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joshuacc · 2011-05-29 · Original thread
This is a really common symptom of adult ADD/ADHD. I highly recommend the book Driven to Distraction. It helped me make sense of a lot of aspects of my life that I just couldn't understand before.

CalmQuiet · 2009-05-23 · Original thread
I've got quite a lot of distractibility, but my office mate really does. He got connected with the work of Edward Hallowell, specifically "Driven to Distraction" ( ) and has since had his doc get him on ritalin. It's just been a few weeks, but he seems a lot more focused to me.

It's making me wonder if I need to talk to a doc about trying me on one of those meds. Doesn't seem like it's much of a risk, does it?

[I've struggled mightily to force myself to focus - to no avail - and know that I could be way more productive if the mind would obey better :/ ]

skmurphy · 2008-08-28 · Original thread
ADD is not particularly rare in my experience--certainly among hackers and entrepreneurs--and people that feel that they are special need to get out more. It's not a personality type as much as a processing mode(s). There are a number of good books full of practical advice on how to manage ADD. Three I have found particularly useful are

ADD Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kohlberg

Driven To Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell

Healing ADD by Dr. Daniel Amen

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