We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication
By Judith Warner
Riverhead; 320 pages
When author and journalist Judith Warner set out to write a book about children and psychiatric drugs, she too accepted the conventional wisdom that American children are being medicated into numbness. But after extensive interviews with parents, therapists and academics, she made a 180-degree turn. In this impassioned book, the author argues that childhood mental illness is real, widespread and painful to families caught in its grip. Warner believes that statistics about Ritalin's being overprescribed are exaggerated. "Almost no parent takes the issue of...