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Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

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

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Featuring gripping profiles of patients with ADD who have triumphed, this text by the bestselling authors of "Driven to Distraction" is a wise, loving guide to releasing the positive energy that all people with ADD hold inside.

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Featuring gripping profiles of patients with ADD who have triumphed, this text by the bestselling authors of "Driven to Distraction" is a wise, loving guide to releasing the positive energy that all people with ADD hold inside.“If you read only one book about attention deficit disorder, it should be Delivered from Distraction.”—Michael Thompson, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling co-author of Raising Cain

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.

Praise for Delivered from Distraction

“The definitive source of information on attention deficit disorder.” —Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D., director, Child Study Center, New York University School of Medicine
“A deeply wise and truly helpful book, written with frankness, humor, and tremendous empathy.” —Perri Klass, M.D., co-author of Quirky Kids


Random House Publishing Group
Book Format
Original Languages
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Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., John J. Ratey, M.D.
Delivered from Distraction
Publication Date
December, 2005
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.00 x 5.10 x 1.00 Inches

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Excellent ADD resource

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This is an excellent resource for learning more about ADD in children as well as adults. Have also read Driven to Distraction by the same authors.

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I am an adult with Att...

I am an adult with Attention-Deficit Disorder. Both this book, and the authors previous "Driven to Distraction" have really helped me to understand my illness better. Because of these well-written, insightful, and humourous books, I feel like I am more in control of myself and my life than ever before (not to mention some therapy and a lot of "self work" too!). I highly recommend either of these books to anyone who has ADD, knows someone with ADD, or who just wants to understand it better. If anyone with ADD has ever frustrated you, these books will give you many "Aha - that's why he always does that" moments. This second book also provides an overview of ADD and how it works, but it focuses more on dealing with ADD. Alternative therapies are overviewed here, such as the use of nutrition in helping to control ADD, as well as traditional therapies, such as psychiatric therapy and drug therapy. This book also focuses on the positive aspects of ADD, and how you can harness them to work in your favour. It is kind of like a guidebook for people living with ADD.

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This book was rather l...

This book was rather large but I found myself reading through every chapter that even slightly pertained to me. The author is ADHD and you really feel that as you are reading this book. Chapters are mostly very short so you can pick it up read and chapter or two then go about life and come back. Book touches on a lot of subject and isn't clinical at all in how it presents information.

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An excellent resource ...

An excellent resource for anyone with ADD. It is a book that a person with ADD/ADHD can actually get through. Also a very helpful for family members, so they can learn skills to help the ADD/ADHD individual.

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Absolutely the first b...

Absolutely the first book anyone with ADD or knows someone with ADD should read.


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