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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In this breakthrough guide to understanding, treating, and healing Attention Deficit Disorder, Dr. Gabor Maté, an adult with ADD and the father of three ADD children, shared the latest information on:

·         The external factors that trigger ADD
·         How to create an environment that promotes health and healing
·         Ritalin and other drugs
·         ADD adults
…and much more

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. 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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Among the recent epidemic of books on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), this one is valuable for its stress on environmental issues and the author's experience with the syndrome in his own family ... Read full review


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
Heredity and the Environments of Childhood
SelfEsteem Chapter 26 Memories Are Made of This Chapter 27 Remembering What Didnt Happen The ADD Relationship
Notes Bibliography

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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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