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

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Ballantine Books, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 379 pages
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"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
 

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User Review  - nnschiller - LibraryThing

Solid medical / science writing for a public office. Hallowell is up front about when he is writing from research and when he is winging it. He wings it a lot, and there's a sense of snake oil sales ... Read full review

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User Review  - jbrundin - LibraryThing

An excellent resource for anyone with ADD. It is a book that a person with ADD/ADHD can actually get through. Also a very helpful for family members, so they can learn skills to help the ADD/ADHD individual. Read full review

Contents

A Note on Authorship
xliii
Welcome to the World of ADD
xlix
The Feel of ADD
20
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective ADDers
28
Wont Pay Attention or Cant?
48
The Itch at the Core of ADD
58
How This Diagnosis
69
Joey When Theres More Than ADD
85
If You Choose to Try Medication
247
Dont SPIN
260
And Dont SLIDE
268
Living Through the Pain of ADD
284
The Kudzu of ADD
291
Worry and ADD
294
Sex and ADD
298
Hallowell Rateys Top Tips for Adult ADD
307

A Houseful of ADD
94
The Steps to Diagnosis
115
Conditions That Coexist with ADD
132
16 ADD Reading Problems and Dyslexia
144
Are We Training Our Children to Have ADD?
156
What Works Best
173
College and ADD
193
A NutritionBased Treatment for ADD
214
Powerful Exercises for the Brain That
222
What Kind of Mate Is Best If You Have ADD?
314
What Can You Do If Your Mate Has ADD? 3 18
318
The Hallowell Approach
328
What the Best Treatment Must Include
336
Acknowledgments
343
A Compendium of Resources
347
Index
373
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Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., was an instructor at Harvard Medical School for twenty years and is now the director of the Hallowell Centers in Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, and the Boston area. He is the co-author of Driven to Distraction, Delivered from Distraction, and Answers to Distraction, as well as the author of CrazyBusy, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, and Worry, among other titles. He also hosts a weekly podcast called Distraction that offers practical solutions on how to focus and regain control in today's digital world.

John J. Ratey, M.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has lectured extensively and published many articles on the topic of treating adults with ADD. Dr. Ratey is the author of A User's Guide to the Brain and the co-author of Driven to Distraction. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has a private practice.


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