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There’s a news feature in the New York Times today (“Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions”)  that focuses on the problem of addiction to ADHD medications.  While the article deals mainly with college students and young adults who deceive mental health professionals into thinking they have ADHD so that they can receive these highly addictive...
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A study conducted by Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group in Pasadena, reveals that ADHD diagnoses have jumped 25% in the past 10 years.   This study is being reported by news outlets around the country today.  What is missing from these reports, however, it a critical analysis of the ADHD diagnosis itself.   The phenomena of...
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A new study reported in the journal Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, revealed that the youngest children in any given grade are more likely to do poorly on standardized tests, and more likely to be prescribed stimulant medications for ADHD compared to older students at the same grade level.  The...
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For almost two decades now, I’ve been criticizing the diagnosis of ADHD and the use of Ritalin and other psychostimulants with children (see, for example, my book The Myth of the ADD Child).  Now, a new report in The New York Times today, says that physicians are starting to prescribe these drugs to poor children...
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I’m leaving on Monday to present a lecture on neurodiversity at the Title I Conference in Tampa, Florida.  My presentation will be February 1, 2011 at 12:45 in Ballroom C of the Tampa Convention Center.  In the presentation, I’ll be emphasizing how neurodiversity represents an opportunity to reframe our understanding of children with disability labels like “autism”...
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