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ADHD 2.0

Written by: Edward M. Hallowell M.D.,John J. Ratey M.D.
Narrated by: Fred Sanders
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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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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.
Don't recommend

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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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Very helpful

Had ADHD since I was diagnosed at 17 (35 now) and this book was great to help me better understand and realize it’s both a power and weaknesses, and how to cope with it better to be successful.

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A must read !!

Wonderful book highly recommended it !! Will read it again as I myself was just diagnosed with ADHD and there’s such great information that unfortunately could not retain it all !! Thank you 🙏
Lina Rodrigues

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very informative

Excellent information, I learned a lot. Nice performance. Length was perfect. I will listen for a second and possibly third time for full comprehension.

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What’s with the robot voice?!

This book has so much in it that’s super beneficial, but as someone with adhd I am SO DISTRACTED by the robot voice of the person reading. I’m trying to get through this but I am only on the first chapter and already extremely annoyed. Such a bummer!

Update: I powered through (while power cleaning my house) and finished the book. I sped up the audio and overtime got used to the robot voice - still annoyed by it, however, this book has a lot of great information and I plan to listen to it again!

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Scam: mostly pitching other people’s paid services

Some great bits but clearly there wasn’t a reason for this updated version. It’s short to begin with, but then take into account that significant chunks are dedicated to promoting paid service providers (zing, kolbe) rather than just providing their own specific tools that the reader can use. Are the authors getting a cut / do they have any ownership in these businesses? Very weird approach to writing a book from doctors.

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Great insight into the ADHD brain

A great listen if you think you yourself might have adhd and starting to research or your child or loved one. Gives a great information of the adhd mind

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  • Amazingon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • C. Blair Skinner, LMFT
  • 2022-01-15

Very helpful and research-based!

As a clinician who works with lots of kids with ADHD, I found this book extremely helpful as a summary of recent research written with the care and understanding of clinicians who fully grasp the both the clinical and personal implications. Both authors are open about their own struggles with ADHD which only adds to the impact of the information. I’ve already recommended it to several fellow clinicians as well as parents in my own practice!

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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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  • 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.

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