- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 6, 2001

Books

• "Talking Back to Ritalin: What Doctors Aren´t Telling You About Stimulants for Children," by Dr. Peter R. Breggin, Common Courage Press, 1998. This book, by a Bethesda psychiatrist, advocates stopping the use of Ritalin, even for legitimate reasons.

• "Running on Ritalin: A Physician Reflects on Children, Society, and Performance in a Pill," by Dr. Lawrence H. Diller, Bantam Doubleday, 1999. Dr. Diller, a behavioral pediatrician, explains the positive and negative effects of Ritalin in this book. He also tells how mass production has led to high abuse potential.

• "Ritalin Nation: Rapid-Fire Culture and the Transformation of Human Consciousness," by Richard DeGrandpre, W.W. Norton & Co., 2000. This book explains how attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Ritalin became trendy in the United States.

Associations

• Children and Adults With Attention Deficit Disorder (Chadd), 8181 Professional Place, Suite 201, Landover, Md. 20785. Phone: 800/233-4050. Web site: www.chadd.org. This nonprofit advocacy group offers support for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder. It also offers fact sheets on Ritalin, its use and side effects.

Online

• The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has information on Ritalin abuse on its Web site (www.dea.gov), including a fact sheet and congressional testimony detailing incidents of abuse.


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