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.

 

Lawrence Diller quoted in major ADHD article

The current issue of Congressional Quarterly Researcher has a major lengthy article on ADHD/ADD, its treatment and controversies.  I was interviewed for the article and am quoted several times in the piece including the closing comment.  I was also misquoted (someone who spent time in the penitentiary did not become a policeman -- they were two separate people).  Here's the link: http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/.