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Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
Delivered from Distraction Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
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17 Reddit comments about Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder:

u/the_catsmeow · 4 pointsr/ADHD

The book Delivered from Distraction is excellent and I highly recommend it:

There's also a fantastic documentary called ADD & Loving it , which helped my husband understand how my ADHD brain works.

u/raptorgirl · 2 pointsr/needadvice

I have ADD too but mine has become almost unobtrusive. I can even take advantage of it now, like for example, obviating shit and details and focusing on the nitty gritty to get things done. I've used Aderall, it does help lots and if you can by all means use it; however, myself and other people I've met have ceased to need the meds as bad as we once needed to. It has to do with self management, something you will learn the bad way if you hit rock fucking bottom in everything like I did.

Please, don't wait until you hit rock bottom and life jolts you awake. You could be close to losing all your college opportunities, losing your friends and your fiancee. You have to toughen up by becoming responsible of yourself and your ADD.

It's good you already started. Keep going to counseling, get a prescription for the meds and read on ADD as much as you can. There are really helpful books on the subject such as this one. Here's a hint, the way to manage ADD is through establishing reliable systems that get things done for you, like for example, study three hours every day at the same time, attend all your classes, implement something that works for you so you won't forget things, like a GTD software, maintaining clean spaces, asking lots of questions in conversations to keep yourself engaged, keeping lists of things, storing boxes, detailed notes, that sort of things. Once you find systems that work for you, you stick and follow through them regardless of how you feel and things will get taken care of and surprisingly, you'll have more time available to do the things you want, be it sleep or whatever; otherwise, if left to whim, everything spirals out of control and becomes unmanageable and it drags you down with it. Good luck!

u/blackwellsucks · 2 pointsr/ADHD

Obviously you know no one here can diagnose you for sure. Only doctors can. But to me at least it definitely sounds like you do have it.

Without medication it certainly is harder to treat your ADHD but you still can. First thing is, in order to be able to treat your ADHD, you have to first understand it. You should grab something like Ed Hallowell’s book Delivered From Distraction. There’s actually an in depth self assessment in there in one of the earlier chapters!

He’s got a lot of great advice on how many ADHDers successfully manage their symptoms!

But know: it can be hard work figuring out how to balance your life with ADHD even if you are medicated. It’s the trouble of actually acting on those wonderful plans you probably will make.

u/metamet · 2 pointsr/firstworldproblems

I hear ya.

Look into this book: Delivered from Distraction. Even if you don't think you have adhd, there is a lot of great and helpful information there.

u/NoahTresSuave · 2 pointsr/TagPro

Man, been there, kind of am there but way better than I was. The symptoms of ADD and depression perpetuate each other and can make it feel almost impossible to claw my way out sometimes. Have you tried doing CBT? I can't recommend it enough. Just being mindful of your thoughts and impulses as they happen can have a huge impact on your ability to take the wheel. 3 years ago I was close to dropping out of college and toying with the idea of offing myself, now at 25 I'll be graduating with a 3.8 GPA. CBT (or whatever else you find works for you; exercise and diet play a huge role) and taking some time to Think About Shit can really do wonders. It's never too late.

We've never really interacted, but I've appreciated you from afar in my ~4 months here. All the best, buddy.

EDIT: Check out this book. It's what jumpstarted me into action, and I almost feel as if everybody should read it.

u/XL-ent · 2 pointsr/ADHD

Young and poor beats out old and rich every time.

Fortunately you are young.

If you have ADHD, dealing with it involves a lifelong strategy. And, it is important to focus on the fact that ADHD is not all bad, in fact, having ADHD is a huge advantage in certain life skills (such as creativity and entrepreneurial skills).

My advice is to learn as much about ADHD as you can. Go to the library and check out books and learn. This book gives a great overview of how to make your life better.

u/captainsporkland · 2 pointsr/GetMotivated

Glad to hear it, I hope that it's as helpful for you as it was for me!

Talking to a psychologist or mental health counselor is also extremely important: if medication is the tool, the counselor is the one to show you how to use it and make the most of it!

There's a great book called Delivered From Distraction that was also a phenomenal help.

u/Nothanku_ · 2 pointsr/ADHD

When you say source you mean an academic study/research? If thats what you mean then no. However there is a superb book called Delivered from Distraction which is where I massively improved my understanding about ADHD, the treatment options and the medication (plus other things). This is where I learnt that untreated ADHD causes other issues.

u/josefisguilty · 1 pointr/ADHD

I had no idea that I had ADHD in college, just that I could not make my life work when I got there.

What made me succeed is that I ended up in a major where my professors were more like mentors: creative writing. If I hadn't found that I probably would have dropped out. In retrospect I always succeeded best when I had a mentor or good coach.

I'm an English professor today, so it stuck. (And no, I'm not judging anyone's grammar.)

Anyway, the book Delivered From Distraction has a chapter on preparing for college with ADHD. Here's the quote about mentoring:

>Research done by Richard Light at Harvard shows that one of the key determinants of a successful undergraduate career at any college or university is the student’s finding a senior faculty member she can make a close, mentoring relationship with. Doing this requires luck or boldness or both. . . . Especially if a student has ADD, it is also important that someone at home—a parent, other relative, former coach, someone—remains closely involved, keeping tabs on what is going on at college day in and day out.

>Ratey Md, John J.; Hallowell, Edward M. Md (2005-12-27). Delivered from Distraction (Kindle Locations 3674-3679). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

I was more on the "luck" side. I was good at writing, and the creative writing faculty created a strong community there. I stuck around for the an MFA as well.

u/Vivalyrian · 1 pointr/ADHD

His follow-up book, Delivered From Distraction, is also great and definitely a well-worth read.


I would recommend you watch bitch Russell Barkley videos and read Hallowell books. Barkley speaks a lot more about the theory and reasons behind why ADHD people function the way we do, but Hallowell's are a perfect addendum because they contain a lot of patient stories. Especially in Driven To Distraction, the majority of the book is patient stories, which are evergreen content (up to date as they relate to timeless experiences from individuals suffering the same as us).


Regardless, Barkley is the top dog, but Hallowell's books are great runner-ups for the throne. Delivered From Distraction talks a lot more about ADHD in adults and how to cope/organize your life around it.


I know we're "lazy" and struggling with maintaining focus, but to anyone capable of consuming both Barkley AND Hallowell, you'll be far better off than simply sticking with one or the other.

u/alchemy_index · 1 pointr/Divorce

I read this one, which was recommended by my therapist:

I plan on reading more books about it. It's really a somewhat cleansing experience, in my opinion.

u/Zagarac · 1 pointr/ADHD

I would recommend Edward Hallowell's [Delivered from Distraction] ( There isn't a named, comprehensive therapy that "treats" ADHD. ADHD has a structural basis and therefore you will never be "normal". What is so great about this book is that he focuses on identifying personal strengths and building your life around them, and owning your own weaknesses rather than trying desperately to make up for something that is written into your DNA. He brings in elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, which is useful for psychological issues especially but helps retrain your brain. He also mentions (although not by name) elements of dialectical behavior therapy, which was designed as a treatment for borderline personality disorder but focuses on concepts of present-mindedness and emotional regulation that are helpful for disregulated minds.

My experience with therapists has been that the majority of them have a surprisingly uneducated understanding of what ADHD is, and what goes on "under the surface" of the easily identifiable symptoms. They generally understand that your attention and organization are out of your control, but my experience has been that their suggestions for techniques to manage the symptoms come very much from the cultural mandate that you just "try a little harder" and things get better. I have never had a therapist who understood that there are some things that don't work and some idiosyncrasies with the therapeutic treatment plan for those with ADHD. That said, I think that the best thing you can do for yourself is research ADHD and form a solid understanding of what really works for you. With that knowledge you will open up the possibility of working with a therapist that you get along with, even if he or she doesn't specialize in ADHD. If you can take the lead establishing guidelines for treatment, then they can probably help you stick to it.

u/16GBwarrior · 1 pointr/ADHD

I recommend this book. Also. most Public libraries in the US have digital media on their websites where you can borrow Ebooks and Audiobooks (yes!!!) for free.

The book goes through diagnosis, testing, medications, and techniques and methods to use with and without medication. It's one of those "I wish someone had told me about this" books.

I'm using this book to help me figure out the right dosage and medicine. Started on 50mg of Vyvance, now I'm trying 20 mg of Adderall XR. I'm suspicious that they doc is pushing Vyvance on me.

u/thousande · 1 pointr/ADHD

I am no expert on any, but both are a spectrum disorder and has many faces. Delivered from Distraction has a brief but good chapter on bipolar vs AD(H)D.

Also, this may help understanding the differences:

Edit: wording

u/roland00 · 1 pointr/ADHD

The distraction series by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell M.D. The first one is driven by distraction. I am going to list the amazon links and the order they were written in.

Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder

Answers to Distraction

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

I highly recommend those books


I even more recommend listening to Dr Russel Barkley on youtube. He is a doctor who has been studying ADHD for over 30 years now, and he is a gifted public speaker and explainer of ADHD. You can watch the videos on your computer or media device. You will find more than a dozen of these videos on youtube, some a couple mins some 3 hours long. The essential idea for parents is the best one, it deals with 30 different parts about adhd such as what causes it and how best to treat it, and all the science behind it. It is not just for parents but anybody that wants to learn about adhd...Linky

Now I use a website called clipconvert cc Without using any software you can give this website a link and it will give you an option to download a youtube video as a video, or a music file of many various file types. All the work is done on their computers and servers. They do have software you can download that does the same thing, but please do not bother with this. Note if you do not read the directions they will automatically download (but not open) the software that allows you to do this on your computer, there's a checkbox you uncheck to make them do it on their computers. [b]They also do have a lot of pop ups on their website, close them and do not click on them.[/b] I do not know how safe the pop ups are but the website itself is safe.

Thus you can have a mp3 to listen to while driving, on the bus, exercising, cleaning up the house, etc.

u/BangCrash · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

Some of the resources I've found helpful in understanding my ADHD are

  • Book: Delivered from Distraction

  • Series of 30 videos by Dr Russel A Barkley
    (These videos hit so amazingly close to home in me relating to the content. Was great insight into my ADHD)

  • Strangely enough Time Ferriss' 4 hour work week
    I found it really good for ideas about focusing, prioritising, itemising tasks, outsourcing and automating the things I'm bad at.

  • /r/ADHD is also somewhere that's useful

    But for me probably the best thing has been to just understand how ADHD effects me and how I work with it.
    I'm on medication for it, but I also have discovered that's there's tasks and certain things I do that my ADHD is actually beneficial for, and some things that it's really shit for.
    Understanding what is what and what/how I can use strategies in my week areas and what areas I can let me be me has been very useful.

    Good luck. It's a hard slog but after trying so many different employment options starting and growing my own business has been the most enjoyable thing I've done.
    Fucking hard thou but I wouldn't be doing anything else now!

    Edit: Meditation!!!
    Learn to slow that brain down and learn to choose to respond to stimuli when YOU want to, NOT when the ADHD see's something shiny.
    Good starting point is the Headspace App