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The Last Normal Child: Essays on the Intersection of Kids, Culture, and Psychiatric Drugs [Hardcover]

Lawrence H. Diller M.D.

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Aug. 30 2006 0275990966 978-0275990961 annotated edition

Behavioral-developmental pediatrician Lawrence Diller continues his investigation into the widespread use of psychiatric drugs for children in America, an investigation that began with his first book, Running on Ritalin. In this work at hand, Diller delves more deeply into the factors that drive the epidemic of children's psychiatric disorders and medication use today, questioning why these medications are being sought, and why Americans use more of these drugs with children than is used in any other country in the world.

There is relentless pressure for performance and success on children as young as three, Diller acknowledges, but his analysis goes further, and his conclusion is both surprising and ironic. In the name of preserving children's self esteem, American society has become intolerant of minor differences in children's behavior and performance. We worry so much about how our children feel about themselves that struggles once within the realm of normal are now considered abnormal - indicative of a psychiatric or brain disorder, requiring diagnosis and treatment wth psychiatric drugs, often for years. The Last Normal Child also addresses the role of drug companies in the advertising and promotion of both disorders and drugs. The pharmaceutical industry has garnered incredible profits and power in influencing the way we view children today. Diller illustrates through vivid and poignant stories of real patients, how he, together with families, make informed decisions about using psychiatric drugs for children. Parents, educators, pediatric and mental health professionals will gain valuable insights, tips and tools for navigating what has become a truly perilous trip of childhood for children in America today.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; annotated edition edition (Aug. 30 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275990966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275990961
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,013,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Last Normal Child, explores the root causes of the surge in psychiatric drug treatment for children and suggests different approaches."

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USA Today



"Diller has witnessed a dramatic change in the kinds of children who are brought to him for behavioural problems by their parents. He aims a great deal of his ire at Big Pharma itself, for pathologizing childhood before offering its E-Z solution. He cites TV ads in which parents, asked if their kids are having trouble with homework, are soothingly offered Ritalin as a solution."

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The Toronto Star



"The author is a behavioral-developmental pediatrician with over 20 years of experience in treating problems of behavior and learning in children at home and at school. His previous books on drug use include Running on Ritalin (1998) and Should I Medicate My Child? (CH, Oct'02). In this work he identifies and discusses problems associated with the increasingly widespread use of Ritalin--not only in children with suspected attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but also in young adults (primarily college-age students, before taking the SAT or other tests), and even in adults who wish to improve their intellectual performance. (The Ritalin production rate has increased an astounding 1,700 percent in the US in the last 15 years; the US consumes 80 percent of the world's Ritalin.) The well-written chapters are short essays, each reflecting the author's experiences. Readers will encounter no forced preaching; Diller lets his audience draw its own conclusions….Highly recommended. All levels."

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Choice



"The past few decades have seen both skyrocketing rates of children diagnosed with psychological disorders and a related rise in prescriptions for psychiatric drugs. In The Last Normal Child, Lawrence Diller offers a balanced perspective on these trends, focusing mostly on ADHD and its treatment by stimulant medications….[t]he humility found in the book's uncertainty is ultimately comforting in its own way, and is clearly the main reason that so many families continue coming to Diller for help."

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Metapsychology



"This text maintains the same high quality of the other volumes in this set and is very readable. Diller's writing style is informal and easy to digest. His many personal accounts dealing with the families of children diagnosed with ADHD give a fresh spin on academic work….[a]nyone with an ADHD child should read this text for the clarity it brings to bear on a somewhat complicated issue. Diller has done a wonderful job of explaining pharmacotherapy for children, and many people will benefit from reading about his experiences."

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PsycCRITIQUES



"It cannot be denied that Diller's essays provoke an existential itch….Diller has done us a favor in demonstrating how ADHD occupies a pregnant cultural moment through which psychiatrists will help define future conceptions of nothing less than what it means to be normal."

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Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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"This book is obligatory reading for anyone who wants to make sense out of the present confusion about medicating children to improve their behavior. Dr. Diller is a rare voice of moderation in this disputed area. He agrees that a few children are greatly improved in the short term by such medications, but he decries the excessive labeling, the unreasonable pressures from schools and parents, the aggressive advertising by the drug companies to parents and physicians, and the neglect of the essential psychosocial management of these children with such traditional techniques as effective discipline."

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William B. Carey, M.D., Division of General Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Author of Understanding Your Child's Temperament and Coping with Children's Temperament

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5.0 out of 5 stars a balanced approach June 27 2013
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The book was a little hard to read for a layman as it had a lot of educational information presented with higher level scientific jargon, but well worth reading and rereading. That said, the more difficult language is mixed in with high interest case studies which give the brain a break. The author objectively exposes the impact of the pharmaceutical and educational industries on our children. It gives us that "follow the money" connection. While he points out some rather disturbing practices, he remains highly realistic in his view that we must work from where were are and not throw the baby out with the bath water. Dr. Diller's book would be a marvelous starter for round table discussions. This book will remain in my reference library. It gets a top spot along with Jane Healy's Endangered Minds.

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