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

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

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

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101153857
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2000
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 186,714
File size: 560 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do about It 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Rasharami More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sick, twised pe<_>rverts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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BikeUSA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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