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Overview A study of attention deficit disorder which argues that the condition is rooted in human evolution includes supporting evidence and reflects new advances in non-drug treatments
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Studio: Underwood Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.43" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1997
Publisher Underwood Books
ISBN 1887424148 ISBN13 9781887424141
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More About Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann is the award-winning, bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Edison Gene, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, and Unequal Protection. A former psychotherapist and founder of the Hunter School, a school for children with ADHD, he lives in central Vermont.
Thom Hartmann currently resides in Northfield, in the state of Vermont. Thom Hartmann was born in 1951.
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An Eye Opener on ADD Feb 5, 2008
This book is excellent and gives you a powerful new insight to ADD and an understanding of what living with ADD is like for the people who have it and those who love them or work with them. Attention Deficit Disorder : A Different Perception
Change the World Jan 29, 2008
Thom Hartmann is trying to change the world one book at a time, one ADDer child at a time and one adult ADDer at a time. He's right though, ADD is just another way of looking at the world and 200 years ago it was probably more of a benefit than anything else. Kids didn't sit in schools all day; they were out working and becoming apprenticed. The world has changed and some of us have minds that have not yet adapted to the change and therefore we are seen as outcasts and therefore we have problems and therefore we need medication etc... The thing is, ADDers suffer and it's mostly from an educational system that is too standard and a society that is unforgiving. Thom's theories are great, he needs a book that transcends just those with ADD and ADHD, but reaches out to society - a book anyone will read and benefit from. Great read with great insights!
One Boy's Struggle: A Memoir: Surviving Life with Undiagnosed ADD
Attention Deficit Disorder : A Different Perception Jan 7, 2008
How exciting to finally read that I don't have a disorder.........but that everyone else. This book has a wonderful way of discribing how a person with attention deficit sees the world and how that unique quality is vital in our existence. Every teacher should have this book as required reading. I am a "Hunter", living in a "Farmers" world.
Attention Deficit Disorder : A Different Perception
This book saved our son Feb 28, 2007
I read this book many years ago and have been recommending it at every opportunity. I remember as I finished this book, my son was sitting at the table just struggling to finish his homework. He was bumping his head against the table in utter frustration! I had to laugh! What was I thinking? He was so creative and smart, he read to me at age three. I discussed the book with my husband and we called his dean and arranged to have all of his teachers in a room at the same time. I carried every book I had on ADD and plopped them down on the table. When they arrived, I asked how many believed there was such a thing as ADD, all but two raised their hands. I asked what courses the two taught and asked the dean to move my son to a different teacher. They were replaced. Not one of the teachers had read any of the books on the table. I said "I have one son, he is all I care about. I am his only cheerleader. I see $360,000 tax dollars worth of teachers with Masters degrees in this room and as far as I was concerned, they had to teach one son. My expectation is that you can teach him. Is there anyone in the room who didn't think it was possible?" No one raised their hand. For the first time I felt I was in control. I was empowered because this book empowered me. I did what I had to do to get my hunter out of that school as fast as I could. My son got a day off of school for every A he brought home. He was astonished at that. He got straight A's for the remainder of high school, graduated 6 months early, and will graduate with honors from Columbia this June. He felt I was on his side, me and him against the system. I could not have helped him if it weren't for the words in this book, so thank-you Thom, you have no idea how this helped us.
Hartmann and Drugs May 5, 2006
Hartmann is a successful multitasker: not only does he write popular books on ADD/ADHD, he has published numerous books of poetry, has opened four hospitals in Third World countries, and so on. His point is that ADD/ADHD is a curse if it is not channeled properly, but can be a great blessing, and an enormous goad (and even key) to success if the "sufferer" learns to handle it, learns to cope with it.
As someone who was bored in school not just because it was repetitive, not just because teachers spent way too much time on task for the attention spans of children, but because it was all too EASY, I recognized myself in Hartmann's case studies immediately. But I was never diagnosed with ADD or ADHD because I learned to cope early. I taught myself to stay on task long enough to finish projects. And as Hartmann stresses, that's the key: finishing projects. When you're ADD, or a "hunter," it requires an extra effort of focus to do it, at first--not just a burst of focus, but a willingness to keep your nose to the grindstone for long periods of time (HOURS! DAYS!) no matter how much it hurts--but soon enough the effort is internalized and success on the world's terms becomes much easier.
Not that the "farmers" will necessarily understand that success. My colleagues say I publish "too much." I'll be working on a scholarly book and a play and a translation at once, and they'll all get done, pretty quickly, within months, because I know I have to push hard to finish or I'll lose interest. As a result I've published something like 15 books, and have a hard drive full of unpublished and unproduced manuscripts as well. I can't understand people who spend fifteen years writing a single magnum opus. Don't they get BORED?
I do want to take issue with one unnamed reviewer, though:
"While I can agree with the point in this book that ADHD to some extent is situational (a hunter temperament within a farmer society) I have to raise obvious concerns about the outcome of any book not giving full credit to the metabolic issue and medications. ... It is an extremely painful experience for many parents of ADHD students to NOT provide medication or alternatives to medication while students continue to be hyperactive, unfocused, extremely distractible, while exercising little impulse control."
This sort of review is irresponsible. The reviewer clearly did not pay attention while reading Hartmann's book (easily distracted? ADD?). Hartmann stresses specifically that ADD/ADHD is painful, stressful, traumatic for many children, and that Ritalin or some other chemical intervention may in many cases be not only necessary but life-saving. But he also stresses that long-term Ritalin use is not the solution--that what children need is instruction in coping with ADD, in channeling their impulses in productive ways. In effect, what he is calling for is help for children with ADD/ADHD who need to learn to produce Ritalin analogs in their own brain chemistry, without external intervention.