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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books; Reissue edition (1 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452279631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452279636
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gabor Mate, M.D., is a physician with a family practice in Vancouver, where he lives. He has written a widely-read medical column for The Globe and Mail and currently writes on medical issues for The Vancouver Sun.


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By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2000
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I found this book to be exceedingly well written. The author, a GP, who was recently diagnosed with ADD provides the reader with everything he/she needs to know about ADD in adults. The book has been written in an honest and humerous fashion that captures the attention of its reader from start to finish. Highly recommended.
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An excellent book, written by a person with clear creative and artistic gifts, himself a sufferer of attention deficit disorder. Which proves the point. His insights and knowledge are great. The one about counterwill and oppositionality directly relates to my family. It may be too late for me, but my son will certainly benefit from knowing what often controls his behaviour.
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This is a great book, very comprehensive and warmly written. I've had a lot of aha moments reading it. I must admit I have been following Dr. Mate for a while and this book did not disappoint in any way. I would recommend it to everyone whose childhood education did not prepare him/her for life
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A really great and probably life-changing book! It describes in great detail the roots of attention deficit disorder primarily based on Attachment Theory. This was eye opening for me although I understand that not everyone will appreciate this approach. The implications of ADD are discussed in great detail, demonstrating the wide-reaching consequences ADD has on a person. There is also a lot of information devoted to understanding the child with ADD. I found the book engaging to read without too much baffling jargon but enough detail to make me feel that the author is an expert on the subject. A must-read for anyone trying to understand ADD and its implications! I found it fascinating! I was pleased that the book focused on growth and it was very practical in the approach taken to medication / therapy / self-help etc.
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A useful book with some valuable contributions to the understanding of ADD. Mostly directed at parents wanting to understand their children, but with a few good chapters that many adults with ADD could relate to.

On the other hand, Mr Mate has some particularly unusual theories on how ADD emerges in the brain of the infant which, I believe, are at best a misunderstanding of cause-effect and at worst complete nonsense and possibly harmful (to the parent, who internalises the belief they caused harm in the form of guilt).

He seems not to have considered the very real possibility that an unstable upbringing and insecure bond between infant and parent could as easily be a symptom of ADD in the parent as its cause in the child. He also doesn't quite seem to grasp the idea (becoming increasingly popular today) that ADD would have had a useful function in pre-industrial societies in terms of novel experiences and risk behaviour that could in aggregate have been beneficial. Thus he disregards the genetic thesis that genes favouring ADD traits could well have proffered an advantage in the right ratios to certain families and communities, and so reinforces the idea that ADD is always a 'disorder' caused by bad parentage, and must fundamentally be 'corrected' rather than accomodated and understood.
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