Ritalin Nation


As the diagnosis of attention deficit disorder (ADD) has increased
among American children, many have begun to challenge the American
Psychiatric Association's description and treatment of the problem,
namely, that ADD is a disorder of the brain that can be resolved by the
psychostimulant Ritalin. Citing prior reports on ADD and the effects of
Ritalin, DeGrandpre, visiting professor of psychology at St. Michael's
College in Vermont, argues that the effectiveness of Ritalin in
treating ADD in no way proves that the disorder has a purely biological
foundation. In fact, studies have shown that Ritalin improves the
efficiency and attentiveness of children and adults?regardless of
whether they have been diagnosed with ADD. Against the "biological"
explanation of ADD, however, the author puts forward a
cultural-historical critique, which identifies the modern,
technological emphasis on speed as the cause of the increased sensory
deficits among American children. What Ritalin use reflects, he argues,
is "a temporal disturbance in human consciousness," one that "motivates
an escape from slowness, thus keeping us forever in the grip of the
hurried society. Unfortunately, the author's thesis is unsupported by
any original research and is instead based on generalized observations
and anecdotes about modern society and the trajectory of Western
civilization. Ultimately, while this book may satisfy those who
disparage technology, it will be of little help to the clinicians who
struggle daily with the problem of hyperactivity in children.

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  • Model: Richard DeGrandpre
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 14 August, 2008.

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