Whereas other books on the subject describe the condition as inherited, Dr. Gabor Maté believes that our social and emotional environments play a key role in. In this breakthrough guide to understanding, treating, and healing Attention Deficit Disorder, Dr. Gabor Maté, an adult with ADD and the father of three ADD. Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder [Gabor Mate] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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A must read for any one working in the mental and emotional health industry. The point is that even though zcattered mother loved him and took the best care of him that a mother could, the times were incredibly stressful and that infants are deeply influenced by their mother’s state of mind, even if the mother is loving and caring.

From the Trade Paperback edition. Mate’s perspectives on mental health issues are refreshing and intelligent. May 30, Pages Buy. About Gabor Mate, M. You will gqbor find hope.

Without first beginning to heal their “self” first and foremost, scattered person living with ADD will find themselves continuing their present pattern of strained relationships lacking intimacy, tasks left undone, and unmet potential; regardless of whether they are being prescribed any sort of pharmacological treatment or not.

NARM is a somatically based psychotherapy that helps bring into awareness the parts of self that are disorganized and dysfunctional. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I’m a better mom in every way. At the same time, trauma remains a fact of life. So his point isn’t that medication and behavioral treatments are useless, as that they are better done with a focus on relationship and particularly on attachment difficulties.

Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It

Fantastic, empathetic, well-researched and important work. Since the attachment theory seems very plausible to me, I find his writings very convincing.

Fortunately, science has begun to teach us and really understand that there are things we can do as adults to change our wiring and create systems and support networks to help us if we are scattered.


I’ve appreciated a slew of evidence-based recommendations for managing and healing my own ADD, and I had a breakthrough as a result of reading them; that’s worth the price of admission alone. Apr 09, Lisa Gennusa-O’Connell rated it it was amazing.

Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It by Gabor Maté

Mate had looked into my maet self and mirrored back at me many of the experiences and the feelings from my life that have gone unspoken of because I never quite knew how to explain them. Although medicines do help, many “prescriptions” relate to mindfulness, and that doesn’t have to be used to treat ADD: This book had an unusual perspective towards ADD.

I love his gagor framework and his use of self-disclosure to illustrate what ADHD commonly looks like and why. Read it Forward Read gzbor first. Whereas other books on the subject describe the condition as inherited, Dr.

Advancing a model of treatment as transformation through relationship, the author integrates attachment theory with neuroscience, trauma studies, relational psychotherapy, and the psychology of mindfulness. Born in Budapest, Hungary inhe is a survivor of the Nazi genocide.

This is a most readable “meta-work” that elegantly synthesizes many important insights into developmental disorders, parental challenges and our shared cultural attention deficit trajectory. I have a lot of ADD traits but didn’t really see myself as having a physiological difficulty so much as a transmission scxttered. The narration by Daniel Mate is flawless and just adds to the satisfying experience of listening to the book.

I myself can relate to many of the problems he matee. My relief when I was diagnosed was, frankly, astronomical. Johann Hari Narrated by: And even I think add is not an either you got it or not.

Scattered Minds

More evidence to my assertion that the behavioral sciences are less a science and more speculative conjecture mixed with and driven by studies that do not properly control enough for cultural variables. See all books by Gabor Mate, M. This book discusses how the bonding experience of infants and mothers can be impactful both in the short and long-term. Published August 1st by Plume first published Jun 10, Kristen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: People who do not yet know they have it will have their lives transformed.


An excellent resource for those wanting to learn more about the disorder. Wow, this book taught me so much about the mysterious thing known as ADD. But the description of how anxiety arises in kids and how the attachment relationship can be disturbed are just so valuable.

Treatment of ADD in both parents treating their children and adults treating themselves center on awareness and compassion. And an interesting hypothesis about the origin of ADHD that may or may not resonate with each reader. Our brains still have the ability to grow and change pathways.

I look at parenting in a radically different way. Overall lovely book for anyone who’s into mental health and mindfulness Daniel Mate is one of my most favourite narrators.

All the frustration and confusion.

It’s been a life-altering process, and a strangely liberating one. What impact did these things have on my daughter when she was an infant? I feel like my entire life makes sense now: Awareness and knowledge about how to attune and engage with our youngest members is important for our relationships, now and in the future. Now I’ve finally have been shown the picture of the jigsaw box. Written in an entertaining, conversational style for readers aged fifteen to thirty, Dr.

And the more a family is sucked into the emotional state of the ADD child, the less the child learns to regulate this feelings — he feels them magnified rather than soothed by the reaction of the other family members.