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Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder


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. Hide synopsis

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Reviews of Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

Overall customer rating: 4.750
SherryLynne F

So helpful!

by SherryLynne F on Dec 26, 2013

If you or anyone you know have ADD/ADHD you need to read this book! It is full of useful information that will help you not only understand the condition better, but also give you tips on how to deal with it in daily life!



by olliee on Jan 20, 2011

What's great about this book is that both M.D. authors have ADD which gives us, the reader, true insight from specialists who live it thereby having an insight that others lack.


A life-affirming experience.

by 2valvedesmo on Dec 24, 2009

Delivered From Distraction is the most down-to-earth treatment of the ADD phenomenon that I've read to date. None of the associated difficulties are glossed over, yet the very real possibility of finding peace within yourself in spite of (and perhaps because of) the way in which you experience life as an 'ADDer' renews your mental and spiritual desire to see everything through to the end. I thought I was reading a book, but soon realized that I was reading my life story. The feeling of finally being 'understood' was just the beginning of the healing available in this book.


excellent for anyone interested in ADD

by OTDeb on Jan 11, 2009

I am a occupational therapist and a mother of 2 ADD children. I've done my share of reading on the subject. I really like this one, even prefer it over "Driven..." which is also good. It is easily read by anyone but has enough details for the average professional The doctors are very sympathetic to the ADD condition. The chapters are broken down so that one can read the book a piece at a time. Good for all us ADDers! Good general info about ADD and useful specifics for adult ADD, even includes co-occuring diagnosis info and addiction; more about what ADD is about everyday than medical causes. I was lending my copy of this book to many of my adult clients in the field of addictions. But I was having difficulty getting it back because they were so "into" it. Some had actually been identified ADHD for years but didn't have this kind of info and understanding of their condition and what can be done. So now that there is a paperback I 'm ok asking them to buy their own after briefly looking at mine.

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