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Running on Ritalin

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In 1997 alone, nearly five million people in the United States were prescribed Ritalin - most of them young children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. Use of this drug, which is a stimulant related to amphetamine, has increased by 700 percent since 1990. And this phenomenon appears to be uniquely American: 90 percent of the world's Ritalin is used here. Is this a cause for alarm - or simply the case of an effective treatment meeting a newly discovered need? Important medical advance - or drug of abuse, as some critics claim? Lawrence Diller has written the definitive book about this crucial debate - evenhanded, wide-ranging, and intimate in its knowledge of families, schools, and the pressures of our speeded-up society. As a pediatrician and family therapist, he has evaluated hundreds of children, adolescents, and adults for ADD, and he offers crucial information and treatment options for anyone struggling with this problem.

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ISBN: 9780553379068
Publisher: Bantam Books
Language: English
Page Count: 386
Size: 9.24" l x 6.15" w x 1.08"
Series: N/A