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ADHD nation : children, doctors, big pharma, and the making of an American epidemic

Author: Alan Schwarz
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"A groundbreaking and definitive account of the widespread misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder--and its serious effects on children, adults, and society. More than 1 in 7 American children are getting diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)--three times what experts have said is appropriate--making it one of the most mishandled and debated conditions in medicine. The
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schwarz, Alan, 1968-
ADHD nation.
New York : Scribner, 2016
(DLC) 2016027290
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Schwarz
ISBN: 9781501105913 1501105914 1501105922 9781501105920
OCLC Number: 951612166
Description: viii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Fidgety Phil's arithmetic pills --
Dr. Conners --
From MBD to ADD --
Collision course --
Kristin --
Jamison --
ADD for all --
The hijacking --
There's something they know about us --
Higher and higher --
Less than --
Bright college days --
And now, a word from our sponsors --
Awakening --
Connection --
This is your brain on capitalism --
Coming soon to a doctor near you --
Prescription.
Responsibility: Alan Schwarz.
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"A groundbreaking and definitive account of the widespread misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder--and its serious effects on children, adults, and society. More than 1 in 7 American children are getting diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)--three times what experts have said is appropriate--making it one of the most mishandled and debated conditions in medicine. The numbers are rising every year. Now doctors and Big Pharma are targeting adults and the rest of the world to get diagnosed with ADHD and take medications that will "transform their lives." In ADHD Nation, Alan Schwarz takes readers behind the scenes to show the roots and rise of this cultural and medical phenomenon: There's the father of ADHD, Dr. Keith Conners, who spends fifty years pioneering the disorder and use of drugs like Ritalin before realizing his role in what he now calls "a national disaster of dangerous proportions"; a troubled young girl and studious, teenaged boy who get entangled in the growing ADHD machine and take medications that cause them serious problems; and a pharmaceutical industry that egregiously overpromotes the disorder and earns billions from the mishandling of children (and now adults). While demonstrating that ADHD is real and can be successfully medicated, Schwarz sounds an alarm and urges America to wake up and address this growing national problem"--

"A groundbreaking and definitive account of the widespread misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder--and its serious effects on children, adults, and society"--

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