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Book Review: We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication by Judith Warner

We've Got Issues : Children and Parents in the Age of Medication

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...

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