ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic

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Simon and Schuster, 6 set 2016 - 352 pagine
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The groundbreaking account of the widespread misdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—and how its unchecked growth has made ADHD one of the most controversial conditions in medicine, with serious effects on children, adults, and society. “ADHD Nation should be required reading” (The New York Times Book Review).

More than one in seven American children are diagnosed with ADHD—three times what experts have said is appropriate—meaning that millions of kids are misdiagnosed and taking medications such as Adderall or Concerta for a psychiatric condition they probably do not have. The numbers rise every year. And still, many experts and drug companies deny any cause for concern. In fact, they say that adults and the rest of the world should embrace ADHD and that its medications will transform their lives.

“In this powerful, necessary book, Alan Schwarz exposes the dirty secrets of the growing ADHD epidemic” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), including how the father of ADHD, Dr. Keith Conners, spent fifty years advocating drugs like Ritalin before realizing his role in what he now calls “a national disaster of dangerous proportions”; a troubled young girl and a studious teenage boy get entangled in the growing ADHD machine and take medications that backfire horribly; and big Pharma egregiously over-promotes the disorder and earns billions from the mishandling of children (and now adults).

While demonstrating that ADHD is real and can be medicated when appropriate, Schwarz sounds a long-overdue alarm and urges America to address this growing national health crisis. “ADHD Nation is a necessary book. Schwarz has done a fine job on a maddening topic, and everyone who’s interested in hyperactivity, attention spans, stimulants, and the current state of American health care should grab a copy” (New York magazine).
 

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ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic

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New York Times reporter Schwarz (Once upon a Game) shifts from sports injury, about which he wrote a Pulitzer-nominated series, to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in this sweeping ... Leggi recensione completa

Sommario

Introduction
1
PART
4
Prologue
7
Fidgety Phils Arithmetic Pills
13
Dr Conners
24
From MBD to ADD
37
Collision Course
51
Kristin
73
And Now a Word from Our Sponsors
175
Awakening
193
Connection
211
This Is Your Brain on Capitalism
221
Coming Soon to a Doctor Near You
232
Prescription
246
Epilogue
253
Acknowledgments
257

Jamison
84
ADD for All
94
The Hijacking
108
Theres Something They Know about Us
123
Higher and Higher
137
Less Than
148
Bright College Days
161
Appendix
261
Glossary
265
Notes
269
Bibliography
287
Index
317
Copyright

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Alan Schwarz is a former Pulitzer Prize–nominated investigative reporter for The New York Times whose acclaimed series of more than one hundred articles exposed the seriousness of concussions in the NFL and led to safety reforms for young athletes nationwide. His work was profiled in The New Yorker and honored with a George Polk Award, the Associated Press Sports Editors Award for Project Reporting (three times), and the 2013 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award from the American Statistical Association. He and his family live in New York City.

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