From Labels, Medications, and Quick-Fix Solutions to Listening, Growth, and Lifelong Resilience
Claudia M. Gold
Da Capo Press
Our lives have meaning because of the stories we tell and the sense we make of our relationships and experience. The greatest risk of our current culture is not over-medication but rather under-listening. Abandoning listening has costs for all of us.
In her new book, The Silenced Child, pediatrician Claudia Gold, the author of Keeping Your Child in Mind, aims to show the dangers in building a super highway to a quick fix while letting the alternative path become overgrown with weeds. The ability to be curious, to wonder, to empathize with each other’s feelings, is what makes us human. It is not simply a question of “therapy vs. medication.” It is about valuing uncertainty, for letting the story unfold.
The central thesis of the book is that the most serious side effect of psychiatric labeling and medication is lost opportunity for listening. Yet this is not a book “against medication.” Rather it is meant to serve as a cautionary tale of what will happen if we neglect to listen to each other, and of the good that can come when we do protect the time and space for “being with,” for healing through relationships and human connection.