- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Pub (February 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0836204603
- ISBN-13: 978-0836204605
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,968,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overload: Attention Deficit Disorder and the Addictive Brain Paperback – February 1, 1996
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The special gifts and strengths attention deficits convey are also discussed along with the importance of using these gifts. Niches where individuals thrive and excel, after years of inappropriate, ineffective compulsory public education are described. The ordeal of intense emotional pain, failure and rejection students endure in our public schools, receives a voice in this book. Overload increases empathetic understanding and admiration for our fellow journeyers, who live with the disabilities and gifts, which attention deficits bestow.
If public school students and teachers comprehended this book, they might treat Attention Deficit Disordered students more kindly. As Bill Gates (widely considered to have an Attention Deficit Disorder)advised, "Be nice to nerds-You might end up working for one." Overload mentions some famous Attention Deficit sufferers, including Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison who became very successful, despite their failures in public schools. Our most successful patients, at Florida Detox, are generally Attention Deficit Disorder Hyperactivity sufferers.
Their creativity, innovative ideas, people reading skills and ability to "think out of the box," often helps them become very successful inventors, business owners or sales people.
Dr. Blum discusses the neurochemistry of attention deficits and alcoholism, with less depth than he did in Alcohol and the Addicted Brain, but effectively communicates the evidence for Reward Deficiency Syndrome, dopamine type 2 receptor deficiency, and their connection to Attention Deficit Disorders. Discussions of neurofeedback, cranial electrical stimulation, neuronutrient supplementation, psychostimulant medication, acupuncture and other treatments for attention deficits provide a brief overview of treatment possibilities.
Dr. Michael J. De Vito, Program Director, NewStart Treatment Center, Henderson, NV.
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I am researching the connection between alcoholism and ADD. This book is revolutionary but due to the fact that it was published several years ago - I feel that it did not recieve the attention that it deserved. There is much new research regarding this disorder especially concerning the adult population that this book if had been published now would fly off of the shelves.
Most books on ADD (I've read over twelve) merely suggest that there is a link between ADD and addiction - this book focuses on that connection!!
I was hoping to pick up a copy for myself and a friend but I guess that I will have keep looking for a copy of my own and incur library fines until I do!!