Letters and Politics

ADHD Nation: The Making of an Epidemic

with Alan Schwarz, an award winning journalist with the New York Times who wrote the book ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma and the Making of an American Epidemic.

About the book:

adhd-nation-9781501105913_lgThe groundbreaking and definitive account of the widespread misdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—and how its unchecked growth over half a century has made ADHD one of the most controversial conditions in medicine, with serious effects on children, adults, and society.

More than 1 in 7 American children get diagnosed with ADHD—three times what experts have said is appropriate—meaning that millions of kids are misdiagnosed and taking medications such as Adderall or Concerta for a psychiatric condition they probably do not have. The numbers rise every year. And still, many experts and drug companies deny any cause for concern.

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