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Author Denevi, Timothy, author.

Title Hyper : a personal history of ADHD / Timothy Denevi.

Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.

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Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    616.8589 DEN    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 DENEVI,T    Available
 PAS Lamanda Park Branch Non-Fiction    92 DENEVI,T    Available
Description 274 pages ; 24 cm
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Note "Simon & Schuster nonfiction original hardcover"--
Summary "Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD is Timothy Denevi's memoir of growing up as a hyperactive child, intertwined with his even-handed and thorough reporting on the history of the diagnosis and its treatment. Beginning with the moment he first started having severe emotional fits, his book traces his compelling and moving journey through fifteen years of diagnosis and treatment as he illuminates the medical and psychological theories and practices that shape our understanding of this controversial diagnosis. In the 1980s, mental disorders were just beginning to be seen as biological in origin; hyperactivity was being medicated with a variety of stimulants. In Timothy's first week on Ritalin at the age of six, the medication triggered a psychotic reaction. He ran into the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and threatened to kill himself in front of his mother. Doctors prescribed behavior therapy, then antidepressants. Nothing worked. The reader never stops caring for Timothy as he makes is way through grade school and high school, knowing he is a problem for those who love him, longing to be able to be good and fit in, hanging out with boys who have similar symptoms but meet quite different ends, and finally realizing he must come to grips with his disorder before his life spins completely out of control. Simultaneously, the author traces our understanding of the origins of the condition, from the late 19th and early 20th centuries when hyperactivity was attributed to defective moral conscience, demons, or head trauma, through the twentieth century when food additives, bad parenting, and even government conspiracies were blamed, to the most recent genetic research"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Denevi, Timothy -- Mental health.
Attention-deficit-disordered adults -- Biography.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Complications.
ISBN 9781476702575 (hardback)
1476702578 (hardback)

 
    
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