NY Times: A.D.H.D. Experts
Re-Evaluate Zeal for Drugs

Kermit Cole
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Authors of a 1999 paper that promoted medication over behavioral therapy for A.D.H.D.,  in fact dismissing behavioral therapy as unnecessary in light of the apparent benefits of medication, are concerned that the study oversold the benefits of drugs to the detriment of important skills-building, according to the New York Times.  “I hope it didn’t do irreparable damage,” says one author, “The people who pay the price in the end is the kids. That’s the biggest tragedy of all this.”

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

4 COMMENTS

  1. ““I hope it didn’t do irreparable damage,” says one author, “The people who pay the price in the end is the kids. That’s the biggest tragedy of all this.””

    Yes, it is. If this were a fair and just world, it would be YOU and all your brain damaging doctor buddies that would pay the price. But no, instead you all will live out your lives in 6-figure a year luxury while many of the people you victimized will suffer to their deaths, whether knowingly or not.

  2. Dear Mad in America – I really want to see the Times article, but when I click on “Article”, nothing comes up. My computer seems to be working ok, so I’m guessing it’s a problem at the site. Please check it out, and if it’s at your end, can you fix it? This looks like a landmark retraction of one of the biggest BS studies about ADHD (See Breggin’s critique of the MTA study), which the CHADD-types have hung their hats on for years. I’d LOVE to see the Times article, so I hope you can help me.

    Thanks.