Dr. Gabor Maté: Introduction
Over many years Dr. Gabor Maté has worked as a family physician, explored ADHD and treated people suffering from addictions.
He has written about these topics in four books:
- Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder (2000)
- When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress (2004)
- Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers (2005)
- In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction (2008).
Dr. Maté stresses the importance of examining fundamental causes of dysfunction, and not just treating symptoms. He explains that people's dysfunction, whether it is mental or physical, results from lifelong processes and especially early childhood that exerts a determinant influence on people's thinking, biology and behaviour. He links postpartum depression and parental stress to the development in children of ADHD, and links childhood trauma and abuse to later addictive behaviours. Early beginnings are important because they lead to lifelong emotional, neurophysiological and behavioural patterns.