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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
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.