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- DescriptionIn 1987, only 3 percent of American children were diagsed with attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also kwn as ADHD. By 2000, that number jumped to 7 percent and in 2014 the number rose to an alarming 11 percent. To combat the disorder, two thirds of these children, some as young as three years old, are prescribed powerful stimulant drugs like Ritalin and Adderall to help them cope with symptoms. Meanwhile, ADHD rates have remained relatively low in other countries such as France, Finland, the United Kingdom and Japan, where the number of children diagsed with and medicated for ADHD is a measly 1 percent or less. Alarmed by this trend, family therapist, Marilyn Wedge, set out to understand how ADHD became an American epidemic. If ADHD were a true biological disorder of the brain, why was the rate of diagsis so much higher in America than it was abroad? Was a child's inattention or hyperactivity indicative of a genetic defect or was it merely the expression of rmal behaviour or a reaction to stress? Most important, were there alternative treatments that could help children thrive without resorting to powerful prescription drugs? In A DISEASE CALLED CHILDHOOD, Wedge examines how myriad factors have come together, resulting in a generation addicted to stimulant drugs and a medical system that encourages diagsis instead of seeking other solutions. Writing with empathy and dogged determination to help parents and children struggling with an ADHD diagsis, Wedge draws on her decades of experience, as well as up-to-date research, to offer a new perspective on ADHD. Instead of focusing only on treating symptoms, she looks at the various potential causes of hyperactivity and inattention in children and examines behavioural and environmental, as opposed to strictly biological, treatments that have been proven to help. In the process, Wedge offers parents, teachers, doctors and therapists a new paradigm for child mental health - and a better, happier and less medicated future for American children.
- Author BiographyMarilyn Wedge is a practising family therapist with a PhD in social psychology from the University of Chicago, where she received a grant from the prestigious Danforth Foundation. She was a postdoctoral fellow in ethics at the Hastings Center for Bioethics. She is the author of Suffer the Children: The Case against Labeling and Medicating and an Effective Alternative, which was published in paperback with the title Pills Are Not for Pre-Schoolers: A Drug-Free Approach for Troubled Kids.
- Author(s)Marilyn Wedge
- PublisherAvery Publishing Group Inc.,U.S.
- Date of Publication24/03/2015
- SubjectFamily & Health: General
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published1899
- ImprintAvery Publishing Group Inc.,U.S.
- Weight363 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine28 mm
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