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Witness to Corruption: The Merchants of Speed or the Modern-Day ADHD Medicine Show

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

For all the buzz and activity, there was much more selling than educating going on. Sure, the drug reps suggested alternatives and mentioned side effects, but underneath and unacknowledged was their fundamental mission: to convince me to prescribe their product.

Witness to Corruption: The Merchants of Speed or the Modern-Day ADHD Medicine Show

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

Non-drug interventions for ADHD also work. Behavioral modification techniques practiced by parents and teachers, and special education interventions (especially small-group instruction) are primary and proven therapies.

Witness to Corruption: The Merchants of Speed or the Modern-Day ADHD Medicine Show

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 08.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

Not only do they fund ADHD research and professional education, they market to doctors, teachers, parents, and, ultimately, even the children of this country.

A Witness to Corruption: The Merchants of Speed Or The Modern-Day ADHD Medicine Show

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

The timing and blatant nature of the pecuniary partnership between America's leading academic child psychiatrist and a Fortune 500 mega-corporation left me feeling sad, angry and alone. Where were other doctors, patients, the public and the press? Why weren't they speaking out about this obvious conflict of interest?

No Security: Hope X Is (Not So) Decadent and Depraved -- Day 2

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 07.24.2014 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

This is Day 2 of my journal shooting my history on computer hacking at HOPE X Conference.

Leave It to Ritalin

Susanne Antonetta | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Susanne Antonetta

We did have Ritalin as a therapy for attentional problems in the 1960s; it simply wasn't dispensed as it is now. In the CDC's latest figures, 11 percent of all kids are diagnosed with ADHD, and a big chunk of those diagnoses were made before age six.

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: Adderall Abuse

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

I've watched with worried vigilance for the past 15 years the growth in the use by adults of these potentially powerful and addictive drugs. Sadly, I believe only after stimulant abuse causes the deaths of enough young adults will we address this growing public health menace.

The Drug From Limitless Is Available for Purchase on Your College Campus

Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 04.02.2014 | College
Eliza Sankar-Gorton

Although exaggerated for Hollywood, it's clear why students might be tempted to take a pill that might lend mental clarity and energized focus. I wondered, though ... how are people getting their hands on it?

'Stop Stuffing Your Face and Sit Down!' Compulsive Overeating and ADHD, 6 Tips for Parents

Varda Epstein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Varda Epstein

Keep the gates of communication open and enlist your child's help in fighting the temptation to overeat. With a can-do attitude, the two of you can win the battle, every time.

My Uneasy Marriage to Ritalin

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

We've come to expect more from our children (and teachers) educationally at an earlier and earlier age. Everyone now is expected to go to college in order to be "successful." Our ideas about discipline are very confused. Children are expected more than ever to perform and self-regulate their behavior.

The Alarming Rise Of Adderall In 2 Charts

Quartz | Roberto A. Ferdman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Quartz: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—ADHD—is big business these days. It has become the most-diagnosed long-term disorder after ast...

Medication Nation: Children's Health in Peril

Emma Jenner | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Emma Jenner

Sarah Clark was worried about her 3-year-old daughter. Adrienne had multiple temper tantrums an hour, hour after hour, and their house was constantly filled with her screaming.

STUDY: How Parents Choose ADHD Treatment

Posted 09.02.2013 | Parents

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Mon Sep 2, 2013 12:39am EDT (Reuters Health) - Parents' goals and concerns for their children with attention-def...

Exploring Educational Trauma: The Pain of Learning in 20th Century Schools

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 10.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

From early laws in the 70's that promoted segregation of students to the epidemic that is bullying, we can see incidents of trauma everywhere in education. Educational Trauma is defined as the inadvertent perpetration and perpetuation of victimization by educational systems against consumers and producers of the system. Victims of educational trauma may include: children, adolescents, and adults interacting the educational system.

Why Not Adderall for Finals Week?

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

I don't blame Joe's family at all if they wind up using Adderall for finals. I just know my limits as to how far I can ethically participate in this epidemic. But I suspect the other doctor will have no problem filling the prescription.

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...

Did Cocaine Cause The Financial Crisis?

CNBC | John Carney | Posted 04.18.2013 | Business

CNBC: Was the financial crisis the hangover from a gigantic coke binge? That's the line of reasoning of David Nutt, a British professor of somet...

The Psycho-Therapeutic School System: Pathologizing Childhood

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Society today is far less tolerant of childish behavior -- hence, the growing popularity of the ADHD label, which has become the "go-to diagnosis" for children that don't fit the psycho-therapeutic public school mold of quiet, docile and conformist.

Using Study Drugs to Get Better Grades: Why You Should Think Twice

Her Campus | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Her Campus

What's a collegiette to do when it's midnight and she hasn't even started studying for that 8 a.m. exam yet? Several college students across the country have found a risky solution: study drugs. Used without a prescription, however, these drugs can be dangerous -- not to mention illegal.

Money, Medicine and Myopia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

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.

ADHD Medication Can Help Kids, But It Can't Fix Schools

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 05.07.2013 | Impact
Nancy Rappaport

Education reform does not come from introducing Ritalin into the cafeteria lunches of poor schools. Real reform comes through productive interaction between teachers and students in the classroom.

Things That Drive Me Up The Wall

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 03.20.2013 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I never cease to be amazed by some of the things I read, hear and observe. Television commercials in particular cause me to scratch my head and ponder. It boggles my mind to realize that before these are released to the public they're actually approved by an infinite number of people.

Study: ADHD Medicines Help Curb Criminal Behavior In Older Teens And Adults

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 11.26.2012 | Teen

-- Older teens and adults with attention deficit disorder are much less likely to commit a crime while on ADHD medication, a provocative study from S...

The Superhuman Workforce Has Some Concerned

AP | RAPHAEL SATTER | Posted 11.07.2012 | Money

LONDON -- Performance-boosting drugs, powered prostheses and wearable computers are coming to an office near you – but experts warned in a new r...

School Nurse Stole Kids' ADD Drugs, Replaced With Prescription Painkillers

Posted 12.25.2012 | Education

Dallas school nurse Rebecca Baily-Long is on paid administrative leave after allegedly stealing prescription drugs from students. Bailey-Long is ac...