Way too much children, teenagers are diagnosed nowadays contracting labels like ADHD, Bipolar disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, veteran clinical psychologist Enrico Gnaulatili reframes these symptoms and behaviours and offers alternatives. Over diagnosis and over medication brings both parents, doctors and pharmaceuticals in positions they don’t belong. Self-diagnosis by a search on the internet and jumping to conclusions, withholding important information on e.g. sleep patterns, upraising habits or screen / game time may lead to wrong diagnosis. Drugs that leverage huge amounts of income and cause side effects as well to the brains and bodies of young people are dangerous too.
What if ADHD in fact is a kind of narcissism? What if a delayed language development is mistaken for a disorder on the autism-spectrum? And what if teenage rages or ‘natural’ disagreements with parents are diagnosed as bipolar disorders? What’s so dangerous about taking vague criteria from the DSM IV or DSM 5 to label behaviour, without knowing the causes? Gnaulati tells from his experiences as practitioner. Shools, medical professionals, and well-meaning parents can be better equipped in developing children. Back to Normal offers tools to see the difference between serious conditions and behavioral disturbances stemming from developmental, familial, or social issues.
Additional information is available in the article Bipolar Disorder: A Complicated Disease With Significant Ramifications
About the author
Enrico Gnaulati is a clinical psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience providing psychotherapy to children and families. A sought-after public speaker, Gnaulati has published a host of child development and children’s mental health articles in professional journals and magazines such as Life Learning, Journal of Psychology, and the Los Angeles Psychologist. He regularly presents to parents groups and teachers, and he has been interviewed by the Los Angeles Times and by best-selling author Wendy Mogel in her book The Blessing of a B Minus. He lives in Pasadena, California.