Yes, I did see this review and have written quite a bit about it in my diary on this site.
After reading the review I felt annoyed, as this book has a sensational title and it seems to be written around the premise that ADHD is over-diagnosed and over-medicated. I have seen numerous articles in the UK press that take this approach and these are almost always written by 'Daily Mail' type journos who have little or no real knowledge of ADHD.
I do realise that ADHD in both adults and children may be over-diagnosed in the USA - but I would like to know whether this 'over-diagnosis' and 'over-medication' applies to all social groups or whether it is much more prevalent among affluent groups who have good medical insurance. I'd like to bet that there are a lot of kids and adults in the US who remain undiagnosed but who are unable to afford medical insurance/medication.
In the UK, as most of us here are only too well aware, Adult ADHD is certainly not over-diagnosed and it is very difficult to even get as far as a referral to a specialist. Many GPs still do not believe that Adult ADHD is a legitimate condition (despite its existence having been proven without doubt). Getting medication can be fraught with difficulty; we are certainly not over-medicated in the UK!
I welcome any books that increase awareness of ADHD; the ones that give a realistic, balanced and properly researched account of the difficulties that living with untreated ADHD can create and the problems facing those who attempt to seek diagnosis in the UK.
Mr Schwarz does concede that ADHD does exist and that drugs do "more good than harm." However he also asserts that: 'Its the story of how we, as a society, have allowed what could have been a legitimate medical condition to be diluted beyond all recognition, and beneficial medication to become a serious drug problem'
I'm really not at all comfortable with any book that says ADHD "could have been a legitimate medical condition." Books with sensationalist titles and which make statements like that only serve to undermine our credibility and make it more difficult for us to get the help we need.