The Last Normal Child: Essays on the Intersection of Kids, Culture, and Psychiatric Drugs

The Last Normal Child: Essays on the Intersection of Kids, Culture, and Psychiatric Drugs

by Lawrence H. Diller M.D., Lawrence H. Diller


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275990961
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2006
Series: Childhood in America Series
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Lawrence H. Diller, M.D., is a pediatrician who specializes in child behavior and development.

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T. Berry Brazelton

"We are all caught in the whether-to or whether-not to medicate children who are on the ADHD spectrum. Some children profit from medication, and most don't deserve it. This book may help you sort out when and whether. I liked the stories and the approach to medication that they convey. It is a convincing book."

Professor Sir Michael Rutter

"This splendid set of essays provides much the most balanced discussion of the issues involved in using medication to treat children's behavioral problems. Unlike most writings on the topic, this book does not set out to defend or attack medication. Rather, it lays out the medical and ethical considerations, using the best available evidence, in an even-handed way that clearly brings out the complex mixture of risks and benefits. Very readable and very thought-provoking."

David Fassler

"Dr. Diller is a sensitive, thoughtful and dedicated physician who cares deeply about his patients and their families. Drawing on his clinical experience, he shares his perspective and concerns about the contemporary treatment of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Although challenging and provocative, the book is also encouraging and empowering. I'm sure it will prove to be a welcome resource for parents and teachers."

William B. Carey

"This book is obligatory reading for anyone who wants to make sense out of the present confusion about medicating children to improve their behavior. Dr. Diller is a rare voice of moderation in this disputed area. He agrees that a few children are greatly improved in the short term by such medications, but he decries the excessive labeling, the unreasonable pressures from schools and parents, the aggressive advertising by the drug companies to parents and physicians, and the neglect of the essential psychosocial management of these children with such traditional techniques as effective discipline."

David Healy

"This book is a gem. A book I can imagine both those pro and those anti pills for ADHD agreeing with enthusiastically across a range of points. I can also imagine both camps disagreeing—and disagreeing on exactly the same points. In the ADHD and Ritalin Wars, Larry Diller stands out as a voice of sanity and this book contains a great deal of illumination flooding through the shafts of insights he has driven through the ADHD edifice. In piece after piece dealing with gender or discipline, Diller strikes a note of extraordinary common sense. Extraordinary and common should not be adjectives that go together but in this area common sense is extraordinary and needs celebrating. Parents, teachers, clinicians and policy—makers will find these essays thought-provoking."

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