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Talking Back To Ritalin - Peter Breggin

Talking Back To Ritalin

Paperback Published: 17th September 2001
ISBN: 9780738205441
Number Of Pages: 448

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By the best-selling author of Talking Back to Prozac, a revised and updated edition of the first and most-compelling book to challenge the use of Ritalin to treat ADHD.. Millions of children take Ritalin for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The drug's manufacturer, Novartis, claims that Ritalin is the "solution" to this widespread problem. But hidden behind the well-oiled public-relations machine is a potentially devastating reality: children are being given a drug that can cause the same bad effects as amphetamine and cocaine, including behavioral disorders, growth suppression, neurological tics, agitation, addiction, and psychosis. Talking Back to Ritalin uncovers these and other startling facts and translates the research findings for parents and doctors alike. An advocate for education not medication, Dr. Breggin empowers parents to channel distracted, disenchanted, and energetic children into powerful, confident, and brilliant members of the family and society.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introduction: The Impact of the First Editionp. xv
Ritalin, Dexedrine, Adderall, Concerta, Metadate ER and Other Stimulant Drugs
The Tide Is Shifting: Events Since the First Edition of Talking Back to Ritalinp. 3
Ritalin Is Not Candy for the Brain: Adverse Effects of Stimulant Drugsp. 28
Gross Brain Malfunctions and Cell Death Caused by Stimulantsp. 62
How Stimulants Really Workp. 82
Vitamin R: The Road to Addiction and Abusep. 94
"They Never Like the Medication:" How Children Feel about Taking Ritalin and How Adults React to Themp. 109
Do Stimulants Help Children and Will Doctors Tell You the Truth? What Three Decades of Research Revealp. 124
Definitive Study or Scientific Hoax? NIMH Funds Research on Ritalinp. 141
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
The "Science" Behind Making an ADHD Diagnosisp. 150
Scientific Evidence for a Biological Cause of ADHD: You Can't Argue with a Brain Scan, Can You?p. 172
Back to the Future: Psychiatry's Long History of Perpetuating False Biological Ideas about "ADHD"p. 186
Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers Make the Difference--Scientific Evidence That ADHD/Ritalin Advocates Ignorep. 194
Physical Causes of ADHD-like Symptoms: Medical Disorders, Drugs, Food Additives, and Other Factors That Do and Don't Affect a Child's Behaviorp. 204
The Politics of the ADHD/Ritalin Lobby
Who's Behind All This?
The Pharmaceutical Company and Its Alliesp. 216
Who's Behind All This?
The Taxpayers' Moneyp. 247
Brave New World of Childhood: Growing Up on Psychiatric Drugsp. 270
How We Can Help Our Children
Empowering Yourself As a Parentp. 287
The Environmental Stressor Checklist: How to Find Out What's Upsetting Your Childp. 296
Making Ourselves Ready to Help Our Childrenp. 306
When Adults Are in Conflict with the Children They Lovep. 312
What to Do When the Teacher Says Your Child Has ADHDp. 320
Stimulant Drug Information Summaryp. 334
The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychologyp. 338
Ethical Human Sciences and Servicesp. 340
Notesp. 342
Bibliographyp. 363
Indexp. 407
About the Authorp. 431
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ISBN: 9780738205441
ISBN-10: 0738205443
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 17th September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised