Synopses & Reviews
The book that answers your questions about ADD—now revised and updated
After decades of being unfairly diagnosed, children and adults with attention deficit disorder are now recognized as having a common and treatable neurological condition. Drs. Hallowell and Ratey answer the questions most frequently asked at their nationwide workshops and seminars, resulting in an easy-to-read reference that covers every aspect of the disorder: from identifying symptoms and diagnosis, to the latest treatment options, as well as practical day-to-day advice on how you or a loved one can live a normal life with ADD.
Whether you are a patient, parent, teacher, or health-care professional, Answers to Distraction will help those whose ADD has caused persistent problems in school, at work, and in relationships.
- What is the single most important scientific finding about ADD in the last decade?
- How early can ADD be diagnosed?
- Where can a parent get support for dealing with a child who has ADD?
- What advances in the field of medication have taken place since the original version of this book was published?
In Driven to Distraction
, Drs. Hallowell and Ratey revealed why millions of adults and children are chronic underachievers, caught up in persistent problems in school, at work, and at home. The cause is not lack of self-discipline, but, rather, an inborn neurological condition, Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD.
Answers To Distraction provides practical solutions to the dilemmas of ADD. This "user's guide" to ADD is presented in question-and-answer format ideal for even the most distractible reader. Each chapter covers a specific aspect of ADD, such as ADD in women, ADD and aggression, ADD and addiction, or ADD and work. The authors provide advice for teachers on recognizing ADD and helping students to cope, plus extraordinary insights into the relationship difficulties caused by ADD.
About the Author
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., is in private practice in adult and child psychiatry and has offices in both the Boston area and New York City. He lives with his wife, Sue, and children, Lucy, Jack, and Tucker.
John J. Ratey, M.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is in private practice. He lives in the Boston area.
Table of Contents
1. You Mean There’s Actually a Name for It?
Toward a Definition of ADD
2. To Be Here, and There, and Everywhere
ADD in Children
■ PARENTS’ QUESTIONS
■ YOUNG CHILDREN’S QUESTIONS
■ ADOLESCENTS’ QUESTIONS
3. Making or Breaking the Spirit of the Child
Teachers and ADD
4. The Pleasures (and Pains) of Sudden Wonder
ADD in Adults
5. Work Smarter, Not Just Harder
ADD and Work
6. Perchance to Dream
ADD in Women
7. Making Up Your Mind
New Tips on the Nonmedication Treatment of Adult ADD
8. You Are My Sunshine
ADD in Couples
9. Taming the Big Struggle
ADD and the Family
10. The Unfinished Symphony
ADD and Creativity
11. Fact or Fad?
The Diagnosis of ADD
12. The Brain’s Behind It
The Biology of ADD
13. Whence It Came
The Genetic Basis of ADD
14. What’s in a Pill?
Treating ADD with Medication
15. A Wretched Excess
ADD and Addiction
16. The Gemlike Flame
Aggression and Anger in ADD
17. The Doctors’ Dilemmas
Questions from Health Professionals on the Treatment of ADD
18. New Questions and Answers
■ BY EDWARD M. HALLOWELL, M.D.
■ BY JOHN J. RATEY, M.D.
I. Fifty Tips on the Management of Adult ADD
II. Twenty-Five Tips on the Management of ADD in Families
III. Twenty-Five Tips on the Management of ADD in Couples
IV. Where To Go for Help