Book review – the definitive guide to ADHD, one of my Top 3 on ADHD

In 1994, Hallowell and Ratey published Driven to Distraction to Worldwide acclaim and sales. In this follow up to “Driven to Distraction” Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey (both ADHD themselves) build on their sympathetic earlier work, to offer a guide to “living a successful life with ADD”.

The book is tailored to ADHD learning styles and provides accessible, engaging discussions of every aspect of the condition, from diagnosis to finding the proper treatment regime. With profiles of patients with ADHD who have really triumphed “releasing the positive energy that all people with ADD hold inside”. The book is in four parts, providing a foundation from which to discuss the ADHD phenomenon:

  1. What’s It Like to Have ADD?
  2. Three Stories that Tell the Story
  3. Making the Diagnosis of ADD
  4. Mastering the Power and Avoiding the Pitfalls

The positive message of hope and focus on your strengths carries over from the original but includes the very latest in the world of attention differences, including current research in lifestyle changes, supplements, medication, and testing. The book is sprinkled with observations taken from Hallowell’s practice, is comprehensive and empowering. Chapters include “ADD Self-Assessment Quizzes for Adults”, “An evil, an Illness, or a Kind of Mind?”, “Conditions that Coexist with ADD,”, “Genetics,” “Are We Training our Children to have ADD?” “The Treatment of ADD: What Works Best,” and “ADD in Families.”

A fantastic update to a fantastic book.