DARIEN, Conn. -- Alan Schwarz, an investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist, will speak on the widespread misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at a talk and book signing at the Darien Community Organization on Nov. 14.
The evening will include a panel discussion with Jamison Monroe Jr., founder and CEO of Newport Academy, which manages a series of evidence-based treatment centers for teens and families healing from mental health issues, such as eating disorders, trauma and substance abuse.
Schwarz is well known for his New York Times series on concussions in the NFL which led to nationwide safety reforms. His new book, ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic , looks at the history of the diagnosis, the drugs that have been developed to treat it and the resulting overmedication of children and teenagers.
“This book sheds much-needed light on the atrocities perpetrated by the pharmaceutical industry,” said Monroe, who shared his personal story of addiction with Schwarz for the book. “I’ve experienced and observed the wide-ranging impact of ADHD misdiagnosis first-hand over the past 20 years in my own life and for the last decade, in my professional life, treating adolescents in recovery.”
According to Schwarz, ADHD has become the most misdiagnosed condition in American medicine. “I passionately hope that ADHD Nation will wake us up as a society to what’s happening around us,” Monroe said. “Parents must educate themselves about the highly potent prescription narcotics being prescribed for their children and about the many non-pharmaceutical approaches that have been proven to be just as effective," he said.
The event is co-presented by Newport Academy, Insight Counseling, Communities 4 Action and the Life Solution Center and will be held on Nov. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Rd.
"I hope to see many community members come out to learn more about this very important issue,” said Monroe.
To register, contact Iris Maclean at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 997-7178 or visit Newport Academy's website. Books will also be available for purchase at the event.