- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Press (September 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807073342
- ISBN-13: 978-0807073346
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder Hardcover – September 17, 2013
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“Back to Normal is outstanding. Careful, measured, wise, compassionate, and powerful.”
—Peg Tyre, author of The Trouble with Boys
“An appeal to level-headedness.”
—Amanda Schaffer, The New Yorker’s Elements blog
“Does your stormy adolescent suffer from incipient bipolar disorder or is she simply sleep-deprived, hormonal and struggling with identity issues typical of her age? Does she need mood stabilizers, or a bedtime and therapy? Is your smart, tantrum-inclined 5-year-old an Asperger’s kid, destined for a difficult lonely life, or is he just very, very bright and sensitive? Drawing on first-rate research and scholarship, Dr. Gnaulati makes a very strong case for going ‘back to normal,’ and taking care of our more challenging children in the ways that are most likely to help them, and the least likely to traumatize them.”
—Daniel Goldin, The Huffington Post
“A valuable guide for parents and educators that includes tips on choosing a therapist and parenting strategies.”
“Highly recommended for parents, caregivers, educators, physicians, and specialists working with children of all ages.”
—Virginia Johnson, Library Journal
“This is an exceptionally original and useful book. It offers fresh perspectives on a wide range of childhood behaviors that are of concern to today's parents, educators, and mental health professionals. Addressing labels ranging from ADHD and autism to bipolar disorders, Gnaulati challenges the widespread rush to see pathology and medicate; he suggests, instead, how various behaviors may actually be expressions of normal development. With a rare combination of creative insight and common sense, Gnaulati helps us appreciate children as they grow and cope with the stresses of modern life.”
—William Crain, author of Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society
“Back to Normal provides a compelling, insightful, and timely explanation of the multiple forces that lead to over-diagnosis and misdiagnosis of our children. It offers parents a much-needed guide to help distinguish behaviors that truly warrant medical intervention from those that may stem from other issues and require different approaches. Well done, Dr. Gnaulati!”
—Diane M. Kennedy & Rebecca S. Banks, authors of Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD and Autism
“Dr. Gnaulati suffers from an acute case of common sense. His work with thousands of children and adolescents and his scrupulous reviews of the literature lead him to question the fashionable rush to pathologize young people, to misdiagnose them, and to medicate them unnecessarily. He casts a bright light on psychiatric mispractice and reminds us of how common sense psychotherapy that attends to feelings arising in the contexts of family and school can restore the dignity of the child, alleviate anxiety, and modulate the dangerous tendency of adults to misunderstand, scapegoat, and rush to judgment. This is a brilliantly incisive reexamination of treatment practices by a ferociously humane practitioner.”
—John M. Broughton, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University
“This compelling, readable book examines disordered behavior in the context of the insane policies and expectations imposed on today’s children. Dr. Gnaulati describes in heart-rending detail how pressure to perform and conform in kindergarten is literally driving normal young children—especially boys—to frustration and distraction, making them hate school, and leading to a plague of misdiagnosis and unnecessary medication. Every parent and grandparent of a child labeled ADHD, bipolar, or on the autism spectrum should read this humane, common-sense guide.”
—Edward Miller, founding partner of the Alliance for Childhood and co-author of Crisis in the Kindergarten
“This book is a welcome antidote to an alarming trend.” —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Enrico Gnaulati is a clinical psychologist based in Pasadena, California. His work has been featured on Al Jazeera America, KPCC Los Angeles, and online at the Atlantic and Salon.
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I would recommend this book to parents, educators, you name it. It has lots of references of studies/surveys etc. I love the fact that references are in 'this' era! Even with a reference to Charlie Sheen. Inclusions of the technological age we are now in and its impact on children's behavior is something that people like me never imagined could and does exist. It simply wasn't around when we were growing up. I have even compared my children's behaviour and felt somewhat relieved that....well....it was normal!
Thank you Enrico!
Our son is a gentle soul and can be easily stressed in some circumstances. Accordingly when Dr Gnaulati noted that “Many toddlers can be autistic-like in their behaviour when they are stressed.” and that “Sometimes the procedures used by experts to evaluate toddlers generate the sort of stress that leads a struggling, but otherwise normally developing, toddler to behaviour that is autistic-like.” it resonated strongly with us.
In many ways this book gave us “permission” to question the diagnosis we had received and the encouragement to seek a second opinion from a professional who we feel is more cognizant of these risks in the diagnostic process. Your book also gave us some of the language we needed to be able to clearly express our concerns to this new professional.
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!such wise information!!