Driven to Distraction

  • by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by Edward M. Hallowell
  • 1 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Procrastination. Disorganization. Distractibility. Millions of adults have long considered these the hallmarks of a lack of self-discipline. But for many, these and other problems in school, at work and in social relationships are actually symptoms of an inborn neurological problem: ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder.
Through vivid stories of their patients' experiences, Drs. Hallowell and Ratey now offer a comprehensive overview of one of the most controversial psychiatric diagnoses of our day. They show the varied forms ADD takes - and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment. And, as successful professionals who are both living with ADD, they extend a message of hope and compassion to all listeners struggling with ADD in their own lives or in the lives of loved ones.
An enlightening exploration of a condition only recently identified, Driven to Distraction is a must for everyone intrigued by the workings of the human mind.

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From 1 ADDer to another

This is an excellent book. It listens beautifully and is quite short. The narrators were fine and added a lot of structure to the information. There were a lot of common sense suggestions and examples of how to deal with ADD as an adult. I was left with an upbeat feeling that life is doable. IMO, this is a great outcome because it has been difficult for me. The psychiatrist I see doesn't believe ADD can be diagnosed as an adult. Frankly, at 58 years of age, I seriously doubt anyone was regularly diagnosing ADD or ADHD when I was a young child. Just a suggestion, if you find yourself in a similar situation change providers. So, ADDers and ADHDers, listen to this and you should be satisfied, esp if you are recently diagnosed.
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- Kathy

Excellent Insight into ADD

What made the experience of listening to Driven to Distraction the most enjoyable?

The authors have a great deal of experience and expertise on Attention Deficit Disorder. They explain it in very well and use stories and examples that really help you understand what it is like to have ADD, and what you can do improve your life while living with it.

While it imparts a great deal of information about ADD, I found some big differences between this book and the other books on the topic. First, both authors have ADD that was not diagnosed until they were adults, giving them a great deal of personal insight into the experience of living with ADD. Secondly, they look t D, not as a completely negative condition, they explore the positive traits individuals with ADD possess as well.

The authors provide many suggestions about how to work with your ADD and use its unique characteristics to your advantage.


Any additional comments?

It would be great if the latest version of this book were available, this one was published in 1995 and there is a newer edition published in 2011. Since so much additional research has been done on the subject in the last 16 years, having access to that more current information would be very valuable.

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- SKGinTexas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-13-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio