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"When I was gowing up, children were not medicated for behavior problems and, in the 30 years I worked as a therapist, I never referred a child for medications. Now, sadly, anxious over-stimulated children, whose families are struggling with issues within and without, are often diagnosed and treated with powerful and often dangerous medications. This magnificant book examines a cultural catastrophe. Dr. Wedge's book will help restore sanity to our ways of dealing with children with problems, which means all children. She is a family therapist who knows both the science and the dynamics of families in trouble. With benevolence and the true fighting spirit of a child advocate, she offers us new ways to help our children have childhoods. I highly recommend this book to doctors, mental health professionals, educators and that most beleaguered of groups--parents."           
Mary Pipher, Ph.D. Author of Reviving Ophelia and Seeking Peace

"Even though my children are grown with their own children to raise, this book on good parenting techniques will be on my list of soon to buy items. My heart breaks to see the struggles families and children are having that don’t deserve to be labeled as behavioral maladies that require medication. I hope this parenting book by Marilyn Wedge, PhD will make the best seller list so millions of parents can relearn what they can do to give their children back their childhoods. Thank you Marilyn, for this long needed gift to change our society’s future."
Jill South, Associate Editor, "Parenting Techniques"

"...This is a brilliant book. It is interesting and compelling to read, and it really does give a reasonable alternative to drugs. The question I found myself asking repeatedly while reading it is why don't we use effective family therapy before prescribing drugs all the time? It clearly works, and Wedge is an insightful, talented expert at it. If you or someone you know has a child that is going through issues, before you fill that prescription for a drug, READ THIS BOOK. Trust me, you will be so glad you did."
Shannon Devereaux Sanford, Radio host WTBQ New York
"Impressive...Suffer the Children is very readable, and I think it would be useful for both the general reader and for students. If I were teaching a course on family therapy, or even therapy generally, I would definitely consider [it] as an assigned text. You cover a lot of ground in a very straightforward, non-technical, unpretentious way."
David Van Nuys, Ph.D. professor of psychology emeritus at Sonoma State University, and host of Shrink Rap Radio.

"Without blaming parents, Wedge describes how she helps the family system as a whole, treating it as a living organism with an amazing capacity for self-healing...Like a clever detective, the author allows the child to lead her to the heart of a family's problems. Interweaving a range of fascinating case studies,Wedge proves that the road to a child's healing can often be sucessfully navigated without the use of labels and potentially harmful meds."
Publisher's Weekly

"...Many school authorities, doctors and other professionals mean well when they prescribe medication and diagnose what appeal to be symptoms of ailments which can be treated by pills. What Dr. Wedge advocates is coordinating family treatment by solving the underlying problems within the family...This book is highly recommended."
Clark Isaacs
Kingman Daily Miner

"It's an easy laugh to be had at the expense of pharmaceutical corporations whenever a television commercial for a medication offers a list of "possible side effects" that sounds like a summation of an apocalypse. Despite this, the prevalence of treating everything with medication has slowly spread youthward, and the number of children being diagnosed with psychiatric disorders has risen sharply. Family therapist Wedge believes that this is unnecessary, a result of fierce marketing by pharmaceuticals, and the paranoia of parents over not having their children Harvard-ready at age five. Wedge takes the family dynamic into account as a primary influence on child behavior, but veers away from presenting a polemic against parents...Her encouragement to look anew at the "problems" our children have...and to step back from immediately falling into diagnosis is valuable and expert advice."
Matthew Tiffany

"The work that you are doing is to be admired.  The hope that you bring to families of children with ADD and ADHD and other learning problems without the use of medication is to be commended...I share your views as a Marriage and Family therapist and recognize your contributions to the field."
Eleanor Bobrow, LCSW
Host of "Take Charge of Your Life," WDIY FM, NPR