Wednesday, February 02, 2005

When will I be "Delivered from Distraction"

Thank you, Soliloqy, for the tag. I was glad that I was able to give you more insight to your husband's behavior. It sounds like you are patient and want to help if you have been reading books about it. Have you read books about ADD and relationships?

Delivered from Distraction (Hardcover)
Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
Author: John J. Ratey M.D.
Our Price:$18.06 Retail: $25.95 You Save: $7.89! (30%)
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Part Number: 034544230XBT--Release: 01/04/2005

-- Notes:
Dr. Edward M. Hallowell is considered one of the top experts on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). His ground-breaking 1994 book DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION--a diagnostic list of characteristics identifying what was then a relatively unknown condition--is on virtually every list of essential works in the field. In DELIVERED FROM DISTRACTION, Dr. Hallowell updates and adds to his earlier work, synthesizes current research, and focuses again on not merely how to live with ADD but how to live well, including tips on how to reduce procrastination, boost self-esteem, and relate better to others. Long bothered by a feeling that "something is wrong with me," those who have ADD are now viewed by professionals as having a constellation of traits that simply need to be recognized, acknowledged, and then dealt with.

Other Notes:
In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Widely recognized as the classic in the field, the book has sold more than a million copies. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder–all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated. In this new book, Drs. Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey build on the breakthroughs of Driven to Distraction to offer a comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD.

As Hallowell and Ratey point out, “attention deficit disorder” is a highly misleading description of an intriguing kind of mind. Original, charismatic, energetic, often brilliant, people with ADD have extraordinary talents and gifts embedded in their highly charged but easily distracted minds. Tailored expressly to ADD learning styles and attention spans, Delivered from Distraction provides accessible, engaging discussions of every aspect of the condition, from diagnosis to finding the proper treatment regime. Inside you’ll discover

• whether ADD runs in families
• new diagnostic procedures, tests, and evaluations
• the links between ADD and other conditions
• how people with ADD can free up their inner talents and strengths
• the new drugs and how they work, and why they’re not for everyone
• exciting advances in nonpharmaceutical therapies, including changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle
• how to adapt the classic twelve-step program to treat ADD
• sexual problems associated with ADD and how to resolve them
• strategies for dealing with procrastination, clutter, and chronic forgetfulness

ADD is a trait, a way of living in the world. It only becomes a disorder when it impairs your life. Featuring gripping profiles of patients with ADD who have triumphed, Delivered from Distraction is a wise, loving guide to releasing the positive energy that all people with ADD hold inside. If you have ADD or care about someone who does, this is the book you must read.

Other books by John J. Ratey M.D.:
--Driven to Distraction (Reprint Paperback)
--Driven to Distraction (Abridged Audio Cassette)
--Answers to Distraction (Abridged Audio Cassette)
--Shadow Syndromes (Reprint Paperback)
--Answers to Distraction (Paperback)
--A User's Guide to the Brain (1st Ed.) (Illustrated Paperback)
--Driven to Distraction (Abridged Compact Disc)
--Shadow Syndromes (Hardcover)
--Delivered From Distraction (Hardcover)
--Delivered From Distraction (Abridged Audio Cassette)
--Delivered From Distraction (Abridged Compact Disc)
--Tda (Paperback)

I understand my own condition, but still I often let it take me over. The meds are expensive when you don't have medical coverage, so I often am reluctant to take the stimulant and just have a couple cups of coffee. When I do take it, I just break open the capsule to have some of the little time released pills. I know that doctors would frown on self medicating that way, but this way I can make a prescription last for several month. I do not feel addicted to them or I would feel like I needed to take them everyday like cigarette smokers have to have nicotine first thing in the morning. It is amazing how much more I am motivated to make those phone calls that I keep putting off or cleaning the house. It seems like I don't really act until I'm forced to do it when the impending deadline is an hour away!

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