ADHD Nation

ADHD Nation : The disorder. The drugs. The inside story.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will soon be the most frequently diagnosed 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 doctors and Big Pharma are targeting children and adults worldwide to get the diagnosis and take medications that will, they say, transform their lives.

In ADHD Nation, acclaimed New York Times journalist 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 the rampant mishandling of ADHD.

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 UK readers and demands we wake up to the problem that we too could face in the future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 234 x 155 x 27mm | 460g
  • Little, Brown
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408706571
  • 9781408706572
  • 371,072

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Important, humane and compellingly written . . . a narrative that unfolds with the momentum of a thriller . . . ADHD Nation should be required reading -- Steve Silberman * New York Times * An urgently needed study of the diagnosis and medication of ADHD . . . The real power of ADHD Nation [comes] from the cumulative effect of the narrative . . . Schwarz uses his gentle wit to disarm the recurring industry marketing lines -- Richard Orange * Guardian * 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 -- Jerome Groopman, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, staff writer, New Yorker Often devastating and very necessary . . . I beg you to read this candid, fact-packed and even-handed study * Mail on Sunday * 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 -- Daniel Okrent, New York Times bestselling author of Last Call Chilling . . . a powerful, necessary book * Kirkus * Shem's Mount Misery meets Goldacre's Bad Pharma. It is a very powerfully-told narrative of just how far academia and profit motive can each be subverted and, increasingly powerfully, can subvert each other . . . a compelling read -- Dr Kit Byatt Alan Schwarz's book is an absorbing, well-researched corrective to decades of pharma industry marketing * Times Literary Supplement * [Schwarz's] nimble investigation interweaves the narratives of pharmaceutical companies with those of child psychologist Keith Conners, who led ADHD's 'Manhattan Project', and young people grappling with the medical fallout. An intriguing sidelight is the misuse of ADHD drugs as performance enhancers * Nature * ADHD Nation is a necessary book. Schwarz has done a fine job on a maddening topic, and everyone who's interested in hyperactivity, attention spans, stimulants, and the current state of American health care should grab a copy * New York Magazine *
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About Alan Schwarz

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.
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