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

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In her provocative new book, New York Times-bestselling author Judith Warner explores the storm of debate over whether we are overdiagnosing and overmedicating our children who have "issues."

In Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, Judith Warner explained what's gone wrong with the culture of parenting, and her conclusions sparked a national debate on how women and society view motherhood. Her new book, We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication, will generate the same kind of controversy, as she tackles a subject that's just as contentious and important: Are parents and physicians too quick to prescribe medi­cation to control our children's behavior? Are we using drugs to excuse inept parents who can't raise their children properly?

What Warner discovered from the extensive research and interviewing she did for this book is that passion on both sides of the issue "is ideological and only tangentially about real children," and she cuts through the jargon and hysteria to delve into a topic that for millions of parents involves one of the most important decisions they'll ever make for their child.

Insightful, compelling, and deeply mov­ing, We've Got Issues is for parents, doctors, and teachers-anyone who cares about the welfare of today's children.
 

About Judith Warner

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JUDITH WARNER is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety and Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story, as well as several other books. She writes the “Domestic Disturbances” column for the New York Times website and is a former special correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their children.
 
Published January 11, 2010 by Riverhead Books. 335 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Parents of mentally ill children will find this tonic reassuring, while all parents will find it a valuable reminder that it’s not poor parenting to seek medical help for your children.

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The New York Times

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Warner points out that she was hardly alone in her previous assumptions: it is accepted wisdom in some circles, including, oddly, liberal-left “moms” and right-wing radio audiences, that the milder variants of attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder and autism are just different ways of say...

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Publishers Weekly

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Author (Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety ) and New York Times columnist Warner turns an investigative eye to the “epidemic” of diagnosed childhood psychiatric disorders and widespread use of prescription psychotropic drugs to modify children's behavior.

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Examiner

What she has found is proof that children with mental illnesses such as ADHD, Ausberger’s disease, autism and other mental illnesses are going undiagnosed, undermedicated, misunderstood and the parents of those children are frustrated, confused and unsupported.

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The Globe and Mail

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Judith Warner says kids need the many drugs their parents give them, but fails to prove her point with any rigour

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The Washington Post

Instead, she found parents struggling to find and afford decent treatment for children disabled by their symptoms or their behavior, parents who had turned to psychiatric medicines only out of desperation -- and a society that persists in stigmatizing mental illness, blames parents when kids are ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Are we using drugs to excuse inept parents who can't raise their children properly?

What Warner discovered from the extensive research and interviewing she did for this book is that passion on both sides of the issue "is ideological and only tangentially about real children," and she cuts...

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Shelf Awareness

It's just to start the conversation."--Suzanne Droppert, owner of Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo, Wash., speaking to the North Kitsap Herald about the store's book dating event to be held this Thursday.

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Time Magazine

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.

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