Frontline Interview with Larry Diller

Why are we seeing a rise in the use of these drugs?

It starts from the fact that we, as a culture--more than any other seem to have accepted biology and the brain as the reason for maladaptive or poor behavior. American psychiatry had already begun to focus on the brain in the 1960s and 1970s.

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A Nation of Kids Running on Ritalin

As a behavioral pediatrician in Walnut Creek for the past twenty years I have evaluated and treated over two thousand children for their behavior and performance problems.

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Ritalin and the Intolerance of Temperamental Diversity in America

As a behavioral pediatrician for the past twenty years I have evaluated and treated over two thousand children for their behavior and school problems. Iíve written many Ritalin prescriptions, the stimulant used to treat ADD (short for Attention Deficit Disorder or hyperactivity). Beginning in the early 1990s, I began to see a new kind of ADD candidate, younger than six, teenagers and adults. Many of the children seemed far less impaired by their personalities compared to the previous generation of patients. Nevertheless, their parents and teachers were concerned.

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