ADHD – Fact or Fiction

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ADHD – Fact or Fiction?

Are we in the midst of a medical crisis, or is something else going on?


The Bay Area has the rare opportunity to hear from two leading experts on the social, economic, and medical impact of ADHD on our society, including implications for schools, communities, clinicians, and families—not to mention the children being diagnosed and treated.


UC Berkeley Professors and nationally-known authors Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler will discuss findings from their critically-acclaimed book The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance at the Orinda Library Auditorium on September 15.


This is a can't miss presentation for clinicians, educators, parents, students, and families dealing with ADHD to have tough questions about ADHD answered:

  • Is ADHD is a real psychiatric disorder? If so, what causes it?
  • Are we too quick to diagnose energetic children? Are we over-medicating?
  • Why do rates of diagnosis vary greatly across the US?
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  • What is ADHD’s real economic and social impact on families and society?
  • What role do parents, doctors, schools, our culture, government policies, the healthcare system, media, advertising, and Big Pharma play in it all . . . and where is it all headed?

WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

WHERE: The Orinda Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563

This 90-minute presentation will include a question & answer session and is sponsored by sos4students in partnership with Orinda Books (


Here's what others are saying about The ADHD Explosion:

“...The ADHD Explosionby Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler looks at this extraordinary increase [in ADHD diagnoses]. What's the explanation? Some rise in environmental toxins? Worse parenting? Better detection? Drs. Hinshaw and Scheffler... present some striking evidence that the answer lies, at least partly, in changes in educational policy." - Wall Street Journal

"This powerful, fact-packed survey is complex, thought-provoking, and urgent." - Publishers Weekly

"...No disorder in recent times has been so controversial, so terribly misrepresented and sensationalized in the media, or so polarizing among the general public as this one. The authors do a superb job cutting through the nonsense with facts to portray ADHD both sensibly and sensitively." - Russell A. Barkley, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina

"If you think that ADHD is simply an invention of mental health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry, then The ADHD Explosion will change your mind. This book elucidates the true personal and social costs of the syndrome for children, their families, schools, and communities." - Jeffrey E. Harris, MD PhD, Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"This is a wonderfully readable and very timely book, authored by two of the world's pre-eminent scientists. ...They have produced the most thoughtful, scholarly, and simultaneously intuitively complete and 'commonsensical' exposition of 'what ADHD really is' to date." - Peter S. Jensen, MD, President and CEO, The Reach Institute, Professor of Psychiatry and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, The Mayo Clinic


Register online at or by phone at (510) 531-4767.

Those who register by September 12, 2014 qualify for early-bird rates of $25/adults and $15/students. Registration on the day of the event (if seats are available) will be $35/adults and $25/students.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call sos4students at (510) 531-4767 or send email to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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