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Delivered From Distraction

Written by: Edward M. Hallowell M.D.,John J. Ratey M.D.
Narrated by: Dan Cashman
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Publisher's Summary

In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. 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
  • 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
  • sexual problems associated with ADD and how to resolve them
  • strategies for dealing with procrastination, clutter, and chronic forgetfulness

ADD is a trait, 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.

©2005 E. Hallowell and J. Ratey (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the critics say

"An excellent resource." (Publishers Weekly)

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Not a "How to" for ADHD

Certainly a good and interesting book ... but long on story, short on coping strategies.

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Great book! Less than stellar chapter breaks.

This book is incredibly helpful so someone (me) just diagnosed with ADD. I totally recommend it. HOWEVER It says right at the beginning of the book that it's fine to skip around and read the chapters you're interested in first, or not read parts of the book at all (very wise, the authors know their audience)! That's not easily done with the chapter breaks in this audiobook, as they aren't labeled and don't correspond with the chapter breaks in the book. They are arbitrarily set around 44 minutes. So this is a quibble with the production, which could be easily fixed. The book itself is EXCELLENT.

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Easiest book to pay attention to!

As someone who recently got diagnosed with ADHD, I wish listened to this book earlier in life - not because of my diagnosis, but because of the stories about the people in this book represented so many people I have come across in my life so far.

It made me more compassionate for these people and wish I knew that this way of thinking (where organization is simple and self-care is automatic, etc) has impeded most people with ADD/ADHD. Also it helped explain why some things in my life is difficult, yet easy for most others. I honestly wish I could go back and apologize to every person that has ADD/ADHD to tell them that I am sorry and what went wrong wasn’t wrong in the first place. It was my thinking that was wrong. It is apparent that we need to think in a solution-oriented way rather than a blame-oriented way because it is hard for all of us, not only for those who are neurodivergent.


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This book brings empathy, peace of mind, and solutions for those with or without ADD/ADHD.

If you’re looking for a book that brings you closer to a better understanding of humankind, this is the book.

If you want a quick basic education on ADD/ADHD, this is THE BOOK.

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Best book on the subject

I've read a few books on ADHD but this is so far the best one. Our doctor comes off as non-biased, and motives are dwelling in the search for truth. He seems to come off as someone who really cares about all people and the medical profession as a whole.

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Interesting and informative

This is a great book! Contains a lot of valuable information for anyone wanting to learn about ADD. Well read and easy to listen to as well. Highly recommend.

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This is going to change my life...

I'm a 33-year-old, male entrepreneur that until now has learned solely from my experiences and mistakes.

I'm only on chapter 10 and this book is making so much sense to me and why I struggle with things that are seen as simple for most people. Yet other things I am able to do people couldn't fathom where I even started!

It's such a relief to see someone has broken this down to a science and I am excited to explore it more and see what effect it has on my life going forward.

- If you are confused about yourself read this book
- If you are confused about a loved ones behaviours read this book
- If you are a teacher, psychologist or anyone who has a direct influence in a persons life through your profession read this book as you will have better insight into how to help them excel!

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Great intro for newly diagnosed

I liked the all around, all in one resource this book is for ADHD. It is particularly for adult ADHD but also is a great resource for parents learning what to expect moving forward in the life of a child with ADHD. I feel better equipped with the bigger, long term picture of what ADHD entails and how important treatment is.

I highly recommend the audio book, because I really doubt I would have read all of it in the book form.

The chapters are not accurate in the audio version though. So finding a chapter again is difficult. I do wish chapters were listed with their titles , accurately. The book has like 43 chapters, but the whole book audio is done in like 18 chapters. (The entire book is there, but just not by chapters as is the physical form).

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powerfull!

Great communicator, I listened to the book at 2.50 faster, informations came in clearly.

Great book.

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Great book.

A great book! worth reading if you or a loved one has ADD. it should not be in the kids section, though.

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  • Delano
  • 2010-07-20

Read the book

As an audiobook this is guaranteed to waste your time. Why? About 2/3 is for parents of children with ADD and 1/3 is for adults with ADD. Since the book isn't divided that way, anyone who listens to this book will spend a lot of time listening to material they really don't care about. So ADHD adults who buy this book looking for practical advice on how to help their careers and household organization will spend hours listening to stories about experimental schools for dyslexic children. Individual chapters also suffer from a tendency to repeat the same point long after it's been made. Since the sections of the file are much larger than individual chapters, there's no way to skip from one topic to another. The only solution is to buy the book and skip the large amount of material you don't need.

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  • LincolnH
  • 2005-02-13

Excellent Book on ADD

This book is awesome!
Hallowell gives fun and useful strategies for dealing with child and adult Attention Deficit Disorder.

I read his first book, Driven to Distraction, in the 90's and am quite impressed with the new strategies and 'improved' or updated philosophies and methods of dealing with ADD.

An audiobook is a much easier way for ADD'ers to get through a book like this! Listening in LA traffic has been great.

The book is full of examples of actual patients as well as some in depth stories of successful adults with ADD.

The new thrust of dealing with ADD (in addition to outer structure, exercise, nutrition, medication, etc) is Emphasising the Strengths and Talents of the individual with ADD and the 'play cycle.'

This is a very EMPOWERING AUDIOBOOK FOR THOSE WITH ADD AND THEIR PARENTS OR FAMILIES.
I have ADD and my wife didn't want to listen at first, but I got her take the questionaire with me. Upon finishing the test, she had new understanding and compassion for my ADD.

It includes some self-diagnostic questionaires and Hallowell makes good use of humor.

Well narrated.

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  • Aaron
  • 2005-03-06

Excellent Book!

This is the best book I've read (heard) on ADD. It's more thorough than any book I've seen and I've learned a lot about what causes many/all of my problems. I know what to watch for in my behavior/situation and what to do about it! It paints a very accurate picture of ADD - it's more accurate and complete and up to date than any book I've seen before. It also has some exercises to increase my attention-which are easy to do & they do in fact increase my attention - like the cerebellum exercise of practicing balance on a wobbly board. I never heard of stuff like this before and it's easy and works! I highly recommend this book - there's a lot of great information. I also really like the audio format because it's much easier to complete and relisten to.

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  • Kelli
  • 2010-02-18

Simply phenomenal!

Over the past year both myself and my 8 year old son have been diagnosed with ADHD, both of us predominantly inattentive type (no hyperactivity). Dr Hallowell's book has opened my mind and my eyes to so much. It is because of this book that I even sought diagnosis for myself. I originally purchased the hard copy of this book when my son's teacher indicated she thought he might be ADHD, and as I read part of this book I thought to myself, my goodness, THIS IS ME!!! This is who I have been my entire life...unorganized, absent minded, forgetful, easily distracted, unable to concentrate to follow a conversation without going over what I was going to say next in my own head...and on and on. Needless to say, as an ADHD'er there was no way I was reading this whole book front to cover, as I rarely finish anything, especially a book, that I start. And then I found Audible. I downloaded the book to my phone and on my 90 minute commute each way to work each day, I listened. And I still listen. I have been through the whole audible book at least 4 times and every time I listen I learn something new that I drifted off on the last time I listened! The person narrating has a great voice to listen to and I wish he would have narrated Dr Hallowell's other book. I am eagerly anticipating Dr. Hallowell's new book Married to Distraction! All I can say is thank you...this read/listen is simply awesome for anyone who is or loves someone who has been diagnosed with or you think may have ADHD.

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  • Kevin
  • 2010-10-15

Liked Dr Hs previous book more

Delivered from distraction was alright, I got more out of his previous book. This one is more of a compilation of patient stories than anything else. I related to a lot of the stories and it was a decent listening, but I was looking more for further enlightenment of ADHD and the development of tools to help me deal with ADHD.

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  • Adam
  • 2005-03-08

Absolutely Fantastic

As an adult with ADD with three children who have inherited this trait, I found this to be the best book I have ever read on the subject. The author provides numerous resources and has a positive and unique way of viewing ADD. Practically all of the other books I have read on ADD spend 95% of the book defining the "problem" and 5% on so called solutions like "add structure to your life." This book gives practical advice which would benefit even those without ADD. Thank you for writing this excellent book Dr. Hallowell and Dr. Ratey.

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  • Donald
  • 2005-05-04

Eye Opener

I purchased this audio to learn more about ADD, since my Grand Daughter was diagnosed as having ADD. In fact I really had no idea what ADD or ADHD was all about. Not only did this book help me with understanding her problems, it help me to see that I too have ADD and have had it all my life. I cannot express in words how this book has helped change my life and that of my family. It is truly worth its weight in gold.

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  • Stephen
  • 2005-06-02

Very revealing!

I bought this book because I am interested in psychiatry. But as Iistened I kept thinking "I understand exactly what you are saying". I was quite hyper as a child but seemed to gain control as a teenager. But as I listened I could see myself in his descriptions. A great book written by authors that have ADD themselves, so they can explain it very well. I also enjoyed the fact that most of the chapters can be listened to independently. Highly recommended.

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  • Duane H
  • 2012-05-14

If you buy one book or audio on ADHD, this is it!

Have you listened to any of Dan Cashman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He has a great voice for this book. I always prefer the author to record the audio, but Dan does a great job. Thought it matched up well with Dr. Hallowell's style.

Any additional comments?

I have the book, but its hard to get through it all. So getting the audio was great way to finish the book and reinforce by listening to it again.

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  • William
  • 2009-09-21

Good information but...

This book is filled with excellent information on ADD. I can not add anymore than the other reviewers have.

The only problem for me was that the book is divided into two parts. Each is over 6 hours long with no chapter breaks. Listening to it on my iPod Shuffle, it was easy to lose my place after turning the iPod off and starting up again. The book is filled with lots of notable items. To go back later to find them is frustrating.

I plan to buy the book to enable me to highlight important information ie: .coms, book titles, Rx names, etc.

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