When a headline features the word “drugging,” the report about ADHD that follows will not be well-balanced. Such was the case with Esquire’s recent salvo into the topic, “The Drugging of the American Boy.”
Esquire joins The New York Times in treating one of the most well-researched and documented conditions in medical history as a piñata. Bash ADHD and all the goodies fall out. Web traffic soars.The immense anti-psychiatry blogosphere races to showcase the latest proof that they’ve been right all along. Esquire actually calls this piece a “blockbuster investigation” — just in case the ASME judges missed it.
Lost in the shuffle: Accurate reporting on a critically important public health issue affecting millions of Americans.
So reads the introduction to my opinion piece in the New York Observer. It is my rebuttal to Esquire‘s awful, cynical, manipulative, attention-grabbing, hits-hungry piece.
You can read the rest at http://observer.com/2014/04/how-esquire-got-adhd-wrong/#ixzz2zs9yuSU0 . Please share via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
If those who are most affected by ADHD don’t counter this rubbish, we risk losing a lot. At any time, weak-willed politicians in collusion with an often science-illiterate public could pull the plug on ADHD research funding, insurance reimbursements, and medication supplies.