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Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder [Paperback]

John J. Ratey
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27 Feb 2006
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.


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  • Paperback: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Bks.,U.S.; Ballantine Books trade pbk. e. edition (27 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345442318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345442314
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and inspiring 2 Jun 2011
By James Bury TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book written by two medical experts (both with ADD) that goes a long way to explain what AD(H)D is and how it can affect you or those you love. It is unceasingly positive, and leaves you with a strong sense that ADHD is not a 'disability' but a simply a feature, and in many ways a gift.

ADHD stands for 'Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder'. The authors dislike both the Hyperactivity and the Disorder terms, since many people with it are not hyperactive, and once you are aware of the strengths and weaknesses it has, it can be a gift not a disorder. When explaining ADHD to young patients, they describe it as like having a 'racing car brain'. It's a powerful, fast, fantastically creative brain. it is a brain that is great at solving problems or creating wonderful new ideas or works of art. It has exceptional potential. It also gets bored and distracted very easily precisely because it is so powerful, so it needs to be kept challenged and given some steering and guidance to avoid crashing and get the best from it. And that sums up ADHD very nicely.

Many children, and indeed adults, with ADHD go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for many years. The 'H' in ADHD doesn't help, as hyperactivity may not occur at all in those with ADHD-Inattentive Type. Correct diagnosis is a huge help as you can then understand the factors that make the most of the gift of ADHD, and those that can hinder it. Once you know that, you can shape schooling and careers to make the most of this particular facet.

It you think someone you know may have ADD/ADHD, do a bit of Googling to get a feel for what typical signs and symptoms are, and if it looks worth investigating then this book is an excellent next step.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive guide to dealing with ADD 3 Mar 2008
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
All educators, HR professionals and parents should read this book, along with those who are concerned that they might have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Doctors Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey obviously know what they are talking about: Both have coped with ADD and flourished, in part due to it. They share case studies that illustrate how harrowing life with ADD can be, but they never relinquish their supportive tone. In fact, the book is so reassuring, and so consistently champions the possibilities of treatment and a successful life, that this advocacy is probably its main (though minor) weakness. The authors sound a positive note so strongly that it may overstate the case. This is most evident when cheering the successes of children with ADD, and schools that support them. That one fleck of salt aside, this book is very careful. It discusses the possibilities, even the likelihoods, of misdiagnoses. It reviews mainstream treatments, other treatments for which much professional experience but few studies exist, and new or experimental treatments for which little data exists, describing each and distinguishing among them. Given that it is organized to take the target audience's needs into account, and full of rich metaphors and personal asides, getAbstract finds this book as pleasant as it is useful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read 19 Aug 2010
By Stuart
Format:Paperback
As someone who has ADHD and struggles sometimes to stay on top of life, this is a good and helpful book. There are some true stories, which don't benefit the reader directly, but which made me feel better - there are ways to get through. There are some great tips and tricks. I really struggle with piles (that's paper, not the other sort) and Ned Halliwell has some ideas which I will put into practice. I could go on, but I'll just say that I felt a whole lot better about life after reading this book.
PS - the tags that Amazon offered me for this review included 'disabilities' - whatever ADHD is, I wouldn't say it's a disability. It's a way of life, which incidentally is one of the themes of the book.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and understand 9 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback
A very positive book if you are someone or support/care for someone with ADD/ADHD .
So positive throughout and a pleasure to read.
Most importantly for me it was written by 2 people who have ADD so they have experienced what they are writing about and not basing the book on interviews, studies etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive reference guide to ADD 4 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
This is an amazing book with the most invaluable and in depth comment and observations delivered in a way even the most unavailable mind will find engaging. Written not just for sufferers this is the first book that anyone who is a sufferer or anyone who has yet to be diagnosed should read. My wife has also been able to connect with the chapters in it on living with an ADD spouse.

Love this; - when he was singing his songs before his conversion - people didn't understand ADD in people like me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered from Distraction 6 Aug 2013
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For Adult victims of ADD, this is an an enormously helpful introduction to problems usually disguised by feelings of inadequacy. Highly recommended.
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