When the ADHD Diagnosis Is Wrong
Understanding Other Factors That Affect Attention in Children
by Paul G. Swingle, PhD
August 2015, 174pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4066-1
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Rising numbers of children are being diagnosed with—and drugged for—ADHD. How many of these diagnoses are erroneous?

A game-changing resource for parents caught in the labyrinth of the promoted treatments heralding help for troubled children and their families, this book provides readers invaluable guidance in seeking accurate diagnosis and scientifically verified treatment options.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children is real and can be severely disabling. However, most causes of children’s attention problems are unrelated to ADHD and are not resolvable by drugging the child. Treating symptoms is simply not adequate; a completely different approach to the diagnoses and treatment of attention problems in children is necessary. This book identifies the many neurological patterns associated with children’s attention challenges, explains the many psychological and physical factors that can affect attention, and describes how to determine if your child needs not medication but other approaches—such as psychological guidance, diet changes, or simply time to develop past childhood—to solve the problem.

Paul G. Swingle, PhD, RPsych, provides millions of parents who are desperate for scientifically sound information about how to help their children with conditions that are negatively impacting their learning, development, and happiness with a resource that is precise, definitive, and easy to read. Illustrated with examples from across his 30 years of practice, Swingle’s book informs readers about the many factors that can affect children’s attention and can often be treated with drugless approaches and therapy for success. Parents will understand how intolerance of what constitutes normal children’s behavior and the failure to recognize the emotional challenges that many children have in our culture today constitute causative factors in the misdiagnosis of attention deficit disorders.


  • Provides parents and teachers with critical information that identifies the questions they should ask and points the way to finding a correct diagnosis and curative understanding of treatments
  • Explains why the error rate for diagnoses of ADHS and many other conditions affecting children's ability to thrive in school is so high
  • Authored by a highly respected expert on child psychology, neurotherapy, and psychophysiology who is a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and has been a lecturer at Harvard
Paul G. Swingle, PhD, RPsych, was professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa prior to moving to Vancouver where he is now director of the Swingle Clinic. A fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, Swingle was lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and during the same time period was associate attending psychologist at McLean Hospital in Boston, MA, where he also was coordinator of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service. He was chairman of the faculty of child psychology and clinical supervisor at the University of Ottawa as well as a registered psychologist in British Columbia and certified in biofeedback and neurotherapy. His published work includes Biofeedback for the Brain: How Neurotherapy Effectively Treats Depression, ADHD, Autism, and More and Adding Neurotherapy to Your Practice: Clinician's Guide to the ClinicalQ, Neurofeedback, and Braindriving .
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