Delivered from Distraction
Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
“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
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.
Great book, sub-par eBook.
I own this in paperback and loved the idea of having this as an eBook.
Unfortunately, the table of contents only lists each chapter as “Chapter 1”, “Chapter 2”, and so on. But it doesn't list the chapter TITLES! This makes it incredibly frustrating to use the TOC. (When you actually go to the chapter itself, the complete title is listed.)
Apart from that, this is a fantastic book for anybody with AD/HD. I liked it enough to buy a digital copy even though I own the paperback, which is something I have never done before.
The TOC truly is beyond irritating. I do hope it gets fixed. But it's still nice to have this book always with me, searchable, and be able to highlight text (with notes). For me, these benefits outweigh the costs of the poor TOC. You'll have to decide for yourself whether that's true for you as well.
I read the book and really discovered how to reconize my behavior issues and the reasons for my responses and actions. It has opened my eyes to learn as much as I can about this thing.
Practical advice beyond just do it
I bought this book to learn more about my son, I soon realized it was all about me. This is the first time I have ever felt like I wasn't the only person in the world who couldn't get it together. If you want to try to understand someone who has ADD, not just fix them, get this book. I don't want to be this way, I don't crave chaos, but it's attached to me even in my DNA. This book gives you a chance to look at yourself in a different light. Take off those boxing gloves and pick up a useful tool to help you get on the right track.