- John Rosemond — writes syndicated newspaper columns and books on parenting. His style is about using the power differential to control children and seems out of the 40’s and maybe a little sadistic at times. He recently had a column denying the existence of ADHD. I wrote a letter to the editor:
“John Rosemonds‘s column against ADHD is full of dangerous misinformation and bad advice. He denies the existence of a well proven serious disorder which usually responds well to treatment. An out of date far right conservative, Rosemond advertises himself as a psychologist, although he does not have a PhD. He is a licensed psychological advisor in North Carolina. Parents would do well to avoid his columns as would the New Mexican.
Douglas A Puryear MD
Psychiatrist, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Possibly Rosemond’s approach is good for a particular combination of parent type and child type, but there is no excuse for his attack on ADHD.
2. Genetic Testing to Choose Medication
This holds great promise, but my reading is that it is not ready for clinical use. It will sometimes predict which medicines are most likely to cause a person side effects, but that alone isn’t very useful.
1.Hold onto your wallet.
2. Write letters to the editor (within limits).
Notice that the links in favor of genetic testing are from companies selling the test, not scientific studies.
Personal Notes O the Day:
- In my opinion, there are a lot of people out there trying to get a hold of your money.
- Some parents say they spank children to teach them respect. I was spanked, a lot. It taught me some things. Respect was not one of them.
- Some people say that they were spanked and it didn’t harm them . How would they know?
- My letter sparked several more letters complaining about Rosemond and a couple endorsing him, tho not his ADHD denial.
- Please always scroll all the way down to see the comments (I love the comments). And please check post 945, the previous one, and offer suggestions to Joan. Thanks.