Driven to Distraction:

Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder

from Childhood to Adulthood

by Edward M Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.

(Simon & Schuster, New York, 1994)

Attention Deficit Disorder (also called Hyperactivity Disorder in Europe) is a form of learning disorder that primarily affects children but sometimes persists into adulthood. It was first discovered in the U.S. relatively recently, and has been controversial since the beginning. At one time British researchers looked for it in the U.K. and didn't find it, so they disputed that it really existed (they eventually did find it in Britain, though at lower frequencies than in the U.S.). Then the stimulant drug Ritalin came into widespread use to treat ADD and was criticized as inappropriate for children (still widely used in Australia). The authors in this book argue that the disorder not only exists, but it's essential that we recognize and treat it (appropriately) for the sake of the victims as well as society. A must read if your child has any learning or behavioral difficulties.