Delivered From Distraction

Delivered From Distraction

Getting the Most Out of Life With Attention Deficit Disorder

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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
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345442314
0345442318
9780345442307
034544230X
Branch Call Number: 616.8589 H193d
Characteristics: xxxiii, 380 p.
Additional Contributors: Ratey, John J. 1948-

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tamijay
Jan 05, 2016

My favourite book on ADD. Readable, informative, and so clearly identifies the challenges and the advantages of the ADD brain. If I could recommend only 1 book to those struggling with ADD, or to parents whose kids have ADD, this would be it. A great read!

Kimberly A Sanders Sep 25, 2014

only read about 3 chapters so far but one of the best books i've read about ADD. had a doctor tell me they cant put me on medication cause im not goin to school and i dont have a job. WTF? theirs times where i forget to feed my dog. i always end up remembering but still makes me feel horrible. i cant even remember what i did last week either. this book lets me know im not the only one who forgets stuff this much. very good book

borisbauer Jun 30, 2014

I have read about a half dozen books on ADHD and this is by far the best.

As an adult with newly diagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [inattentive type], this is the most powerful book I've read in my lifetime. ~ Adrienne

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keithseijikawamura
Jul 06, 2010

DELIVERED from DISTRACTION
By Ed Hallowell

Review by Keith Kawamura:

"Delivered from Distraction" is an excellent follow-up to “Driven to Distraction,” by the same author. It contains helpful information on nutrition (i.e. omega-3 fatty acids), tips for those married to a partner with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), and discussion of cutting edge therapies (i.e. Cerebellar Stimulation) which may prove to be effective to reduce ADD symptoms. The easy to read format of “Delivered from Distraction” has those with ADD in mind: short chapters; funny stories, and charm. It even has a self-grading quiz to use as a screening tool. You or someone you know can review the results with a doctor. The physician can then administer standardized tests to diagnose if that person fits the DSM IV (Diagnostic Statistical Manual, 4th edition) criteria for ADD. Ed Hallowell’s 2005 book also has many helpful resources with catchy titles covering subtopics in the book (i.e. How to Get Organized Without Resorting to Arson: a Practical Guide to Clearing Your Desk without Resorting to Flames.) Overall, this is a comprehensive, compassionate, and easy to read resource for those who need help in dealing with the troublesome but, not insurmountable, challenges of ADD.

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doubleplanet
Feb 14, 2010

Informative, sensible, easy to understand. Expert, but also warm and personable. This is the best all-round book on the subject that I've found.

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