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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452279636
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 131,913
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Author's Note Introduction

PART ONE: The Nature of Attention Deficit Disorder

1 So Much Soup and Garbage Can
2 Many Roads Not Traveled
3 We Could All Go Crazy
4 A Conflictual Marriage: ADD and the Family (I)
5 Forgetting to Remember the Future

PART TWO: How the Brain Develops and How the Circuits and Chemistry of ADD Arise

6 Different Worlds: Heredity and the Environments of Childhood
7 Emotional Allergies: ADD and Sensitivity
8 A Surrealistic Choreography
9 Attunement and Attachment
10 The Footprints of Infancy

PART THREE: The Roots of ADD in Family and Society

11 An Utter Stranger: ADD and the Family (II)
12 Stories within Stories: ADD and the Family (III)
13 This Most Frenetic of Cultures: The Social Roots of ADD

PART FOUR: The Meaning of ADD Traits

14 Severed Thoughts and Flibbertigibbets: Distractibility and Tuning Out
15 The Pendulum Swings: Hyperactivity, Lethargy and Shame

PART FIVE: The ADD Child and Healing

16 It Ain't over Till It's over: Unconditional Positive Regard
17 Wooing the Child
18 Like Fish in the Sea
19 Just Looking for Attention
20 The Defiant Ones: Oppositionality
21 Defusing Counterwill
22 My Marshmallow Caught Fire: Motivation and Autonomy
23 Trusting the Child, Trusting Oneself: ADD in the Classroom
24 Always on My Case: Teenagers

PART SIX: The ADD Adult

25 Justifying One's Existence: Self-Esteem
26 Memories Are Made of This
27 Remembering What Didn't Happen: The ADD Relationship
28 Moses Saved by the Angel: Self-Parenting (I)
29 The Physical and Spiritual Environment: Self-Parenting (II)
30 In Place of Tears and Sorrow: Addictions and the ADD Brain

PART SEVEN: Conclusion

31 I Never Saw the Trees: What Medications Can and Cannot Do
32 What It Means to Attend

Notes Bibliography Index

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

    not your "typical" ADD but exactly the way I have experienced it

    I am probably not an unbiased reader. I was an adult in my forties and in Medical School when I discovered I had ADD. The author was a Medical Doctor in his fifties when he discovered he had ADD. ADD is a learning disorder that can obviously be compensated to some extent, but I am telling you it is much HARDER to compensate when you are not informed about this disorder and not treating it. This author answered questions I have asked myself about how I got to this point and how to identify changes in my environment and the environment of my own children (who are technically undiagnosed ADD but have many traits of the diagnosis). The book talks about the emotional and biological effects of stressors present in upbringing that can amplify or induce the disorder and this information helps me to find solutions. It also helps with the emotional effects of living life with a disorder that can sometimes be shameful. The author is brutally honest about his own struggles and for this I can't be grateful enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    THE MUST HAVE BOOK ON ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER

    This phenomenal book, Scattered, by Dr. Gabor Mate, goes beyond causing us to totally rethink anything we thought we knew about Attention Deficit Disorder. Dr. Mate introduces us to an eye- opening concept that the cause of ADD is that children (he explains that it's due to what is called a lack of attunement between parent and child) are often not registering and processing the love of even the most caring parents. The author does a masterful job of explaining why this is so. Suddenly, one appreciates just how much knowledge and awareness must go in to the complex job of parenting. Dr. Mate truly has a gift for sharing this information in a way that will mesmerize readers of this inspiring book. After reading Scattered, many will no doubt come to the realization that they, or someone they love, may suffer from ADD or Adult ADD. I owe Dr. Mate a debt of gratitude for clarifying why so many people are experiencing such hurt and pain. Needless to say, I recommend this book as being crucially important for anyone who has reached a point of desperation in terms of understanding the cause of their emotional problems. This book should be mandatory reading for every teacher ¿ for anyone who works with children. Thank you, Dr. Mate for his groundbreaking work that could change the world by impacting on all the generations to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2001

    A MUST READ!

    Every parent with an ADD or ADHD child should read this book. It opened new ideas for us to explore with our child. We took him off Ritalin over a year ago and have used info from this book to guide us on a new path of recovery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    He pounced on Sun, inserting his di<_>ck and thrusting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

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    Gabor Mate has it exactly right. There are reasons children beco

    Gabor Mate has it exactly right. There are reasons children become ADHD. They float in an unconscious world where priorities are upside down. The opposite of scattered is attached. The opposite of asleep is awake. This book reminds us that our love, kindness, compassion, reliability and dependability are solutions of utmost importance to restoring happiness and vitality to children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    What is

    ADD and ADHD?

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Great Book - Great Insight

    This book provided answers to many questions I had about myself and the way I sometimes behave. While I do not believe am ADD or ADHD, I do believe that some parts of this apply, and the remedies/discussions in this book can apply to understanding anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2011

    Parent of ADD child

    Since my son was diagnosed with ADD I have been trying to better understand. This book gives great incite into ADD. Would recommend this book to anyone who has a child or spouse who has ADD. Refreshing !

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