Ritalin Is Not the Answer: A Drug-Free, Practical Program for Children Diagnosed with ADD or ADHD / Edition 1

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Overview

At Last! A Healthy, Drug-Free Alternative to Ritalin

Nearly one-tenth of all school-aged children in the United States are being coerced into taking mood-altering drugs with side effects that include insomnia, tearfulness, rebound irritability, personality change, nervousness, anorexia, nausea, dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations, and cardiac arrhythmia. These are the children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit with hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ritalin Is Not the Answer confronts and challenges what has become common practice and teaches parents and educators a healthy, comprehensive behavioral program that really works as an alternative to the epidemic use of medication-without teaching children to use drugs in order to handle their behavioral and emotional problems.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Harlan R. Gephart, MD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: This book is written to counteract the current medical practice of medicating (usually with Ritalin or stimulant medication) children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD. The author does not accept these as diagnostic entities, but rather blames parenting deficiencies ("unintentional neglect") as the major cause of ADD and ADHD, which he redefines respectively as "inattention" and "highly misbehaving." In doing so, he ignores a great deal of current scientific data from Great Britain, Norway, and the U.S., which are clearly demonstrations of the scientific basis of ADHD for most children.
Purpose: The purpose is to counteract the use of medication by providing a behavioral approach to parenting to serve as an alternative treatment program.
Audience: The audience is primarily the parents of children manifesting these problems, and to a lesser extent educators and healthcare providers.
Features: Despite an emphasis on cognitive therapy (i.e., changing the child's behavior by changing his/her thinking), the author describes rather contemporary and well-accepted behavioral techniques including ignoring, reinforcement, time-out, and reinforcement removal. I feel the sections on identifying target behaviors and the school daily report card are particularly well stated and can be helpful to parents.
Assessment: Unfortunately the helpful material found in the later sections of the book are negated to some extent by the overwhelming bias against medication treatment in the earlier sections. Statements implicating Ritalin usage in childhood as either resulting in addiction or substance abuse in adolescence, have not been found to be true in recent scientific inquiry, and do a disservice to the management of this difficult and complex disorder, particularly since recent research (e.g., NIMH, MTA, study 1999) demonstrates that medication plus behavioral therapy gives the best results in ADHD.
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My faith in my profession is almost renewed! Stein not only flies in the face of conventional psychological ''wisdom'' where ADD/ADHD is concerned, but he has written a book that is completely devoid of psychobabble. Even if you don't have a child with attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, buy ''Ritalin Is Not the Answer". Thank you, Dr. Stein, for bringing a thousand rays of sunshine to America's children." (John Rosemond, Family Psychologist and Nationally Syndicated Columnist)

"This book should be read by every physician before prescribing Ritalin and is an absolute must for any parent of a child diagnosed as having ADD and ADHD." (John W. Verheul, diplomate, American Academy of Family Practice)

"Stein has years of experience at successfully treating hyperactive children without the use of drugs. Any parent who thinks his or her child may have an attention disorder (ADD or ADHD) should read this clear and practical book before seeking treatment." (Edward D. Smith, professor of psychology, Longwood College)

"At last! A book that views ADHD children as capable of learning . . . . This book not only debunks the idea that ADHD children are diseased, but it gives parents a practical step-by-step program for helping these children learn to control their own thinking and behavior." (Thomas G. Moeller, professor of psychology, Mary Washington College)

"Stein has presented an excellent guide to parenting skills that EVERY parent needs. All children, with or without ADD/ADHD, their parents and teachers will benefit from the Caregivers Skill Program." (Patty Whitfield, associate professor of special education, Longwood College)

Harlan Gephart
This book is written to counteract the current medical practice of medicating (usually with Ritalin or stimulant medication) children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD. The author does not accept these as diagnostic entities, but rather blames parenting deficiencies (""unintentional neglect"") as the major cause of ADD and ADHD, which he redefines respectively as ""inattention"" and ""highly misbehaving."" In doing so, he ignores a great deal of current scientific data from Great Britain, Norway, and the U.S., which are clearly demonstrations of the scientific basis of ADHD for most children. The purpose is to counteract the use of medication by providing a behavioral approach to parenting to serve as an alternative treatment program. The audience is primarily the parents of children manifesting these problems, and to a lesser extent educators and healthcare providers. Despite an emphasis on cognitive therapy (i.e., changing the child's behavior by changing his/her thinking), the author describes rather contemporary and well-accepted behavioral techniques including ignoring, reinforcement, time-out, and reinforcement removal. I feel the sections on identifying target behaviors and the school daily report card are particularly well stated and can be helpful to parents. Unfortunately the helpful material found in the later sections of the book are negated to some extent by the overwhelming bias against medication treatment in the earlier sections. Statements implicating Ritalin usage in childhood as either resulting in addiction or substance abuse in adolescence, have not been found to be true in recent scientific inquiry, and do a disservice to the management of this difficult andcomplex disorder, particularly since recent research (e.g., NIMH, MTA, study 1999) demonstrates that medication plus behavioral therapy gives the best results in ADHD.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787945145
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 EDITION
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID B. STEIN, is a practicing clinical psychologist, associate professor of psychology at Longwood College, and father of two sons who were once placed on Ritalin. His research and writings center on the diagnosis and treatment of attentional, behavioral, and motivational problems in children. For over twenty-five years he has conducted workshops providing realistic, practical, and effective alternatives to Ritalin.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

1. What Are We Doing to Our Children?

2. Understanding the Myths of Attentional Disorders.

3. The Importance of Effective Parenting.

4. Beginning the Caregivers' Skills Program.

5. Improving Behaviors.

6. Punishment.

7. Beginning to Learn Discipline.

8. Using Time Out Correctly for the IA or HM Child.

9. Reinforcement Removal for Very Difficult Behaviors.

10. Improving School Performance.

11. Helping the IA or HM Child to Feel Better.

12. Ten Ways to Stop Creating an Attentional Disorder Child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    Your Child Needs Love not Drugs

    I was very impressed by the book. Ever since my 5-year old son was "diagnosed" with ADHD, the journey to help him has shown me the "quick fix" and "quick label" mentality associated with this "diasease". The book has clearly given me two remarkable tangible results: I do not think of my son as "sick" and do not allow anyone to shrug their sholders and tell me that "he cannot help it" therefore he needs drugs. I do not accept anyone (myself included) to give up on him. The second major change for me was the concrete, behavioral approach Dr. Stein includes in his book. Finally, I had more than just theoretical discussions pro and con drugs but a real life approach to the behavioral manifestations. I am not sure that the key issue in this book is really to negate reasearch. I found the major point Dr. Stein makes is to give parents dealing with the problem something very valid to think about, before making a decision whether or not to use drugs. Furthermore, it helps to withstand the pressure from the "professional" community such as pediatricians, educators, counselors and other parents to "just put him on Ritalin, it'll calm him". And believe me, the pressures are real. Thank you very much for a helpful, insightful and most of all compassionate book on this topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    Definite Read for the Any Parent

    This is a valuable book to give any parent; it provides 'tools' in their bag of tricks to encourage healthy discipline in the home. This book is where the rubber meets the road for parents dealing with an 'inattentive' or 'misbehaving' child; especially in the school years.

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