Sunday, February 28, 2010

'We've Got Issues': The Myth Of The Overmedicated Child

"We tend to believe that, today, we have moved beyond the age-old prejudices against people with mental illness. But, in fact, that prejudice is alive and well in our time and has a new and socially acceptable face: it expresses itself in the eye-rolling laments about "pushy parents" and "drugged-up kids." ~ J. Warner

This is brilliant! New York Times blogger Judith Warner examines the popular argument that Americans are over-medicating their children, and her hopes that her book will begin to change the way society begins to view families and children whose lives are impacted by mental illness and neurological disorders.


Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

Let us know how it is! I read a good review about it. How she started to write about how parents leap to drug children who are behaving normally and the psychiatrists who are on the recieving end of so much money and bonuses from the pharmaceutical companies.... all the usual. What she found was the exact opposite and decided to write a book about it. Which has to be up my alley for sure!

Ryansmom said...

I will! I've ordered it and can't wait to read it. I'll be passing it along to my son's doctor as well. ;-)