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"A Disease Called Childhood is a very readable analysis of the hoax that American psychiatry and Big Pharma have perpetrated for the past 40 years. The hoax redefines children’s normal behaviors as some form of “brain disease.” Big Pharma, having essentially purchased the profession of psychiatry and its DSM, waged marketing campaigns against vulnerable children, by encouraging physicians, pediatricians, teachers, therapists and concerned parents to buy drugs harmful to children. Marilyn Wedge has written a proper antidote to this unnecessary medicalization, by encouraging us to re-examine the quality of the family, school, and social environments that we provide for our children."
--Stuart A. Kirk, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA, author of The Selling of DSM, Making Us Crazy, and Mad Science.
"This reflective, carefully researched and well-written book exposes the cultural wounding of our children by Big Pharma and ill-advised adults. Wedge's book is a much needed call to action for advocates of children everywhere."
--Mary Pipher, Bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia and The Green Boat
"One of the most important and persuasive books I've read in years. If you are a parent, teacher, or doctor of a child diagnosed with ADHD, you owe it to the child to read this book."
--Irving Kirsch, author of The Emporer's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth
"In this compelling book, Marilyn Wedge provides readers with an in-depth understanding of the rise of ADHD, a skillful deconstruction of the science used to promote the selling of stimulants for the disorder, and—most important of all—a guide for thinking of alternative approaches to helping our children. This is an antidote to the common wisdom about ADHD that our society needs to know."
--Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America and Mad in America
“A Disease Called Childhood is strongly recommended for parents who wish to understand the ADHD diagnosis and learn specific techniques that may be helpful for their children.”
—Stuart Kaplan, M. D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine and author of Your Child Does not Have Bipolar Disorder
A Disease Called Childhood answers the questions: "Is ADHD a genetically based disorder?" "What roles do schools play in a child's getting an ADHD diagnosis?" "What does neuroscience teach us about ADHD?" "Is there anything parents can do to help their ADHD child besides giving them medication?" and many others.There is a chapter on nutrition and a chapter on the role of media exposure (electronic games, television, etc.) Parents will find this book a treasure to keep with them throughout the journey of child rearing.
Dr. Wedge's previous book,Pills are not for Preschoolers: A Drug Free Approach for Troubled Kids, draws on her years of experience with more than 2000 children, teenagers and families. The book shows how parents can be empowered to turn around their child's problem behaviors safely and effectively, without the use of stigmatizing psychiatric labels or potentially harmful medications. A Disease Called Childhood looks at the latest medical research about ADHD and presents parents with practical tools and techniques to help their ADHD child.
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