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Last Normal Child Essays on the Intersection of Kids, Culture, and Psychiatric Drugs

ISBN-10: 0275990966

ISBN-13: 9780275990961

Edition: 2006 (Annotated)

Authors: Lawrence H. Diller

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Behavioral-developmental pediatrician Lawrence Diller continues his investigation into the widespread use of psychiatric drugs for children in America, an investigation that began with his first book, Running on Ritalin. In this work at hand, Diller delves more deeply into the factors that drive the epidemic of children's psychiatric disorders and medication use today, questioning why these medications are being sought, and why Americans use more of these drugs with children than is used in any other country in the world. There is relentless pressure for performance and success on children as young as three, Diller acknowledges, but his analysis goes further, and his conclusion is both surprising and ironic. In the name of preserving children's self esteem, American society has become intolerant of minor differences in children's behavior and performance. We worry so much about how our children feel about themselves that struggles once within the realm of normal are now considered abnormal - indicative of a psychiatric or brain disorder, requiring diagnosis and treatment wth psychiatric drugs, often for years. The Last Normal Child also addresses the role of drug companies in the advertising and promotion of both disorders and drugs. The pharmaceutical industry has garnered incredible profits and power in influencing the way we view children today. Diller illustrates through vivid and poignant stories of real patients, how he, together with families, make informed decisions about using psychiatric drugs for children. Parents, educators, pediatric and mental health professionals will gain valuable insights, tips and tools for navigating what has become a truly perilous trip of childhood for children in America today.
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Book details

List price: $64.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 8/30/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 6.42" wide x 9.34" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Acknowledgments
The Influence of Science, Politics, Money, and Culture on Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment of Children in America
The Last Normal Child: America's Intolerance of Diversity in Children's Performance and Behavior
Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Ritalin
Gender, Power, and ADHD
Science, Ethics, and the Psychosocial Treatment of ADHD
When Does a Right Become Wrong? Unflagging Accommodated SAT Scores
One Pill Makes You Larger: Stories from the Real World of Families Coping with Children's Behavior and Psychiatric Drugs
Just Say Yes to Ritalin!
Ritalin Works! Great?
Getting Up to Speed for the SAT
The Invariant Prescription Redux: The Key to Effective Parenting
In the Valley of Motivational Fatigue-Diagnosing ADHD in Early Adolescence
Drug Companies, Academic Medicine, and the Way We Treat Children's Problems in America Today
Strattera, Now Playing Everywhere
Galileo's Grandmother: What Happens When Your Life's Work Falls Outside the Demanded Result
Fallout from Pharma Scandals: The Loss of Doctors' Credibility
Successfully Marketing Incompetence: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Therapy/Pill Culture
Professional and Family Factors: A Personal Postscript
Afterword
Notes
Index
About the Author, Series Editor, and Advisers