Rethinking Adhd: From Brain to Culture

Paperback | April 15, 2009

EditorSami Timimi, Jonathan Leo

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In the past decade, there have been an increasing number of authors who have written about ADHD from a critical perspective. These critiques have ranged from questioning the existence of the disorder and the way it is currently conceptualized in mainstream medicine to the safety and efficacy of popular drug treatment regimes for ADHD. However, each of these critical authors have focused on their own particular area of interest, be this culture, genetics, the influence of drug company marketing, the effects of medication, particular treatment regimes, and so on. This book brings together a variety of critical perspectives, with each contribution dealing with a particular issue from culture to genetics and drug companies to nutrition.

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In the past decade, there have been an increasing number of authors who have written about ADHD from a critical perspective. These critiques have ranged from questioning the existence of the disorder and the way it is currently conceptualized in mainstream medicine to the safety and efficacy of popular drug treatment regimes for ADHD. ...

SAMI TIMIMI is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in the National Health Service in Lincolnshire and a visiting Professor at Lincoln University, UK. He writes from a critical psychiatry perspective on topics relating to child and adolescent mental health and has published articles on many topics including eating disorders,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.94 inPublished:April 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230507123

ISBN - 13:9780230507128

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Introduction--S. Timimi & J. Leo * PART ONE: THE BIOLOGY OF ADHD * The genetics of ADHD--J. Joseph * ADHD and self-regulation--J. Jureidini * ADHD is best understood as a cultural construct--S. Timimi * PART TWO: ADHD AND CULTURE * ADHD in the consumer age: fragmenting childhoods--S. Timimi * Clinical psychology and ADHD--C. Newnes * ADHD in Australia: The emergence of the globalisation of the ADHD diagnosis --B. Kean * ADHD and globalisation: risks and opportunities--S. Timimi & B. Maitra * The gender gap, ADHD and the medicalisation of boyhood--N. Hart * PART THREE: USE OF PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION IN ADHD * The Marketing of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Case Study of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising--J. Leo & J. Lacasse * ADHD and public health--G. LeFever * A critique of ADHD drug therapies--G. Jackson * PART FOUR: RETHINKING ADHD TREATMENTS * The role of diet and nutrition in ADHD--B. Puri * ADHD, Stimulant Medications, and Better Alternatives--P. Breggin * "Good" Science, Expectations, Villains, and Hope--T. Hartmann