A groundbreaking and definitive account of the exploding misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and mishandling of medication of children, and adults, with often disastrous results.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is now the most common chronic condition among children, surpassing asthma. Yet research shows that ADHD can't be that prevalent. ADHD, a problem once thought to affect a small percentage of children, has exploded into one of the most misdiagnosed psychiatric conditions. Now, in the US doctors and Big Pharma are targeting adults to get the diagnosis and take medications that will 'transform their lives'.
In ADHD NATION, Alan Schwarz takes readers behind the scenes to tell the full story of this billion-dollar industry. There's the father of ADHD, Dr Keith Conners, who spent fifty years promoting the disorder in the US and pills like Ritalin before realising just what he had wrought; a troubled young girl and studious, teenage boy who get entangled in the ADHD machine and are prescribed medications that lead to serious problems; and the pharmaceutical industry that promoted the disorder and continues to earn billions from mishandling psychiatric conditions.
An investigation of how Big Pharma and medical professionals are complicit in the creation, maintenance and continuing expansion of the ADHD industry, this book sounds the alarm for readers and demands we wake up to the problem that we too could face in the future
An illuminating exploration of ADHD, brimming with intelligence and insight. Schwarz reveals the powerful cultural and economic forces fueling its widespread diagnosis and drug treatment. Those with the disorder will hear a voice of compassion. And those who may be misdiagnosed, a clarion note of caution
Chilling . . . a powerful, necessary book - Kirkus
ADHD Nation is a true rarity - a book that confronts an important subject with the authority of an expert, makes its case with the urgency of a red alert, and moves at the pace of a thriller
Alan Schwarz is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated correspondent at The New York Times. He has won many major journalism awards, including the Polk Award, the Associated Press award for project reporting (three times) and the 2013 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award from the American Statistical Association. Schwarz earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990.