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Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most…

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention…

by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey

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This intelligent book does a better job of explaining ADD/ADHD than any book in my recent memory. It's a must-read for anyone with an interest in of this topic, whether of a personal or professional nature. ( )
  carloperezz37 | Apr 9, 2016 |
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 in the book, but I appreciated his clear communication of where his suggestions come from.

So despite that bit of faint praise, I strongly recommend this to adults diagnosed w/ ADHD. I was diagnosed at 42. I recognized my symptoms and many of my coping mechanisms in his writing. I feel informed and better able to discuss options w/ my doctors. ( )
  nnschiller | Sep 18, 2014 |
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. ( )
  jbrundin | Jan 17, 2010 |
This is a refreshing and hopeful look at ADD and ADHD, which emphasizes early detection and treatment. Hallowell reviews a wide variety of treatments, including the various drugs, foods, and cerebral exercises. He also stresses the importance of finding the right spouse and the right job.
He also emphasizes the importance for educators, parents , and counselors of helping people with ADD to identify and develop their gifts and special talents, rather than keeping them chained down by their weaknesses. ( )
  ds1 | Jun 22, 2009 |
This book was rather large but I found myself reading through every chapter that even slightly pertained to me. The author is ADHD and you really feel that as you are reading this book. Chapters are mostly very short so you can pick it up read and chapter or two then go about life and come back.

Book touches on a lot of subject and isn't clinical at all in how it presents information. ( )
  la_librarian | Jun 26, 2008 |
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Medication? Maybe. Marry the right person and find the right job? A must if you are an adult suffering from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). So say psychiatrists Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey, authors of the influential Driven to Distraction, published in 1994. In their new book, Delivered from Distraction, Hallowell and Ratey survey the current medical landscape concerning ADD, combining their own clinical observations with the latest research to paint a much more complex and, in many ways, positive picture of the condition than has generally been presented.

Hallowell and Ratey embrace the idea that success in life comes more from playing to your strengths than overcoming your weaknesses. In the case of a person with ADD (child or adult), these strengths often include unusually high levels of creativity, charisma, intelligence, and energy. The authors insist that, while medication and other treatments can sometimes work wonders in reducing limitations, surrounding yourself with people who promote these positive traits, be they in your personal or professional life, is the single most important element to living well with ADD. As both Hallowell and Ratey are not only experts in the field, but "ADDers" themselves, the tips and stories they share for how to do so are fresh, funny, and far more helpful than tired arguments over drugs verse no drugs or whether there’s even such a thing as ADD at all.--Patrick Jennings

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A guide to living with attention deficit disorder examines a variety of treatment options, medication and alternative therapies, and how to take advantage of the disorder while avoiding the problems.

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