Use Your Brain or Lose It: A Conversation with Dr. John Ratey

Dr. John Ratey’s most recent book, A User’s Guide to the Brain, is one of the most accessible books available on recent brain research, what it means, and how to best make use of it. Ratey is professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the co-author of a number of books, including Shadow Syndromes,…

Kids’ ADHD Care Gets a Wake-up Call

A combination of carefully monitored stimulant use and intensive behavioral training reaps promising benefits for children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as for their parents, according to a much-anticipated study of how best to treat the problem. However, the investigation also indicates that many kids with ADHD receive neither behavioral training nor…

The Case Against Ritalin

The decision to medicate a child with a behavioral disorder is a complex one that involves many discussions between the child’s parents, teachers, and physicians. In the case of children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), parents are placing increasing trust in a drug called Ritalin. Much of this trust is based on the…