Delivered From Distraction

  • by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by Dan Cashman
  • 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. 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
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
sexual problems associated with ADD and how to resolve them
strategies for dealing with procrastination, clutter, and chronic forgetfulness
ADD is a trait, 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.


What the Critics Say

"An excellent resource." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Excellent Book on ADD

This book is awesome!
Hallowell gives fun and useful strategies for dealing with child and adult Attention Deficit Disorder.

I read his first book, Driven to Distraction, in the 90's and am quite impressed with the new strategies and 'improved' or updated philosophies and methods of dealing with ADD.

An audiobook is a much easier way for ADD'ers to get through a book like this! Listening in LA traffic has been great.

The book is full of examples of actual patients as well as some in depth stories of successful adults with ADD.

The new thrust of dealing with ADD (in addition to outer structure, exercise, nutrition, medication, etc) is Emphasising the Strengths and Talents of the individual with ADD and the 'play cycle.'

I have ADD and my wife didn't want to listen at first, but I got her take the questionaire with me. Upon finishing the test, she had new understanding and compassion for my ADD.

It includes some self-diagnostic questionaires and Hallowell makes good use of humor.

Well narrated.
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- Lincoln

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As an audiobook this is guaranteed to waste your time. Why? About 2/3 is for parents of children with ADD and 1/3 is for adults with ADD. Since the book isn't divided that way, anyone who listens to this book will spend a lot of time listening to material they really don't care about. So ADHD adults who buy this book looking for practical advice on how to help their careers and household organization will spend hours listening to stories about experimental schools for dyslexic children. Individual chapters also suffer from a tendency to repeat the same point long after it's been made. Since the sections of the file are much larger than individual chapters, there's no way to skip from one topic to another. The only solution is to buy the book and skip the large amount of material you don't need.
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- Delano

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape