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Scattered Minds

The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder
Narrated by: Daniel Maté
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Probably the best insight into ADD

Loved the insight into ADD, absolutely fascinating- a must read for any parent, adult or adolescent who is affected.

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If I could give this 10 stars I would...

Having been ignorant of ADHD in the past, and then being diagnosed with adult ADHD myself at the age of 51, reading this book has opened my eyes in a profound way. It’s been an emotional week reading this, shedding light on what I had perceived as a lifetime of failure. I can’t recommend this book enough, not only for those who think they might be ADDHD, but also for friends and extended family (it has genetic implications) as well as parents siblings and partners of people with any degree of ADD/ADHD. Although painful because it resonated so much, I can see a way to a more fulfilling life now that I have some kind of handle of how my mind works. I can see it’s helping me find more compassion towards my parents too, particularly my emotionally absent father, who even still has the ability to bring out in me flashes of intense and painful anger that I have not been able to fathom. This book is a life changer, thank you so much Dr Maté.

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Game changer

I am eternally gratefull for Gabor Mates kindness and compassion for the damaged child.

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A must read for anyone.

Loved this book. It really has helped me to identify my own ADD traits, but to also understand the people in my life who live with ADD.

It gave me an insight into their internal world. How I could support them, and myself, to become more accepting and understanding.

Gabor shares his own journey with ADD and how he himself has learned to live with it. He shares great examples of others who are also living with ADD which I found extremely useful.

Overall this is a great read and I would recommend it to ALL parents. It will really open your eyes to how the way, we as parents, live our lives, has a great effect on our children.

Daniel Maté does an excellent job of bringing the characters in this book alive! Indeed, the entire book comes to life. Easy to listen to and entertaining.

Thanks to you both for all your support.

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  • 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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-19

Good work. Worth a read.

Well structured. Well written. Well performed. A must read for those of you wondering about your wandering mind. Also a good book to recognize any signs in children and for acting.

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  • E. Reynolds
  • 12-04-19

SO HELPFUL! Best ADD book ever!

I'm a.52 year old, suffering from treatment-resistant depression for 30 years, just in recent years diagnosed with ADHD (inattentive). I didn't take ADHD seriously and my counselor recommended this book. It is narrated by the author's son.

It helps both parents and adult sufferers.
The author is a doctor who also had a late diagnosis of ADD.

I feel this may be my breakthrough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-19

Read this book

This book offers the most human approach to working on or supporting someone with ADD.
It has helped me changed my view of myself.

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  • Bozena
  • 22-03-19

Helpful guide for parents of ADD

This book has changed my parenting helped me so much in quality of relationship with my daughter with Autism and ADD. ATTENTION is tge key. The change in her and in me is huge. I am so grateful that Gabor Mate write this and shared his own story. That was very brave. Audio version was very suiting due to amazing deep voice of author. Highly recommend to all parents

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  • Harsh Shah
  • 24-01-19

Damm, I love this narration!

Damm, I love this narration! The narration made the scientific information and the content of the book come alive. seriously can't praise this book enough.