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Running on Ritalin: A Physician Reflects on Children, Society, and Performance in a Pill Paperback – May 4, 1999
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Pediatrician and family therapist Lawrence H. Diller thinks it's time to reexamine the ADD "epidemic" and our responses to it, particularly our eagerness to use medication as a first strike. In Running on Ritalin, he poses many thoughtful questions: Are behavioral problems in over 15 percent of elementary school-age boys really the result of neurological aberrations? Is performance pressure so great that parents seek out ADD diagnoses (and Ritalin) to give their children an edge? Does it make sense to give so many kids daily doses of a drug with as much potential for abuse as speed? His answers are equally thoughtful. Refusing to polarize the issues (he prescribes Ritalin to some of his own patients), Diller explores the roles played by advocacy groups, drug companies, schools, and the government in creating the ADD mania, and makes a plea for calmer thinking about behavioral problems. He can only hope that adults take the time to sit down and pay close attention. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I did feel that the book could have been quite a bit shorter, as the author seemed to repeat himself quite a bit.
At the same time, the book is also reassutring about the relative safety of Ritalin. And, every case study of his patients he cites seems to include at least a trial of Ritalin, so he is not at all flatly against the drug. He is in favor of looking at the bigger picture of the patient's life, not just writing out a prescription.
I think this book is definitely worth a read for anyone with a child who "has" ADD. And if you are someone who wonders why nobody seems to think it is any big deal to put your 6 year-old child on this highly-regulated stimulant drug, then you might feel the same relief I did in reading a book that at leasts asks questions, even if it doesn't have all the answers. Highly recommended.
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I joined the group CHADD after reading one too many false or misleading stories about the FDA approved mediation, Ritalin and ADHD. Read morePublished on April 22, 2011 by driven
I saw him in person when my son was 5 and he blamed my son's issues on our fmaily dynamics. Turns out Dr. Read morePublished on April 18, 2007 by D.E.
This book is well-planned and discusses drugging your child for various reasons, including the gamut from sluggishness to hyperactivity. Read morePublished on November 7, 2006 by G. Klimanis
There is no test for ADD. Competitiveness, underfunding for education, and the use of day care centers for young children may cause the increase in supposed instances of ADD and... Read morePublished on November 24, 2005 by Mary E. Sibley
This is a very useful book, in some ways it is the equivalent of "Talking back to Prozac". Read morePublished on April 22, 2001
I agree with the reviewer who says, "ADD and ADHD are real, spend time with someone who truly has it and you will know" I sincerely doubt Dr. Read morePublished on October 19, 1999