Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D., is a family therapist with twenty-five years of experience helping children, adolescents and families. She is the author of three books. Her latest book is A Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became an American Epidemic, forthcoming from Penguin Group in March, 2015. Her previous books, published by W. W. Norton, are: In the Therapist's Mirror: Reality in the Making, and Suffer the Children:The Case against Labeling and Medicating and an Effective Alternative (published in paperback with the title: Pills are not for Preschoolers).
Dr. Wedge blogs for the Huffington Post and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Natural Health, People Magazine, L. A. Parent, Babble and many other publications. Her Psychology Today blog "Why French Kids don't have ADHD" has more than 7.5 million readers. She has been interviewed on CBS-San Francisco, San Diego Living, and on national public radio (NPR).
Dr. Wedge is the originator of "strategic child-focused family therapy," which empowers parents to help their children heal without labeling them with so-called "psychiatric disorders" or medicating them with psychotropic drugs.
Dr. Wedge earned her bachelor's degree and her doctorate at the University of Chicago (where she was a Danforth Foundation Fellow), and had a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hastings Center for Bioethics in New York. She has taught at the California State University, East Bay, the College of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago YMCA Community College. She is a popular speaker at national and international professional conferences and is also a frequent speaker at parenting and educational groups.
Dr. Wedge lives in Oak Park, California with her husband Gene. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Children need to be understood, not diagnosed or medicated.