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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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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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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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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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One of the best narrator

Thank God for the narrator. That’s the way one does it. I wish audible would have him read more.
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Very helpful for people who want I understand not only ADD, but themselves.

I found this book extremely helpful in understanding where many of my deep seated self defeating issues and habits have come from. With that understanding Dr Maté them guided me through an understanding of how to mature that part of me.

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Revealing

Brilliant insight to ADDwith many personal stories to back it up. I find myself in most of the symptoms. Mate is one of the great minds able to see the patterns in human behavior.

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issue set up 97%, solutions part 3%.

insightful empty statements, yet solution ideas are scattered and not insightful at all...and many unnecessary smart looking vocabulary to support vanilla parts especially, confusing intentionally.

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Must-read

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

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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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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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  • fedgie
  • 10-30-17

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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  • Tancredi Valeri
  • 01-22-21

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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  • Philip Clarke
  • 05-31-17

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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  • Mrs B
  • 12-28-17

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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  • David
  • 09-12-18

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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  • The Amz Reviewer
  • 04-04-18

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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  • Vivienne Harper
  • 07-23-17

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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  • Yvette
  • 05-17-21

Bee to ADHD

I found this book a ray of light, in beginning to understand what is going on for my son.
Years of going round a pathetic NHS and School system designed only for ‘normal’ people has begun to take its toll. This book has opened my eyes and given me more insight in the few hours I’ve listened, than that of being passed from pillar to post by out of date and under funded institutions.
Bless you for writing this

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  • Gently_09
  • 08-06-21

Mind blowing insight! Not just for ADD, but for everyone !!

Scattered Minds is a must for every parent and should be a ‘legal requirement’ at every Antenatal class. Ha!! This is what parents, families and adults working with children, must know. ASAP!

Dr. Mate, provides sound research, advisories and practical examples of cause/effects solutions. In addition it questions, clarifies and debunks everything you thought you knew-about YOU! So you begin to overstand the relationship between YOU—> You Parent.

The learning process delves not only to your own subconscious needs in relation to your own life, but the transference of these needs or deficiencies into parenting, work and relationships.

The level of learning & information from this book is infinite. As a sensory sensitive, I found the narrator easy to listen to and so the learning from this masterpiece is easy.

Simply Amazing!!

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  • Eva Gkenakou
  • 02-13-21

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-19

must read!

Too good not to listen to. Voice actor was very easy to listen to and varied tone to help you stay tuned in. had some fascinating insights from multiple perspectives and shared some interesting takes on attachment and stress in mothers.

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  • Anna M Duggan
  • 05-19-18

Such an insightful book

As a therapist this book (and Dr Mates work) is absolutely game changing.
A must read for any one working in the mental and emotional health industry.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-23-21

fascinating book!

a must read for parents and adults who feel like they suffer from focusing and attention. so many insights

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-21

I wish I had known about this book 25 years ago...

life changing for me and those close to me. Should be recommended reading for anyone with ADD and anyone that has a relationship with someone with ADD.
Psychiatrists could jump start, if not actually create ongoing benefit with their patients if they read this.
How have I not had this recommended by a single one of them..... ? I guess that proves that we can't rely on them alone for guidance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-20

Wise beyond words

This book is life changing for anyone with ADHD. It is uniquely compelling whilst not being new-age. Parental attunement and the lack thereof contribute significantly to ADHD and this causal factor is also the path to healing both brain and heart.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-20

Fantastic

This is a wonderful book .. warm insightful helpful reassuring authentic . Thank you so much Gabor

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  • Richard
  • 05-15-20

ADHD by an ADHDer & doctor

A unique and much needed book about ADD/ADHD from the lived experience of ADHD in combination with the professional knowledge of a medical practitioner. Dr Maté identifies the holes in the medical paradigm and approach towards ADHD and offers insightful information and guidance. Essential listening for parents of ADHD kids and ADHD adults themselves.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-21

Gabor Mate never fails his books

I loved the book, this book gives an understanding of the contributors to adhd, and how is life under the ADHD perspectives.
I have now a much better understanding of the dynamics that results from ADHD.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-04-21

Very clarifying and expertly articulated

This book is brilliant and will have you repeatedly asking the questions how does he know? How did he nail that so perfectly? If you have ADD every aspect of your life you’ve ever struggled with will be detailed and articulated in this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-21

amazing! eye opening!

im soon to be diagnosed with AdHD and this book has been such a helpful, insightful and warming book to help me understand the way I am. thankyouuuu :)