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The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today's Push for Performance Hardcover – March 3, 2014

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199790558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199790555
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"A new book, The ADHD Explosion by Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler, looks at this extraordinary increase [in ADHD diagnoses]. What's the explanation? Some rise in environmental toxins? Worse parenting? Better detection? Drs. Hinshaw and Scheffler... present some striking evidence that the answer lies, at least partly, in changes in educational policy." -Wall Street Journal


"The ADHD Explosion, released this week by Oxford University Press, chronicles the steep increase in ADHD diagnoses in the US over the last two decades." -LA Times


"This powerful, fact-packed survey is complex, thought-provoking, and urgent." --Publishers Weekly


"This is a unique, highly informative, science-based, and hence incredibly useful book about ADHD and the numerous controversies surrounding it. No disorder in recent times has been so controversial, so terribly misrepresented and sensationalized in the media, or so polarizing among the general public as this one. The authors do a superb job cutting through the nonsense with facts to portray ADHD both sensibly and sensitively. While a very useful book for parents and educators, professionals, students, and journalists will also find this book to be invaluable for its clear representation of what is known about ADHD and for its even-handedness and thoroughness in explaining the source of the many public and professional controversies."-Russell A. Barkley, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina


"If you think that ADHD is simply an invention of mental health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry, then The ADHD Explosion will change your mind. This book elucidates the true personal and social costs of the syndrome for children, their families, schools, and communities."-Jeffrey E. Harris, MD PhD, Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"This is a wonderfully readable and very timely book, authored by two of the world's pre-eminent scientists. [...] They have produced the most thoughtful, scholarly, and simultaneously intuitively complete and 'commonsensical' exposition of 'what ADHD really is' to date. Despite the intricacies of the many lines of research that converge on this seemingly ubiquitous disorder, they have distilled these scientific complexities into a seamless, spell-binding story that accurately presents our current scientific knowledge about ADHD." -Peter S. Jensen, MD, President and CEO, The Reach Institute, Professor of Psychiatry and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, The Mayo Clinic


"At a time when proposals about disability and health insurance policy have given intense focus to ADHD, it is important to have a clear sense of what the illness is, the consequences of carrying the disorder, the complex issues around the role that ADHD has taken in education and social interactions, and the opportunities for treatment of the condition. Anyone serious about tackling policy issues concerning ADHD should read this book." -Richard G. Frank, PhD, Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School


"In their well-written and thoughtful book, Hinshaw and Scheffler provide a nuanced view of the ADHD Explosion. Provocative without being extreme, this book is thorough and sensitive, policy-relevant, and a major contribution to the literature."-Howard H. Goldman, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore


"The authors provide a wide-ranging and extremely thoughtful assessment of the causes and consequences of ADHD. This book not only dispels many myths but also offers a tangible path forward for children, their parents, and governments." -Thomas Rice, PhD, Distinguished Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health


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Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Vice-Chair for Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also editor of Psychological Bulletin.

Richard M. Scheffler, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy in the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Ceresnie on March 20, 2014
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Misunderstandings about ADHD: Eyes Wide Shut

Myths about ADHD persist. Too many people continue to believe it's a cop out, an unvalidated condition related to society's penchant for overmedicalizing defiance or a convenient label intended to cover over social problems. These myths destroy any hope of providing systematic educational, behavioral, and medical care for the youth, families, and adults who desperately need help. Medications are still viewed suspiciously for behavioral and psychiatric conditions, a position unfortunately fostered by the ease of getting an ADHD diagnosis and securing pills for performance enhancement in too many quarters of society - and by overreliance on medication as the only treatment worth pursuing. To deal with ADHD better than we do now, we must alter our attitudes as well as our educational and healthcare practices (Hinshaw & Scheffler, page 168).

This book, written by Stephen P. Hinshaw, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Richard M. Scheffler, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy in the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, could not have come at better time.

For the past two years, the media --- the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal --- have been awash with articles attacking the validity of ADHD, and slamming the medication treatment for this serious psychiatric disorder. The following are some headlines of these stories:

"Ritalin Gone Wrong." Sroufe, L. Alan. The New York Times, January 28, 2012.

"Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill." Schwarz, Alan. The New York Times, June 9, 2012.

"Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions." Schwarz, Alan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Thompson on March 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
With 11% of children in America diagnosed with ADHD, it certainly is a topic worth studying. The book that authors Hinshaw and Scheffler have written has hit the media outlets strong with some very interesting arguments, I'm surprised to be one of the first reviewers. It is in fact, a very well-written, even-handed discussion about the controversies surrounding ADHD.

The book has four fundamental messages:
1) Although often ridiculed, ADHD respresents a genuine medical condition.
2) Only diligent and thorough assessment can distinguish ADHD from other mental health conditions, chaotic home environments, etc...
3) ADHD medications are effective at reducing the core symptons.
4) Rates of ADHD diagnosis and medical treatment vary dramatically by region.

Things get interesting with #4! This book offers provacative evidence that economic pressure and government policies, like No Children Let Behind, gave a powerful push to the popularity of the diagnosis. It's pretty sick to think that the desire to improve school performance has led to misled over-diagnosis of ADHD and subsequent medication to children with poor test scores.

This book gets five stars from me for thoroughly addressing the misinformation of ADHD and for proposing great advice to remedy the situation (althoguh that will not be an easy task!) I also approve of the way that they have marketed this book, which is something I cannot say for a rival book: ADHD Does Not Exist - which overly tempts readers with its shocking title. (RC)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gina Pera VINE VOICE on March 19, 2014
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This is a myth-busting book by two serious, well-respected researchers in their respective fields: Hinshaw a psychologist and Scheffler a health economist. Please do read those endorsements from other luminaries, right above the reviews on this page. They are people whose opinions I take very seriously.

(As for Dr. Hinshaw, I highly recommend his remarkably well done trilogy of books that address mental illness and stigma, in particular The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change )

In clear language, the book tells the actual story regarding ADHD, emphasizing its undoubted psycho-biological roots (and the value of medication treatment, particularly when combined with skills approaches). But it also acknowledges that the recent, skyrocketing rates of diagnosis are in part a function of quick-and-dirty "assessments" and, in some cases, educational policies that emphasize test scores to the exclusion of learning.

I have just started reading this excellent book, so I will return in a few days to write a full review. For now, I want to thank these authors, both esteemed experts in their fields, for taking the time to wade through all the data, the controversies, and many other issues with such cogency and clarity.

Too often, the public is hit by broadsides about ADHD that are more heat than light, more self-serving provocation than unbiased education.
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