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Overview How parents, teachers, and even professionals are being deceived by the "ADHD Establishment" regarding ADHD and other childhood behavior disorders and the drugs used to treat them. The issue of diagnosing children with behavioral diseases that do not conform to a scientific definition of disease, and then medicating them is a scandal ready to erupt. In The Diseasing of America's Children, popular family psychologist, speaker, and best-selling author John Rosemond joins with pediatrician Dr. Bose Ravenel to uncover the fiction and fallacy behind attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), early-onset biopolar disorder (EOBD), and the drugs prescribed to treat them. Rosemond and Ravenel will: reveal the pseudo-science behind these diagnoses explain how parents, teachers, and even professionals are deceived expose the short- and long-term dangers behavioral drugs pose to children discuss how America's schools are unwittingly feeding the diagnostic beast reveal the simple, common sense truth behind these behavior problems and give parents a practical program for curing these problems without drugs or dependence on professionals
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6" Height: 1.1"
Release Date Sep 30, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785228861 ISBN13 9780785228868 UPC 020049059579
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More About John Rosemond
John Rosemond is a family psychologist who has directed mental-health programs and been in full-time private practice working with families and children. Since 1990, he has devoted his time to speaking and writing. Rosemond s weekly syndicated parenting column now appears in some 250 newspapers, and he has written 15 best-selling books on parenting and the family. He is one of the busiest and most popular speakers in the field, giving more than 200 talks a year to parent and professional groups nationwide. He and his wife of 39 years, Willie, have two grown children and six well-behaved grandchildren."
John Rosemond currently resides in the state of North Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Diseasing of America's Children: Exposing the ADHD Fiasco and Empowering Parents to Take Back Control?
Worth the time and effort, but watch where you're walking.... Apr 8, 2010
I've become convinced that abortion is no longer the most hotly debated issue in America today....it's ADD and ADHD. There's a great deal of passion on all sides of the issue. Unfortunately, the jungle that is ADHD realm is thick and disorienting.
Rosemond's effort on the topic is a good one, and one that is likely one of the more comprehesive works that takes the "other side" of the debate. It should not be surprising to anyone reading reviews of this book that you are going to encounter some that adore Rosemond's other work, think this book is spot on, and highly recommend it because it represents "the truth" in their eyes. Likewise, you shouldn't be surprised that there are those on the other side of the debate from Rosemond that will refer to his work as drivel, unscientific, wrong, crazy, wacko, etc. This would even include another author, whose work is just as one sided as she perceives Rosemond's work to be. What Rosemond will at least get you to do, if you can work your way through his book with an open mind, is to ask questions, especially in the face of a diagnosis.
So, in an effort to actually review the book itself, I offer this.....what are your motivations for reading a book about "ADHD" which questions the disorder and the medical treatment that is so often recommended? If your motivation is to read "the other side" because you know, going in, you're going to disagree, you're going to get precisely what you're looking for... a book that will provide you with multiple opportunities for cathartic outbursts of "...now that's just CRAZY."
If you are presently the parent of a child that has been diagnosed with ADHD and you are at the beginning of the journey down the path of treatment and therapy, you may find this book helpful in that it provides a lengthy and detailed perspective on ADHD that will be very, very different from what you may be hearing at the school, in the pediatrician's office, or at the psychiatrists office.
Understand that Rosemond is a "traditional parenting" expert ( and I think it fair to call him an expert ) and his effort here is an honest one. At a minimum, with an open mind, you should find the discussion of ADHD by Rosemand a very interesting and thought provoking one. For the other perspective, Russell A. Barkley's work is well worth your time, in the name of being thorough in your research efforts.
The thrust of Rosemond and Ravenal's work is to strongly question the science between linking ADD and ADHD to a genetic brain disorder. They question the ADHD literature's alleged overstatement of the effectiveness of the medication that is prescribed to children and the alleged understatement of the side effects of that medication. Accordingly, the symptoms of the disorder are behavioral issues, not biochemical issues. Ravenel, a doctor, has switched sides on this issue... and his perspective, in particular, is an interesting one.
What is often mistaken about the Rosemond/Ravenal work is that their 4 prong suggestion for behavioral therapy is interpreted by those in the Barkley camp as suggesting that Rosemond/Ravenal believe that ADHD is caused by excessive electronic media useage, diet, poor parenting etc. Actually, Rosemond and Ravenal don't believe that there is such a disorder as ADHD, but do believe that children do, in fact, exhibit the behaviors that those in the Barkely camp refer to as symptoms. I don't think Barkley fails to understand Rosemond's perspective. Rosemond's work is not necessarily as easy to dismiss as many would like to believe.
Whether you agree with all, part, or none of this book may depend upon your preconceived notions and the amount of reading you've done on "the other side." I'm carefully avoiding offering my own opinion of ADHD because it's not relevent to this review at all.
The book is a good one, and it's well worth your time and effort - along with a careful examination of other works (I suggest Barkley's but there are others) and then a careful comparison. What I have found is that sometimes, one side of this debate has a great deal of difficulty answering the challenges made by the other side of the debate. But you can't really evaluate either side effectively until you've read about them. So, here's what I think represents your best chance to engage in what should perhaps be referred to as the Anti ADHD side of the debate.
For those unfamiliar with Rosemond's work, he is very direct and sometimes even colorful in his choice of words. This is viewed by some as antagonistic (note the word Fiasco in the title of this book). I doubt that there's some conspiracy to offend here, but there is a push, in the title and in the opening pages of this book, to grab your attention. At times, the barbs can be distracting to the message of the book - one of the reasons it might have earned one less star than 5, from me) but the book is still very well written, and it is an easy read.
Finally, you should be aware that there is very, very little agreement between Rosemond and Barkley on just about anything related to ADHD. Accordingly, it can be a very difficult path to walk when you are faced with a diagnosis or even the suggestion of inquiry. I've yet to come across a difinitive work that sets forth both sides and attempt to walk methodically and accurately between them. Maybe that isn't possible.
Good book. Easy to read. Worth your time if you're making an honest inquiry.
Fact vs Fiction May 19, 2009
Before reading this book I believed that ADHD was an actual medically proven disorder. I felt it was overdiagnosed, but that in a small handful of people it truly existed. This book was quite frightening in that it exposes the lack of solid medical evidence behind disorders that people are being diagnosed with everyday. To learn that ADHD, ODD, EOBD and others have no medical "proof" behind them is disturbing. Even more disturbing are the powerful and dangerous drugs that thousands of parents are readily giving to their children to cure disorders that are still considered theoretical or even non-existent by a surprising number of medical professionals. America's parents are turning more and more to organic child raising in an effort to give children the safest and cleanest start to life, but at the same time are subscribing to the belief that every misbehavior can and should be treated with psychotropic drugs whithout considering the side effects and long term effects of such drugs. Considering todays' climate of victimhood it is amazing that anyone came out with a book this controversial. However, it is not just a sensational read that is long on shock and short on fact. It is extremely well researched with plenty of scientific evidence backing the author's opinions. As a mother of one child with plans to have more, the odds are good that at some point some helpful but mistaken teacher/counselor/friend will confuse childish exuberance or misbehavior with a "chemical imbalance in the brain caused by defective genes" (read the book for the fallacy behind that phrase) and recommend medical treatment. Having read this book I will know how to respond, which would include refusing to put my children on drugs to alter the chemicals in their brains. (Can anyone think of a more dangerous type of drug than one that alters a brain? And we're expected to give these to children as young as 2 whose brains are still forming.) I would recommend this book to anyone, with children or without. Even if you don't have children this book will still apply to you. Adults are being diagnosed with these disorders which will affect you in the workplace, and laws are trying to be passed regarding these disorders which will affect everyone's lives. This is a hot issue which everyone should be informed about and it is refreshing to hear the other side of the debate. Many people who have 100% bought into ADHD, etc., will be outraged by this book, but that's good. Maybe they will start to think about this issue, and that is exactly what the author's intended.
This book is a treasure May 3, 2009
This book was not written to make anyone feel comfortable and for that reason it's the most valuable book I've read on children. Never have I found so much powerful information in such a usable format. But if you're not ready to question the status quo, hear the truth about childrearing practices you hold dear and make dramatic changes in how you think about your family, then don't bother picking this up. Like all real treasure, it's not for wimps.
While this book's title tells you it's about ADHD, I'm recommending it for all parents, teachers, grandparents and social workers. Even if your child hasn't been diagnosed I would wager that you know one who has. Perhaps you've suspected that some child in your world is a little "too hyper" or heard that even adults can be ADHD and thought of someone close to you. The first half of this book takes the ADHD bull by the horns and doesn't let go until every aspect of the disorder is dissected. With a historical overview that puts everything into perspective and a no-holds-barred approach to research that points fingers, names names and calls a fraud a fraud, Ravenel and Rosemond systematically clear up misconceptions, highlight hidden truths and answer every question you could possibly have. The style of writing is conversational but passionate, stern but with great humor. I found myself alternatively laughing and crying my way through the chapters.
The second half of the book offers sure-fire methods for raising children with (or without) ADHD. In fact, the authors offer real life examples of children who never showed their symptoms again after the parents made recommended changes. My years "in the trenches" with hundreds of children and families have shown me that the methods suggested here will make life immeasurably more sane for all families, with or without any imbalances.
Of course there's no book I agree with 100% so I'd be remiss if I didn't mention a couple places where I take issue with the authors. There's a small section on potty training that I feel reflects their lack of direct experience with the subject. As someone who has gone through potty training with more children than I can remember, I would suggest the authors have placed the exact unrealistic expectations on mothers in this area that they criticize other professionals for doing in academic achievement. There are some places where the wisdom of the grandmothers does not translate and this is one of them. I've heard that in Rosemond's other books he gives advice more to my liking and I look forward to reviewing them in the future.
The other topics I had a hard time swallowing were the review of how reading was taught and the recommendations for regulating television viewing. While I agree these topics are problematic, I think the details may warrant discussion and personalization, since schools and families are so unique. But these complaints refer to a handful of pages in a 250 page book that I cannot recommend too highly.
Excellent choice of reading material Apr 27, 2009
This is an excellent choice of reading material for those who are entering into a teaching career. The knowledge from this book is wonderful.
For any parent worried about ADHD Apr 18, 2009
I've read a lot of books on the subject, and this is surely one of the best. The authors not only attack and effectively demolish the fraudulent pseudoscience behind ADHD and its treatment with medication, but they also offer very good, wise, funny and helpful advice to parents facing the difficult task of raising children. To any parent worried about their child's behavior, I'll say this: if you read only one book, read this one.