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Incredibly insightful and re assuring Not quite as practical in day to day strategies as I was hoping, but had some good insight into life and some unexpected suggestions that have already helped me I d recommend this book to anyone who has ADD, thinks they might have ADD, loves someone with ADD, loves someone they think might have ADD, or anyone who doesn t believe in ADD. This book showed me I m not lazy, stupid, undermotivated, or fundamentally flawed I have ADD It s both a challenge and a gift that s hard to unwrap, but it s not insurmountable, and it s not a personality defect.This book taught me many incredibly useful coping strategies It made me laugh with recognition it made me cry with relief And it gave me hope.If you have ADD ADHD, or you think you might have it, or you know or love someone who has it, you owe it to yourself and or to them to This book showed me I m not lazy, stupid, undermotivated, or fundamentally flawed I have ADD It s both a challenge and a gift that s hard to unwrap, but it s not insurmountable, and it s not a personality defect.This book taught me many incredibly useful coping strategies It made me laugh with recognition it made me cry with relief And it gave me hope.If you have ADD ADHD, or you think you might have it, or you know or love someone who has it, you owe it to yourself and or to them to read it It might change your life This book is a good overview of what ADD is, both as a medically diagnosable condition and as a collection of strengths and weaknesses in real people Chapters talk about how ADD manifests in kids, adult diagnosis, living with loved ones with ADD and coping with your own ADD There s a fair amount of coverage of other challenges that somtimes occur at the same time as ADD, such as dyslexia There are a number of scenarios and success stories that can guide people and families in through their pa This book is a good overview of what ADD is, both as a medically diagnosable condition and as a collection of strengths and weaknesses in real people Chapters talk about how ADD manifests in kids, adult diagnosis, living with loved ones with ADD and coping with your own ADD There s a fair amount of coverage of other challenges that somtimes occur at the same time as ADD, such as dyslexia There are a number of scenarios and success stories that can guide people and families in through their particular situations Case studies include a struggling dyslexic kid with ADD, several teenage boys and girls who act out, married people who both have ADD, one partner who does trying to work with another who doesn t, the challenges of adjusting to college with ADD, people in business and the workforce who don t get diagnosed until adulthood and.Chapters on treatment cover the value of therapy, medication, exercise, food, supplements and experimental approaches The chapters are short and easy to read, with lots of bold sub heads, checklists and a few quizzes you can give yourself or your loved one who may have ADD The organization of the book is a little scattershot which the authors acknowledge, and attribute to their own ADD I found it easy to refer to the table of contents to pick and choose the chapters I was most interested, but this book could be improved by better organization.Also, although this book is a good source of hope and provides a pretty thorough overview of ADD and its treatment, it falls down in its attempt to hurriedly address time management and organization The authors suggest most people with ADD would do better to get a coach either a professional or a friend or family member to help a disorganized mind find structure I can see that, I guess, but I d still like to readabout organization and time management than the small number of tips and tricks offered here Fortunately, the appendices suggest a number of other books aimed at people with ADD and their families, so I think I ll be able to fill that gap with additional reading Enjoyable and informative, but not nearly as much as the original, Driven to Distraction Definitely start there. I misunderstood ADD completely before I read this book I used to associate ADD with hyperactive 10 year old boys who couldn t sit still, but it turns out that this is only the stereotypical condition If you ve ever felt frustrated with yourself for being unable to start or end tasks or just want to learn how those who have ADD see their world, buy yourself this book.I ll add that DELIVERED FROM DISTRACTION is written in a style that is a pleasure to read for people who have a hard time focusin I misunderstood ADD completely before I read this book I used to associate ADD with hyperactive 10 year old boys who couldn t sit still, but it turns out that this is only the stereotypical condition If you ve ever felt frustrated with yourself for being unable to start or end tasks or just want to learn how those who have ADD see their world, buy yourself this book.I ll add that DELIVERED FROM DISTRACTION is written in a style that is a pleasure to read for people who have a hard time focusing Dr Hallowell has ADD himself, and he writes his manageably short chapters in fresh, informative prose that s easy to get through This book is helpful, necessary reading for anyone who might have ADD, and anyone who cares about someone who does I m just gonna put a warning out there that this review is not politically correct It does not follow the socially acceptable ideal that all people are equal and that unlimited resources should be spent bringing up the bottom.I am, in fact, an elitist I recognize that I am LUCKY to have been born with above average intelligence and above average appearance I am the first to tell you that who I am and where I am in life is dependent upon both my brains and my looks, but I have also worked hard I m just gonna put a warning out there that this review is not politically correct It does not follow the socially acceptable ideal that all people are equal and that unlimited resources should be spent bringing up the bottom.I am, in fact, an elitist I recognize that I am LUCKY to have been born with above average intelligence and above average appearance I am the first to tell you that who I am and where I am in life is dependent upon both my brains and my looks, but I have also worked hard and continue to work hard Maybe this is because I am on the relative top end of the pile, but I believe in free competition and think that resources should be spent assisting the top WHY THE FUCK ARE ALL THE GIFTED PROGRAMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS BEING CUT as much as orso than on bringing up the bottom This is not to say that I believe in inhumane treatment or think that we should revert to institutionalizing or ignoring people with lesser abilities EVERY person deserves to be treated with kindness and caring every person should be able to live in comfort However, every person is not created equal and spending valuable resources to achieve little to no results is heartbreaking.So, now that is vented, let me add a fewdetails First, I have a master s degree and have finished the coursework for my PhD in social psychology I have taken lots and lots of psych classes I am familiar with ADD and I believe that it is a medical condition as evidenced by chemical changes that are apparent in various brain scans I am convinced, though, that there are lots and lots of over diagnoses to which Hallowell Ratey admit and over medication I find it amusing that HR site that 80 90% of ADD cases can be diagnosed in this way using brain scans to find differences in chemical reactions and these are the same cases for which medical intervention helps Not that this statistic is particularly amusing, but that IT SEEMS SO RIDICULOUSLY OBVIOUS What also seems obvious but is not mentioned by HR is that those other 10 20% of diagnoses MIGHT NOT BE ACCURATE Behavioral treatment works for these people I would argue that the types of behavioral treatment that HR recommend would work FOR EVERYONE Second, this book was recommended to me by my mother who believes that she and my brother have ADD I am not convinced I know that both of them have motivational problems and I agree that the behavioral recommendations may do wonders for them, but this is in large part because I think the behavioral recommendations that HR make are good common sense advice I think most of their suggestions are things that most people would benefit from following Unfortunately, I think the diagnosis especially a self diagnosis of ADD for some may be seen as a crutch or an excuse I think the over use of this label creates a cloud in which some people will choose to wallow, preferring to explain away their lack of motivation rather than make change I think that real change has to come from the individualon this below when I address co dependency and that for some the diagnosis of ADD may actually be harmful.And those are my biases fairly noted, those of you who want to skip the rest of the review or de friend me, please feel free.As for the book itself, it s not bad I tend to dislike pop psych books in general I find them often times repetitive and dumbed down This was as expected Maybe it is because HR have ADD themselves, but they seemed to cycle back and repeat themselves an awful lot.I think my biggest complaint about the book is not that HR present ADD as not bad I understand the importance of a positive outlook and can appreciate what they are trying to do with this , but that they pretty much describe it as omni present At one point, I started laughing out loud and asking my husband questions like Do you breathe Do you find it uncomfortable to stand outside naked in mid winter we live in WI Would you find it difficult to gothan 48 hours without any sleep Are you sometimes happy and sometimes not I recognize that this is a bit ridiculous, but the diagnostic questions that HR give are EXACTLY this extreme There are several characteristics which I would argue apply to everyone The items I cite below form a list of opposite things ALL people have areas in which they excel and those in which they don t we all have things we like to do and other things that we don t pay as much attention to or procrastinate dealing with or avoid in other ways Here are a few of HR s criteria for ADD disorganization coupled with remarkable organizational skills in certain domains tendency toward procrastination coupled with an I must do it or have it now attitude at times forgetfulness coupled with an extraordinary recall of certain often irrelevant remote information a tendency to worry unnecessarily coupled with a tendency not to worry enough when worry is warranted He also provides a huge list of questions to which ADD ers will answer yes Some of these are just silly, but others are contradictory For example, how can you not answer yes to one of the following three questions all of which appear on the list Do you also relish certain qualities you have, regretting that you can t always present them in such a way that others appreciate them or Do you feel that if other people knew the real you, they would disapprove of you or Do others seethat is good and valuable in you than you do And how many people wouldn t say yes to Do you find that marijuana appeals to you because it helps you chill out I mean, really the term chill out was created by people SMOKING POT of course it makes you chill out Similarly, who can t answer yes to Do you find that sitting in a meeting is almost always a total waste of your time and agonizing to boot or Do you love children but also find that you get bored trying to read to them or play a board game with them As a self diagnosed person with mild Asperger s I don t really enjoy small talk or other minor social interactions I also don t typically like to be touched, have the ability to hyperfocus on things, enjoy numbers and reading, and am in many ways OPPOSITE from someone who suffers from ADD However, I agree wholeheartedly with Is your idea of a perfect dinner party to arrive, have a drink, eat the food, and go home with as little chitchat and dillydallying as possible And what does this Do you have recurring dreams in which you are mortified to discover you are walking around naked in public have to do with anything Hasn t everyone had this dream at some point Isn t it kind of a standard My question is how can one read this book AND NOT come away wondering if they have ADD.HR are definitely pushing for ADD diagnoses and they are constantly mentioning that medication helps most of the time and their anecdotes give lots of examples of how medication can help And even though they say in Chapter 30 that they wouldn t want to force anyone to take meds, they clearly are biased towards prescribing meds And suggesting that meds should be given a serious try not as a last attempt and then in Chapter 31 interestingly enough one of the longest chapters in the book go to great lengths to describe and explain all of the available meds for ADD As you might have figured out by now, I m not really convinced that they aren t pushing meds here.My other big complaint was the co dependency that they seem to support in the work They go so far as to say in the first chapter that they understand that people with ADD might have trouble reading mostly because they also might have dyslexia and that s okay really, it is okay in my mind and goes back to my earlier rant about not all of us being created equal But then they go on to suggest that the poor ADD addled person find a loved one to read it and paraphrase for them This is where I flipped out REALLY I mean, rather than encourage someone to work at something or try treatment and even meds if it is truly that bad , they are suggesting that someone else just do it for the poor ADD er Similarly, I found the college bound child chapter offensive I get that some kids needhelp I understand that parents should try to alleviate some of the stresses of the transition to college However, I m not sure that a kid who needs to be constantly babysat really, he recommends mom and dad check in with little college aged Johnny EVERYDAY to make sure he is doing his homework and going to class should be in college Again, call me elitist, but I d rather see the competent poor kid given a chance over the spoiled upper class white kid who needs constant prompting.HR s argument throughout for why these resources should be spent on these kids lies mostly in their creativity They repeatedly tell the reader that folks with ADD are smart and creative I don t doubt that some of them are and I do think that those with issues that can be identified by a chemical imbalance and fixed with medication should not be denied this However, I think that some motivation has to come from within The successful adults with ADD that he describes all had to work their butts off to overcome adversity I m not sure that dragging a kid through college and having mom prop him up is any different than doing his homework for him he might have credentials when he is done but not be able to function or succeed in the real world And I don t think all creative ideas are good ones HR tout the story of Jack s clothesline as evidence of his creativity, but I m just not sure that tying a bunch of clothes together is really evidence of genius I actually like their behavioral treatment plans Their 5 step cycle is something I buy into and use in my own life Frequently I tout the idea that satisfaction and happiness comes from a sense of accomplishment Feeling useless leads to lack of energy which leads to non productivity that simply cycles back into the feeling of uselessness I agree wholeheartedly that accomplishment is important and I like their use of connection and play I also understand and believe that TV contributes to the development of ADD Neither of my children were allowed to be in a room with a television that was turned on until after their 3rd birthday trust me, this caused lots of controversy with friends and family We still don t have cable and electronic time in my household is earned by writing essays 10 hours to use as wanted on TV, video games, or movies my kids are 8 and 11 I exercise 30 minutes a day even though I still don t like it and try my best to convince my husband he should do so I make meals from scratch and follow strict nutritional guidelines partly because my husband has gluten issues and Candida I think the only thing I learned from this book is that we probably don t eat enough fish and should get some Omega 3 vitamins.Overall, it isn t a bad life advice kind of book Rather repetitive and at times quite preachy, but there are some good nuggets and tips for living well Probably useful to the average Joe or average Jane Loy Machedo s Book Review Delivered from Distraction by Edward M Hallowell and John J Ratey What do the following people have in common Abraham Lincoln, Agatha Christie, Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Beethoven, Cher, Dustin Hoffman, Ernest Hemingway, Isaac Newton, John Kennedy, Leonardo da Vinci, Lewis Carroll, Michael Jordan, Mozart, Ozzy OsbourneRobert Kennedy, Robin Williams, Rory Bremner, Salvador Dali, The Wright brothers, Walt Disney, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Smith and Winston C Loy Machedo s Book Review Delivered from Distraction by Edward M Hallowell and John J Ratey What do the following people have in common Abraham Lincoln, Agatha Christie, Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Beethoven, Cher, Dustin Hoffman, Ernest Hemingway, Isaac Newton, John Kennedy, Leonardo da Vinci, Lewis Carroll, Michael Jordan, Mozart, Ozzy OsbourneRobert Kennedy, Robin Williams, Rory Bremner, Salvador Dali, The Wright brothers, Walt Disney, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Smith and Winston Churchill Interestingly, they all had ADHD But this wasn t the information I have given when I was diagnosed with ADHD 3 years ago After nearly a year of visits and observations, I was told point blank by a reputed psychiatrist I had ADHD Though I stayed quite and composed in front of him inside I was stunned Confused Shocked as I seriously thought something was wrong with me I honestly felt as if I had a disease growing inside my head Post 3 years to today I can actually make out how stupid and silly it was me to overact to this diagnosis and yes, how rather carelessly the Psychiatrist who had nothing but good intention delivered to me After months of research Thanks to google, I realized it was not that bad as it was thought to be.Ever since that day, I not only committed myself to any new research available, I have also ensured that if I did notice anyone displaying symptoms of it to let them know in a very subtle yet gentle way that they may have ADHD but it isof a gift than a disability Delivered from Distraction is one such a resource material which can help those who are curious about ADHD know what it is and what they must do to use this trait to ones benefit This is a great book written by two medical experts both with ADD that goes a long way to explain what ADHD is and how it can affect you or those you love It is unceasingly positive, and leaves you with a strong sense that ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not a disability but a simply a feature, and in many ways a gift.The authors dislike both the Hyperactivity and the Disorder terms, since many people with it are not hyperactive, and once you are aware of the strengths and weaknesses it has, it can be a gift not a disorder When explaining ADHD to young patients, they describe using the following points It s like having a racing car brain It s a powerful, fast, fantastically creative brain It s a brain that is great at solving problems or creating wonderful new ideas or works of art It has exceptional potential It also gets bored and distracted very easily precisely because it is so powerful It needs to be kept challenged and given some steering and guidance to avoid crashing and get the best from it.Many children, and indeed adults, with ADHD go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for many years The H in ADHD doesn t help, as hyperactivity may not occur at all in those with ADHD Inattentive Type Correct diagnosis is a huge help as you can then understand the factors that make the most of the gift of ADHD, and those that can hinder it Once you know that, you can shape schooling and careers to make the most of this particular facet.It is still not a well understood condition, with many myths and misunderstandings, and this book cuts through the fog and allows you to assess the situation confidently If ADHD looks likely, it tells you a great deal about what it is like to have or live with someone with the condition, good and bad It also provides a lot of anecdotes and information on self help coaching structure to deal with it as best as possible If ADHD is present but not causing significant impact for extended periods 6 months orit may not need medical treatment However if it is having a significant long term detrimental affect on study or work, then professional help could make a huge difference.There s no single sign that will identify ADHD as an issue it is a combination of many factors, all of which feature in everyday normal behaviour It is when they disrupt the ability to study, work or live normally , that they become an issue and potentially the condition known as ADHD Some signs of ADHD might be 1 Be constantly in motion2 Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another3 Be very impatient4 Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless doing something enjoyable5 Blurt out inappropriate comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for consequences6 Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight7 Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly8 Fidget and squirm in their seats9 Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities10 Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new or trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things e.g., pencils, toys, assignments needed to complete tasks or activities11 Have difficulty maintaining focus on one task12 Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others13 Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games14 Have trouble sitting still during dinner, school, and story time15 Not seem to listen when spoken to16 Someone who has an addictive pleasure seeking personality sweets, booze, fags drugs , and is excessively untidy or disorganised 17 Someone who is falling a long way below their potential, Someone who appears lazy and procrastinates excessively,18 Someone who isn t engaged with study or work when they are perfectly capable of tackling it, 19 Someone who may be disruptive impulsive unresponsive careless, 20 Struggle to follow instructions,21 Talk nonstopIf it looks likely, then professional help is strongly recommended Few GPs fully understand the condition, and the nature of it is such that few people with it will approach a GP unless and until things have got really out of hand Nothing in psychology is clear cut, but this book will really help you understand what ADHD is, what the signs, symptoms and treatments are, and it also goes on to look at the changes one can make to one s schooling or work life to make the most of this mixed blessing So Moment of TruthIt is an absolutely interesting book, very well researched and beautifully presented I loved the book and read it twice Overall Rating 9 out of 10Loy Machedoloymachedo dot com loymachedo dot tv *Free ↹ Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder ⇰ In , 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 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 ADDAs 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 Distractionprovides 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 forgetfulnessADD 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 Distractionis 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 I was recently diagnosed with ADHD, so I m reading up on my options for treatment, particularly non pharmaceutical options This book is informative and a confidence booster, especially if you have thought your whole life that your were crazy, unorganized, lazy, etc I get why I function the way I do now, and there are some great suggestions in this book on how to cope with your quirky brain, both behavioral and pharmaceutical I highly recommend this to anyone who thinks they have ADHD ADD, who I was recently diagnosed with ADHD, so I m reading up on my options for treatment, particularly non pharmaceutical options This book is informative and a confidence booster, especially if you have thought your whole life that your were crazy, unorganized, lazy, etc I get why I function the way I do now, and there are some great suggestions in this book on how to cope with your quirky brain, both behavioral and pharmaceutical I highly recommend this to anyone who thinks they have ADHD ADD, who is partnered with someone who has it, or has a child who has it and I think my daughter does, but she s still too young to know for sure The only thing I didn t like about the book is that the author can quickly jump from one topic to the next at times with little transition of course, he has ADHD too , and while it s packed full of info, it could have been a bitentertaining at times This is an important book for anyone who has ADD, or anyone who loves someone who has ADD It is a comprehensive overview of what is currently known and some of the edges of the science It s humorous It contains helpful dietary, sleep, exercise, and medication advice It also contains some brain exercises that seem like a sophisticated form of patting your head and rubbing your stomach that apparently engage and develop areas of the brain that havedifficulty integrating information i This is an important book for anyone who has ADD, or anyone who loves someone who has ADD It is a comprehensive overview of what is currently known and some of the edges of the science It s humorous It contains helpful dietary, sleep, exercise, and medication advice It also contains some brain exercises that seem like a sophisticated form of patting your head and rubbing your stomach that apparently engage and develop areas of the brain that havedifficulty integrating information in ADD And, ultimately, for a learning difference that often leaves people lacking confidence and feeling ashamed, it emphasizes the positive sides of ADD the creativity and intuition, and the amazing things people with it can achieve