the right person and find the right job? A must if you are an adult suffering from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). So say psychiatrists Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey, authors of the influential Driven to Distraction, published in 1994. In their new book, Delivered from Distraction, Hallowell and Ratey survey the current medical landscape concerning ADD, combining their own clinical observations with the latest research to paint a much more complex and, in many ways, positive picture of the condition than has generally been presented.
Hallowell and Ratey embrace the idea that success in life comes more from playing to your strengths than overcoming your weaknesses. In the case of a person with ADD (child or adult), these strengths often include unusually high levels of creativity, charisma, intelligence, and energy. The authors insist that, while medication and other treatments can sometimes work wonders in reducing limitations, surrounding yourself with people who promote these positive traits, be they in your personal or professional life, is the single most important element to living well with ADD. As both Hallowell and Ratey are not only experts in the field, but "ADDers" themselves, the tips and stories they share for how to do so are fresh, funny, and far more helpful than tired arguments over drugs verse no drugs or whether theres even such a thing as ADD at all.--Patrick Jennings --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This follow-up to the authors' 1994 manual, Driven to Distraction, has the advantage of personal testimony regarding adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)—the authors themselves have ADD—as well a very readable presentation of the latest research in the field. Defining ADD as a collection of traits, some positive, some negative, the authors intend to encourage those who have this condition or are raising children with it and advise on how to maximize their abilities and minimize characteristics, such as procrastination, that may hinder them at school or work. In a comprehensive overview, Hallowell and Ratey provide a new screening questionnaire for adults and list methods that physicians, parents and educators can use to diagnose and treat the ADD child. Of primary importance to readers are the recommended steps for living a satisfying life with ADD; these include developing personal relationships and engaging in creative activities that will foster self-esteem. The authors also separate nutrition fads from what is known about how diet can affect brain functioning and discuss whether to take medication. Overall, this is an excellent resource.
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It's given us hope as we are dealing with ADHD in our home.
In this latest work, he recounts his learnings and discoveries since the original publication - he corrects his original mistakes and / or suppositions, and he clearly and coherently sets the stage for ADD as a part of a societal reality, and in "Delivered from Distraction", he reveals the multitude of new tools and discoveries that have been revealed in the 30 years since his original publishing.
I have adult ADD - sometimes it can be very severe, and it is something I have to deal with every day. I have read (listened to, thanks AuDDible!) countless books to understand this component of my life that can be both a gift and a curse. I can say that this book had one of the most profound effects on my own personal development, and it convinced me to address my problems head-on. Stubborn know-it-all ADD'ers like myself are perhaps the hardest to reach, but l can say that reading this book immediately allowed me to relieve the anxiety I feel over constantly not being able to finish long and complex tasks, and it also helped me to realize that there are often other factors that can amplify the effects of this disorder.
Dr. Hallowell did a great service to the world when he wrote "Driven to Distraction". In this newer book "Delivered FROM Distraction", he admits the mistakes and incorrect assumptions he made in the original work (not a trait of a typical academic), and he takes the solutions to the next level by describing the utility of modern drugs as a solution and more importantly discussing ways that ADD'ers can thrive in a society where often we don't feel like we fit. Make no mistake about it, ADD is a serious disorder, and when I allow it to, it can completely take over my life.
This book is a great resource for anyone with ADD and especially for spouses and parents of those with ADD. I can't recommend this amazing book highly enough.
Well done, Dr. Hallowell