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Publisher's Summary

A revolutionary new approach to ADD/ADHD featuring cutting-edge research and strategies to help listeners thrive, by the best-selling authors of the seminal books Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction

“An inspired road map for living with a distractible brain . . . If you or your child suffer from ADHD, this book should be on your shelf. It will give you courage and hope.” (Michael Thompson, PhD, New York Times best-selling co-author of Raising Cai)

World-renowned authors Dr. Edward M. Hallowell and Dr. John J. Ratey literally “wrote the book” on ADD/ADHD more than two decades ago. Their best seller, Driven to Distraction, largely introduced this diagnosis to the public and sold more than a million copies along the way. 

Now, most people have heard of ADHD and know someone who may have it. But lost in the discussion of both childhood and adult diagnosis of ADHD is the potential upside: Many hugely successful entrepreneurs and highly creative people attribute their achievements to ADHD. Also unknown to most are the recent research developments, including innovations that give a clearer understanding of the ADHD brain in action. In ADHD 2.0, Drs. Hallowell and Ratey, both of whom have this “variable attention trait”, draw on the latest science to provide both parents and adults with ADHD a plan for minimizing the downside and maximizing the benefits of ADHD at any age. They offer an arsenal of new strategies and lifestyle hacks for thriving with ADHD, including

  • Find the right kind of difficult. Use these behavior assessments to discover the work, activity, or creative outlet best suited to an individual’s unique strengths.
  • Reimagine environment. What specific elements to look for - at home, at school, or in the workplace - to enhance the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit inherent in the ADHD mind.
  • Embrace innate neurological tendencies. Take advantage of new findings about the brain’s default mode network and cerebellum, which confer major benefits for people with ADHD.
  • Tap into the healing power of connection. Tips for establishing and maintaining positive connection “the other Vitamind C” and the best antidote to the negativity that plagues so many people with ADHD.
  • Consider medication. Gets the facts about the underlying chemistry, side effects, and proven benefits of all the pharmaceutical options. 

As inspiring as it is practical, ADHD 2.0 will help you tap into the power of this mercurial condition and find the key that unlocks potential. 

This audiobook includes a PDF of charts and appendices from the book. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey (P)2021 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Hallowell writes with clarity and humanity.... [ADHD 2.0] is a message of hope...a remarkably clear, personable, digestible and useful book.” (Dr. Lloyd Sederer, Psychology Today)

“Beautifully written, ADHD 2.0 is an inspired road map for living with a distractible brain. Two psychiatrists who have ADHD themselves combine the most recent brain science with humor, stories, and deep wisdom about how to manage your fluctuating attention. If you or your child suffer from ADHD, this book should be on your shelf. It will give you courage and hope.” (Michael Thompson, PhD, New York Times best-selling coauthor of Raising Cain

“Infinitely validating, effortlessly funny, and staggeringly insightful.... This book will save lives.” (Jessica McCabe, creator/host of How to ADHD

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A "must-read"

Really really good but beware, if you're the type of person that unconsciously tend towards victimisation, be careful! it gives you a lot of tools that can be turned against yourself by putting the blame on circumstances. Own your destiny, to master your mind, you'll have to keep yourself accountable.

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I found myself having AHA! moments frequently.

I really enjoyed this audiobook. There is a good mix of research reviews, personal stories and experiences. This helps me understand myself and many family, friends and coworkers a bit better. Some great stories that made me laugh and EXCELLENT verbiage to help explain ADHD to those experiencing it. I highly recommend this audiobook. I shared it with my close friends and my mom.

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Everyone needs to read or listen to this!

Wether you have ADHD or VAST or not is irrelevant. You know someone, lead, teach, live with or manage someone who does. This is a game changer. Understanding and relatable. This completely helped me understand myself and my 18 year old son who was late diagnosed with ADHD. It’s incredible. Debunk myths.

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Didnt enjoy this book or find it useful

Reads like a robot reading Wikipedia articles.
Sharing skeptical research with a lesson on brain function, but it's more like a masters thesis and not for folks that actually want to improve their ADHD.
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This could change your life

In learning to help my son, I realized I needed a diagnosis after this book. As Dr Hallowell read his words, realizations were firing non-stop that I very likely have adult, undiagnosed ADHD. I made an appointment with my Dr and at the young age of 42, I received my diagnosis. I chose to medicate so I could fully understand what my son is going through as he is also medicated. For the first time in my life. my brain was quiet, thoughts were solely focused on what I was doing in the moment... it was glorious and I'm so much happier as I now feel fully myself.

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very informative!

easy listen- informative and direct. I put it on in the background while I did a million other things and still got a lot out of it! Highly recommended for those diagnosed, parents or partners to

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By Far the best of them all

Myself and my son are ADHDers. Am 35 just been diagnosed 5 months ago, I have been 4 different books(paper) so far and ADHD 2.0 is my fifth one (audiobook). In two days I finished it (7 hour’s) and will do it again but with a pen and paper breaking down each chapter because it is very very interesting and has a lot of things that make me go through emotional moments. I am learning as much as I can to take control and understand many fallback’s that I have been and still struggling to cope with.

By far this book has more critical information than any of the other books, podcasts or videos in YouTube that I have tried.

Thank you!


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This book is a gift

Very easy for me (with adhd) to follow and understand. The information is useful, on an emotional and practical level. Excited to listen to
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  • tev
  • 2022-01-06

a good place to start

a great place to start for anybody looking to improve their lives regardless of ADHD. this book discusses all the visible and invisible effects of ADHD and ADHD like behaviors, how to live with them and work through them. it provides a greater and more thorough understanding of the people around us and I personally feel great affirmation and better understanding of those around me from this book.

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Great resource

Loved the overview of symptoms and treatments. Great accompanying resource to their book Driven to Distraction with updated info and research.

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  • 2021-01-13

Wonderful but beware heavy on product placement

This was a great book. There isn't a lot of extraneous information like other books (although some is still there). He gets to the point which is perfect for people that have low attention spans. Highly recommend for those looking for the latest overall picture of ADHD updated science. My biggest complaint would have to be the product placements. There is recommendations for trying products that didn't seem to have a ton of evidence for (at least that is referenced). For example, if you go to Zing Performance or Kolbe A Index, you will see his name under "how did you hear about us?". So it seems reasonable that he may be getting kickback. I'm sure not how I feel about the ethics of that, and I feel like he could have done a better job of giving disclaimers, but a great deal of a few of the chapters felt like a sales pitch for some of these products. People with ADHD can be desperate and impulsive to buy and try anything, so it kind of makes us a bit vulnerable. Maybe they work, and they are the magic bullet, but it's very much a part of this book. Otherwise a ton of great stuff. Don't pass on it, just be aware. Definitely avoid the Kolbe Index. It's a rabbit hole of $$$ that will give you only basic vague insight you are probably already aware for answers to extremely ambiguous questions. Then will ask for more money to get unhelpful and extremely vague options for possible careers. I felt like it was a scam after spending >$100

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  • 2021-03-27

Full of adds for non-proven treatments. So disappointing.

I am a psychiatric provider specializing in ADHD. Dr. Hallowell and Dr. Ratey have always stood out to me as well meaning experts on ADHD who wrote their books based on scientific legit research. While they continue to have good ideas and information in this book, it is also filled with marketing ploys and adds for many brand-specific treatments, including diets, supplements, tests, programs and other devices. Some that they claim to take themselves. Many are treatments I know are definitely not supported by the current research. Can’t say how disappointed I am they have sold out to these companies for the money. Makes it very hard to trust the rest of the information provided here. Very unfortunate.

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  • Jessica
  • 2021-06-15

Cut to the chase… you know who you’re working with

Every ADHD help book just repeats all the symptoms like a broken record. WE KNOW!
Word of advice. Tell me the symptom then immediately tell me the solution.
All these “adhd help” books are made for the neurotypical brain that needs a shit ton of stupid rationalizing 😂 WEEEEE KNOOOOWWWW JUST TELL ME HOW TO FIX IT

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  • 2021-03-22

Good at first, but devolves rapidly

Important to know going in, the approach the author seemed to take here was to report and extrapolate on the cutting edge of research into ADHD and management strategies. By itself, there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, exposing a lay audience to information they likely don't have access to could he viewed as an important contribution. In my opinion, the author approaches this well in some cases, like when discussing the default mode and task positive networks (DMN and TPN) and their potential explanatory power for inattention and distractibility. At other times, like when there is mention of pretty thoroughly debunked EMF fields and their theorized impacts on health as worthy of consideration, I had a hard time staying engaged. I expected more thorough scrutiny from such an expert in the field. There is also subtle advertising of products and services, which I think is bogus. One section the author spends an entirely excessive amount of time describing an approach that purports to use improvement of the brains vestibular system in regulating emotions. The theory itself is interesting, but instead of the author giving the takeaway, which is to use any method that improves balance, he spends a lot of time trying to sell the audience on an untested treatment method and even gives the founders website and contact information. The most abhorrent is when he describes a provider's novel approach of treating ADHD with antihistamines, naming bandryl specifically. This is irresponsible, as there will inevitably be readers self-medicating with benadryl now. This is particularly dangerous for those who are undiagnosed and therefore have no access to appropriate medication management. If I'm giving the author grace, I think the book was published prematurely and should have waited for the science to progress. My cynical side says this was an income generator or the publishing company pushing for another book prematurely. My nihilistic side says this doctor has lost touch and shouldn't he treating patients anymore. Bottom line: you can skip this one. My suggestion: read up on connections between the DMN and ADHD on your own and save yourself some time. That is the only good information I found after listening to half the audio book. I couldn't stomach finishing it myself.

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  • Melchior Pietrasik
  • 2021-07-09

Audiobook about ADHD not for ADHD listeners

The book is clearly written in a concise manner and presents relevent information about the ADHD, however, the case for audiobook seems to be a different one; I have often dozed off due to monotone reading and lack of any particular hooks beyond my interest in ADHD.

I highly recommend this book, although ebook or print version might be a better alternative for people struggling with ADHD

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-28

To many adds!

The book at some points sounds like it is a bit too long commercial of supplements and some non-medical devices which are supposed to help with ADHD. Unfortunately the research supporting advertised stuff is often not shown.

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  • Troy Silva
  • 2021-02-26

Finally!

As someone who was recently diagnosed with ADHD, I tried listening to many different ADHD books here on Audible. I kept getting very bored (shocker). This book actually is very useful and filled me with hope, clarity, and excitement for the future.

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  • M. R.
  • 2021-07-06

I’m sure it’s good info…

I’m sure it’s good information, but the bars at or wasn’t engaging enough to hold my attention and I found myself zoning out repeatedly. This is probably a book you’ll have to read in print.

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  • Christina
  • 2021-10-21

An ADHD game changer!

As a woman who was diagnosed ADHD as an adult, this book changed by perspective of myself and my life. It helped me understand my childhood and it helped increase my self-worth. As a psychotherapist, this book has helped me recognize ADHD and neuroatypical traits in many of my clients. I recommend this book to most of my clients and/or their parents.

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  • Maggie
  • 2021-08-02

Actual advice!

I have listened to a few audiobooks on ADHD and haven’t retained any meaningful advice, but this book gives more strategies in an organized and well-explained way. Definitely the best ADHD book for those who already know the difficulties of ADHD, don’t need the background and just need the tools to better address it.

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  • Rosa
  • 2022-02-09

Amazing book!

Honestly, I started crying listening to the introduction, because I already felt understood and this continued throughout the whole book. Not only did I feel understood, the authors actually give amazing advice on how to live better with your adhd. The book both understands the difficulties and shows our strengths, all in a very real but positive way.