Driven to Distraction Essay
Driven to Distraction
In the book, “Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood” authors Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey taught me so much about what it is like to have (ADD) Attention Deficit Disorder and what are some of the key factors one should look for when deciding if they may have this disorder.
I learned that it is extremely important to be able to determine if you suffer from this disorder and also to learn to find ways to manage everyday and find different ways to handle everyday events that may be hard for an individual who has attention deficit disorder from early in life into adulthood. I learned ways to detect if someone suffers from ADD and how to identify with this syndrome. (p. 4) In chapter 1, the authors explain what to look for when deciding if a person suffers from attention deficit disorder.
I learned about a character by the name of Jim who couldn’t seem to get his work together. He had been thinking over the job he had to complete for weeks but something inside him kept him from getting the job completed. He had his list of things he needed to accomplish but instead he only paced. This chapter gave me a good look at what it is like to suffer from ADD and how a person feels so helpless not being able to perform their job in a proficient manner. He seemed to be more worried about starting the job than completing it.
This demonstrated to me that Jim had a severe case of this syndrome and probably did need help. He seemed to be stopped by the slightest distraction and couldn’t keep his mind focused on his job at hand. I learned that people who have (ADD) spend their entire lives trying to achieve their goals but usually come up empty-handed. I realize by studying this book that (ADD) is a neurological problem that has the characteristics of hyperactivity, impulsivity and those who suffer are easily distracted from the jobs they are trying to achieve.
I also learned that in America, around fifteen million people have this disorder and can be seen in children as well as adults. I learned that many children have this disorder and some will eventually grow out of it but too often these children grow up to be adults who still suffer from (ADD). The self-diagnostic information was very beneficial. It gives a clear map to check on your own behavior to see if you possibly may suffer from this misunderstood syndrome. It is quite clear that many people go from early childhood through their adult lives without ever realizing that they have (ADD).
I also learned that when a person in your family or someone you care about suffers from this condition, it is important to be able to recognized their condition and be able to help them because some individuals don’t realize they suffer from (ADD) and are unable to cope with their symptoms. Some may resort to taking drugs or resorting to drinking alcohol which can great affect their lives and those around them that care for them. I realize that when a friend of family member constantly have problems with concentrating and staying focused on a given project that the chances for them having (ADD) are high.
There are steps they can take in order to live more productive lives but first they must identify the problem before they can move forward and be more productive in their everyday lives. I also learned that it is important to seek out help when people can’t seem to do this for themselves. I think it is important that they understand that they suffer from (ADD) and read for themselves the symptoms associated with this syndrome so they can understand that they do have a problem. Hallowell and Ratey taught me so much about attention deficit disorder that I would have otherwise been in the dark to.
I think that by reading this book, I have a much greater grasp on what it is like to have this syndrome. I will be capable of identifying the symptoms of others and possibly be able to help by offering this book title as assistance. It is quite obvious that (ADD) really is all around us, everyday and that there are so many still, who don’t even realize why they have so many problems with their everyday routines. I understand that (ADD) can cause a person to leave many unfinished tasks.
It seems that these people may have entirely too many events and jobs going on at the same time and they have a hard time at completing one job or task. It does make a normal person wonder why is this so difficult for them and why can’t they just do one job at a time. It seems that it is not that easy for one who had (ADD) and in order to understand this problem more, one must continue to learn all that they can about this disorder and try to go by a step-by-step plan so that they can be more efficient in their daily activities and jobs. I do take more time to observer people around me since reading this book.
(ADD) is a condition that offers clear evidence that a person has (ADD) and by just allowing yourself to ask questions to yourself when monitoring a person’s behavior, I think it will be easy to diagnose. I learned from reading this book that there is help out there. There are books, physicians and others with the disorder that can offer advice and help so that one can learn to cope with the symptoms and aggravation that comes with (ADD). Reference Page Hallowell, Edward M. ; Ratey, John J. ; 1995. Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood. Touchstone. P. 4