Diller Live Interview on Minnesota Public Radio

Lawrence Diller will be interviewed on the Daily Circuit News Program on Minnesota Public Radio on Wednesday, November 14th at 9 am local time (7 am Pacific Time).  He is scheduled to be on for 45 minutes.  The topic will be the emerging adult ADHD market for stimulant medication.

You can listen to the program locally on air in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area and other feeds in Minnesota.  You can also listen to a live streamed version by going to http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/ or afterwards by going to the archives of the Daily Circuit on the same MPR website.

Presentation/Book Signing in Sonoma

For those of you living in Sonoma or Mendocino counties in California, I will be giving a 45 minute presentation/book signing on Saturday, October 6th, in Gualala at the Four-Eyed Frog Bookstore on Highway 1 at 4 PM.  The topic will be the Remembering Ritalin project and will feature videos of four of the young adults who were in Remembering Ritalin 13 years ago (now ages 24-34).  Look forwards to seeing you there.

Letter Published in the New York Times

It's always nice to have a forum for one's views so I'm pleased to let you know that a letter of mine in response to a weekend op-ed, Raising the Ritalin Generation (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/opinion/sunday/raising-the-ritalin-generation.html), was published today in the print and web editions of the New York Times.  Here is the text of my letter:

In America, 4 percent of the world's population uses 88 percent of the Ritalin produced worldwide. Among the many factors contributing to our fixation on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Ritalin, two stand out. The first is economic: our nation's continuing relative decline among world players and the growing gap between the 99 and 1 percent. The second is our worry, perhaps excessive, about our children's feelings if they are "below average."

 

The fears about our children and their futures have led to an intolerance of differences or diversity in children's temperaments and talents. Several years ago I predicted that I might have to medicate "the last normal child." Apparently, according to Bronwen Hruska, Manhattan may have gotten there first.

 

Here is the link to view all the letters: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/opinion/deciding-whether-to-medicate-a-child.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss. Please as always let me know what you think.