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Boys in the West are being labelled as having psychiatric disorders, behaviour problems and special educational needs, and are receiving psychiatric drugs in ever-greater numbers. In this book, Dr Timimi argues that this crisis reflects a fundamental ambivalence that Western culture has toward children which affects boys in particular. Using material from diverse sources, the author shows how Western Society's political, social and economic value system is bad for families and children, and how positive alternatives can be found in non-Western traditions.
Sami Timimi is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who works full time in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom in the county of Lincolnshire, having completed his psychiatry and child psychiatry trainings, and a consultant job, in London. He has previously published many articles in academic journals on a variety of topics including cross-cultural psychiatry, psychotherapy, eating disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). His previous book entitled Pathological Child Psychiatry and the Medicalization of Childhood was published by Brunner-Routledge in August 2002. He has also been invited to write several articles for journals and magazines since the book was published. He has experience in teaching at universities, presenting at local and national conferences and in being interviewed by local and national media.