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Please Don't Label My Child: Break the Doctor-Diagnosis-Drug Cycle and Discover Safe, Effective Choices for Your Child's Emotional Health
by Scott M. Shannon, MD

Published by Rodale

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In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Scott Shannon, a renowned child psychiatrist, sounds the clarion call on a raging epidemic: the overlabeling and overmedicating of our kids today.

In recent years, the diagnosing of serious mental conditions in children has skyrocketed. From 1987 to 1996, the number of kids in the United States given prescriptions for psychiatric medications tripled. If this trend continues, fully half of all American kids will be on some kind of psychiatric drug within a generation. Are more and more of our children really born with faulty brain chemistry? Or are we simply too willing to label and medicate them? Dr. Shannon answers these compelling questions in ways that will give hope to millions of parents and relief to millions of children.

Dr. Shannon passionately believes in the innate "wellness" of our children, and he views the escalating diagnoses of major psychiatric conditions (such as depression, ADHD, and bipolar disorder) as more of a reflection of a well-meaning but flawed medical system than a gauge of the health and quality of our kids' brains.

What sets Dr. Shannon apart is his belief that the behavioral, social, and emotional problems we see in our children today are symptoms of real stressors that are not being addressed. In Please Don't Label My Child, Dr. Shannon clearly identifies the most common stressors -- such as inadequate nutrition, hidden environmental issues, strained parent-child relationships, unaddressed trauma, and poor "fit" between a child's learning style and his school -- and shows parents how to recognize these and tackle them head-on. The happy result is often a child's return to emotional and mental health -- without the use of labels or drugs.

pub date: 2007-08-21 | hardcover | 9781579546823