- Peggy Drexler: Study says modifying behavior before taking pills produces better outcomes
- She says parents are quick to medicate kids when faced with hard work of a behavior plan
- But parents owe it to their children to try behavioral modification first, Drexler says
Peggy Drexler is the author of "Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family" and "Raising Boys Without Men." She is an assistant professor of psychology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and a former gender scholar at Stanford University. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)You likely first heard about attention-deficit disorder, or ADD, in the early 1980s when the condition came onto the popular radar under that label, and parents and teachers scrambled to learn about treatment.