Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Editorial Reviews. aracer.mobi Review. Medication? Maybe. Marry the right person and find Kindle Store; ›; Kindle eBooks; ›; Health, Fitness & Dieting. In , Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. 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.
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Editions for Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Published December 27th by Random House Publishing Group. ebook. attention deficit disorder, it should be Delivered from Distraction. I own this in paperback and loved the idea of having this as an eBook. download Delivered from Distraction. According to Edward Hallowell, M.D., and John Ratey, M.D., authors of the bestselling Driven to.
My other big complaint was the co-dependency that they seem to support in the work.
But then they go on to suggest that the poor ADD-addled person find a loved one to read it and paraphrase for them. This is where I flipped out. I mean, rather than encourage someone to work at something or try treatment and even meds if it is truly that bad , they are suggesting that someone else just do it for the poor ADD-er.
Similarly, I found the college-bound child chapter offensive. I get that some kids need more help; I understand that parents should try to alleviate some of the stresses of the transition to college. They repeatedly tell the reader that folks with ADD are smart and creative. However, I think that some motivation has to come from within. The successful adults with ADD that he describes all had to work their butts off to overcome adversity.
I actually like their behavioral treatment plans. Their 5-step cycle is something I download into and use in my own life. Frequently I tout the idea that satisfaction and happiness comes from a sense of accomplishment. 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. Koplewicz, M. Meer lezen Minder lezen. Klanten die dit item hebben gekocht, kochten ook. Pagina 1 van 1 Opnieuw beginnen Pagina 1 van 1. Driven to Distraction Revised: EUR 5, EUR 15, EUR 14, Because I Come from a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist English Edition. Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: EUR 8, Feeling Good: Productgegevens Editie: Kindle-editie Bestandsgrootte: Ballantine Books 27 december Verkocht door: site Media EU S.
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Here he tries to recast ADHD as an asset in the rough. People with ADHD do great one hour and lousy the next, or great one day and lousy the next, regardless of effort and time in preparation.
They go from the penthouse to the outhouse in no time at all! Kids with ADD organize by stuffing book bags and closets. Adults organize by putting everything into piles. The piles metastasize, soon covering most available space. People with ADD are terrible at estimating in advance how long a task will take. They typically procrastinate and develop a pattern of getting things done at the last minute. People with ADD often are drawn to danger or excitement as a means of focusing.
They will drive mph in order to think clearly, for example. People with ADD can't stand waiting in lines or waiting for others to get to the point. Tendency to tune out or drift away in the middle of a page or a conversation. Tendency to change subjects abruptly. People with ADD will often use the same strategy that failed them before. They are quick to forgive, in part because they are quick to forget.
A: The diagnosis of ADD is based not upon the presence of these symptoms -- which most people have now and then -- but upon the intensity and duration of the symptoms.
If you have the symptoms intensely, as compared to a group of your peers, and if you have had them all your life, you may have ADD. An apt comparison can be made with depression.
While everyone has been sad, not everyone has been depressed.
The difference lies in the intensity and the duration of the sadness. So it is with ADD. If you are intensely distractible, and have been forever, you may have ADD. Q: What causes ADD? Is it inherited? A: We don't know exactly what causes ADD, but we do know it runs in families. Like many traits of behavior and temperament, ADD is genetically influenced, but not genetically determined. Environment combines with genetics to create ADD. Environmental toxins may play a role, watching too much television may play a role, and excessive stimulation may play a role.
You can see the role of genetics just by glancing at basic numbers. We estimate that about 5 to 8 percent of a random sample of children have ADD. But if one parent has it, the chances of a child developing it shoot up to about 30 percent; if both parents have it, the chances leap to more than 50 percent.
But genetics don't tell the whole story. You can also acquire ADD through a lack of oxygen at birth; or from a head injury; or if your mother drank too much alcohol during pregnancy; or from elevated lead levels; perhaps from food allergies and environmental or chemical sensitivities; from too much television, video games, and the like; and in other ways we don't yet understand.
Q: Other than its being heritable, is there any other evidence that ADD has a biological, physical basis to it, as opposed to psychological or environmental? Four different studies done in the past decade using MRI magnetic resonance imaging all found a slight reduction in the size of four regions of the brain: the corpus callosum, the basal ganglia, the frontal lobes, and the cerebellar vermis.
While the differences are not consistent enough to provide a diagnostic test for ADD, they do correlate with the symptoms we see in ADD. For example, the frontal lobes help with organization, time management, and decision-making, all areas that people with ADD struggle with. The basal ganglia help to regulate moods and to control impulsive outbursts, which people with ADD also struggle with.
And the cerebellum helps with balance, rhythm, coordinated movements, language, and other as yet to be proven functions. It may be that the cerebellum is far more important in regulating attention than we realize today. Q: How many people have ADD? A: Roughly 5 to 8 percent many experts would put that figure much higher, some lower of the American population has ADD. The majority of adults who have it don't know it because people used to think ADD was only a children's condition.
We now know that adults have it too. Of the roughly 10 million adults in the United States who have ADD, only about 15 percent have been diagnosed and treated. Until we have a precise diagnostic test for ADD, however, it will be impossible to give truly accurate figures. Q: Does ADD ever go away on its own? A: Yes. The symptoms of ADD disappear during puberty in 30 to 40 percent of children, and the symptoms stay gone.
ADD therefore persists into adulthood 60 to 70 percent of the time. As the brain matures, it changes in ways that may cause the negative symptoms to abate. Then ADD becomes a trait rather than a disorder. In addition, sometimes the child learns how to compensate so well for his ADD during puberty that it looks as if the ADD has gone away. However, if you interview that child closely, you will discover the symptoms are still there, but the child is struggling mightily -- and successfully -- to control them.
These people still have ADD and would benefit from treatment. Q: Is ADD overdiagnosed among children? A: Yes, but also no. It is overdiagnosed in some places, underdiagnosed in others.
There are schools and regions where every child who blinks fast seems to get diagnosed with ADD. At the same time, there are places around the country where doctors refuse to make the diagnosis at all because they "don't believe in ADD. It is important that we educate doctors, as well as teachers, parents, and school officials, about ADD, so that we can solve the problems of both overdiagnosis and underdiagnosis.
Q: What is the proper procedure to diagnose ADD?
A: There is no surefire test. The best way to diagnose ADD is to combine several tests.
The most powerful "test" is your own story, which doctors call your history. As you tell your story, your doctor will be listening for how your attention has varied in different settings throughout your life. In the case of ADD it is important that the history be taken from at least two people, such as parent, teacher, and child, or adult and spouse, since people with ADD are not good at observing themselves.
To supplement the history, there is a relatively new physical test called the quantitative electroencephalogram, or qEEG, that is quite reliable in helping to diagnose ADD. It is a simple, painless brain-wave test, and it is about 90 percent accurate. Though well worth getting, it is not definitive by itself. In complex cases where the diagnosis is unclear or there is a suspicion of coexisting conditions, especially if there is a history of head injury or other brain trauma, a SPECT scan can help.
The SPECT brain scan is not widely available, though we believe it could help a great deal in psychiatry if it were. Your doctor can tell you about these tests. None are necessary, but all are helpful. Finally, neuropsychological testing can help pin down the diagnosis as well as expose associated problems -- such as hidden learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, and other potential problems. Practically speaking, if you are going to see a busy primary-care doctor for your evaluation, the time available to take a history may be brief, and access to neuropsychological testing nonexistent.
The best diagnostic procedures also include a search for talents and strengths, as these are the key to the most successful treatments. A: All three can be helpful, but no, none is absolutely necessary, unless the diagnosis is in doubt, or you suspect associated learning disabilities such as dyslexia, or other coexisting conditions, like brain damage due to an old head injury, or bipolar disorder, or hidden substance abuse.
Q: Whom should I see to get a diagnosis?
A: The best way to find a doctor who knows what he is doing is to get a referral from someone you know who has had a good experience with that doctor. We have provided a list of specialists at the end of this book. The degree the person has is much less important than his experience. People from diverse disciplines may be capable of helping you. Child psychiatrists have the most training in ADD, and keep in mind that most child psychiatrists also treat adults.
However, child psychiatry is an underpopulated specialty; therefore, child psychiatrists are hard to find. Developmental pediatricians are also good with ADD, but, of course, they do not treat adults and they are also in short supply.
Some regular pediatricians are excellent at diagnosing and treating ADD, while others -- those who have not had much experience with ADD -- are understandably less skilled.
Some family practitioners and some internists are good. Adult psychiatrists tend not to have training in ADD. However, most psychologists do. If you cannot get a referral from someone you know, ask your primary-care doctor if she is expert in ADD, and if not, to whom would she recommend that you go.
It is worth the hassle to look around.