Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Back to Normal Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD Bipolar Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder A veteran clinical psychologist exposes why doctors teachers and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric conditions In recent years there has been an alarming

  • Title: Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Author: Enrico Gnaulati
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A veteran clinical psychologist exposes why doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric conditions In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of American children and youth assigned a mental health diagnosis Current data from the Centers for Disease Control reveal a 41 percent increase in rateA veteran clinical psychologist exposes why doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric conditions In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of American children and youth assigned a mental health diagnosis Current data from the Centers for Disease Control reveal a 41 percent increase in rates of ADHD diagnoses over the past decade and a forty fold spike in bipolar disorder diagnoses Similarly, diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder, once considered, has increased by 78 percent since 2002.Dr Enrico Gnaulati, a clinical psychologist specializing in childhood and adolescent therapy and assessment, has witnessed firsthand the push to diagnose these disorders in youngsters Drawing both on his own clinical experience and on cutting edge research, with Back to Normal he has written the definitive account of why our kids are being dramatically overdiagnosed and how parents and professionals can distinguish between true psychiatric disorders and normal childhood reactions to stressful life situations Gnaulati begins with the complex web of factors that have led to our current crisis These include questionable education and training practices that cloud mental health professionals ability to distinguish normal from abnormal behavior in children, monetary incentives favoring prescriptions, check list diagnosing, and high stakes testing in schools We ve also developed an increasingly casual attitude about labeling kids and putting them on psychiatric drugs So how do we differentiate between a child with, say, Asperger s syndrome and a child who is simply introverted, brainy, and single minded As Gnaulati notes, many of the symptoms associated with these disorders are similar to everyday childhood behaviors In the second half of the book Gnaulati tells detailed stories of wrongly diagnosed kids, providing parents and others with information about the developmental, temperamental, and environmentally driven symptoms that to a casual or untrained eye can mimic a psychiatric disorder These stories also reveal how nonmedical interventions, whether in the therapist s office or through changes made at home, can help children.Back to Normal reminds us of the normalcy of children s seemingly abnormal behavior It will give parents of struggling children hope, perspective, and direction And it will make everyone who deals with children question the changes in our society that have contributed to the astonishing increase in childhood psychiatric diagnoses.

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    1. I wanted to read this book because I do feel that many of the diagnoses the author highlights in the book ARE over diagnosed, and I also think that behavioral cognitive therapy ALONG with pharmaceutical interventions are important for those who need them. HOWEVER, I was not pleased with the way this author dismissed medication and many individuals, who, after reading his description, probably DID have a mild form of a disorder. I agree that labels can be dangerous, and it is not the label, but t [...]

    2. Świetna książka pokazująca, że wiele zachowań dzieci to nie choroba psychiczna czy ADHD, ale próby poradzenia sobie z emocjami, stresem, oczekiwaniami. Autor nie zaprzecza, że część dzieci ma chorobę dwubiegunową czy ADHD, ale zwraca uwagę, że w ostatnich latach u dużo większej liczby dzieci diagnozuje się choroby psychiczne. Książka też nie jest przeamerykanizowana jak wiele poradników.

    3. Helped change my way of thinkingI really liked this book because, right off the bat, I found myself thinking deeply about my own view of children and their behavior in my classroom and how often I hear other teachers talk about children in their own classrooms. I strongly recommend this book to parents, teachers and health professionals who are interested in learning about child development in a different light.

    4. Loved this book. As someone who has worked in schools for the last couple of years this book was refreshing because it's easy to get caught up in the rush to "diagnose and code" any students that show concerning behaviours or deficiencies as perceived by their teachers. This is definitely worth a read for anyone who works with children, has children, or is thinking about becoming a parent soon.

    5. Save our kids!Common sense sometimes has to be taught. Today's parents seem lost. They are afraid of their children and afraid to make a decision. Teachers are tired of out of control children! So they send them to Doctors. Let's get back to normal.

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