Lawrence Diller, M.D.: The United States of Adderall. This S.F. pediatrician explains why drugs for ADHD rule when psychotherapy isn’t reimbursed by insurance companies. He’s not opposed to prescribing child psychiatric meds, but he’s wary of the huge increase in their use and explains why other effective treatment is not employed for child attention and hyperactivity problems. I know Larry Diller and he’s an unusually knowledgeable pediatrician who’s written two good books on this subject. I recommend his work.
Mom BloggerIn addition to being the mother of two sons, I'm a science writer, focusing on the mental health concerns that can rob a parent's much needed sleep. A little over 10 years ago, when my then 17 year-old son Alex was diagnosed with schizophrenia, I desperately needed a blog like this. Rather than accept his doctor's opinion that Alex's best days were behind him, I immersed in the science of mental illness to help Alex find treatment and, ultimately, reach recovery. I went back into it to deal with my own depression, and a third time after my youngest son Sammy developed a debilitating anxiety disorder. As I discovered when doing the research for my book, A LETHAL INHERITANCE, clusters of mental disorders and addictions run in families. Healing is also a family affair. In this blog, I keep up with the science and put it into plain talk that parents can use. You'll hear about treatment that includes therapy and medication. I have no agenda, other than mental wellness. There's plenty here also on emotional resilience, and prevention. Please ask your own questions, and I promise to do my best to find answers.
- Lawrence Diller, M.D.: The United States of Adderall
- If you’re afraid of dull, tedius textbooks…a review by Linda A. Jansenn
- How a Bully Is Made | My story on Psych Central
- In-School Screening Picks Up Mental Health Issues – from MedPage Today
- This is what parity is all about__Ruling may broaden insurance plans’ coverage for mental illness