Driven To Distraction

driven-distraction300wDriven to Distraction:
Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood
by Edward M. Hallowell
ISBN: 978-0684801285

Even 18 Years After Publication, This Book Remains One of the Best ADHD Resources Around

There are hundreds of books about ADHD around; this book was first published in 1994 but almost all that has been written since then about child and adult ADHD will be found here. The many aspects of ADHD topics discussed include:

—How the primary, cognitive symptoms of ADHD (distractibility, impulsiveness, hyperactivity) are complicated by secondary, emotional symptoms (anxiety, depression, low self-esteem);

—The extraordinary gifts typically associated with the ADHD person (creativity, energy, humor, compassion);

—The principles of treating ADHD including (1) insight & education, (2) structure (Day Planners, checklists, routines, etc.), (3) coaching & psychotherapy, & (4) medication.

I’ve read many other books about ADHD before finally reading “Driven to Distraction”, and I was rather amazed to see that nearly all the concepts promulgated by later authors are already discussed with originality, clarity, and detail by Hallowell and Ratey (another book I would recommend is Ari Tuckman’s “More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD”). In sum, I feel this book is a great place to start in learning about ADHD.


GSD, M.D. is a medical doctor and psychiatrist, specializing in the psychology of resilience, personal courage, and renewal.

Posted in Psychology/Psychiatry
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