Selected Bibliography

Alphabetizing Children’s Mental Illness.  Psychology Today

The Importance of Feeling Earnestly Unhappy.  Psychology Today

In the United States of AdderallPsychology Today

Listening to the Transgender Teen Phenomenon (written with Erica Anderson).  Psychology Today

Comment on Prevalence and Correlates of Prescription Stimulant Use, Misuse, Use Disorders, and Motivations for Misuse Among Adults in the United States." American Journal of Psychiatry, 176(1), p. 77. 

Why Are So Many of My Teen Patients Cutting Themselves? We Need to Fix This Now. USA Today, February 28, 2018, p. 8 

The Death Spiral of the American Health Care System: Australians Beware. Huffington Post, May 20, 2017.

Fly to Australia to Save on Healthcare: A PET Scan's Cost is Four Times More in the U.S. than in Oz. Huffington Post, October 31, 2016.

Thirteen Reasons Aussies Use Less Adderall Than Yanks. Huffington Post, August 2016.

I Shrunk the Shrink and They Liked It. Huffington Post, June 2016.

The United States of Adderall Parts 1-4. Huffington Post, January 2016.

When Will We Be Able to Just Say No? America’s Love Affair with Legal Amphetamine. USA Today, May 13, 2015, pg. A9.

The ADHD Explosion (book review), Journal of Attention Disorders, 19: 84-85, 2015.

Witness to Corruption: The Merchants of Speed or the Modern-Day ADHD Medicine Show Parts 1-4. Huffington Post, August, 2014.

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: Adderall Abuse. Huffington Post, April 8, 2014.

My Uneasy Marriage to Ritalin. Huffington Post, December 23, 2013.

Why Not Adderall for Finals Week? Huffington Post, June 6, 2013.

News from the Ritalin Wars. San Francisco Chronicle, March 3, 2013, p. E-7. Rx for S.S.D. (Sick Society Disorder). Huffington Post, April 16, 2013.

Is an ADHD/Adderall Ice Age Ending? Huffington Post, February 5, 2013.

The NFL’s ADHD/Adderall Mess. Huffington Post, December 6, 2012.

Give Me My Adderall! Huffington Post, October 10, 2012. teens_b_1946396.html

ADHD on Trial (book review). Journal of Attention Disorders, 16: 618-619, 2012.

Getting It into the New York Times. Huffington Post, August 24, 2012.

Viewpoint. ADHD/Ritalin Long Term: Bad and Good News. Communique, Nov. 2011, p. 24. The Homework Pill. Huffington Post, June 5, 2012.

Does America Really Have a Problem with Adderall Abuse? Huffington Post, November 22, 2011.

A Prescription for America's ADHD Epidemic. Huffington Post, October 13, 2011.

What Could -- And Couldn't -- Be Causing America's ADHD Epidemic. Huffington Post, September 29, 2011.

The Ritalin Wars: Understanding America's Obsession with Adderall. Huffington Post, September 19, 2011.

The United States of Adderall. Huffington Post, September 9, 2011.

The Role of Schools in Fostering a Bias toward Efficiency over Engagement in Troubled Children: Diagnosing, Treating and Attending to Context. Special Report. Hastings Center Report, 41: S1-32.

Remembering Ritalin: A Doctor and Generation Rx Reflect on Life and Psychiatric Drugs (New York, Perigee), 2011.

We’ve Got Issues (book review). Journal of Attention Disorders, 15: 174-175, 2011.

100 Years Later, the Flexner Report Is Still Relevant. Hastings Center Report 40: 49, 2010. Commentary on Forest Grove School District v. T.A. Cortiella C, Mather N, Diller L, Goldstein S. Learning Disabilities 16: 157-59, 2010.

ADHD in the College Student: Is Anyone Else Worried. Journal of Attention Disorders, 14: 3-6, 2010.

Wholesale Sedation of Children Medically, Morally Indefensible. The Patriot Ledger, March 30, 2010, pg. 4.

Little Helpers in 2024. Communique (National Association of School Psychologists), September 2009, p. 17.

A Misuser’s Guide to Adderall. Harvard Crimson, April 28, 2009.

Powerful Proponent of Psychiatric Drugs for Children Primed for a Fall. San Francisco Chronicle, March 27, 2009, p. A13.

Are Our Leading Psychiatrists Drug Industry Shills? San Francisco Chronicle, July 13, 2008, p. G2.

Medicating Young Minds: How to Know If Psychiatric Drugs Will Help or Hurt Your Child (book review). Journal of Attention Disorders 12: 106-7, 2008.

Why Controversy Over ADHD Won’t “Go Away” in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Concepts, Controversies, New Directions, McBurnett, K., and Pfiffner, L. (eds.), (New York, Informa Health Care), 2008.

The Truth About Spanking. National Review, April 21, 2008, p. 42-44.

Moving Beyond Prozac, DSM and the New Psychiatry: The Birth of Post-Psychiatry (book review). Journal of Attention Disorders 11: 612-13, 2008

Pathologizing for Dollars: The Rise of the ADHD Diagnosis. Psychotherapy Networker, Jan.-Feb. 2008, p. 48-50.

But Don’t Call It Science in Bipolar Children: Cutting-Edge Controversy, Insights and Research, Sharna Olfman (ed.), (Westport CT, Praeger Publishers), 2007.

Misguided Standards of Care. Boston Globe, June 19, 2007, p. A9.

Bipolar Madness. San Francisco Chronicle, June 18, 2007, p. D5.

Medications and Behavior. Diller, L., Goldstein, S. in Understanding and Managing Children’s Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms, Sam Goldstein and Robert Brooks (eds.), (Hoboken NJ, Wiley & Sons) 2007.

A Spank Can Work When Time Out Fails. San Francisco Chronicle, January 25, 2007, p. B9.

Don’t Drug Them. San Francisco Chronicle, November 19, 2006, Insight Section, p. 1.

The Last Normal Child: Essays on the Intersection of Kids, Culture and Psychiatric Drugs (Westport CT, Praeger Publishers), 2006.

Science, Ethics and the Psychosocial Treatment of ADHD. Diller, L, Goldstein, S. Journal of Attention Disorders 9: 571-574, 2006.

Ritalin Abuse. San Francisco Chronicle, March 24, 2006, p. B 11.

The Rise of Ritalin: Triumph and Tragedy of the Medical Model in Children’s Mental Health in No Child Left Different, Sharna Olfman (ed.), (Westport CT, Praeger Publishers), 2006.

The Gift of ADHD (book review), Journal of Attention Disorders, 9:451. 2005

Antidepressants and Children’s Depression (letter), American Journal of Psychiatry, 162: 1226, 2005.

Fallout from the Pharma Scandals: the Loss of Doctors’ Credibility? Hastings Center Report, vol. 35, no. 3, May-June 2005, pp. 28-29. 

Pro&Con: Should Control Children Be Given a Stimulant for an ADHD Study at the National Institutes of Health? Clinical Psychiatry News, April 2005, p. 10.

Bitter Pill: Ritalin and the Growing Influence of Big Pharma. Psychotherapy Networker, Jan/Feb 2005, pp. 56-61+.

A Warning About What the Doctor Ordered. San Francisco Chronicle, September 20, 2004, p. B5.

Ritaline: L’Irresistible Ascension. La Recherche (French), August 2004, pp. 28-33.

Drug Testing for the SAT (letter). ADHD Report, vol. 12, no. 2, April 2004, p. 16.

Keeping Doctors in the Dark. Washington Post, March 24, 2004, p. A21.

ADS & Co: Braucht Mein Kind Medikamente? (German Translation: Should I Medicate My Child?), translated by Petra Carstens, (Dusseldorf, Patmos Verlag GmbH & Co.) 2003.

ADHD: Realta o “Mito Americano?”. Quaderni ACP (Italian), Vol. 10, No.3, pp. 24-25, March-June, 2003.

Parenting, Not Pills. (, December 12, 2003.

Don’t Bluff. (, October 15, 2003.

No Answers, Only Questions. (, February 12, 2003.

Anxiety and Genetically Engineered Mice. LH Diller, WB Carey, New England Journal of Medicine (letter), 347: 1626, 2002.

A Pediatrician in Shining Armor. (, September 17, 2002.

A Prescription for Disaster. (, May 23, 2002.

Should I Medicate My Child? Sane Solutions for Troubled Kids With and Without Psychiatric Drugs (New York: Basic Books) 2002.

Lessons from Three Year Olds. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 23 (1S): S10-12, 2002.

An End Run to Marketing Victory (Selling the Need for Speed). ( October 18, 2001.

Coca-Cola, McDonald’s e Ritalin. Informazioni sui Farmaci (Italian), 25: 109-111, 2001.

Controversies in the Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD: One Doctor’s Perspective., August 20, 2001.

Concerns about Ritalin (letter). WB Carey, LH Diller, Journal of Pediatrics 139: 338-339, 2001

Defusing the Explosive Child. (, July 18, 2001

Adderall and the FDA (letter). Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 40 (7): 737, 2001

Coca-Cola, McDonalds, et Ritaline. L’enfant Excite in Enfances & Psy (French), No. 14 2001 

The Ritalin Wars Continue.  Western Journal of Medicine, 173: 366-367, 2000.

The Invariant Prescription Redux: the Key to Effective Parenting. The Family Therapy Networker, November/December, p. 54-62, 2000.

Just Say Yes to Ritalin. ( September 25, 2000

Dying on Ritalin. (, April 27, 2000.

In the Best Interest of the Child: A Commentary. In Children of Embattled Divorce: University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review, 22 (3): 391-393, Spring 2000.

The Child Guidance Model and Its Legacy (book review of Taming the Troublesome Child: American Families, Child Guidance and the Limits of Psychiatric Authority by Kathleen W. Jones).   Medical Humanities Review, 14 (1),: 65-68, Spring 2000.

Extreme Ritalin. (, March 31, 2000.

Kids on Drugs. (, March 9 and 10, 2000. Winner of the 2000 Excellence in Journalism Award by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

Are Stimulants Overprescribed? (letter), Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 39 (3): 269, 2000.

Challenging Case: ADHD, Divorce, and Parental Disagreement About the Diagnosis and Treatment.  M Stein, L Diller, R Resnikoff, Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 21 (1): 53-57, 2000.

Over-Medicating America’s Kids. Washington Post, February 2, 2000, p. A21.

More and More, Families Seem Eager to Take the Ritalin Step. Los Angeles Times, December 27, 1999, p. A13.

Cultural Factors in Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (letter), New England Journal of Medicine, 340 (22): 1766, 1999.

Book Review, “ADHD in Adolescence: Diagnosis and Treatment,” in Journal of Attention Disorders, 3 (2): 105-106, 1999.

Running on Ritalin (excerpt), Family Therapy Networker, May-June 1999, pp. 41-47.

Would Tom Sawyer Have Been Prescribed Ritalin? San Francisco Chronicle, March 18, 1999, p. A25.

Assessment of Adderall in ADHD (letter), Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38 (1): 2, 1999.

Pills for Kids Sound Alarm Bell in Suburbs, USA Today, November 12, 1998, p. 15A.

Ritalin Nation: Widespread Use Reflects Society’s Imbalanced Priorities, Atlanta Constitution, October 25, 1998, p. G1.

Running on Ritalin (excerpt), DoubleTake Magazine, Fall 1998, pp. 46-55.

Running on Ritalin: A Physician Reflects on Children, Society and Performance in a Pill  (New York: Bantam, September 1998).

Questioning Interventions for Dyslexia (letter), New England Journal of Medicine, 300 (25):  1853, 1998.

Book Review, “Rethinking Attention-Deficit Disorders,” in Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 18 (6): 424, 1997.

The Case of the Missing Methylphenidate (letter), Pediatrics, 100 (4): 730, 1997.

Commentary: Case Studies, “Diagnosis du Jour? Understanding Attentional Deficits Can Sharpen Our Treatment Strategies,” Family Therapy Networker, January-February, 1997.

Use of Growth Hormone for Non-Growth Hormone Deficient Children (letter), JAMA, 276 (23): 1877-78, 1996.

Book Review, "Pseudoscience in Biological Psychiatry: Blaming the Body," Colin A. Ross and Alvin Pam (editors) in Journal of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics, 17: 200-201, 1996. 

Etiology of ADHD: Nature or Nurture? (letter), LH Diller, JL Tanner, J Weil, American Journal of Psychiatry 153: 451-52, 1996.

The Run on Ritalin: Attention Deficit Disorder and Stimulants in the 1990's, Hastings Center Report, 25 (2), 1996. 

Decreasing the Controls on Stimulants: A Reconsideration, California Pediatrician, 11:21-22, 1995

Book Review, "Play in Family Therapy," by Eliana Gil in Journal of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics, 16:287-288, 1995

Commentary, Case Studies, "Long Distance Therapy," in The Family Therapy Networker, 18(3), 1994

Book Review, "Severe Behavioral Problems: Functional Communication Training Approach," by V. Mark Durrand in Journal of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics 14:374-375, 1992

Not Seen, Not Heard: Children in Family Therapy, The Family Therapy Networker, 15(4), 1991

A Week in the Life: A Family Doc, The Family Therapy Networker, 11(2), 1987

On Giving Good Advice Successfully, Family Systems Medicine, 4(1), 1986

Men and Contraception: A Social and Historical Update, in Men's Reproductive Health, K.F. Forrest and J. M. Swanson (eds.), Springer Publishing Co., NY (1985).

Male Contraception and Family Planning: A Social and Historical Review, L. Diller and W. Hembree, Journal of Fertility and Sterility, 28(12), 1977

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