What Experts Say

I strongly recommend Dr. Newmark's book to all parents, relatives, and friends of children with ADHD, as well as the teachers, doctors, and other professionals who work with them. Before going to the pharmacy, we can use an integrative approach to help these children succeed and fulfill their true potential. Dr. Newmark tells us just how to do that.
— Dr. Andrew Weil

Dr. Newmark has finally crafted the book that I have long been wishing for: a wonderful self-help guide for parents looking for a thoughtful and science-based natural approach to treating ADHD. This integrative/holistic style reduces or eliminates the need for stimulant medications and offers sound advice about diet, sleep, nutrients, herbs and other key modalities. The book radiates a balanced wisdom that comes so rarely from practicing physicians today..
— Scott Shannon, MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; author of Please Don’t Label My Child; editor of Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health

If I had one book to read about ADHD, this is it. It is well-written, practical and filled with the uncommonly good common sense of an experienced and compassionate clinician with fair-minded and rigorous reviews of the state of the science.
— Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Integrative Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics, Social Science Health Policy, and Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Why is ADHD on the Rise?


Ritalin Use in the US

If you’ve been an adult for awhile, it’s likely that you could tell me a story about how you never heard of ADHD when you were growing up, and now you might be diagnosed with ADHD yourself, or have a child with ADHD, or at least know or know of several people within your circle of influence. Maybe more than several, some of whom are taking medication.

The chart on the right doesn’t show the number of children with ADHD, it shows the number of children who are taking prescription medications to treat ADHD. We’re looking at a 1,600 percent increase over the past 30 years!  

Because of its epic rise, ADHD may be one of the most well known acronyms for a health condition. There are a lot of guesses as it why this is happening. Here are what I consider the four main causes:

  1. We are better able to recognize and diagnose children who have ADHD.
  2. An expansion of the definition of ADHD has caused more children to fall within the diagnostic description.
  3. There really are more children with true ADHD, brains that are wired differently.
  4. We are over-diagnosing ADHD – labeling children with ADHD who do not really have the disorder.

Why do you think ADHD is on the rise?

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