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Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention

Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention

by Katherine Ellison


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"An absorbing, sharply observed memoir." — Kirkus Reviews

A hilarious and heartrending account of one mother's journey to understand and reconnect with her high-spirited preteen son-a true story sure to beguile parents grappling with a child's bewildering behavior.

Popular literature is filled with the stories of self-sacrificing mothers bravely tending to their challenging children. Katherine Ellison offers a different kind of tale. Shortly after Ellison, an award-winning investigative reporter, and her twelve-year-old son, Buzz, were both diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, she found herself making such a hash of parenting that the two of them faced three alternatives: he'd go to boarding school; she'd go AWOL; or they'd make it their full-time job to work out their problems together. They decided to search for a solution while Ellison investigated what genuine relief, if any, might be found in the confusing array of goods sold by the modern mental health industry.

The number of diagnoses for childhood attention and behavior issues is exploding, leaving parents and educators on a confusing chase to find the best kind of help for each child. Buzz, a page-turner of a memoir, brings much relief. It is immensely engaging, laugh-out-loud funny, and honest-and packed with helpful insights.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401312794
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 554,158
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist, former foreign correspondent, writing consultant, author of four books, and mother of two sons. Her most recent writing has focused primarily on neuroscience and the environment.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Predicament: "Understand Me!" 1

It's Personal

Chapter 1 History: Stuck on Input 15

Chapter 2 Emergency: Crossing Lines in the Ritalin Wars 36

Chapter 3 Biology: The Anatomy of Distraction 53

Chapter 4 Relationships: The Cookie of Peace 77

It's Cultural

Chapter 5 Society: Attack of the Chronophages 99

Chapter 6 Education: The Rules of Engagement 117

Chapter 7 Add-Vocacy: The Strength in Numbers 134

Is It Curable?

Chapter 8 Wired: Braving the New World of Neurofeedback 153

Chapter 9 Meditation: "No One Ever Died of Restlessness" 172

How About Reframable?

Chapter 10 The White Contender 195

Chapter 11 Knots To Undo 207

Epilogue: What Else Worked 217

Notes 227

Select Bibliography 277

On Methods and In Gratitude 279

Index 283

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