Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It

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Penguin, Aug 1, 2000 - Psychology - 368 pages
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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) has quickly become a controversial topic in recent years. Whereas other books on the subject describe the condition as inherited, Dr. Gabor Maté believes that our social and emotional environments play a key role in both the cause of and cure for this condition. In Scattered, he describes the painful realities of ADD and its effect on children as well as on career and social paths in adults. While acknowledging that genetics may indeed play a part in predisposing a person toward ADD, Dr. Maté moves beyond that to focus on the things we can control: changes in environment, family dynamics, and parenting choices. He draws heavily on his own experience with the disorder, as both an ADD sufferer and the parent of three diagnosed children. Providing a thorough overview of ADD and its treatments, Scattered is essential and life-changing reading for the millions of ADD sufferers in North America today.
 

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Review: Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It

User Review  - Chris Gard - Goodreads

This book literally completely changed my brain. After reading Dr Maté's "In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts", I thought I was sufficiently informed on behavioural and emotional traits related to problems ... Read full review

Review: Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It

User Review  - Evan Sproul - Goodreads

Though the focus of this book is ADD, Dr. Mate presents a different perspective on relationships in general and how our behavior toward one another, especially in families, can affect us. For me, he ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
We Could All Go Crazy
Distractibility and Tuning
PART FIVE The ADD Child and Healing
Unconditional Positive Regard
Wooing the Child
Oppositionality Chapter 21 Defusing Counterwill
Motivation and Autonomy Chapter 23 Trusting the Child Trusting Oneself ADD in the Classroom Chapter 24 Always on My Case Teenagers
PART SIX The ADD Adult
Heredity and the Environments of Childhood
SelfEsteem Chapter 26 Memories Are Made of This Chapter 27 Remembering What Didnt Happen The ADD Relationship
SelfParenting
Notes Bibliography
Index

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Gabor Mate, M.D., is a physician with a family practice in Vancouver, where he lives. He has written a widely-read medical column for The Globe and Mail and currently writes on medical issues for The Vancouver Sun.

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