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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada; 1 edition (May 30 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676972594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676972597
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Maté... has done us a great service.... He tells those of us who do not have ADD... what it is like to have [it]. Those with ADD, their loved ones and physicians will profit from reading this book. People who do not yet know they have it will have their lives transformed." -- Canadian Medical Association Journal

"One of the most comprehensive and accessible books about ADD. [A] well-documented but sure to be controversial book." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] rare and...richly textured explanation of the complex and subtle interactions of nature and nurture in the developing personality. You won't find a drug chart or Seven Easy Steps to the Road Less Scattered here. You will find family stories, an accessible description of brain development and sound information. You will also find hope." -- The Globe and Mail

"Caring, sympathetic, supportive, and helpful. It [is] also an extremely well-written and engaging read." -- Georgia Straight

“An utterly sensible and deeply moving book written for a general audience…. Dr. Maté offers an original and helpful theory about a condition whose diagnosis has spread like wildfire in North America.” -- The Vancouver Sun

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"Maté... has done us a great service.... He tells those of us who do not have ADD... what it is like to have [it]. Those with ADD, their loved ones and physicians will profit from reading this book. People who do not yet know they have it will have their lives transformed." -- Canadian Medical Association Journal

"One of the most comprehensive and accessible books about ADD. [A] well-documented but sure to be controversial book." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] rare and...richly textured explanation of the complex and subtle interactions of nature and nurture in the developing personality. You won't find a drug chart or Seven Easy Steps to the Road Less Scattered here. You will find family stories, an accessible description of brain development and sound information. You will also find hope." -- The Globe and Mail

"Caring, sympathetic, supportive, and helpful. It [is] also an extremely well-written and engaging read." -- Georgia Straight

“An utterly sensible and deeply moving book written for a general audience…. Dr. Maté offers an original and helpful theory about a condition whose diagnosis has spread like wildfire in North America.” -- The Vancouver Sun

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Keith on July 18 2012
Format: Paperback
3.5 Stars - An interesting, engaging, and well-written book.

However, readers should keep in mind that there is substantial speculation (the role of early relationships in the develoipment of ADHD) and self-referencing, and limited clear guidance for treatment and self-maangment. Look elsewhere for more concrete science-based information and for treatment guidelines.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Isabel Rose on Feb. 15 2010
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This book changed my life as, after 13 years of struggling with my son over behaviours that I did not understand but wished to support, an explanation for the experiences we had had unfolded on these pages. Gabor Mate writes a research-based piece that is much more comprehensive and human than any other source I have read on the subject of ADHD. I have gone on to read all of the other books that Gabor Mate has written, and although they seem to be on different topics, he has a magical way of intertwining his subject matters, bringing a human face to sometimes seemingly hopeless and tragic situations and his heart and soul comes through his writing. I have also seen him speak live - he is truly one of our great Canadians who is contributing to helping us understand and build a healthier society.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By W. Cheung on Sept. 28 2010
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Contrary to other reviewer's claims that his theories is not unscientifically supported, I would say that there is increasing support for Mate's take on brain development, due to the fact that his book leans heavily on the research of John Bowlby. John Bowlby's ground breaking research into how the mother-infant connection affects the neurological and emotional growth was so ahead of its time, (he published it in the early 20th century) that it is only now that the research is coming in.

Mate's book is compassionate, and humanistic and does not look for easy solutions, because frankly, there aren't any. While he describes ADD as a neurological impairment, he suggest that the relational and physical environment one continues to grow up in as a child, and live in as an adult, can encourage regrowth and rewiring. He suggest medications are not a first line of defense but must be approached within a strong healing relationships.

I highly recommend this book for psychologists, physicians, teachers and parents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jill on May 24 2012
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I wish I had read this book prior to having children, as I would have done so much differently. That said, it offers strategies that work, and mostly, hope! I'm already seeing differences in my home with my "scattered" child. This book has the right balance of personal stories, science, psychology and strategies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Cowan on March 21 2014
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Gabor Mate has it exactly right The opposite of scattered is attached. The opposite of asleep is awake.

This book reminds us that our love, kindness, compassion, reliability and dependability are solutions of utmost importance to restoring happiness and vitality to children.

There is no need to blame anyone for causes of conditions we may not yet fully understand. (Very sadly, in 50's and 60's, 'faulty mothering' was supposed to be the prime cause of schizophrenia.)

Nate simply advises solutions.

Eleanor Cowan, author of A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jk on Jan. 21 2013
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This author has done a thorough job of describing Attention Deficit Disorder. I don't agree with all his conclusions but think his perspective on this subject is more than worth considering. He has a deep understanding of the subject and clearly wants to help both the people who live with ADHD and the people who love them.
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By mommamo on June 30 2014
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This book helped me so much with my recent diagnosis of adult ADHD. It was comforting to know I am not alone. Highly recommend this book to anyone who has or knows someone with ADHD. Gabor Mate is an incredible person and his knowledge has helped change my life in so many positive ways.
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By Kathryn Fielding on March 18 2014
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A very interesting and helpful read! It arrived promptly and in good condition. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about living with ADD
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