"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.
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 one on the role of media exposure. 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, draws on her years of experience with hundreds of 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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