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035    (OCoLC)865158033 
049    CIBA 
050  4 RJ506.B44|bG53 2014 
100 1  Gnaulati, Enrico. 
245 10 Back to normal :|bwhy ordinary childhood behavior is 
       mistaken for ADHD, bipolar disorder, and Autism Spectrum 
       Disorder /|cEnrico Gnaulati, PhD. 
260    Boston, Mass. :|bBeacon Press,|c2014, ©2013. 
300    xv, 239 pages ;|c23 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes bibliographical references and index. 
505 0  Mad science and mad medicine -- The rush to diagnose -- 
       Casualties of casual diagnosing -- Abnormalizing boys -- 
       The normalcy of problem behavior -- ADHD? Or childhood 
       narcissism at the outer edges? -- Bipolar disorder? Or 
       teenage storm and stress twenty-first-century style? -- 
       Autistic spectrum? Or a brainy, willful, introverted boy? 
       -- Parenting with authority. 
520    Why are doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly 
       diagnosing healthy American children with serious 
       psychiatric conditions? In this book the author examines 
       the factors that have led to our current crisis, provides 
       parents with information about symptoms that to a casual 
       or untrained eye can mimic a psychiatric disorder, and 
       gives parents of struggling children hope, perspective, 
       and direction. In recent years there has been an alarming 
       rise in the number of American children and youth assigned
       a mental health diagnosis. Current data from the Centers 
       for Disease Control reveal a 41 percent increase in rates 
       of ADHD diagnoses over the past decade and a forty-fold 
       spike in bipolar disorder diagnoses. Similarly, diagnoses 
       of autism spectrum disorder, once considered rare, has 
       increased by 78 percent since 2002. The author, a clinical
       psychologist specializing in childhood and adolescent 
       therapy and assessment, has witnessed firsthand the push 
       to diagnose these disorders in youngsters. Drawing both on
       his own clinical experience and on cutting-edge research, 
       with this book he has written the definitive account of 
       why our kids are being dramatically overdiagnosed-and how 
       parents and professionals can distinguish between true 
       psychiatric disorders and normal childhood reactions to 
       stressful life situations. He begins with the complex web 
       of factors that have led to our current crisis. These 
       include questionable education and training practices that
       cloud mental health professionals' ability to distinguish 
       normal from abnormal behavior in children, monetary 
       incentives favoring prescriptions, check-list diagnosing, 
       and high-stakes testing in schools. We have also developed
       an increasingly casual attitude about labeling kids and 
       putting them on psychiatric drugs. So how do we 
       differentiate between a child with, say, Asperger's 
       syndrome and a child who is simply introverted, brainy, 
       and single-minded? As the author notes, many of the 
       symptoms associated with these disorders are similar to 
       everyday childhood behaviors. In the second half of the 
       book hei tells detailed stories of wrongly diagnosed kids,
       providing parents and others with information about the 
       developmental, temperamental, and environmentally driven 
       symptoms that to a casual or untrained eye can mimic a 
       psychiatric disorder. These stories also reveal how 
       nonmedical interventions, whether in the therapist's 
       office or through changes made at home, can help children.
       This book reminds us of the normalcy of children's 
       seemingly abnormal behavior. It will give parents of 
       struggling children hope, perspective, and direction. And 
       it will make everyone who deals with children question the
       changes in our society that have contributed to the 
       astonishing increase in childhood psychiatric diagnoses. -
       - Publisher's description. 
650  0 Behavior disorders in children. 
650  0 Behavior disorders in children|xDiagnosis. 
994    C0|bCIB 
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