“If you read only one book about attention deficit disorder, it should be Delivered from Distraction.”—Michael Thompson, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling co-author of Raising Cain
In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Widely recognized as the classic in the field, the book has sold more than a million copies. 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
• new diagnostic procedures, tests, and evaluations
• 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
• exciting advances in nonpharmaceutical therapies, including changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle
• how to adapt the classic twelve-step program to treat ADD
• sexual problems associated with ADD and how to resolve them
• strategies for dealing with procrastination, clutter, and chronic forgetfulness
ADD is a trait, a way of living in the world. 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.
Praise for Delivered from Distraction
“The definitive source of information on attention deficit disorder.”—Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D., director, Child Study Center, New York University School of Medicine
“A deeply wise and truly helpful book, written with frankness, humor, and tremendous empathy.”—Perri Klass, M.D., co-author of Quirky Kids
If you know someone close to you and ADD or ADHD is suspected, you must listen to this easy to follow audiobook. It is the best investment you could make!
Bull’s Eye! Hallowell gets it!
From the second I started listening to this book, it was such a wave of relief to hear how the author really GETS it, and is able to describe ADHD in a way that helps others in my family start to understand me. It’s been hard for me to explain to them why I struggle so much. This book helped me put it into words. It’s such a breath of fresh air to feel understood!...rather than endlessly frustrated by the many years of inability to adequately describe the daily life-challenges of ADHD. This book gave me hope!
Two audiobook options…Be careful what you purchase!!
I enjoyed this audiobook, although I was hoping for a little more in-depth information on certain topics (such as diet/nutrition), with more supporting evidence. I also wished it had more day-to-day tips and “hacks.”
However, I’m only giving it 3 stars here because after to listening to the book for about 3 hours, I was shocked when it ended. I knew the physical copy to be over 400 pages…how could the audiobook be finished so soon?! After looking at the audiobook options available on the Apple store again, I noticed there is another audiobook option that has the same title, cover icon, and information, but is over 13 hours long!! I’m not sure why these two options exist, but they should be labeled more clearly. I’m hesitant to buy the other, longer, audiobook after feeling like I wasted money on this one. These should be more clearly labeled for consumers.