The ADHD Medication Debate

Here’s a New York Times article by Dr. L. Alan Sroufe questioning the effectiveness of ADHD medications: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/opinion/sunday/childrens-add-drugs-dont-work-long-term.html?pagewanted=all

The article caused a great deal of debate as many parents believe their child has benefitted from ADHD medication, such as Ritalin: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/opinion/ritalin-and-the-hyperactive-child.html

Here’s a link to an excellent book, “Driven To Distraction…” by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey, for parents of children with attention Deficit Disorder: http://www.amazon.com/Driven-Distraction-Recognizing-Attention-Childhood/dp/0684801280

Free-Range Kids, Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry

Free-Range Kids…a book by Lenore Skenazey

http://www.amazon.com/Free-Range-Giving-Children-Freedom-Without/dp/0470471948

Amazon.com book description:

FREE RANGE KIDS has become a national movement, sparked by the incredible response to Lenore Skenazy?s piece about allowing her 9-year-old ride the subway alone in NYC. Parent groups argued about it, bloggers, blogged, spouses became uncivil with each other, and the media jumped all over it. A lot of parents today, Skenazy says, see no difference between letting their kids walk to school and letting them walk through a firing range. Any risk is seen as too much risk. But if you try to prevent every possible danger or difficult in your child?s everyday life, that child never gets a chance to grow up. We parents have to realize that the greatest risk of all just might be trying to raise a child who never encounters choice or independence.

Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

Ridirect: An interesting new book by Timothy D. Wilson

http://www.amazon.com/Redirect-Surprising-Science-Psychological-Change/dp/0316051888#_

Amazon.com book description:

What if there were a magic pill that could make you happier, turn you into a better parent, solve a number of your teenager’s behavior problems, reduce racial prejudice, and close the achievement gap in education? Well, there is no such magic pill-but there is a new scientifically based approach called story editing that can accomplish all of this. It works by redirecting the stories we tell about ourselves and the world around us, with subtle prompts, in ways that lead to lasting change. In Redirect, world-renowned psychologist Timothy Wilson shows how story-editing works and how you can use it in your everyday life.

The other surprising news is that many existing approaches-from the multi-billion dollar self-help industry to programs that discourage drug use and drinking-don’t work at all. In fact, some even have the opposite effect. Most programs are not adequately tested, many do not work, and some even do harm. For example, there are programs that have inadvertently made people unhappy, raised the crime rate, increased teen pregnancy, and even hastened people’s deaths-in part by failing to redirect people’s stories in healthy ways.

In short, Wilson shows us what works, what doesn’t, and why. Fascinating, groundbreaking, and practical, Redirect demonstrates the remarkable power small changes can have on the ways we see ourselves and the world around us, and how we can use this in our everyday lives. In the words of David G. Myers, “With wit and wisdom, Wilson shows us how to spare ourselves worthless (or worse) interventions, think smarter, and live well.”