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03-09-03, 12:15 AM
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This is a book with some great information and experiences about ADD. This is probably one of the most popular books written on the subject of ADD<B>(1995)</B> </center></font></td>
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03-09-03, 01:39 AM
I must say I have read this one at least twice and REALLY like it..
Great book!

03-09-03, 01:56 AM
Likewise. I have a few prized ADD books...and this is one of them.

03-11-03, 11:06 AM
This was my introduction bible, or is that induction? <g>

04-10-03, 01:35 PM
Another of Hallowells books is "Answers To Distraction". Equally important on the must-read list for those newly diagnosed with ADHD.

05-15-03, 01:21 AM
I like this book, too... and not just because my name is somewhere inside! :)

05-24-03, 10:55 AM
I really love this book as well as Answers To Distraction. I like the fact he isn't trying to "cure" you of ADD but rather show how to work with it to achieve amazing things. It helped me look at ADD in a more positive light. You will find yourself saying "Oh my God, I do that too!" time and time again.

03-06-05, 11:15 PM
Yes, this book was like finding religion for me after my diagnosis about a year ago. It's hard for me to read any text cover to cover but I got through that in 2 days because it was a revealing window into my own life and the first time something or someone understood me. I will definitely have to check out Answers to Distraction as soon as I can. I can't recommend this book enough.

More importantly, this is a book that you can give to family members to help them understand you as well without you having to do the impossible by TRYING and explain ADD to them.

03-07-05, 01:55 AM
I really liked Driven to Distraction too. When I read it, it was such an ah ha experience. After I finished reading it, I was looking inside the cover and discovered that my mother had sent the book to me 10 years to the month before I was diagnosed with Adult ADD, but in typical fashion I had glanced at it and put it on the shelf unread! Oh brother -- 10 years it sat on my shelf!!!

I also like Dr. Hallowell's newest book Delivered from Distraction and recommend it highly.


03-07-05, 12:26 PM
It is by far the best ADD book I have read.

04-07-05, 03:41 PM
It's pretty good, I guess. I'm still coming to grips with all this, maybe I'll reread it now and check out his sequels.

04-13-05, 10:04 PM
this is my first add book, recomended by my dr. it is right on ,as far as my symptoms go. i like the part where he advises add'ers not to walk around diagnosing everyoen else with it - like my husband - haha. that's a tough one.

01-24-06, 04:47 PM
Reading it right now and so far it's very good.

01-24-06, 06:16 PM
cool book ... the guys sure are ADDers.
Began here and stopped there too.
Only ADDers can get close to ADD.
I hope that Barkley and his ilk receive a
copy this Christmas.


04-18-06, 12:13 PM
Haven't read much else on ADD, except Hartman (sp?), but Hallowell's books are great. Funny, but the book "Answers to Distractions" is supposed to be more accessible than "DtD". But I kinda like the way the first book sort of wanders. Also like the chapter titles - only someone w/ add might see the relevance. Also sort of kills me - I've had this book for 9 years, and am just starting to deal with my add. I've always suspected add for my troubles, but my latest job (and its unfortunate demise) just highlighted my issues with time management, focus, and communicating with others.

Way Too Flighty
04-18-06, 02:18 PM
Hallowell and Ratey have also written a third in the Distraction series. The 3rd one is Delivered from Distraction. It's the only one of the 3 I have read and I found it both healing and useful. Hallowell's chapter on nutrition is actually hilarious. His points about the power of faith (in God, yourself, or anything else) in the chapter on 12 step programs is really powerful too.

04-18-06, 02:21 PM

04-19-06, 02:53 AM
I read it every time I go to chapters.

And every time I read it, I find something else I like about it.

04-19-06, 04:22 PM
WERE CAN I GET THIS BOOK FROM LIBRAY???? DORM AN WHO WROTE IT????? AND IF I MIGHT ASK WHAT BOOKS OUT THERE GIVE A STEP BY STEP GUILD TO ADD ADHD DORM THANKS FOR ANY HELP OFFERDIf this book isn't available at the library or local book store, it can be order from Amazon or www.addwarehouse.come (http://www.addwarehouse.come/) -- they've got lots of great books on ADD/ADHD and related issues/conditions.

Plenty of good short articles also available at (

If you're looking for a step by step book -- you might like You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy? by Ramundo and Kelly. They not only help understand what ADD/ADHD is but also have lots of practical tips for dealing with it. Out of the Fog by Murphy and LeVert is another good one with lots of practical tips. Of course, all three Distraction book by Hallowell and Ratey have a list of good non medication tips for ADDers and Delivered from Distraction especially has lots of pointers for living your life with ADD/ADHD, especially the emotional component of things. If you like things in smaller units, Answers to Distraction is a very good book with a short question/answer format.


04-19-06, 08:47 PM
thank you sactted for that i will have a look there thank you for the time you took to reply to me dorm xxx

04-20-06, 12:58 AM
thank you sactted for that i will have a look there thank you for the time you took to reply to me dorm xxxMy pleasure!:)

04-20-06, 04:36 PM
heere some books iam reading this week mind maps by tony buzan ....ocd obsessive compulsive disordor by dr frederick toates heres a good one witch i like too loud too bright too fast too tight by sharon heller ph d nutitinal trment for add nn adhd dyelaxa an dyspaxia wouth a read group analytic art therpy by gerry mcneily the real witches craft by kate west .......all these are wouth a read i hope you injoy them if you get them out as well dorm xx;.))))

05-31-06, 07:42 PM
I went on an interview and the guy said that I must be a 'divergent thinker'. So I went scouring for that topic. What did he mean specifically?
This article:
about the flowers singing and giftedness but the OVER-EXCITABILITIES and the maladies describe ME me me me me mememememe.
And this interviewer had me pegged: INTJ/P. Kunta, where have you been?

So, I went on a search for the Edison Gene. Read the findings suggesting familial connections, genetic links, etc, to ADD or whatever we have. yes, ok - ADD.
I'm now reading "The Edison Gene" Thom Hartmann, (with great comments from Hallowell and Ratey, btw).
His contention is that the hunter traits are valuable for wandering and protection and food acquisition, etc. Once people settle down they become an agricultural society and the hunter traits are rejected, unless there is war/trouble. Then he gets into aleles and genetics, and I'm still reading it - half-way through.
But it's these hunter traits, or OE's (over-exciteabilities) - they are all about insatiable curiosity, persistents and risk and well, divergent thinking. I AM the hunter, hear me roar....
I also pulled a bunch of other books from the library like
Living with our Genes by Copeland,
The Practise of Greatness by Ludwig.
Defying the Crowd,
Open Mind by Markova, see the pattern?
I much prefer following this train of discovery than giving in to society's generalizations of social affliction and maladies.
They need to MOVE OVER, there's plenty of room for all of us.

06-01-06, 03:59 PM
whats hunters?????????? there days when iam driven to distraction i call them dyealixa dayssss lol dorm

06-01-06, 04:22 PM
The nomadic tribes moved around so had to find and hunt for food.
They developed skills that made them more successful at hunting. hunter skills. looking, finding, killing.
When the tribes found a spot they wanted to stay in for awhile, they started planting and growing food.
The hunter skills were not that important anymore. The farming skills became more important.

06-08-06, 10:06 AM
I bought Driven to Distraction yesterday and i also have to admit i hate reading for the obvious reasons (have to re-read every paragraph). I ended up reading 176 pages in one go! The only problem is, i was "driven to distraction" from reading the book i didn't get any work done...LOL. I think the thing that kept me reading was i felt like he was talking to (about) me directly. Thank you to everyone who recommended this book.

I almost feel like those people from the movie "awakenings" with robin williams. There is a whole new world and person for me to discover.

06-08-06, 11:46 AM
I bought Driven to Distraction yesterday and i also have to admit i hate reading for the obvious reasons (have to re-read every paragraph). .Maybe it's a little late to tell you, but this book is also on tape!:)