CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap-Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD

CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap-Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD

by Edward M. Hallowell
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CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap-Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD by Edward M. Hallowell

Are you too busy? Are you always running behind? Is your calendar loaded with more than you can possibly accomplish? Is it driving you crazy? You’re not alone. CrazyBusy–the modern phenomenon of brain overload–is a national epidemic. Without intending it or understanding how it happened, we’ve plunged ourselves into a mad rush of activity, expecting our brains to keep track of more than they comfortably or effectively can. In fact, as Attention Deficit Disorder expert and bestselling author Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., argues in this groundbreaking new book, this brain overload has reached the point where our entire society is suffering from culturally induced ADD.

CrazyBusy is not just a by-product of high-speed, globalized modern life–it has become its defining feature. BlackBerries, cell phones, and e-mail 24/7. Longer work days, escalating demands, and higher expectations at home. It all adds up to a state of constant frenzy that is sapping us of creativity, humanity, mental well-being, and the ability to focus on what truly matters.

But as Dr. Hallowell argues, being crazybusy can also be an opportunity. Just as ADD can, if properly managed, become a source of ingenuity and inspiration, so the impulse to be busy can be turned to our advantage once we get in touch with our needs and take charge of how we really want to spend our time. Through quick exercises (perfect for busy people), focused advice on everything from lifestyle to time management, and examples chosen from his extensive clinical experience, Hallowell goes step-by-step through the process of unsnarling frantic lives. With CrazyBusy, we can teach ourselves to move from the F-state–frenzied, flailing, fearful, forgetful, furious–to the C-state–cool, calm, clear, consistent, curious, courteous.

Dr. Hallowell has helped more than a million readers free themselves of the distractions and compulsions of ADD. Now in CrazyBusy, he offers the same sound, sane, and accessible guidance for anyone suffering from the harried pace of modern life. If you find yourself pulled into a million different directions, here at last is the opportunity to stop being busy, start being happy, and still get things done.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307414854
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,085,125
File size: 952 KB

About the Author

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., was an instructor at Harvard Medical School for twenty years and is now the director of the Hallowell Centers in Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, and the Boston area. He is the co-author of Driven to Distraction, Delivered from Distraction, and Answers to Distraction, as well as the author of CrazyBusy, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, and Worry, among other titles. He also hosts a weekly podcast called Distraction that offers practical solutions on how to focus and regain control in today’s digital world.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Who better than a dyslexic psychologist specializing in Attention Deficit Disorder to list the ways modern life is making us all mentally ill? Edward M. Hallowell's breezy style and short, entertaining chapters are perfectly portioned for reading during the few calm moments in a hectic day. His sound advice is more than simple platitudes. Admit it: You're too busy to read this book right away, so you're reading the summary for now. What with your deadlines, commute and family commitments, you're reading the recommendation in the few seconds you have before you read e-mails, prepare for a meeting or pick up a carpool. Feel a jolt of recognition? Our diagnosis is that you need this book.