The Myth of the ADHD Child

The Myth of the ADHD Child

101 Ways to Improve your Child's Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion

eBook - 2017
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"A fully revised and updated edition of the groundbreaking book on tackling the root causes of children's attention and behavior problems rather than masking the symptoms with medication. More than twenty years after Dr. Thomas Armstrong's Myth of the A.D.D. Child first published, he presents much needed updates and insights in this substantially revised edition. When The Myth of the A.D.D. Child was first published in 1995, Dr. Thomas Armstrong made the controversial argument that many behaviors labeled as ADD or ADHD are simply a child's active response to complex social, emotional, and educational influences. In this fully revised and updated edition, Dr. Armstrong shows readers how to address the underlying causes of a child's attention and behavior problems in order to help their children implement positive changes in their lives. The rate of ADHD diagnosis has increased sharply, along with the prescription of medications to treat it. Now needed more than ever, this book includes fifty-one new non-drug strategies to help children overcome attention and behavior problems, as well as updates to the original fifty proven strategies"--
Publisher: New York, New York : A TarcherPerigee Book, [2017]
Edition: Revised edition
ISBN: 9781101992807
1101992808
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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charliebreal
Mar 24, 2019

ADHD is a real, neurodevelopmental disorder. Some experts attest that 80% of criminals in jail have undiagnosed, untreated ADHD. It is a debilitating, very very serious condition.
However, it is true that many children are misdiagnosed when their symptoms could be caused from anxiety, trauma, lack of sleep, etc etc. There is SO much misinformation out there, and unfortunately this book seems to just perpetuate this misunderstanding. Parents would do well to have their child evaluated by a specialist (psychiatrist or neurologist, NOT a pediatrician), in conjunction with data gathered from school personnel. The evaluation must be exhaustive and comprehensive. THEN if a child is truly diagnosed with ADHD, you will know it is truly a neurodevelopmental disorder, NOT a "myth", as this author so arrogantly attests. In addition, treatment of ADHD must be more than just medication. It must be partnered with good parenting/positive parenting techniques, behavior therapy, and social skills classes.

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