Shelves: non-fiction , The short version: An excellent resource for those wanting to learn more about the disorder. And an interesting hypothesis about the origin of ADHD that may or may not resonate with each reader. Sure, they can coexist at different levels at the same time, but in my experience they definitely are not the same thing. The long, extremely personal version: This book has quite literally The short version: An excellent resource for those wanting to learn more about the disorder. The long, extremely personal version: This book has quite literally changed my life.
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His maternal grandparents were killed in Auschwitz when he was five months old. His aunt disappeared during the war, and his father endured forced labour at the hands of the Nazis. He was a student radical during the Vietnam War era in the late s  and graduated with a B. After working as a high school English and literature teacher for several years, he returned to University of British Columbia to obtain his M.
For twelve years, he was the staff physician at Portland Hotel, a residence and resource center located in downtown Vancouver. Many of his patients suffered from a combination of mental illness, drug addiction, and HIV. Most recently, he has written about his experiences working with addicts in In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. He partnered with a Peruvian Shipibo ayahuasquero traditional shamanic healer and began leading multi-day retreats for addiction treatment, including ones in a Coast Salish First Nations community that were the subject of an observational study by health researchers from the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia.
In the book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, he proposes new approaches to treating addiction e. Without addressing the root cause of the pain, a person may try to stop but will ultimately crave further relief and be prone to relapse. By this definition there are many things in modern culture that have the potential to become addictive such as gambling, sex, food, work, social media, and of course, drugs.
He says that emotional patterns ingrained in childhood live in the memory of cells and the brain and appear in interpersonal interactions. Overall, he argues people benefit by taking a holistic approach to their own health. For instance, he has seen people survive supposedly terminal diagnoses by seriously considering their "mind-body unity" and "spiritual unity"; going beyond "the medical model of treatment.
He asserts that nurturing adults are necessary for healthy brain development. Knopf Canada, Gabor Mate official website. Archived from the original on July 25, Retrieved January 18, March 2, Retrieved November 29, Toronto: Vintage Canada.
Scattered: how attention deficit disorder originates and what you can do about it. New York, U.
Just a year ago, I was dangerously close to out-of-control binge partying and was using cocaine regularly. I always knew there was something amiss. I had not kept a job in years and was out of a degree just one year from completion. Since your book, I have changed my life. Based on solid research and a strong humanistic sensibility, it is written with humor and compassion, from an unsparingly honest personal perspective. I would enthusiastically recommend Scattered to anyone touched by ADD—adults, parents, and professionals.