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

Antipsychotic Drug Use Doubles in 2-5 year olds.

Psychotropic Drug Use Doubles in Children 2 to 5 years old.

Has mental illness really doubled in children 2-5 in the past 8 years? Our use of medication has.

Just when I thought that the over prescription of psychiatric drugs could not get any worse there comes a new study from the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry(January 2010) that shows the use of powerful antipsychotics in children between 2 and 5 years old doubled between 1999 and 2007. For 25% of these children the diagnosis was just ADHD!

Overall, by 2007, 1 in 70 children between 2 and 5 received some type of psychiatric drug during this time period. The types of drugs were antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, stimulants, or antidepressant.

What is most shocking is that less than half of the children receiving antipsychotics had a mental health assessment, a psychiatry visit, or a psychotherapy visit during the year they were on antipsychotic drugs, our most powerful and potentially dangerous psychiatric medications.

I find this unbelievable. I am not saying that these medications were not warranted in a percentage of these children, but does anyone seriously think that the number of 2-5 year olds with bipolar disease , schizophrenia or other very serious psychiatric disease doubled in those 8 years?

People should also know that there are absolutely no long term studies about the effect of antipsychotic medication in children, and no adequate studies at all about antipsychotic medication in preschoolers. We do know that even in the short term these medications can cause diabetes as well as other negative side-effects. To give these medications to preschoolers and then not even monitor them for a year is just terrible medicine.

This is also another example of treating common behavioral problems as psychiatric illness and using medication rather than good parenting and good nutrition as first line intervention.

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