The Hyperactivity Hoax: How to Stop Drugging Your Child and Find Real Medical Help

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
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Each year, millions of children take Ritalin, which means thousands of doctors are diagnosing them with hyperactivity or ADD. But what do these diagnoses mean? Are drugs the answer for these illnesses? And most importantly, is your child getting the proper treatment for his or her problem?

In The Hyperactivity Hoax, neuropsychiatrist Dr. Sydney Walker cogently explores the medical minefield of hyperactivity and helps parents arrive at safe, effective answers for their children, without unnecessarily drugging them with potentially dangerous mind-altering medicine. Included in his in-depth guide is:

* How to determine if your child needs medical help
* How to find a good doctor, a real diagnosis, and effective treatment
* How to assert yourself when talking to doctors and school officials
* How to evaluate both traditional and alternative approaches to treating hyperactivity and ADD
* And much more invaluable information in caring for your child's health.

A myth-shattering book no parent can afford to miss!
 

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Contents

Symptoms in Search of a Diagnosis
5
Drugs and Alternative Therapies
31
Ritalin and Other Pharmaceutical CoverUps
33
Nondrug Therapies What They Can and Cant Do
59
The Many Causes of Hyperactive Behavior
75
The Invaders Pests and Poisons
77
The Body Against Itself Genetic Metabolic and Endocrine Diseases That Can Make Children Hyper
96
The Injured Brain Structural Defects That Can Cause Hyperactive Behavior
112
Getting Real Help for Your Child
153
Is Your Child Really Hyperactive?
155
Before You See the Doctor Some Detective Work on Your Part Can Help Your Child
180
In the Doctors Office
203
The School Connection
219
The Expanding Epidemic of Hyperactivity and ADDand How You Can Fight It
240
Notes
251
Index
266

Selfinflicted Wounds Cases of Lifestyle Hyperactivity
131

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Sydney Walker III, M.D., is a board-certified neuropsychiatrist, Director of the Southern California Neuropsychiatric Institute, and founder of Behavioral Neurology International. His other books include Help for the Hyperactive Child, Psychiatric Signs and Symptoms Due to Medical Problems, and A Dose of Sanity.

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