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Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder
by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.
Reviewed by Erin Pridgen
ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children and yet it continues to be one of the most misunderstood as well. Many of the symptoms of ADD/ADHD are common to all of us. Therefore we must be extremely careful in how quickly we jump to a diagnosis. One of the major strengths of “Driven to Distraction” is the very clear explanation of what ADD/ADHD really is in terms than any lay person could understand. Additionally, a wide variety of case studies are presented to show the many different faces of ADD/ADHD in both children and adults. It is highly likely that if you or your child is struggling with ADD/ADHD, you will see a story here that resembles your situation.
Throughout the opening chapters of “Driven to Distraction,” the authors focus on painting a picture of ADD/ADHD through the stages of life and how it impacts more than just one’s ability to focus. Beyond the hallmark characteristics of ADD/ADHD, such as distractibility, impulsivity, and high activity, other issues often accompany them. Low self-esteem due to inconsistent achievement, depression, social struggles, and family conflict are as much a part of ADD/ADHD as the struggle to maintain focus.
Once a picture of ADD/ADHD is painted, treatment is discussed. Practical tips and strategies for both children and adults are given and discussed. As Hallowell points out, the key to helping children and adults function well with ADD/ADHD is using creativity to find what kind of structure works for them. Often in combination with medication and therapy, ADD/ADHD can be managed and coped with well when the pieces are put together correctly.
Education is vital. Once you know the twists and turns of what you are dealing with, you are able to plan a course of action that will lead you in the direction of success. “Driven to Distraction” provides a foundation from which one can develop a deeper and clearer understanding of what ADD/ADHD is and how to best manage it. For some, this is a lifelong struggle. Therefore, this is an excellent book for all ages and life stages.
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