We live in an increasingly fast-paced and high-demand society which pressures children to excel and prepare for college and career from an early age - and pressures parents to assure their offspring compete and meet the high-achieving norm for youngsters. Psychiatrist Larry Diller gives us a reality check. The author questions why psychotropic medications are increasingly being used on children, and reviews the dangers and side effects, and the psyche of a culture that feels they are so often necessary. He is not opposed to all use, but offers through vignettes, history and his own observations intriguing and troubling insights into what he sees as the overdiagnosis and overmedication of our children. The author describes both the development and current application of psychiatric medications for children, whose parents are now seeking the drugs for offspring as young as eight. He examines the marketing techniques being used by industry to "sell" acceptance of diagnoses including ADHD to parents and educators. Diller illustrates the issues with compassionate and vivid stories from rooms where he has treated children who later face the consequences of being labelled and drugged, even when they appeared normal to the psychiatrist.