ADHD Nation with Journalist and Author Alan Schwarz

Alan Schwarz presents his book ADHD Nation, a groundbreaking account of the widespread misdiagnosis of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m., in the Rotary Room at the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road.

Unchecked growth for over half a century has made ADHD one of the most controversial conditions in medicine, with serious effects on children, adults and society.  More than 1 in 7 American children get diagnosed with ADHD — three times what experts have said is appropriate.  After the talk there will be a panel discussion in which Schwarz will be joined by psychotherapist Elizabeth Jorgensen and Jamison Monroe, Jr., an adolescent mental health treatment expert and a main character in the book.

Registration is requested.

Schwarz is a journalist best known for reporting on public health issues for The New York Times. His series on concussions in sports is credited with revolutionizing the treatment of head injuries in professional and youth sports, and was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He followed that topic with a series on ADHD and other psychiatric disorders in children, which led to his writing ADHD Nation.  Mr. Schwarz is also recognized as an expert in the use of mathematics and probability in journalism.  His statistical analyses of data regarding both concussions and children’s mental health formed the backbone of both series.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information on this and other programs, visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter @fairfieldpublib and Facebook @fairfieldlibrary.

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