In the Journals

Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Global Perspectives — A Special Issue of Children & Society

The current issue of Children & Society is a special issue entitled “Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Global Perspectives.” The issue is edited by Brenda A. LeFrançois and Vicki Coppock, who introduce it in their piece, “Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Starting the Conversation.” The rest of the issue’s abstracts are as follows:

Sick or Sad?


Top of the heap: Junko Kitanaka

This article is part of the series:

For the latest installment of “Top of the heap,” Junko Kitanaka, who teaches anthropology at Keio University in Tokyo, told us about a new book she’s been reading and some key older texts she’s returned to recently.

Junko Kitanaka

As I’ve been thinking about the psychiatrization of childhood this past year, one book has stood out among those that I’ve …


Coming of Age on Psychiatric Meds

Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are

by Katherine Sharpe

HarperCollins, 2012

336 pp, US$14.99 paperback


Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up

by Kaitlin Bell Barnett

Beacon Press, 2012

248 pp, US$25.95 hardcover


Remarkably (or perhaps not remarkably at all if we take synchronicity seriously) two books …


Meducating Our Children: The Moral Influence of Adderall on Education, Parenting, and Treatment

Allan Schwarz’s recent New York Times article “Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School” presented some controversial testimonials on the prescription of attention deficit and hyperactivity (ADHD) medications to low-income children. As science writer Emily Willingham points out, this article is part of a two decade long debate over the merits of medicating our nation’s children …

In the Journals

Child and Community Mental Health in Cultural Perspective: a special issue of Transcultural Psychiatry

The latest Transcultural Psychiatry is a special issue on “Child and Community Mental Health in Cultural Perspective.” Consisting of papers presented at the 2009 McGill Advanced Institute in Cultural Psychiatry and others on the “interactions between developmental psychopathology, family systems, communities and culture,” (Guzder and Rousseau 2010). In their introduction to the issue, McGill University  child psychiatrists Jaswant