A Nation of Kids on Speed

An Op Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal worth reading…
Cohen and Rasmussen: A Nation of Kids on Speed
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Dr. Cohen is an a assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rasmussen is a professor of the history of science at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and the author of “On Speed: The Many Lives of Amphetamine” (New York University, 2009).http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323728204578513662248894162.html

Cohen and Rasmussen: A Nation of Kids on Speed
online.wsj.com

Are They Just Being Kids or Is It A Disorder?

Published in the February 23rd edition of the Wall Street Journal
Parents wonder if they jump to the wrong conclusion

A balanced article in the February 23rd edition of the Wall Street Journal ponders this question. Because the medical and psychiatric communities have so many different disorder labels, it’s very difficult to know whether your child is just developing normally or is suffering from some disorder or another.

A good example from the article:

“One of the doctors in his practice recently saw a child who had been licking his shirt in preschool. The teacher had told the parents that the child should be evaluated by an occupational therapist for a suspected sensory problem. The pediatrician ultimately convinced the parents that the child was developing normally, Dr. Cohen says.”

Parents often don’t want their child to be labeled as this stigma may be long lasting. However, if a correct diagnosis is made, it can be life changing as well.

Read the full article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324338604578326112816120302.html?mod=WSJ_article_comments#articleTabs%3Darticle