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Summary

Written from the inside by a person who himself has ADD, with the wisdom gained through years of medical practice and research, Scattered Minds explodes the myth of ADD as a genetically based illness, offering real hope and advice for children and adults who live with this disorder.

©1999 Gabor Maté (P)2017 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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"In one of the most comprehensive and accessible books about Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Maté, a Canadian physician and popular medical columnist, challenges many accepted notions about the condition, which afflicts more than three million children and a significant number of adults." ( Publishers Weekly)

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everybody should read this book!

I work with the public, not in the way most folk do so I thought by listening to this book I'd realise a better understanding of the individuals I meet. Now that I'm done I have a better understanding of myself and my own failings. Really is a book everyone should make time for!

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this is the best ADD book to start with

Read beautifully like it was from the author.
Very sympathetic advice which challened me every day.
Finally a lot of things make sense.

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The knowledge you gain from this book is invaluable.

Such a relief to know that the cause of ADD can be addressed. I only wish the methods needed to facilitate the brain rewiring itself were more clear and concise and less woven into the overall narrative. If you decide to listen to this book, have a pen and paper handy to make notes when the processes are mentioned. Ultimately, you will need a family based therapist to help you rewire if you or your child has ADD, and he explains why.

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I was hoping for a lot more SOLUTIONS?!

Hours of engaging examples on the problem, very litte on the solutions of connection + love.

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Confirmed my Self Diagnosis after listening

Brought the audiobook so I could listen whilst I walked. Could relate to the author as he has ADD as well and had his own personal anecdotes and perspectives Virtually all of the symptoms I could relate to.Some to a lesser degree as over decades I've used different techniques to lessen its impact on me.

Previously I was chunking together pieces of the puzzle blindfolded. Now I've finally have been shown the picture of the jigsaw box.

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Fantastic book

I can't recommend this book highly enough, as with all Dr. Mate's books he has mixed science with extremely readable material.

I have in quick succession read all of Dr. Mate's books, each one of them has been really illuminating and given me a great deal of food for thought.

The narration by Daniel Mate is flawless and just adds to the satisfying experience of listening to the book.

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Too anecdotal

The author’s claim that ADD may be caused by a disturbance of attachment in infancy and early emotional trauma is interesting insofar as it presents an alternative to the often one-sidedly neuropsychiatric view found in many other books on this topic. However, he is unable to adduce any substantial support for his claims. Instead, he resorts to vast generalizations on the basis of anecdotal evidence and personal experiences. Nonetheless, it does seem to me that his book contains a number of insights.

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Very well written, insightful but not much practical advice

I enjoyed listening to this book. It provides a very insightful view of ADHD and a balanced view on medication. In terms of other practical advice on what to do to deal with ADHD, the book provides a lot of advice on what not to do, things that are harmful to people with ADHD but it does not provide practical solutions that could be used instead that would help alleviate the barriers caused by ADHD.

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One of the best books I've ever read

Gabor Mate, in this heartfelt and beautifully honest depiction of what it is to be ADHD, presents an fascinating and logical explanation for this "disorder" and a liberating alternative to the medical explanation. I think every parent should read this book, whether they identify with ADD or not, this helps to explain what we mean by 'sensitively attuning' to our children....and can be extrapolated to all loving relationships....not just parent/child.

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A book everyone should read

Very well written and very well read. I learned a lot about myself and others. I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • 15-11-20

Life changing!!!!

Didn't know that my mother's rageuos beatings caused me this much damage. But why would i suspect that?, such beatings are the gold standard of parenting in Africa. Its sad i discovered this now, imagine if i dicovered this in my earlier years, instead of in my final year of university, at the same time i feel lucky to have discovered this at 21. I have seen first hand how bad adhd can be if it goes untreated. My father was a great lawyer at his peak, he is an absolute mess right now because of this. Lost job, marriage, back with his mother, multiple kids, crippling debts, lost car to pawnshop after years of paying for it. I will try to recommend this book for him and i hope my future wont be the same. Time to start the process of healing.

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  • M. V.
  • 17-07-20

Excellent book

Excellent, well-written book that covers a lot of ground, including a role of attachment and presents ADD a lot as an attachment disorder, which I find helpful, but others may argue for distinguishing them, which, in fact is often hard to do and this book does a good job at integrating rather then distinguishing the two disorders. On the whole this is a well-balanced book when it comes to bio-psycho-social-spiritual formulation. I truly enjoyed Daniel Mate’s voice and narration, one of the best l have heard on Audible books. Unfortunately, some of the Audible books are narrated by jarring, unpleasant voices that my ADD brain absolutely cannot stand even when I'm genuinely interested in the book itself. Daniel’s voice did a true service to this beautifully written book.

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  • Paola A. Zolezzi
  • 02-10-20

Excellent book. Really gets you to understand how ADD originates, works and feels

This book has helped me understand how ADD affects my life, my husband’s and my 11 year old daughter. I feel now that I can be much more effective when dealing with everyday issues in relation with my family and with myself. Also to be able to be self compassionate and be compassionate with them rather than judgemental.

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  • Sarah Imrisek
  • 10-07-21

Must-read

Comprehensive and enlightening. Covers everything from neurophysiology to family dynamics, from individual to societal perspectives. Highly recommend.

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  • cindi
  • 28-08-20

Amazing, eye opening book!

This book should be a must read for every child, parent, caregiver and teacher! Wonderfully written and well read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-19

half the book not particulary about ADD

but still worthwhile. it is the usual sruff expected from gabor mate: deep insight into the human psych and modern culture.it is the performence of his son daniel as a book recorder.

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  • Olli Juutilainen
  • 31-10-19

Most elegant writing on ADD

Beautiful written with light shed on both the scientific and the experiencial sides of ADD.

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  • 10-10-19

How and why?

Very good examples to help you understand what's really happening in your brain, and why it it is happening. More interesting than any ADD book I've read before.

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  • Gustavo V. Souza
  • 31-08-19

I love it

A life change book! A must read for all people that are struggling with anxiety

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  • 13-06-19

The best book I found that I could reasonate with

An amazing book where I found myself in the stories, of the past and with practical steps and mindset of how I can develop myself and my child. Thank you for my insights, the impact you made cannot me written