“ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of An American Epidemic” was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review on 8-28-16. This book describes the origins of stimulant medication, way back in the 1930s, how “big pharma,” psychiatry and others pushed expanded criteria for ADHD and prescribing for kids, and the resulting epidemic of ADHD diagnoses and treatment with medication.
The review notes the benefits of psychological/behavioral treatments, and concludes: “‘ADHD Nation’ should be required reading for those who seek to understand how a field that once aimed to ameliorate the behavioral problems of children in a broad therapeutic context abdicted its mission to the shareholdeders of corporations like Shire and Lilly.”
And, of possible interest to pediatric therapists and ADHD specialists, “Sugar High Is Actually Just a Parental Myth” was posted by The Science of Us blog on 8-16-16. The article review research that finds that many parents expect sugar to cause hyperactivity, and therefore they assess the child as hyperactive. In one particularly revealing study, boys reported (by their parents) to be hyperactive in response to sugar were given a placebo, ½ of the parents were told that it was sugar, and these parents rated their child’s behavior as more “hyperactive” than the control group.