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Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder


Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

By: Edward Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.

Review by Dr. Hardison: Hallowell provides a wealth of information on all aspects of ADHD. He covers diagnostic procedures, medications, therapeutic treatments, links between ADHD and other conditions, tips on how to deal with and manage ADHD, etc. If you are looking to read only one book on attention deficit disorder then it should be Delivered from Distraction. The format of the book is genius. Hallowell has organized the information in such a way that you can easily find the specific information you are looking for without needing to read the entire book. One chapter is comprised entirely of answers to questions from readers of his earlier books on ADHD. These questions cover most of the frequently asked questions from clients, parents and clinicians. He presents the material in such a way that you immediately understand ADHD from a new perspective. He not only focuses on the negative consequences of having this condition, but he also reveals the strengths that accompany ADHD such as creativity, high energy, intuitiveness, tenacity, etc. Hallowell himself has ADHD and dyslexia and he is now a medical doctor who treats mostly ADHD individuals to help them manage their condition. He makes this condition more relatable by describing his personal experience with the symptoms and his struggles. Make sure to pick up the 2005 edition as it has the most updated information. He wrote a previous book in 1994 called Driven to Distraction and much of what we know about ADHD has occurred in the past 10 years!











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