UC Berkeley professors Stephen Hinshaw and Richard M. Scheffler discuss the biological reality and diagnosis of ADHD. 6 p.m. June 5. $7-$20. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. (415) 597-6705.
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Which will it be — the berries or the chocolate dessert? Homework or the Xbox? Finish that memo, or roam Facebook? Such quotidian decisions test a mental ability called cognitive control, the capacity to maintain focus on an important choice while ignoring other impulses. […] Research suggests that strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in so-called mindfulness, may help children and adults cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its adult equivalent, attention deficit disorder.
In their new book, The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance (Oxford University Press, March 2014), Professor Richard M. Scheffler, a health economist and Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw, a clinical psychologist combine their expertise to sleth out the answers.
Do government educational policies and Big Pharma explain the huge increase in ADHD diagnoses in the United States? It’s part of the reason but there’s much more. Is ADHD simply an affluent, white impairment to explain bad parenting or reining in active boys? Not even close. Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler have written a wonderful book that explains ADHD, the treatment, the worldwide growth of the disorder, and what we need to do to manage it.
With ADD and ADHD becoming more common diagnoses, (as scientific advisor to the Foundation Dr. Steven Hinshaw writes his new book The ADHD Explosion) we all seem to know someone affected by it. “Our hope is that people connect with [the movie] and it gets them talking, sharing their stories, their experiences,” said movie co-writer Todd Camhe.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most controversial and misunderstood medical conditions today. With skyrocketing rates of diagnosis and medication treatment, it has generated a firestorm of controversy. Alarming questions have been raised about ADHD in recent years, and authors Stephen P. Hinshaw and Richard M. Scheffler answer them in this informative and essential new book.
One in 9 children are being diagnosed with ADHD. Teri Knight talks with co-author Stephen Hinshaw about his book “The ADHD Explosion – Myths, Medications, Money and Today’s Push for Performance”. It’s a fascinating look at all the players involved and a big question about how much influence for these diagnoses is due to Performance policies tied to Federal dollars for Education.
More than 10 percent of school-aged children in the U.S. — 6.4 million kids — have been medically diagnosed with ADHD. That’s more than a 40 percent increase from a decade ago. UC Berkeley professors Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler wonder whether diagnosis can be traced to our country’s push for academic achievement and school accountability.
“Most of these kids get 10 minutes in the pediatrician’s office to get treated,” says national ADHD expert Stephen Hinshaw, who co-authored “The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance” and is a psychologist in the UC San Francisco psychiatry department.
A psychologist and a health economist team up to explore the nation’s skyrocketing rates of ADHD diagnoses — and how a global push for performance may be partly to blame.