- Paperback: 319 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (March 2, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684801280
- ISBN-13: 978-0684801285
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 701 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood Reprint Edition
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This clear and valuable book dispels a variety of myths about attention deficit disorder (ADD). Since both authors have ADD themselves, and both are successful medical professionals, perhaps there's no surprise that the two myths they attack most persistently are: (a) that ADD is an issue only for children; and (b) that ADD corresponds simply to limited intelligence or limited self-discipline. "The word disorder puts the syndrome entirely in the domain of pathology, where it should not entirely be. Although ADD can generate a host of problems, there are also advantages to having it, advantages that this book will stress, such as high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm, and they are completely overlooked by the 'disorder' model." The authors go on to cite Mozart and Einstein as examples of probable ADD sufferers. (The problem as they see it is not so much attention deficit but attention inconsistency: "Most of us with ADD can in fact hyperfocus at times.") Although they warn against overdiagnosis, they also do a convincing job of answering the criticism that "everybody, and therefore nobody" has ADD. Using numerous case studies and a discussion of the way ADD intersects with other conditions (e.g., depression, substance abuse, and obsessive-compulsive disorder), they paint a concrete picture of the syndrome's realities. Especially helpful are the lists of tips for dealing with ADD in a child, a partner, or a family member. --Richard Farr
From Library Journal
Hallowell and Ratey offer a fine addition to literature on ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). The authors employ a broad, general definition of ADD ("high-energy, action-oriented, bottom-line, gotta-run-type people") and continually emphasize the special, positive qualities of people with ADD. They describe how ADD affects adults--many Americans mistakenly think of it as a childhood curse--and explain how the American temperament helps create ADD-like symptoms. Best of all are the stories and case studies of myriad folks who have dealt successfully with their diagnosis. A state-by-state list of support groups are included in this excellent approach to an intriguing subject.
- Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Despite calling the disorder ADHD in the intro, he calls it ADD throughout the rest of the book. Despite saying that ADHD affects men and women in equal numbers in the intro, soon after in the book he says that it affects men three times more than women. The research he describes is largely from the early nineties or before, despite the explosion of new ADHD research findings in the past 22 years (although there is updated medication information).
This makes me angry because the author's grab for money in releasing an "updated" version of a book about a disorder that is hardly updated at all is unacceptable and negligent. Clinicians and patients will read this inaccurate/unupdated information and not deliver or receive the best treatment they could potentially have. Dr. Hallowell stresses in his book how dramatically the disorder can negatively affect one's life and how important treatment is — yet he presents vastly outdated information and pretends it's new, doing a great disservice to ADHD sufferers like myself who want to heal.
This book is more appropriate for individuals and families who are newly diagnosed OR who suspect ADHD (formally known as ADD). The book describes symptoms of ADHD in both child and adults, and includes stories of undiagnosed ADHD, common struggles, what to expect, treatment options, impact on others, and tips to manage symptoms. It also includes an informal 100 item questionnaire (yes/no responses) to help determine if ADHD (inattentive and/or hyperactive-impulsive) symptoms are present.
Again, it wasn't particularly helpful as a professional in the field, but it would be beneficial to those seeking an introduction to ADHD. The book is 382 pages and includes numerous pages of resources on ADHD in the appendix section. Hope this review is helpful!