Driven And Distraction ( Hallowell & Ratey Essay

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In his book, Driven to Distraction (Hallowell & Ratey, 1994), Hallowell recounts his experience having ADD. He relates to when he first discovered that he had Attention Deficit Disorder. (ADD) It was in one of his college classes. He, like some of the millions of other people in the United States alone who have it, had no idea. To him, he was just a kid who couldn’t pay attention in class and who wasn’t able to try had at many things. Hallowell states that one day in class, his professor began describing it when he had an “Aha!” moment (Hallowell & Ratey, 1994). Hallowell recounts what his teacher had said as she explained the common symptoms of ADD “’There are some children’ she said, ‘who chronically daydream. They are often very bright, but have trouble attending to any one topic for very long. They are full of energy and have trouble staying put. They can be quite impulsive in saying or doing whatever comes to mind, and find distractions impossible to resist.’” (Hallowell & Ratey, 1994) This statement is supported by Dr. Amen in his book, Healing ADD. He states that many of his types for ADD have those traits (Amen, 2001). Many describes ADD as an inherited neurological syndrome characterized by easy distractibility, low tolerance for frustration or boredom, a greater than average tendency to say or do whatever comes to mind (impulsivity), and a predilection for situations of high intensity. (Baumeister & Henderson, 2012) Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is…

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