Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Nonfiction Book of the Month: We've Got Issues

Cover image for We've Got Issues by Judith Warner

We've Got Issues by Judith Warner discusses different factors that account for the sorry state of mental health services for children and early intervention for learning disabilities in the U.S. There's much to debate in this book, but even if you disagree with some of the premises or feel that she needs to dig deeper into some of the issues, I think you'll find that her approach is refreshing, as she doesn't blindly demonize people, whether they be parents, psychiatrists, or teachers. She also points out flaws in much of how the media reports on children's mental health, including their misinterpretations of data and their use of children as mere symbols representing larger societal problems.

3 comments:

Nan said...

There are so many factors involved - one of which I don't read about very often is diet. Kids used to have three good meals a day, and now seem to grow on packages and takeout, with oh, so many chemicals. There is so much talk about the cost of fresh food, but I think the price we pay in terms of health, both physical and mental, perhaps outweighs it.

Naida said...

This sounds interesting. Especially as she points out the way the media portrays and misinterprets so many situations.

HKatz said...

@ Nan - you're right about the food. Though I don't think we fully understand how all these chemicals affect development, we do know they're unhealthy and it wouldn't surprise me if they also affected brain functioning. Plus, fresh food doesn't have to cost that much - it can actually be cheaper to buy and prepare fresh food rather than get take out all the time or use packaged foods.

@ Naida - she does a fairly good job of that :)

Thank you both for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.