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Why Are So Many College and High School Kids Abusing Adderall

Allen Frances | Posted 11.09.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

During the past 15 years, there has been a remarkable transformation in the drug trade. It used to be dominated by the illegal drug cartels. Now it it is dominated by the legal drug companies.

A Checklist to Stop Misuse of Psychiatric Medication in Kids

Allen Frances | Posted 07.20.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Children change so much in response to environment and development that their diagnosis and treatment always requires the greatest care, patience, and time. I can't picture ever starting a child on meds after a brief evaluation, but this is often done.

10,000 Young Toddlers Are on Stimulant Drugs for ADHD

Allen Frances | Posted 07.17.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Treating babies with stimulants is based on no research, is reckless, and takes no account of the possible harmful long-term effects of bathing baby brains with powerful neurotransmitter drugs.

My Prediction: The ADHD Fad Is About to Fade

Allen Frances | Posted 06.23.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

There will soon be a tipping point when parental common sense, sobering research findings, and media exposure will overwhelm the marketing and political might of the unscrupulous drug companies and the careless prescribing habits of physicians.

No Child Left Undiagnosed

Allen Frances | Posted 06.12.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Egged on by well meaning (and not so well meaning) experts and by greedy drug companies, we are fast approaching this dystopic wonderland of universal childhood mental illness.

Treat the Classroom, Not the Kids

Allen Frances | Posted 06.01.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

The two thirds or more of active kids who have been mislabeled with ADHD suffer unnecessary stigma, reduced expectations, and harmful drug side effects. We need to do a better job of protecting our children from such widespread careless diagnosis and reckless treatment.

How Parents Can Protect Kids From the ADHD 'Epidemic'

Allen Frances | Posted 04.14.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Drug companies were given the means, the motive, and the message to disease-monger ADHD and blow it up out of all proportion. They succeeded beyond all expectations in achieving a triumph of clever advertising over common sense. Fortunately, the press and the public are beginning to catch on.

Connecting the Dots on the ADHD Fad

Allen Frances | Posted 02.16.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

The history of psychiatry is a history of fad diagnoses that come out of nowhere to capture much more attention than they deserve. Current fads are distinguished only by the billions of dollars spent by powerful commercial forces to create and push them.

What Most Parents Of Teens Are Unaware Of

Posted 05.21.2013 | Parents

By: Rachael Rettner, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 05/20/2013 12:47 PM EDT on LiveScience Many parents are not aware that their teenage c...

Drug Companies Drive the Psychiatric Drugging of Children

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 07.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

The health professions would do far more good stopping the drugging of children than continuing or increasing it. Ethical professionals need to work toward removing children from psychiatric drugs.

How Africa's Drug Trade Made 'Queen Of Khat' So Rich

Die Welt/Worldcrunch | Philipp Hedemann | Posted 10.31.2011 | World

For many Africans khat is a stimulant drug that also stills hunger pangs. But the world's biggest seller of khat doesn't fit the typical profile of a ...

Dueling Docs: Can you take a drug for jet lag?

Janice Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Janice Horowitz

The Issue Drugs for Jet Lag The facts With all the stress of travel these days - the requisite shoe-removal, luggage surcharges and now the possibil...