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I was surprised how much I didn t like this book, given all the glowing reviews.Anotherreviewer nailed why While Dr Mate does give some credence to the genetics of ADD, he pretty much leaves the implications of this behind as he goes into a long description of failed or inadequate parental attachments being the primary reason for ADD symptomatology as if the parents of ADD kids didn t feel guilty enough about passing on a genetic inheritance they most likely didn t know they had E I was surprised how much I didn t like this book, given all the glowing reviews.Anotherreviewer nailed why While Dr Mate does give some credence to the genetics of ADD, he pretty much leaves the implications of this behind as he goes into a long description of failed or inadequate parental attachments being the primary reason for ADD symptomatology as if the parents of ADD kids didn t feel guilty enough about passing on a genetic inheritance they most likely didn t know they had Even if this was not the doctor s intent, it is so pervasive in this book that one cannot help but feel that if a child or an adult exhibits ADD symptoms, that there is someone to blame, not just for the genetic inheritance but for bad parenting I have twins One has ADD symptoms They were raised under identical conditions, yet I am supposed to believe I was a shitty parent to one and not the other Interesting.Also this Another thing that bothered me about the book is his appeal to authority without citing the studies he s using to support his theories Does Dr Mate believe his readers to be incapable of checking citations to the studies he s referring to, assuming they have indeed been published in peer reviewed publications I want to see real evidence behind assertions, and I didn t see much [[ Read ]] ☞ Scattered Minds : A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder ⇔ Written from the inside by a person who himself has ADD, with the wisdom gained through years of medical practice and research, Scattered Minds explodes the myth of ADD as a genetically based illness, offering real hope and advice for children and adults who live with this disorder This book is amazing and really changed my thinking about ADD ADHD Mat describes in detail how ADHD is not genetic, but how a genetically sensitive brain protects itself with ADD behaviors I ve become a bit of an evangelist about this book, since I see things so differently now Things to learn in this book Unconditional Positive Regard, Counterwill, Wooing the Child, Unfinished Business.If you want to get some insight onto a child with ADHD or oppositional behavior, check out this book Tur This book is amazing and really changed my thinking about ADD ADHD Mat describes in detail how ADHD is not genetic, but how a genetically sensitive brain protects itself with ADD behaviors I ve become a bit of an evangelist about this book, since I see things so differently now Things to learn in this book Unconditional Positive Regard, Counterwill, Wooing the Child, Unfinished Business.If you want to get some insight onto a child with ADHD or oppositional behavior, check out this book Turns out many of the things we do to control our children actually perpetuate the problems Mat puts forth the notion that ADD can actually be healed with the brainpower of a parent who takes stock of their own Unfinished Business and pays close attention to the growth and healthy development of their child s brain processes Fascinating, compelling, inspiring.As someone with attention issues and ADD in the family, I felt so understood by this author As the mother of someone with attention issues, I found inspiration, and our family dialogue has changed to a mutual seeking of solutions rather than who s in control The short version An excellent resource for those wanting to learnabout the disorder And an interesting hypothesis about the origin of ADHD that may or may not resonate with each reader.My only real point of contention is the author s assertion that tuning out and dissociation are the same thing Sure, they can coexist at different levels at the same time, but in my experience they definitely are not the same thing The long, extremely personal version This book has quite litera The short version An excellent resource for those wanting to learnabout the disorder And an interesting hypothesis about the origin of ADHD that may or may not resonate with each reader.My only real point of contention is the author s assertion that tuning out and dissociation are the same thing Sure, they can coexist at different levels at the same time, but in my experience they definitely are not the same thing The long, extremely personal version This book has quite literally changed my life.At the end of June, my therapist asked if I had ever been diagnosed with ADD as a child I said no, and found the idea amusing Prior to this book, my understanding of ADD ADHD was very minimal, and I literally never even considered it in relation to myself Reading is and always has been my favourite pasttime I didn t have behavioural problems growing up Sure, I have always been extremely spacey and inattentive, disastrously disorganized and distracted, chronically forgetful and tuned out and so and and so forth But I didn t fit into that stereotypical idea of a hyperactive problem child ADHD kid, and I was extremely ignorant about the disorder, so, yeah, why would I associate myself with it Never crossed my mind My therapist recommended I read a book on the topic, Scattered Minds The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, before our next session for discussion, because she strongly thought I might have ADD, and this book might give me some insight.I borrowed it from the library and began, highly skeptical Everyone has attention problems to some degree, right Well I very soon realized I actually had ZERO idea what ADHD was outside of the stereotypical notion of it, and did some obsessive online research alongside reading this book Not even two chapters in, I realized, Shit, this is me THIS IS ME I returned the book to the library and bought my own copy to mark up and make notes I ve since been reading anything else about the disorder I can find.At my next therapy session, my therapist asked if I had read the book and I said yes, and that it had resonated with me She asked what resonated, and I said, Well, if I do have ADD, it would explain my entire life It would fill in all the blanks and areas that my history with depression and anxiety don t account for, that I always tried to make them fit into to explain something that didn t make sense Something that didn t make sense because, without the missing piece of ADD, it quite literallycouldn t make sense Then we discussed why, etc, blah blah At the end of the appointment I promised her I would talk to my physician about a diagnosis To make a long story short, I have now very recently been officially diagnosed with Adult ADHD PI It s been a life altering process, and a strangely liberating one Finally, finally, I understand what the hell was wrong with me my entire life All the frustration and confusion It adds up Everything that didn t make sense, makes sense This book has given me a better,educated understanding of the disorder, and it helped put me on the path to better understanding myself My relief when I was diagnosed was, frankly, astronomical Consequently, Scattered Minds The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder has become one of the most important books in my life Literally life changing.Sidenote Why does every book on ADD ADHD seem to have such long, winding titles Seems ironic, ha A friend of mine who is a parent asked me about this book, and this is what I told her About me I am not a parent, and I have ADD.Good on you for wanting to learn about what might be going on with your daughter From the little bit of time I ve spent with her, it seems like a definite possibility, but everyone who has ADD has different experiences and symptoms The best expression of that for me was in a book by Sari Solden called Women with Attention Deficit Disorder, but clearly A friend of mine who is a parent asked me about this book, and this is what I told her About me I am not a parent, and I have ADD.Good on you for wanting to learn about what might be going on with your daughter From the little bit of time I ve spent with her, it seems like a definite possibility, but everyone who has ADD has different experiences and symptoms The best expression of that for me was in a book by Sari Solden called Women with Attention Deficit Disorder, but clearly that s focused on adult women though she does talk quite a bit about girls too.Scattered is GREAT It s one of the best books on ADD I ve read yet, and I m so glad I m reading it What I m appreciating is that he doesn t pander, and he doesn t wrap it up as simply a brain function issue, which is what I ve felt to be true I m personally convinced that my experience isn t just biology I don t think I d be the way I am if I didn t live in a culture that is saturated with information, that removes us far from our natural rhythms, that requires me to be vigilant all the time, that values achievement to a degree that s ridiculous, that insists on fast and good enough over the spacious reflection and full consideration that engenders much better than good enough I could go on Those things are challenges for everyone, but they are excruciating for someone who has the misfortune of a certain set of developmental sensitivities and brain function challenges Mat has evidence that supports this instinct of mine, so it s been fascinating to see the facts behind it.While he acknowledges the effect of the cultural situation, Mat focuses primarily on the imprint of the family the closest unit of culture My only caution to you in reading it is that because his research focus is on the role of the parent child interaction in the development of ADD, it gets to feel pretty blameful of parents He is very good about being fair and equivocating, but at 75% through the book, I m like I get it, my mom was stressed and it affected me At this point I need some relief from that story Mat is careful to point out that the factors parents might bring to causing the child s ADD are in many cases stressors that they themselves are not aware of they may even be legacy and thus implicit to them , and that clearly most parents do not want to harm their children but if I were a parent reading it, I d be hard pressed to fight off overwhelming feelings of guilt.He also gives readers a lot of hope that people with ADD can find peace and live wonderful lives I ve appreciated a slew of evidence based recommendations for managing and healing my own ADD, and I had a breakthrough as a result of reading them that s worth the price of admission alone I haven t yet read the recommendations about children, but my guess is that there s equally helpful information about supporting a child with ADD.I honestly can t say whether, as a parent, I d read this book I probably would, and then spend a week crying, but ultimately be really glad to have the knowledge, and then call it up every time I fail my child as proof of my inadequacy, and then be grateful for the knowledge it s given me to support my child well As an adult with ADD, however, reading this book has been 100% valuable and it s very engaging I m devouring it Dr Gabor Mate s approach to Attention Deficit Disorder is radically different from many, as he builds a salient case for our socio emotional environment plays a key role in both the cause and treatment of this condition, with genetic factors important but insufficient He also refuses to think of ADD as a disease and while pharmacological treatments can produce dramatic improvements in some, it isimportant to deal with what has trained or supported a person s inability to stay attenti Dr Gabor Mate s approach to Attention Deficit Disorder is radically different from many, as he builds a salient case for our socio emotional environment plays a key role in both the cause and treatment of this condition, with genetic factors important but insufficient He also refuses to think of ADD as a disease and while pharmacological treatments can produce dramatic improvements in some, it isimportant to deal with what has trained or supported a person s inability to stay attentive to important tasks, than to generate endorphins with methylphenidate Ritalin, Concerta, et al Mr Mate writes from personal experience, and candidly shares his on struggles and the impact on his family I intend to readof his work This is a most readable meta work that elegantly synthesizes many important insights into developmental disorders, parental challenges and our shared cultural attention deficit trajectory De pathologizes the diagnosis of ADD and puts in into the profoundly meaningful and useful context of the new understandings of the neurobiology of attachment You can kill two birds with this one book gain important insights into the epidemic of ADD while learning the basics about new attachment theory a This is a most readable meta work that elegantly synthesizes many important insights into developmental disorders, parental challenges and our shared cultural attention deficit trajectory De pathologizes the diagnosis of ADD and puts in into the profoundly meaningful and useful context of the new understandings of the neurobiology of attachment You can kill two birds with this one book gain important insights into the epidemic of ADD while learning the basics about new attachment theory and brain development HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Reading this book was so incredible it offered insight and changed my perspective on all the relationships in my life, though I picked it up because my boyfriend was recently diagnosed I have a new understanding of my childhood and the amazing challenge of parenting, the children I care for and how tocompassionately observe my own patterns and care for myself Not to mention my peek into the mind of the ADD boyfriend I wanted to call someone or shout from the rooftop after every page b Reading this book was so incredible it offered insight and changed my perspective on all the relationships in my life, though I picked it up because my boyfriend was recently diagnosed I have a new understanding of my childhood and the amazing challenge of parenting, the children I care for and how tocompassionately observe my own patterns and care for myself Not to mention my peek into the mind of the ADD boyfriend I wanted to call someone or shout from the rooftop after every page because I felt so enlightened Highly recommend pg 320 says it all The world is muchready to accept someone who is different and comfortable with it than someone desperately seeking to conform by denying himself It s the self rejection others react against, muchthan differentness So the solution for the ADD adult is not to fit in , but to accept his inability to conform Hooray, Dr Mate Thanks for giving us permission to be ourselves Mate s perspectives on mental health issues are refreshing and intelligent He integrates developmental understanding, neuroscience and psychiatric concepts and succeeds in challenging the medical model of ADHD It should be no suprise that the narrow perspective of the medical model misses a great deal and can undermine true recovery.