Driven To Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder
Driven To Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder is a bestselling guide to understanding and coping with one of the modern world’s most feared disorders among children and adults alike: ADD. A revised and updated with current medical information version is available for purchase, with a first edition of the book being published more than 20 years ago (in 1994). The book is written by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Md Ratey.
Edward M. Hallowell M.D. is a child and adult psychiatrist with private practices in Sudbury, Mass and New York City. He offers a range of treatments for ADD, ADHD and learning problems in children and adults and is a reputable writer and speaker.
The book offers case studies of patients treated by dr. Hallowell who have experienced various forms ADHD from hyperactivity to daydreaming. It offers information on how to recognize and rule out ADD from other disorders or even from normal behavior, while also offering the tools and tactics necessary to cope with the disease, even if it is for someone dear (child, partner). What is also great is that the book offers a positive side of the disorder, such as that people with ADD can be highly intuitive, creative, and enthusiastic.
Driven To Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder enjoys great popularity and from the existing feedback seems to help most readers take (at least) a first step towards diagnosing and getting help for ADD. The book tries to do more than that by presenting itself as a coping tool for those who suffer from the disease or for those who have a family member suffering from it (adult or child). It offers practical advice, day-to-day applicable tactics to handle various aspects that are particular to ADD.
The book is structured in 9 chapters. While some are named so that you clearly know what you’ll read about like “What is Attention Deficit Disorder” or “What can you do About it”, others are more of metaphors with some sort of summary. “Parts of the Elephant – Subtypes of ADD”, “I sang in my chains Like the Sea – The child with ADD” are just a few examples.
Structure wise, each chapter seems to be different, the only thing in common being the fact that each has a variable number of case studies presented within it.
The book is easy to read, the language used is common, familiar, not at all medical or technical in any way. It is available for Kindle download for $16, while the paperback version costs $16 at full retail price. Amazon currently offers discounts for both versions.
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- A paperback and a Kindle version are available for the book
- The book received numerous positive reviews and has been re-edited for the past 20 years
- Dr. Hollowell is a bestselling author and an American successful practicing psychiatrist
- Some readers complain about the poor structure of the book
- There are no Chapter summaries or previews making it hard to follow on the core ideas/topics being discussed
Driven To Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder has been re-edited for the past 20 years to include the latest findings in the field, which shows a real interest of the author to provide the best information in a useful manner. Readers have been praising the book for its genuine perspective on ADD. Many people who do not suffer from ADD often show many of its symptoms because of busy lifestyles that overload their brains. The fact that the authors suffer from ADD further adds to the unique perspective on the disease and to how others can understand and cope with it.
Criticism of the book includes its lack of structure, too many with case studies presented and the fact that somehow practical information is scarce while the idea that therapy is required to get through is indirectly promoted (the cases are of patients of Dr. Hollowell treated in its practices).