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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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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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Must read for ADD adults, parents, teachers, ....

This book has been extremely helpful in my own understanding of my own adult diagnosis of ADHD at the age of 37 as well as providing an increased understanding of my step daughter's recent diagnosis of ADHD. With greater understanding of my own behaviours and through processes, and strategies to help work through them to grow my extremely sensitive and underdeveloped emotions, I can also begin to allow myself greater self compassion. Like it or not, my partner too has learned and benefited from this book in her own self awareness, and gaining strategies on how to manage and help improve our daughter's emotional developement concurrent with medications that as a 12yr old, she has recognized the benefits her medication has brought, particularly in school performance, as well as socially and giving her the energy and confidence to join her school soccer and volleyball teams!

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Mind blowing

Guess I have adhd... what an eye opening book to start my journey on at age 36!

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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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Snake Oil

Dr. Maté takes the blanket approach that all mental ills are caused by childhood trauma. It is the opposite stance of hardline genetic determinism. It's not useful to think things are purely nature or purely nurture. He offers no proof of his views, or proof of their efficacy. He has no published papers on ADHD and does no research on the topic. This book is heavy on opinion and light on facts. And any fact that is presented is overstated, or used as some kind of bait and switch to make a broader point that the data does not say, all while contradicting all of the new discoveries being made about ADHD.

He makes broad claims about neurology despite not being an expert in that field.

The final most harmful implication of his beliefs is that if your child has a mental illness or impairment, then it is solely the parent's fault.

These views have been thoroughly debunked as our understanding of this disorder has grown.

If you are looking for a book that is full of empathy and understanding for the plight of people with ADHD, in my opinion people are better off checking out Dr. Edward Hallowell's work. If you want more facts check out Dr. Russell Barkley's work.

Don't waste your time with this.

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Pretty much perfect

I can not recommend this book enough for any parent or any one struggling with ADD. We are all connected especially to our parents and environment.

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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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Exceptional!!!

Narration was well done and the subject is approached with evidence based scientific intertwined with personal anecdotes to really reinforce the message.

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The single greatest book on ADHD

Gabor Mate has truly outdone himself with this masterpiece. I saw myself on every page and it answered so much about my life and the behaviors that have dictated me.

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  • M. V.
  • 2020-07-17

Excellent book

Excellent, well-written book that covers a lot of ground, including a role of attachment and presents ADD a lot as an attachment disorder, which I find helpful, but others may argue for distinguishing them, which, in fact is often hard to do and this book does a good job at integrating rather then distinguishing the two disorders. On the whole this is a well-balanced book when it comes to bio-psycho-social-spiritual formulation. I truly enjoyed Daniel Mate’s voice and narration, one of the best l have heard on Audible books. Unfortunately, some of the Audible books are narrated by jarring, unpleasant voices that my ADD brain absolutely cannot stand even when I'm genuinely interested in the book itself. Daniel’s voice did a true service to this beautifully written book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-15

Life changing!!!!

Didn't know that my mother's rageuos beatings caused me this much damage. But why would i suspect that?, such beatings are the gold standard of parenting in Africa. Its sad i discovered this now, imagine if i dicovered this in my earlier years, instead of in my final year of university, at the same time i feel lucky to have discovered this at 21. I have seen first hand how bad adhd can be if it goes untreated. My father was a great lawyer at his peak, he is an absolute mess right now because of this. Lost job, marriage, back with his mother, multiple kids, crippling debts, lost car to pawnshop after years of paying for it. I will try to recommend this book for him and i hope my future wont be the same. Time to start the process of healing.

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  • Paola A. Zolezzi
  • 2020-10-02

Excellent book. Really gets you to understand how ADD originates, works and feels

This book has helped me understand how ADD affects my life, my husband’s and my 11 year old daughter. I feel now that I can be much more effective when dealing with everyday issues in relation with my family and with myself. Also to be able to be self compassionate and be compassionate with them rather than judgemental.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-08-09

A launchpad to self understanding in ADHD

This book is a great start to understanding ADHD for both the parent and Adult.

the author is guilty of sometimes making outlandish statements but usually explains well what he means if you listen further. this is mainly due to him not being able to use proper words always to explain how he feels in short but good at explaining it at length.

I found his techniques quite helpfull in my own life as someone with ADHD. he does take a while to get too ADHD in adults. if it drags listen till the first healing chapter then skip till 27 I think is when he moves from teens too adults.

also very important to take into consideration this book is over 20 years old and in science that is ancient. This book is also Social Science and in Social Science there are no "hard facts" as humans are way to complex for that.
This is why I say this book is a great launchpad. it is not too academic and explains well to the laymen so when you do go on to do further reading you will have a reference of Onder standing instead of getting lost in too much science jargon.

science develops so what he sais is still very much aplicable maybe not to everyone but this field has been built on since then.

anyone complaining that this book is not cited well enough has not had the displeasure of reading a proper scientific book. honestly if you have ADHD and make it through a full scientific audio book I applaud you. I can only do it with a physical copy and speed reading tequinqes as I was taught to read academic articals and the books are worse than the articles.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-03-11

Age 24, I discover my ADHD thanks to this book.

This is a wonderful read, and a turning point in my life.

Learning this has been a great relief, and is making me hopeful about the future. The narration too helped to bring life to the experiences of sufferers related in the book.

Accepting your flaws is difficult when you don't even understand what exactly you're supposed to accept. Now I do, and I also know how to ask others to accept me, I know in what ways I am different from them, and in what ways my behavior will appear unpredictable and irrational.

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  • Marjan
  • 2021-11-25

One of the best narrator

Thank God for the narrator. That’s the way one does it. I wish audible would have him read more.
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  • Peter
  • 2021-10-06

Very helpful for people who want I understand not only ADD, but themselves.

I found this book extremely helpful in understanding where many of my deep seated self defeating issues and habits have come from. With that understanding Dr Maté them guided me through an understanding of how to mature that part of me.

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  • Ognjen
  • 2021-09-28

Revealing

Brilliant insight to ADDwith many personal stories to back it up. I find myself in most of the symptoms. Mate is one of the great minds able to see the patterns in human behavior.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-09-24

issue set up 97%, solutions part 3%.

insightful empty statements, yet solution ideas are scattered and not insightful at all...and many unnecessary smart looking vocabulary to support vanilla parts especially, confusing intentionally.

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  • Sarah Imrisek
  • 2021-07-10

Must-read

Comprehensive and enlightening. Covers everything from neurophysiology to family dynamics, from individual to societal perspectives. Highly recommend.

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  • Anamaria Zsoldi
  • 2020-04-10

The best in the field of ADD

Very accessible and easy to listen. It made me understand a lot of my own feelings and behavior.
Thank you!!!