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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: 22.9 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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17 of 18 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Keith on July 18 2012
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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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13 of 15 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Smith on Dec 31 2013
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I agree very much with reviewer Joanna, who points out that AD(H)D is not caused by maternal neglect, as Dr. Mate claims. The damage he is doing with that nonsense idea! I see shades of the badly dis-credited "Refrigerator Mother" theory of Bruno Bettelheim here, whose work insisted some decades ago that Autism was caused by emotionally cold mothers. Thank God we know better now, but not until Dr. Bettelheim wreaked havoc with his skewed views.

Another blame-the-mother theory championed by a since discredited doctor was the infamous Munchausen-by-Proxy theory. Notice the pattern? Doctors who fail to find the real answers consider mothers a convenient scapegoat. Shame on them.

Dr. Gabor Mate is doing likewise in the ADHD/ADD world. Is it because he writes out of the "wholistic" vein that everyone equates his warm fuzziness with the truth? For goodness' sake, Dr. Mate is only a GP (though he has left clinical medical practice altogether these days), and as such he was never qualified medically to diagnose or provide overall therapy for ADHD/ADD patients. GPs are not generally known for their research savvy, either. Reading through this book, I was shocked at arguable statements concerning Genetics. Yes, science does have evidence now that many cases of ADHD/ADD are due to genetic problems alone. See the current medical literature on this topic.

The author writes in the soothing tones that so many readers want to hear. Unfortunately, his "facts" may not stand up under any real scientific spotlight. This book should be given a more critical review. Remember, Dr. Mate is trying to sell a product.
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1 of 1 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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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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