chapter  11
The Diseasing of America’s Children: The Politics of Diagnosis
Pages 15

I have been conducting an informal poll for the past five years. When a parent tells me that her child has been diagnosed as “having” attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and/or childhood-onset bipolar disorder (ADD, ODD, COBD), I ask, “And what did the diagnosing therapist tell you caused your child’s problems?” The words vary, but the answer does not: genes.