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.
©1995 Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D. All rights reserved. ©1995 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
Audible advertises this as being released in 2013 - the content is from the original 1995 pressing, which you can buy for 1c + postage on Amazon. It references the DSM-3R diagnostic manual, today we are up to the DSM-5.
Listening to this is a waste of your time, potentially dangerous. It is 20 years out of date. Science moves a lot in 20 years.
"Best Book I Have EVER Read"
Extremely easy to understand. I've struggled with focusing and distraction for 40 years and thought I was lazy until this book was recommended to me and found it describes me in detail. You'll know if you have ADD by page 100 and learn about symptoms and steps needed to take control of your life.
"Everything you need to know."
Based on research and soundly rooted in common sense, this book covers all aspects of ADHD. Symptoms, its effect on quality of life, diagnosis, treatment and the various "whys" of it all. It is straight forward, enlightening and comforting. There are many, many stories which will help you realise you are not alone.
I would recommend this book to anyone who suspects they or someone they care for has ADHD; however it's those who have been recently diagnosed who would benefit the most.
Above all, this book demonstrates that the behaviours associated with any "type" of ADHD are involuntary, the cause being totally beyond conscious control. I'd you want to understand yourself, or someone else with ADHD, and if you want to improve your life, then this book is the starting point.
"If you or a loved one has ADHD, this is a must-read."
The most important book for helping me understand my life with adult ADHD. So glad it was on Audible. I've had the print version for years, but kept getting distracted from finishing it.
Provided an in depth understanding of ADD and how it manifests itself in different individuals
Helps me to understand the syndrome. A lot of unexplained things leading to questions of charachter flaw gets answered.
"So many lists"
While I absolutely loved the lessons that this book gave me I couldn't help but notice that the book does lists very regularly. These weren't very short lists either so it made it slightly difficult to stay on track with the book. I did especially enjoy the stories of others that struggle with ADHD. It helps to know that you are not alone when it comes to these things. I would recommended this book to adults looking to educate themselves on ADHD.
"I'm glad for the opportunity to hear this book."
Being diagnosed in 2014 and struggling with it for years I'm sure I would not have been able to read the dead tree Edition.
The exemples of his patients make it clear to undersatand, and we start remembering of people that could be adhd
I recommend !!
"An understanding of ADD in all corners of life"
I first want to say that the narrator, John McDonough, has one great and entrancing voice. When first listening to the book I thought it was a bit slow. So, I decided to set it at x1.25 the normal speed and found it to be perfect. I'm glad that he spoke at that speed because when it came to reading the last chapter, I found it hard to keep up with all the brain terminology and had switched it to his regular speed. Hat's off to John for giving every sentence the oral attention it needs to get not only the words across, but the whole context as well. Great job, John McDonough.
Just finding out ADD recently with a psychiatrist on holiday soon after, I found this book perfect for helping me dive into what issues I had with my ADD. It is extremely informative, but not in a boring way to say the least. I guess I'm not totally sure on whether it was my ignorance that intrigued me to learn more or the actual content. Despite this, I would recommend this to any person wanting to harness their ADD.
"Right on the money"
I loved this book. I cried many times realizing my biofeedback doctor's suspicions have merit. I ''ve been diagnosed with at least 4 other issues. I think this doctor is right. I've scheduled to see a doctor now who specializes in ADD. It's worth looking into. I did have to back up several times to comprehend, but that's not unusual.
"Comprehensive, informative, reassuring"
As a parent whose daughter has recently been diagnosed with ADHD/ADD, I found this book very helpful. The information is clearly presented, it is comprehensive in its explanation of key topics such as diagnosis and medication, and it provides good hints and tips to help manage ADHD.
I especially liked the fact that the authors (both of whom have ADD so know what they are talking about!) are sure to highlight the positives of this condition and how to work it to your best advantage. The various case studies were also good to hear real life examples.
Definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to know more as they step into the world of ADD/ADHD.
"Just what I needed to hear! "
Hooray for this book! I have finally heard something that perfectly sums up how I've felt all my life. I'm not going crazy after all!
All jokes aside, this book is expertly written and backed up with both anecdotes and medical studies.
As someone with suspected adhd (awaiting consult), I did wonder if I would be able to make it through with the narrator's long drawn voice. So much so that I nearly didn't buy it. I'm so glad I did though. The narration was engaging and kept my interest throughout. It was a great tool for keeping me in one room at a time while I cleaned!!
Will definitely be listening again (as I have forgotten most of the things I want to take from this book hahaha!).
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