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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (853 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey Narrator: Dan Cashman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN: 9781415921241
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 2/9/2014

    " Wow! So that's what's wrong with me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/2/2014

    " Good information. It is still valid a few years removed from publishing date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/31/2014

    " The first time i have had my brain's experience of life written done by someone else. It kinda freaks me out. I don't know what to say. Sorta thrown for a loop. I am glad this book focuses on the good ADD brain qualities, because I believe I am have a damn good brain! But what hurt was to read about kids' social lives. I am sure I could have been a happier child with more friends if the ADD had been taken care of instead of just sliding by as "gifted" and being in my own very creative world - alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 1/24/2014

    " This was a great follow-up to 'Driven to Distraction' with many great insights, guidelines and tips. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth A. | 1/20/2014

    " This book was easy to read, and very positive. It teaches people with ADD to enjoy the good parts of the way they think (creativity, spontaneity, drive) while learning to control the parts of ADD that interfere with their life (disorganization, tardiness, difficulty planning). I enjoyed the occasional humor. I thought it was well written, informative, and enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/11/2014

    " Written by two MD's, both of which are Harvard Medical school instructors. This book was so insightful and bursting at the seams with great information. A must read. This book is not just for those with ADD, but for everyone. Can't say enough good about this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susi | 12/20/2013

    " I read this book as I was being diagnosed with ADHD and it answered so many of my questions and soothed all of my fears. It's the essential handbook for those with ADHD and for those who want to understand those with ADHD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Bird | 12/12/2013

    " Life changing for me, great tools "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/19/2013

    " Indeed there is so many stereotypical views about ADD/ADHD. Hoping more people pick this book in hopes of better understanding your friend/loved one. You would be surprised how many people struggle every day! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 10/19/2013

    " Good information, but also overwhelming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Hansen | 9/28/2013

    " Full of lots of practical advice. Research based. This is a helpful read even if you don't have ADD. I really like the authors perspective and how he emphasizes focusing on strengths. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crazy Uncle Ryan | 7/22/2013

    " I really like the parts of this book that I have had a chance to read. I loaned it to some lady who has a kid with ADD and if he ever remembers to return it I will read some more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 5/26/2013

    " I highly recommend this book to anyone who has, lives with, dates, works with, is friends with, or has any regular encounters with someone who has ADHD. So eye opening and gives such a better understanding for what they're going through and why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/18/2013

    " It had good resources with local resources. I was more looking for children with ADHD , but am glad I read the book. It really showed me what and how their brains , feelings, twitches and other distractions lead up to. A very positive read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Gennusa-O'Connell | 9/2/2012

    " Updated and even more informative than it's predecessor Driven to Distraction.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/20/2012

    " Hallowell is always a worthwhile read on ADHD issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/9/2011

    " Second book giving ways to remain focused in the everyday struggles of ADHD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bibliophile | 12/3/2011

    " A must-read for anyone who believes they have ADHD, were recently diagnosed, diagnosed years ago and also for family members and friends of those with ADHD "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 9/20/2011

    " If you know someone who has ADHD or have it yourself, this book is excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 7/17/2011

    " skimming and flipping through to catch up on recent research and developments in diagnosis and "treatment"... or strategies for developing adaptiveness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 3/14/2011

    " I liked that beyond exercise and eating right he talked about the need to develop talents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bibliophile | 3/3/2011

    " A must-read for anyone who believes they have ADHD, were recently diagnosed, diagnosed years ago and also for family members and friends of those with ADHD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 2/18/2011

    " Full of lots of practical advice. Research based. This is a helpful read even if you don't have ADD. I really like the authors perspective and how he emphasizes focusing on strengths. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/17/2011

    " Got about half-way through. I do not have ADD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 1/12/2011

    " Good information, but also overwhelming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/27/2010

    " Maybe 5 stars is a little gracious for this book, but it was the first one I've read on ADD, and it answer all my questions and kept me interested in the subject matter from start to finish. Very informative and would recommend to anyone that has questions about ADD/ADHD. Excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 12/22/2010

    " It was like reading an biography of my life. The book gave a wide variety of strategies for treating and lessening the symptoms of ADHD. Amust read for anyone who suffers from or is close to someone who suffers from ADHD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 12/21/2010

    " Just as informative and useful as 'Driven to Distraction' but perhaps more useful for a person with ADD given the shorter, more easy-to-focus-on sections. Content largely similar but updated by time and more accessible from format.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Starket | 6/12/2010

    " I highly recommend this book if you are dealing with ADHD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/25/2010

    " really great book if you want to get a better understanding of ADHD. A good book for a family member of someone with an ADHD brain :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 4/27/2010

    " This helped me get my mind around ADD and be a help to those with it. He is wonderfully readable and easy to understand and makes you feel that you are his friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron W. | 2/20/2010

    " No other book on the subject tells it just like it is like Delivered from Distraction. (At least, not that I've ever read.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skyler | 2/4/2010

    " The best comprehensive, adult or child ADD book I've found. Hallowell is a genial, knowledgeable guide through a complex subject. "

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About the Author
Author Edward M. Hallowell

Edward M. Hallowell, MD, author and psychiatrist for adults and children, was an instructor at Harvard Medical School for over twenty years. He is now the director of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in New York City and Sudbury, Massachusetts. He is the author of Crazy Busy and coauthor of Driven to Distraction.

About the Narrator

Dan Cashman is an American television actor, producer, and audiobook narrator who has also appeared in many television movies such as Dangerous Women, The Invisible Man, and The Pretender.