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Scattered Minds

The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder
Written by: Dr. Gabor Maté
Narrated by: Daniel Maté
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Written from the inside by a person who himself has ADD, with the wisdom gained through years of medical practice and research, Scattered Minds explodes the myth of ADD as a genetically based illness, offering real hope and advice for children and adults who live with this disorder.

©1999 Gabor Maté (P)2017 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

What the critics say

"In one of the most comprehensive and accessible books about Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Maté, a Canadian physician and popular medical columnist, challenges many accepted notions about the condition, which afflicts more than three million children and a significant number of adults." ( Publishers Weekly)

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WOW

i was told by my therapist to read this book as she believes I am ADHD. In the same breath she also explained that because of that i won't be ABLE to read it. So, i downloaded it and listened while I'm driving. i couldn't even sit still to listen to it at home. Too distracted :( I feel like someone understands me and how my mind works now. Huge relief, but i know the road to wellness is going to be long. Thankfully, I'm on the right path... i hope

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Amazing!

Mate looks at things from ALL angles. So refreshing to not have to say "yes, but what about this after reading each piece"!

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a must read for anyone connected to ADD

I really enjoyed this much needed, different take on the whole ADD epidemic... great book.

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Amazing Novel, important read

This is the best text on ADHD and child development out there as far as I'mm concerned. Highly recommend

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Best book I have read to learn about ADHD and treating it

This book is by far the best book I have test for learning about ADHD and treating in both children and adults. Both my son and wife have ADD and we have struggled with it constantly. This book gives my new a prospective on the origins of ADD and what can be done to help my family!

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Extremely rich and alluminating!

From attachment/Family system, to self psychology and spirituality, to addiction and mult-faceted account on medication, this book is superbly insightful! I find it to be a must-have guidance for novice practitioners who begin working with people with ADHD.

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Extremely Informative

Dr Mate help me understand that there is a marked difference between ADD and ADHD. I had previously thought that they were one and the same. However, I now realize that hyperactivity is not always concurrent with Attention Deficit. Through Dr Mate's book I realize that someone who is introverted and quiet can still have a racing mind without having a frantic body.

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Hippie-dippie nonsense

Started out ok, but the author starts throwing out a lot of bold claims with no real evidence. The author rarely tries to examine alternate hypotheses that fit the facts he is looking at.

His idea that the cause of ADHD kids not having sufficient emotional connection with their parents is a little too vague, and un-falsifiable. If this were 100% of the story, everyone has something in their childhood that could be pointed at that 'explains' ADHD (even those without it). Also his prescription for avoiding ADHD, would not be anything like the parenting style that people employed before ADHD rates started to spike.

He claims that 'spanking' and 'timeouts' essentially traumatize a child into being ADHD... ok... so we should have seen ADHD rates WAAAAAYYYYYYYY higher 70 years ago then we do today.... right...

The author also attributes a child's (emotional) sensitivity as the reason why some kids end up with ADHD more easily, and why there is the appearance of a genetic basis. If this were the case, why do way more boys have ADHD than girls?

This is a bunch of hippie dippie, laissez faire parenting, nonsense.

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  • E. Reynolds
  • 2019-04-12

SO HELPFUL! Best ADD book ever!

I'm a.52 year old, suffering from treatment-resistant depression for 30 years, just in recent years diagnosed with ADHD (inattentive). I didn't take ADHD seriously and my counselor recommended this book. It is narrated by the author's son.

It helps both parents and adult sufferers.
The author is a doctor who also had a late diagnosis of ADD.

I feel this may be my breakthrough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-06

Read this book

This book offers the most human approach to working on or supporting someone with ADD.
It has helped me changed my view of myself.

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  • Bozena
  • 2019-03-22

Helpful guide for parents of ADD

This book has changed my parenting helped me so much in quality of relationship with my daughter with Autism and ADD. ATTENTION is tge key. The change in her and in me is huge. I am so grateful that Gabor Mate write this and shared his own story. That was very brave. Audio version was very suiting due to amazing deep voice of author. Highly recommend to all parents

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  • Harsh Shah
  • 2019-01-24

Damm, I love this narration!

Damm, I love this narration! The narration made the scientific information and the content of the book come alive. seriously can't praise this book enough.

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  • Oh Hey
  • 2017-10-27

Exceptional

Fantastic, empathetic, well-researched and important work. Daniel Mate is one of my most favourite narrators.

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  • Lisbeth Schineller
  • 2017-10-04

A must read. Gives context to adhd chaos

Loved it. Listened to it straight through.
Puts adhd in a monumental different perspective and addresses the real issues. Opens up for understanding, compassion and curiosity as means of healing instead of a quick fix. Relevant for anyone interested in family dynamics and personal growth.

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  • Tatjana Hayward
  • 2017-09-09

Must read for parents even from non add kids

Neither myself nor my kids are diagnosed with add. But the description of how anxiety arises in kids and how the attachment relationship can be disturbed are just so valuable. And even I think add is not an either you got it or not. It is actually a scale and certain traits at certain time will surface in almost everyone. So I found it very helpful just to get a better understanding of humans in general.
I loved the way it was red with beautiful intonation to make it interesting and easy to listen. Thanks to all involved!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-08-05

An Educator's Must Read

As someone with ADD, and working in education, this book has been VERY useful. I have many insights into how I act, and what my needs are from this insightful reference. I intend to refer back to many chapters as I attend to myself. I hope to inspire others with ADD to do the same and assist others to understand the person (child or adult) with ADD. I have recommended this book since I started reading it (the audio version was great to have!! I learn better with audio and visual!).

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  • kamran shahabi
  • 2017-06-26

IF YOU HAVE ADHD/ADD YOU MUST READ THIS

Would you listen to Scattered Minds again? Why?

This book is becoming my bible ! anyone who has ADHD MUST READ THIS. TRUELY LIFE CHANGING

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  • Shinningstar1022
  • 2017-05-16

great read

great insight and teachings. loved it. voice was good as well. I would recommend it to someone