We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication

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Penguin, Feb 23, 2010 - Psychology - 336 pages
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In her provocative new book, New York Times-bestselling author Judith Warner explores the storm of debate over whether we are overdiagnosing and overmedicating our children who have "issues."

In Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, Judith Warner explained what's gone wrong with the culture of parenting, and her conclusions sparked a national debate on how women and society view motherhood. Her new book, We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication, will generate the same kind of controversy, as she tackles a subject that's just as contentious and important: Are parents and physicians too quick to prescribe medi­cation to control our children's behavior? Are we using drugs to excuse inept parents who can't raise their children properly?

What Warner discovered from the extensive research and interviewing she did for this book is that passion on both sides of the issue "is ideological and only tangentially about real children," and she cuts through the jargon and hysteria to delve into a topic that for millions of parents involves one of the most important decisions they'll ever make for their child.

Insightful, compelling, and deeply mov­ing, We've Got Issues is for parents, doctors, and teachers-anyone who cares about the welfare of today's children.

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User Review  - mochap - LibraryThing

fascinating work by a journalist who set out to write about the over-medicating of children, and found that she couldn't find the data to back that up. A bit repetitive, but still lots of interesting details. Read full review

WE'VE GOT ISSUES: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In this manifesto for change, New York Times blogger Warner (Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, 2005, etc.) examines the argument that Americans are overmedicating their children.The ... Read full review


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Who Exactly Is Having Issues?
Bad Children Worse Parents and Even Worse Doctors
Stuck in the Cuckoos Nest
Ritalin Nation?
The Stories We Tell
A Better Time Than Ever
Moving Forward

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Judith Warner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety and Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story, as well as several other books. She writes the Domestic Disturbances column for the New York Times website and is a former special correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their children.

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