I can't say, on the basis of evidence, that NIH is misdirecting vast fortunes from where they could do the most good within our lifetimes. But I certainly do believe it. What I can say is that biomedical research dollars are subject to the same myopia that tends to dominate our personal lives.
We are spending tens of billions of dollars plying the worried well with unnecessary and expensive drugs; while at the very same time ignoring the desperate needs of those who really could benefit from psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
The 5,000-word Times piece on the life and death by suicide of a young man, Richard Fee, addicted to Adderall (a form of prescription amphetamine), could represent a true thawing of what some feel has been a 20-year ADHD/Adderall Ice Age.
Live from the Samsung SMART Studio at CES 2013, Russell Simmons and Awesomeness TV CEO Brian Robbins chat about their upcoming collaborative "All Def Digital" YouTube network, which Simmons projects as a production empire of music, comedy, poetry, and much more.
There's certainly a place for these medications in the treatment of ADD. But I think we've done too good a job of "selling" ADD and Adderall as the answer to many teenagers who are in a normative struggle toward maturity.
Hruska's fine debut novel, Accelerated, offers a cautionary tale not only of the pharmaceutical-industrial complex but also of the high-pressured, high-powered world of privilege in Manhattan's elite private schools.
I've never been against using medication in children. I am against a first and only use of medication in children who are minimally impaired. I believe first one must try to employ effective non-drug interventions of behavior modification and special education.
Gina Pera is the author of the award-winning book Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? She speaks internationally on adult ADHD and writes three blogs, including one devoted to relationships: "You and Me -- and Adult AD/HD."
Typically, when we first practice mindfulness, we find how really busy our mind is (and even more so for someone with ADHD). Successful practice is becoming fully aware of what is, and then using that awareness to choose where you place the most attention.
Melissa Orlov is a marriage consultant and one of the top experts in how ADHD affects relationships. "An evaluation is the gateway to a wide variety of resources that can help you improve your lives together."
Some of these children may actually have ADD, but in most cases the M.D.s are simply justifying to the child, parents, school and insurance company the use of these universal performance-enhancing medications.
For me, one way of thinking about children with ADD (adults deserve their own piece and the center deals with them too) is that they are more fiercely democratic than other kids who will easily adhere to strict rules and regulations with a passive attitude.