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

ISBN-10: 0345442318

ISBN-13: 9780345442314

Edition: 2004

Authors: Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey

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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.
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Preface to the New Edition
A Note on Authorship
How to Read This Book
Introduction: Welcome to the World of ADD, Where Landing Is Learned in Midair
What's it Like to Have Add?
The Skinny on ADD: Read This If You Can't Read the Whole Book
The Feel of ADD
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective ADD-ers
ADD Self-Assessment Quizzes for Adults: A Screening Test
Won't Pay Attention, or Can't? The Crux of the Matter
An Evil, an Illness, or a Kind of Mind? From Stigma to Science
The Itch at the Core of ADD
Three Stories That Tell the Story
The Benevians: How This Diagnosis Can Change Your Life for the Better-at Any Age
Joey: When There's More Than ADD
The O'Brien Family: A Houseful of ADD
Making the Diagnosis of Add
The Steps to Diagnosis
The qEEG and the SPECT Scan: Two Useful New Tests Not Widely Used
How Do You Tell a Child About the Diagnosis of ADD?
Conditions that Coexist with ADD
Bipolar Disorder or ADD? How to Tell the Difference
ADD, Reading Problems, and Dyslexia
Genetics: If I Have ADD, What Are the Odds My Child Will Too? and Other Interesting Questions
Are We Training Our Children to Have ADD?
ADD, Addictions, and a New Use of the 12 Steps
Mastering the Power and Avoiding the Pitfalls: The Treatment of Add
The Treatment of ADD: What Works Best
The Key to Treating ADD: Find the Buried Treasures
How to Find the Buried Treasures: Five Steps That Lead to Lasting Joy
How to Find the Buried Treasure in School: One Shining Example That All Schools Should Follow
Major Danger Alert: College and ADD
Nutrition and ADD: A Cornerstone of Good Treatment
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A Nutrition-Based Treatment for ADD
Physical Exercise: A Great Treatment for ADD and a Magic Tonic for Your Brain
Powerful Exercises for the Brain That Improve Attention
Cerebellar Stimulation: A Specific Kind of Physical Exercise That Can Be Used to Treat ADD
To Try Medication or Not: Some Reassuring Guidelines
If You Choose to Try Medication, Which Should You Choose?
Don't SPIN
And Don't SLIDE
The Big Struggle Revisited: ADD in Families
Living Through the Pain of ADD
How to Get Rid of Piles: The Kudzu of ADD
Worry and ADD
Sex and ADD
Hallowell & Ratey's Top Tips for Adult ADD
What Kind of Mate Is Best If You Have ADD?
What Can You Do If Your Mate Has ADD?
Getting Well Enough Organized: The Hallowell Approach
What the Best Treatment Must Include
A Compendium of Resources
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