The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder
Bestselling author and clinician Gabor Maté proposes a radical new theory on the ADD epidemic
Scattered Minds explodes the myth of attention deficit disorder as genetically based – and offers real hope and advice for children and adults who live with the condition.
Gabor Maté is a revered physician who specializes in neurology, psychiatry and psychology – and himself has ADD. With wisdom gained through years of medical practice and research, Scattered Minds is a must-read for parents – and for anyone interested how experiences in infancy shape the biology and psychology of the human brain.
- Demonstrates that ADD is not an inherited illness, but a reversible impairment and developmental delay
- Explains that in ADD, circuits in the brain whose job is emotional self-regulation and attention control fail to develop in infancy – and why
- Shows how ‘distractibility’ is the psychological product of life experience
- Allows parents to understand what makes their ADD children tick, and adults with ADD to gain insights into their emotions and behaviours
- Expresses optimism about neurological development even in adulthood
- Presents a programme of how to promote this development in both children and adults
“Gabor Maté’s connections—between the intensely personal and the global, the spiritual and the medical, the psychological and the political—are bold, wise and deeply moral. He is a healer to be cherished and this exciting book arrives at just the right time”
Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine
“His medical background and lucid writing style make complex biological processes accessible to non-scientific readers.”
The Gazette (Montreal)
“Rare and refreshing. . . . Here you will find family stories, an accessible description of brain development and sound information. You will also find hope. ”
The Globe and Mail