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Author Smith, Matthew, 1973-
Title Hyperactive : the controversial history of ADHD / Matthew Smith.
Imprint London : Reaktion Books, 2012.

Author Smith, Matthew, 1973-
Subject Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- History.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Etiology.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Treatment.
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity -- history.
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity -- etiology.
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity -- therapy.
Description 248 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 186-240) and index.
Contents Introduction : Why the hype? -- Before hyperactivity -- The first hyperactive children -- Debating hyperactivity -- Ritalin : magic bullet or black magic? -- Alternative approaches -- Hyperactive around the world -- Conclusion : Happily hyperactive?
Summary "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most common developmental disorders, with an average of 9 percent of children between the ages of five and seventeen diagnosed each year. It is also one of the most controversial. Since the 1950s, when hyperactivity in children was first diagnosed, psychiatrists, educators, parents and politicians have debated the causes, treatment and implications of the disorder. Why and how were children first diagnosed with this disorder? Hyperactive provides the first history of ADHD, explaining why biological explanations became predominant; how powerful drugs became the preferred treatment; why diagnosis rates and treatments vary so widely around the world; and why alternative explanations have failed to achieve any legitimacy. Contending that hyperactive children are also a product of their social, cultural, and educational environment, Matthew Smith demonstrates how knowledge about the rise of ADHD can lead to better choices about its diagnosis and treatment. A revealing and accessible study of this hugely controversial subject, Hyperactive is an essential book for psychologists, teachers, policymakers and parents."--Book jacket.
ISBN 9781780230313
OCLC # 788270969

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