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Ritalin Is Not The Answer: A Drug-Free, Practical Program for Children Diagnosed with ADD or ADHD [Paperback]

By David B. Stein (Author) & Peter R. Breggin (Foreword by)
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Examines the increasingly widespread use of Ritalin for disruptive schoolchildren, discusses the drug's side effects, and offers safe alternatives and techniques for conduct improvement.

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At Last A Healthy, Drug-Free Alternative to Ritalin
Nearly one-tenth of all school-aged children in the United States are being coerced into taking mood-altering drugs with side effects that include insomnia, tearfulness, rebound irritability, personality change, nervousness, anorexia, nausea, dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations, and cardiac arrhythmia. These are the children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit with hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ritalin Is Not the Answer confronts and challenges what has become common practice and teaches parents and educators a healthy, comprehensive behavioral program that really works as an alternative to the epidemic use of medication-without teaching children to use drugs in order to handle their behavioral and emotional problems.

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Ritalin Is Not The Answer: A Drug-Free, Practical Program for Children Diagnosed with ADD or ADHD by David B. Stein & Peter R. Breggin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 390

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Studio: Jossey-Bass
Pages   203
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 12, 1999
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
ISBN  0787945145  
ISBN13  9780787945145  

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More About David B. Stein & Peter R. Breggin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David B. Stein, Ph.D., the author of the bestselling Ritalin Is Not the Answer, is a practicing clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Longwood College and the father of two sons. His research and writings center on the diagnosis and treatment of attentional, behavioral, and motivational problems in children. For over twenty-five years he has conducted workshops, providing realistic, practical, and effective alternatives to Ritalin.

David B. Stein currently resides in Richmond, in the state of Virginia. David B. Stein was born in 1961.

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Somebody's got to say it  Jan 24, 2007
The sheer numbers of diagnoses and the sheer numbers of kids on ADD/ADHD meds scares the bejeezus out of me. It just doesn't make rational sense to me that these 'diseases' could appear out of nowhere in such numbers. Somebody has to stand up and question the road that ADD/ADHD adherents are leading our society down before we turn into a nation of pill-popping fools.
My 5 year old was labeled with ADHD. Nothing any of the professionals said could rationally explain to me how it was that my thoughtful, loving, intelligent but energetic kid could suddenly turn into this horror of a wild being the moment he stepped foot into their classroom that they claimed. It made no sense to me.
I am a good parent. Consistent and clear. Patient. Praising, but using consequences. All those things you should do. But Dr. Stein provided guidelines for another whole level of interaction that I could use with my son that brought results! And no, I did not feel invalidated or insulted as some reviewers did. Dr. Stein isn't saying 'you are a bad parent' -- he's saying, 'there's more you can do, and here's how'.

I highly recommend this book to any parent that is seeking an alternative to medications. Give the parenting guidelines an honest and sincere try and see if you don't get good results.
OUTSTANDING !!! Effectively debunks the whole ADD/ADHD myth  Aug 5, 2006
I have read over 15 books on ADD/ADHD and Ritalin and this one stands out. ADD/ADHD is mostly an utterly criminal myth perpetuated by pharmaceutical industries who look at your child as nothing more than an annuity stream, social workers looking for a new revenue stream, the educational system who believes the ideal student is the stoned, silent, lethargic student, and parents who swallow this line hook, line and sinker because they are looking to rationalize why little Johnny is driving them nuts and looking for a simple solution ("just a pill a day and all your problems go away...") and the publishing business (An this site search on "ADD" turned up 6,500+ hits; You tell me this isn't an industry).

Did you know Ritalin is an amphetamine? Does anyone see the irony in pushing amphetamines to 5 year olds while arresting 15 year olds that take them?

Are you aware there has not been a single, FDA approved study on Ritalin and young children?

Are you aware that there are more diagnoses of ADD/ADHD each year than there are cancer, heart attacks, lung cancer, breast cancer, etc. COMBINED !!!! There is medical consensus on what causes all those things yet there is no consensus on exactly what ADD/ADHD is, no consensus on its cause, no consensus on what area of the brain is impacted, in short, no consensus on anything about ADD/ADHD, which should be the biggest red flag. When there is no facts, but plenty of opinions, you need to ask yourself it its even real in the first place. This book's first few chapters explore the facts and myths around ADD/ADHD. You owe it to your children to educate yourself before you become just another pusher.

Probably less than 5% of children diagnosed as ADD/ADHD warrant medication. The other 95% are pawns in a multi-billion dollar game. This book recommends some simple yet efective - and amphetamine free - parenting strategies that address the behavior patterns that cause children to get labelled ADD/ADHD. You owe it to your children to try these before you become just another drug pusher.
Successful use of techniques  Jun 25, 2006
I read many of the reviews of this book before I made my purchase. In reading this and many other ADHD books, I agree that for a successful life, one must learn to control one's behavior or be eaten alive by society in one way, shape or form.

The strict disciplinary tact outlined by this book has helped tremendously in curbing my 6 year old's impulsive behaviors. The understanding of the use of affirmative and positive reinforcement as well as "boredom" as a consequence has truly helped our son as well as our parental sanity. This book may not be for everybody - but it is a Godsend for our family.
One of the better Theories  Oct 16, 2005
I am what most people would call ADD. I call it being me. I've read at least 20 different books on this subject and other books too that seem to touch on the subject such as "The Difficult Child" and I think (not sure if exact) the "Out of Sync Child". My son threw me for a loop with his personality. I've come to realize that he has a lot of my personality traits and has the mixture of male tendencies on top of that. He has the focusing problems at school and is my more emotional child. I've noticed that as he has gotten older outbursts are less. But I learned a long time ago to be firm with him. I'm just not firm to the degree that I should be. I knew that before I got the book. I had read it before, but forgotten about it. After checking it out again from the library and reading it, I decided to buy it and try it.

I don't condemn anyone who decides to give their child medication. I am just very careful of what is put into the body either mentally or physically.

There are so many different factors involved in why a child acts out. There are food allergies/sensitivities that run in families. Sometimes environmental sensitivities are present. Then you have class size, and the possibility of teacher and student conflicting personalities. Sometimes a learning disability such as dyslexia is present. That's just a few reasons and there are so many more.

I LOVE science but sometimes logic isn't used by scientists.
If something is a THEORY, then it means it is an educated guess. After reading some of the Drug Information Inserts, I discovered that a lot of time (whether for prescription drugs or over the counter ones), the scientists aren't sure how the drug works. They simply state how they BELIEVE it works. Read the wording sometime. You may have to ask for the drug information insert because they don't include them with prescription drugs. Basically it is assumed if the drug creates the effect wanted, then it probably works in the way that their theory suggests. Everyone's body is different and they cannot predict how your specific body will react.

Your sleep, diet, exercise, food, and your thoughts affect your brain chemicals. I know that has been proven.

After observing the side effects of antidepressants and other researched drugs on loved ones, friends, and other people, I just don't have a clear conscience about giving my son a drug for ADD. The drug is one THEORY that I'm not willing to try until I've tried other THEORIES, including the one in this book.

No one is perfect including scientists and doctors. Ultimately, the parent is the one who is responsible for their child. It is a awesome responsibility that overwhelms you at times. You have to take time to get to the root of your child's problems. Then you have to take time to deal with the it. There is never overnight answers or solutions. Also, you have to train kids to be independent and mature, or you and they will live with more regrets than any of you want.

I know that with me, I make my own choices and I have to be responsible for the consequences good or bad. I don't expect my son to be perfect. I just want him to grow up to be the well-rounded responsible adult that he needs to be. I think that with the approach from this book, my children and I will learn better new habits and drop bad old ones.
The Answer to a Prayer  Aug 13, 2004
My son was diagnosed with ADHD in kindergarden. He was on medication until after I read this book when he was in third grade. This book has been a godsend. We use the techiques in the book, and he has been on the A/B honor roll for the last 3 years. His self-esteem and self-control has improved greatly. He consistently thinks before he acts. I would recommend this book to anyone with a child with ADHD, and I have recommended it to many of my students' parents

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