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Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder by [Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey]

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This clear and valuable book dispels a variety of myths about attention deficit disorder (ADD). Since both authors have ADD themselves, and both are successful medical professionals, perhaps there's no surprise that the two myths they attack most persistently are: (a) that ADD is an issue only for children; and (b) that ADD corresponds simply to limited intelligence or limited self-discipline. "The word disorder puts the syndrome entirely in the domain of pathology, where it should not entirely be. Although ADD can generate a host of problems, there are also advantages to having it, advantages that this book will stress, such as high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm, and they are completely overlooked by the 'disorder' model." The authors go on to cite Mozart and Einstein as examples of probable ADD sufferers. (The problem as they see it is not so much attention deficit but attention inconsistency: "Most of us with ADD can in fact hyperfocus at times.") Although they warn against overdiagnosis, they also do a convincing job of answering the criticism that "everybody, and therefore nobody" has ADD. Using numerous case studies and a discussion of the way ADD intersects with other conditions (e.g., depression, substance abuse, and obsessive-compulsive disorder), they paint a concrete picture of the syndrome's realities. Especially helpful are the lists of tips for dealing with ADD in a child, a partner, or a family member. --Richard Farr --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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“A very readable, highly informative and helpful book.” –The New York Times Book Review
 
“Conversational in tone, encyclopedic in content, and, best of all, utterly convincing because of its grounding in clinical experience, Driven to Distraction should make Attention Deficit Disorder comprehensible even to the most distractible reader.”—Peter D. Kramer, M.D., author of Listening to Prozac 
 
“This is an important and much-needed book! Wise, practical, and reassuring.” —Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., author of Endangered Minds and Different Learners
 
“The first comprehensive book on the subject for the lay reader.” —The Boston Globe --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN : B005GFII62
  • Publisher : Anchor; Original edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Publication date : September 13, 2011
  • Language : English
  • File size : 2356 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 354 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Geo.
1.0 out of 5 stars An apposite title!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GP's please read this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Particularly good, well-writte book for adults diagnosed with ADHD
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5.0 out of 5 stars So many friends with ADD (with or w/o hyperactivity) have had Eureka moments of self-discovery and even better, self-appreciatio
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written book full of different cases that you can ...
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