ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making by Alan Schwarz

By Alan Schwarz

The groundbreaking and definitive account of the common misdiagnosis of recognition deficit hyperactivity disorder—and how its unchecked progress over part a century has made ADHD essentially the most debatable stipulations in drugs, with severe results on young ones, adults, and society.

More than 1 in 7 American teenagers get clinically determined with ADHD—three occasions what specialists have acknowledged is appropriate—meaning that hundreds of thousands of children are misdiagnosed and taking medicines comparable to Adderall or Concerta for a psychiatric situation they most likely should not have. The numbers upward thrust each year. And nonetheless, many specialists and drug businesses deny any reason for quandary. in truth, they are saying that adults and the remainder of the area should still embody ADHD and that its drugs will remodel their lives.

In ADHD Nation, Alan Schwarz examines the roots and the increase of this cultural and scientific phenomenon: the daddy of ADHD, Dr. Keith Conners, spends fifty years advocating medications like Ritalin prior to understanding his position in what he now calls “a nationwide catastrophe of risky proportions”; a younger lady and a studious teenage boy get involved within the starting to be ADHD laptop and take medicines that backfire horribly; and massive Pharma egregiously over-promotes the affliction and earns billions from the mishandling of youngsters (and now adults).

While demonstrating that ADHD is genuine and will be medicated while acceptable, Schwarz sounds a long-overdue alarm and urges the United States to deal with this turning out to be nationwide health and wellbeing drawback.

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It’s the story of how we, as a society, have allowed what could be a legitimate medical condition to become diluted beyond recognition, and beneficial medication to become a serious drug problem. It is something we all must discuss. Because whether it’s just one child or today’s six million, if we’re going to tell a kid that he has a permanent, potentially devastating brain disorder, we’d better damn well be right. PROLOGUE Rain pelted the white Ford’s windshield as it drove up Interstate 684 toward Connecticut.

Many are well-meaning—they see foundering children, either in their living rooms, classrooms, or waiting rooms, and believe the diagnosis and medication can improve their lives. Others have motives more mixed: Sometimes teachers prefer fewer troublesome students, parents want less clamorous homes, and doctors like the steady stream of easy business. In the most nefarious corner stand the high-profile doctors and researchers bought off by pharmaceutical companies that have reaped billions of dollars from the unchecked and heedless march of ADHD.

By late 1969, Conners presented what he called his Teacher Rating Scale in a paper in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The questionnaire could allow doctors everywhere to assess MBD and make diagnoses in a more accurate and standardized fashion. It would do even more than that, though. ” This message was still a little too stuffy for CIBA, which appreciated Conners’s conclusions but still needed something punchier for a Ritalin-for-kids advertising campaign—a promise that would speak to doctors and parents alike.

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