Pulitzer Prize nominated author Alan Schwarz, will be speaking about and signing copies of his book A.D.H.D. Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic.
ABOUT A.D.H.D. NATION:
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year
The groundbreaking and definitive account of the widespread misdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—and how its unchecked growth over half a century has made ADHD one of the most controversial conditions in medicine, with serious effects on children, adults, and society.
More than 1 in 7 American children get diagnosed with ADHD—three times what experts have said is appropriate—meaning that millions of kids are misdiagnosed and taking medications such as Adderall or Concerta for a psychiatric condition they probably do not have. The numbers rise every year. And still, many experts and drug companies deny any cause for concern. In fact, they say that adults and the rest of the world should embrace ADHD and that its medications will transform their lives.
In ADHD Nation, Alan Schwarz examines the roots and the rise of this cultural and medical phenomenon: The father of ADHD, Dr. Keith Conners, spends fifty years advocating drugs like Ritalin before realizing his role in what he now calls “a national disaster of dangerous proportions”; a troubled young girl and a studious teenage boy get entangled in the growing ADHD machine and take medications that backfire horribly; and big Pharma egregiously over-promotes the disorder and earns billions from the mishandling of children (and now adults).
While demonstrating that ADHD is real and can be medicated when appropriate, Schwarz sounds a long-overdue alarm and urges America to address this growing national health crisis.
WHO IS HERE TO HELP?: In addition to Alan Schwarz we have invited people local to our community to show what they have to offer as alternatives to medication.
JOANNA HULTON, PH.D., Family Therapist, Author of Parent Fatigue Syndrome: What to Do When Conventional Wisdom Is Not Very Wise, Adjunct Professor, LIU.
MELISSA LORUSSO, M.S., School Psychologist, specializes in working with children with special needs.
ALISON ABRAMS, LMHC, Family Therapist, specializing in working with parents and children.
LEE CHASEN, PH.D., Director, Kid Esteem Center for Social Learning and Creative Arts Therapy. Author of Engaging Mirror Neurons to Inspire Connection and Social Emotional Development.
NOT JUST ART, Art studio offering children’s art, science, and music in a nurturing child-centered environment.
LAUREN GROSSMAN, CHHC AADP, Nutritional Manager at Value Drugs in Huntington Village. Specializes in holistic family supplements.
TARA ALLEN HEALTH, R.N., Director of Tara Allen Health. Creator of “Snug Bug Fitness” babywearing. Support and Education Coach for parents wanting a balanced lifestyle.
KATHRYN BARI-PETRITIS, Holistic Chef, Culinary Educator, and Cooking Coach. Author of Health Transforming Foods.
DEBORAH WINTERS, LMSW, Therapist and Parent Educator, specializing in effective communication skills for family unity.
THERESA BANKS, Director of Kundalini Yoga of Long Island. She offers yoga and healing sessions for children and adults.