Please Don’t Label My Child: Break the Doctor-Diagnosis-Drug Cycle and Discover Safe, Effective Choices for Your Child’s Emotional Health

by Scott M. Shannon, MD

Pediatric psychiatrist Shannon (writing with Emily Heckman) argues that physicians are over-diagnosing and misdiagnosing a number of disorders, most notably ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), creating an undesirable doctor-diagnosis-drug cycle. He explores how emotional and cognitive brain growth are interrelated, outlining the elements needed for optimal brain development, such as a safe and secure home life, love and touch, and proper nutrition. Shannon presents a convincing case for digging deeply into a child’s nutritional needs, sleep habits, home and school environment and other underlying issues before turning to meds.

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