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The Impact Of Empathy

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimated that in 2011, 6.4 million children-or 11% of American children ages 4 to 17-had a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). To treat this, these young people are frequently subjected to heavy dosing & often-risky psychopharmacological drug therapies that can have negative long-term side effects. What if there were an effective & non-invasive way to help? A new book entitled “The Impact of Empathy-A New Approach to Working with ADHD Children”, introduces age-old wisdom-meditation, empathy & compassion-as a way to help children with ADHD develop coping capacity & skills for long-term self-care. Meditation, empathy & compassion sounds like a good deal to me…that’s how I’ve been running my Puffman Radio Program for years! This instructive read from BlossomingBooks presents a discussion of case studies & research on the effectiveness of alternative & complementary modalities being employed around the world to address attention deficit disorder & anomalous behavior among youth. The modalities include various forms of meditation, empathic/compassionate listening & Jungian-inspired techniques, such as guided imagination. It also provides a hard look at the cultural issues, practice & beliefs, which lead to over-medicating. The 2 authors, Daniela Muggia & Emilia Costa don’t suffer fools either…Muggia is a Thanatologist & the winner of the prestigious Terani Award for the Medical Humanities in 2008. I’m not sure what a “Thanatologist” actually is, but I believe they study dinosaurs. Costa is a MD & a former professor of psychiatry & psychotherapy at La Sapienze University in Rome who has authored over 360 pioneering scientific publications. “The Impact of Empathy; A New Approach to Working with ADHD Children (formerly titled “Hands off our Holy Terrors) provides a hard look at the cultural issues, practices & beliefs, which lead to over-medicating @ the wealth of resources & scientific information available in this book can show us the way OUT of an old medical paradigm with its inappropriate drug dosing of our youth & introduce us to the vast healing capacities of human being. The book is out now & available from BlossomingBooks…check it out at: Sure, it’s heavy reading but well worthwhile the ways things are going now-a-days. I’m happy that I’m not a kid anymore…it’s a good time to be old!

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