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Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Edward M. Hallowell , John J. Ratey
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2. März 1995
Through vivid stories of the experiences of their patients (both adults and children), Drs. Hallowell and Ratey show the varied forms ADD takes -- from the hyperactive search for high stimulation to the floating inattention of daydreaming -- and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment.

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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Touchstone; Auflage: Reprint (2. März 1995)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0684801280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684801285
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,7 x 14,2 x 2,1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (31 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 124.291 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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This clear and valuable book dispels a variety of myths about attention deficit disorder (ADD). Since both authors have ADD themselves, and both are successful medical professionals, perhaps there's no surprise that the two myths they attack most persistently are: (a) that ADD is an issue only for children; and (b) that ADD corresponds simply to limited intelligence or limited self-discipline. "The word disorder puts the syndrome entirely in the domain of pathology, where it should not entirely be. Although ADD can generate a host of problems, there are also advantages to having it, advantages that this book will stress, such as high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm, and they are completely overlooked by the 'disorder' model." The authors go on to cite Mozart and Einstein as examples of probable ADD sufferers. (The problem as they see it is not so much attention deficit but attention inconsistency: "Most of us with ADD can in fact hyperfocus at times.") Although they warn against overdiagnosis, they also do a convincing job of answering the criticism that "everybody, and therefore nobody" has ADD. Using numerous case studies and a discussion of the way ADD intersects with other conditions (e.g., depression, substance abuse, and obsessive-compulsive disorder), they paint a concrete picture of the syndrome's realities. Especially helpful are the lists of tips for dealing with ADD in a child, a partner, or a family member. --Richard Farr


The New York Times Book Review A very readable, highly informative and helpful book.

Judith L. Rapoport, M.D. Chief, Child Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, author of The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing A wonderfully readable and, most important, practical and useful book on ADD.

Peter D. Kramer, M.D. author of Listening to Prozac Conversational in tone, encyclopedic in content, and, best of all, utterly convincing because of its grounding in clinical experience, Driven to Distraction should make Attention Deficit Disorder comprehensible even to the most distractible reader.

Sandra Freed Thomas, R.N. former president of CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) This rich resource has it all -- education, family perspectives, diagnosis and treatment, subtypes -- but throughout there is a joyful and pervading sense of hope. One cannot read this book without developing a great sense of how it feels to live with ADD -- to compensate for, even to benefit from, its characteristics.

Priscilla L. Vail author of Smart Kids with School Problems The highest order of helping and healing glows through this book. Informative, compassionate, practical, and -- yes -- funny, it draws the reader in as it throws confusion out.

Jane M. Healy, Ph.D. author of Endangered Lives This is an important and much-needed book! Wise, practical, and reassuring....A must-read for anyone who knows, treats, or is an "underachiever" -- in school or in life.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good for the newly diagnosed 13. März 2000
I bought this book because it came highly recommended and my husband has ADD. I was dissapointed because the book's main focus is on discovering IF you have ADD. We already knew he had ADD, we just wanted more information on it. This is an excellent book for someone who isn't sure if they have ADD or has just discovered they have ADD. If you already know you have ADD and you are looking for help with medications, relationships and other situations I would skip this one.
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Whether lay public or professionals in the field, this is the best book you'll find on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I treat patients who have ADD; many come bearing a well-marked copy of this book to say they've found themselves in it. To the others, I routinely recommend they read it before we finalize the diagnosis or decide on treatment. The tone throughout is rigorously scientific yet informal, relatively free of jargon, approachable by anyone with a high school education, and very supportive to the sufferer without being patronizing. It contains no propaganda, a rare virtue in books about ADD. Although written by physicians (who themselves are sufferers), it does not shill for medication management at the expense of alternative treatments that have been scientifically validated as effective. This is the ideal book for sufferers and their families, for teachers and those who evaluate the learning problems of children and adults, and for all health care providers. For those who find it hard to read, another book by these authors, Answers to Distraction, is written in an easier, sound bite format. Both books are available on audiotape, often the best way for the ADDers to "read".
-Phil Torrance MD (Diplomate in Psychiatry)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen In Gratitude For Such A Spectacular Discovery! 29. April 2000
With undiagnosised ADD onboard, being raised in a large household the second of eleven children, with a perfectionist father who would not accept second best as a condition of showing his love for his children, and an obedient submissive mother was a challenge beyond discription. I was continually being punished for my actions and behavior, and not understanding ADD (or that there was even such a disorder) I felt as if I was a scumbag of the lowest order for the first 40 or so years of my life. My father had two degrees, or better stated two professions, one as a dentist and the other as an anesthesiologist. Hyperactivity was seen as a huge sin in my family, and I don't remember anyone as hyper as I was. When I asked my mother a few years ago how was my behavior as a child (of which I can remember very little) her comment was, "We didn't have a moments peace from the day you were born until you left home to become a missionionary at the age of 19!" Wow! What a eye opening statement! Reading Dr. Hallowell's book is such an experience! I read a case history in his book to my seven children substituting my name and profession (a dentist) for the person envolved, and when finished my ten year old daughter quietly took me aside and with grave concern asked, "Daddy how did they get your life's history in that book if you just bought it?" I have never read a book that hit home with more force in my life than did Dr. Hallowell's DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION! What a masterpiece of diagnosis and heartfelt concern. In the Bible there is a verse which states that we are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves. Until reading (and comprehending) Dr. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ah-Hah! 20. Juni 2000
Wow! When I read this book, it was like reading a biography of my life while I was growing up. Even now, as an adult, I can see patterns and traits in myself that are ADD related. Now that I've read this book, I'm able to recognize when I'm falling into those patterns and I can stop it before it happens. Before I read this book, I felt like my life was crazy and out of control and that it was my fault and that I must not be a very good person for not being able to control my life the way it seemed that everyone else was able to do. Then I read this book and found an entirely new and enlightening perspective on my behavioral patterns and so many things suddenly made sense to me! I started crying at some points because it was such a revelation to me that I'm not the only person out there whose life is like this, that I'm not neccessarily lazy or unmotivated and that I'm not stupid. All those things that I had felt lacking in my whole life finally began to make sense and it was a very overwhelming feeling.
For anyone with ADD, this will help you to understand what is happening in your brain and how it affects your life. For everyone else - especially those of you who have to live with those of us - it will help you retain your sanity in dealing with a spouse or a child or a friend who has this disorder! Teachers especially should be required to read this book! I highly recommend this book. It is well written, easy to read, and interesting even to someone who does not have this disorder. The fact that it was written by 2 people who have this disorder makes it even more insightful. Definitely a 5 star book!
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Das Buch war einmel durchgeknickt als es bei mir ankam. Ich habe die Website immer wieder nach Kontaktadressen oder Telefonnummern gesucht, aber keine gefunden. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. August 2009 von Maurice Adler
5.0 von 5 Sternen Should be one of your first reads on ADD
This book is not going to help you solve your problems but it will give you comfort in understanding how others typically deal with ADD. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Juli 2000 von "speckledtrout"
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Tears streamed down my face as I read the letter from the mother to the son - and touched every void I have felt. Lesen Sie weiter...
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The most impressive fact in man's spiritual, intellectual, and poetic experience has always been, for me, the universal prevalence of those astonishing moments of insight which a... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Juni 2000 von Hermes Trismegistus
5.0 von 5 Sternen gives hope
five years ago when we found and read this book it gave my husband and son hope! before that they were victims of self-inflicted poor self-esteem and feelings of being stupid. Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THIS IS THE ONE!
If you have ADD with never being diagnosed, your life has probably been a wild one... But when itÕs time to stop being wild and get serious the realization hits that you canÔt just... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Mai 2000 von "ict2000"
5.0 von 5 Sternen _Completely changed my life...
"He slept beneath the moon, he basked beneath the sun. He lived a life of 'going-to-do', but died with nothing done." - J. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2000 von OC Native
5.0 von 5 Sternen RELIEF AT LAST!
I am a 16 year old who was recently diagnosed with ADD. Foryears I was the "lazy smart kid", the class clown who couldbe so much more if he tried. Lesen Sie weiter...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A different light on ADD
My husband and my son both have ADD. When I began reading this book, even within the first chapter, my anger and frustration towards them subsided. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. März 2000 von Valerie Lawson
3.0 von 5 Sternen What am I missing?
I started reading this book becuase so many people suggested it to me. Yes, it gives the reader somewhat of a defintion of ADD. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2000 von Amazon Customer
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