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ADHD Nation : Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic (Hardcover) (Alan
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A groundbreaking and definitive account of the exploding over-diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and over-medication of children—and adults—with often disastrous results.Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.) is now the most common chronic condition among children, surpassing asthma. Yet research shows A.D.H.D.can’t be that prevalent. A.D.H.D.—a problem once thought to affect maybe three percent of children—has exploded into one of the most over-diagnosed conditions in medicine. Today, an astounding fifteen percent of American children—about nine million—get diagnosed with this brain disorder (with the numbers rising every year). Now doctors and Big Pharma are targeting adults and young women to believe they have A.D.H.D. and take medications that will “transform their lives.”In A.D.H.D Nation, Alan Schwarz takes readers behind the scenes to tell the full story of this billion-dollar industry: There’s the father of A.D.H.D., Dr. Keith Conners, who spent fifty years promoting the disorder and pills like Ritalin before realizing just what he had wrought; a troubled young girl and studious, teenaged boy who get entangled in the A.D.H.D. machine and are prescribed medications that lead to serious problems; and the pharmaceutical industry that nefariously promoted the disorder and continues to earn billions from the mishandling of children (and now adults).An investigation of how Big Pharma, medical professionals, and our educational system are complicit in the creation, maintenance, and continuing expansion of the A.D.H.D. industry, this book sounds the alarm and demands we wake-up and address a growing national problem. Finally, we have a map to understanding and taking control of A.D.H.D.
Number of Pages: 338
Genre: Psychology, Medical
Sub-Genre: Psychiatry / Psychopharmacology, Psychopathology / Addiction, Psychopathology / Attention-Deficit Disorder
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author: Alan Schwarz
Street Date: September 6, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-16-0862
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