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4.00023801065719 out of 54.00023801065719 out of 54.00023801065719 out of 54.00023801065719 out of 54.00023801065719 out of 5 4.00 (2,815 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John J. Ratey, Edward M. Hallowell Narrator: Edward M. Hallowell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 1995 ISBN: 9780743519076
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A very readable, highly informative and helpful book.” 

    New York Times Book Review  

  • “The first comprehensive book on the subject for the lay reader.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “This clear and valuable book dispels a variety of myths about attention deficit disorder.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “This is an absorbing look at current efforts to understand troubling and exasperating behaviors.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Jeffrey | 3/8/2017

    " After listening to this book, I have a better understanding of ADHD. I was recently diagnosed with ADD and I want to understand it more. If you are looking for a book to help you understand some of the signs and want to understand yourself and/or others this would be a good book to get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Tischaefer | 2/18/2014

    " Given to me by a coworker. A good read about ADD, anchored by a lot of patient narratives. I would recommend this to anyone who knows someone who has been diagnosed with the condition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/18/2014

    " Great for adults trying to make sense of own experiences as an adult child with attention deficit disorder "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana | 2/7/2014

    " Admittedly, I never finished this book. However, the book was good for giving me some insight into and compassion for the workings of the ADHD mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne Ridgway | 2/1/2014

    " I read this book probably about 13 years ago when my young son was being labeled ADD/ADHD. It was a good read on the subject matter. It is very good for someone who is new to understanding what goes on in the mind of an ADD individual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy-Karen | 1/28/2014

    " helped me understand my ex-husband... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/28/2014

    " Excellent overview of learning differences as they relate to ADD. Much more positive perspective on a common challenge among men and women today. I really appreciate the author's honesty and strength based approach to managing the issues related to ADD and other learning differences. Teachers really, REALLY need to read this and start to think OUTSIDE the box in terms of teaching. Sad part is realizing this won't happen in my child's lifetime--it only happened once--in Kindergarten where he had the most amazing teacher on this planet--thank you Ms. Tsang for allowing me to continue to hope there could be more of you out there teaching the next generation! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noah | 1/25/2014

    " Took me seven years to read this, once I did it changed my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bert | 1/18/2014

    " so distracted...couldn't finish it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tess Shishido | 1/12/2014

    " Hallowell has ADHD himself. He understands the pitfalls of the disorder and argues that those with ADHD possess inherent strengths as well. A must read for teachers and parents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Blasetti | 1/10/2014

    " The best book written about ADD and ADHD. Helped me to understand what my son was going through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Barr | 12/31/2013

    " best book on adult diagnosis of ADD that I've seen "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indra | 12/30/2013

    " Well researched and written by two doctors who have ADD themselves. This book was very enlightening and thorough and includes a lot of resources and information that goes far beyond what most people know about ADD. Highly recommended for anyone who thinks they have it or loves someone who does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 12/28/2013

    " Great information reminded me of why I do what I do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melita Cobb | 12/17/2013

    " Very informative! I really learned a great deal about ADHD, how it's diagnosed, and how it's treated. The real-life stories made the book more interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Lay | 12/14/2013

    " Lovedlovedloved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/11/2013

    " Even though this is an older book, it is still very relevant. Through the case studies I found comparisons to my difficulty at certain tasks, projects and relationships. I found strategies that I am implement to help me overcome some of these issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Louis Allen | 10/26/2013

    " brilliant book for anyone who has ADD or anyone who knows some one who has. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 5/28/2013

    " For someone who has had ADHD his whole life without knowing. Driven to Distraction helped me explain what was going on inside, while not making me feel alone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla Perry | 3/18/2013

    " This book changed my life just by giving a name to something I thought was just the way things were. To say I feel relieved is an understatement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Rodgers | 2/27/2013

    " Very good but if you have ADHD I would direct you to purchase Dr. Hallowells other book called "Delivered from Distraction" as I think it's got more great info for those suffering with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ckrippner | 10/17/2012

    " Recommended from my doctor and an easy read. A good place to start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindi | 6/27/2012

    " took awhile to get 'into' this book...but good insight into ADD/ADHD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethlie Vare | 2/27/2012

    " I diagnosed myself with Adult ADHD after reading this. My son said, "Anyone who sits next to you for 5 minutes could have told you that." Apparently, I never sat still for 5 minutes with anyone. The book has a lot of padding and repetition, but the nuggets are there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/26/2012

    " Oh my gosh...if I had only known years ago! This book was the story of my life! I will read it again and again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 6/6/2011

    " Excellent! One of the definitive books on ADHD. Even my ADHD husband really liked it a LOT. We will buy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 2/1/2011

    " brilliant book for anyone who has ADD or anyone who knows some one who has. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/25/2011

    " Nearly 20 years old and still have some wonderful, fascinating information about ADD, which is still widely misunderstood. I wish people--especially within the school districts--studied the disorder more to help kids who struggle with it. "

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

    " Very thorough and informative, although I had trouble staying focused at times (and I got a bit tired of the nearsightedness metaphor). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/1/2011

    " A very helpful and eye-opening book about what I've been dealing with for years, but didn't understand before. Now I feel I have more of a direction to follow. I do wish more of it were geared toward young children in particular, but I think the section for that was helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre | 12/2/2010

    " very helpful in understanding the symptoms, impact and treatment of ADD while being very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/7/2010

    " Would recommend this book for anyone who has questions about ADHD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/14/2010

    " I can't help but wish I had read this book sooner. Revelatory is probably a good word. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 9/26/2010

    " Published in 1994, so outdated, although some good info. I especially like the optimistic tone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 9/19/2010

    " The book I've been waiting for all my life. Does an excellent job of describing the problems faced by adults with attention-deficit disorder. The author (a fellow sufferer) writes with enormous compassion and clarity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/22/2010

    " Though a bit dated, this book is still quite an informative look at what it's like to live with ADHD. For anyone new to ADHD, whether afflicted with it or knowing someone who is, it gives a good, basic understanding of the underlying issues that make ADHD such a challenge to those close to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline | 6/30/2010

    " Did not read entire book. Wanted to get a better understanding of ADD and it helped. "

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About the Narrator

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.