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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Rethinking ADHD

From Brain to Culture

ISBN 9780230507128
Publication Date April 2009
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

This book brings together, for the first time, a selection of international critiques on the role of ADHD in our society today, looking at how diagnoses have increased in recent years and the reasons behind this. Topics range from genetics to social culture, offering a comprehensive overview of this area.  

SAMI TIMIMI is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in the National Health Service in Lincolnshire and a visiting Professor at Lincoln University, UK. He writes from a critical psychiatry perspective on topics relating to child and adolescent mental health and has published articles on many topics including eating disorders, psychotherapy, behavioural disorders and cross-cultural psychiatry. He has authored three books, Pathological Child Psychiatry and the Medicalization of Childhood, (Brunner-Routledge, 2002); Naughty Boys: Anti-Social Behaviour, ADHD and the Role of Culture, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005); Mis-Understanding ADHD: The Complete Guide for Parents to Alternatives to Drugs, (AuthorHouse, 2007), and has co-edited with Dr Begum Maitra, Critical Voices in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, (Free Association Books, 2006).

JONATHAN LEO, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Neuroanatomy at Lincoln Memorial University. He has published numerous articles about the biological theories of mental health, covering topics such as the genetic basis of schizophrenia, the serotonin theory of depression, the paediatric trials of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and ADHD. His articles have been published in Society, Skeptic, and The Journal of Mind and Behavior. He is the past Editor-in-Chief of Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry. His most recent article, co-authored with Jeff Lacasse, was about the disconnect between the scientific literature and the popular advertisements regarding serotonin and depression. The paper was published in The Public Library of Science (PLoS) and was subsequently covered by numerous media outlets including WebMD, Nature, Forbes, The Scientist, and the Wall Street Journal.   

Introduction; S.Timimi& J.Leo
ADHD: What Do We Really Know?; L.Furman
ADHD and Genetics; J.Joseph
A Critical Review of ADHD Neuroimaging Research; J.Leo & D.Cohen
Why Diagnosis of ADHD Has Increased So Rapidly In the West: A Cultural Perspective; S.Timimi
Clinical Psychology and ADHD; C.Newnes
ADHD in Australia: The Emergence of the Globalisation; B.Kean
ADHD and Globalization; S.Timimi& B.Maitra
Social Deprivation or Brain Dysfunction; N.Hart & L.Benassaya
The Case Against Stimulants; G.E.Jackson
The Manipulation of Data and Attitudes About ADHD; J.Leo& J.Lacasse
The Deficiencies of Drug Treatment Research; D.Cohen, S.Hughes & D.J.Jacobs
The Role of Diet and Nutrition in ADHD; B.Puri
Mind Magic; J.Jureidini
ADHD and Other Sins of Our Children; S.Sobo
The Canary in the Coal Mine; C.Mercogliano
'Good' Science, Expectations, Villains, and Hope; T.Hartmann.


...a great deal of convincingly presented information that equips the reader to challenge proponents of the ADHD diagnosis and treatment with stimulants and propose other perspectives.' - Mental Health
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