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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: As the psychiatric care of children usually does not rest with one person, nor should there be only jargon-laden books describing medications used with children. This book represents a reader-friendly approach to understanding the various medications, the importance of the treatment team, side effects, and compliance.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview, a basic primer on the use of psychotropic medications for children with learning, mood, and behavior problems. The book is designed with non-psychopharmacologically trained individuals in mind and it positively demonstrates this. The book exceeds expectations.
Audience: School psychologists, teachers, parents, school administrators, and nurses will find this book invaluable. Those new to the field of mental health will get a solid primer, and as a professor, I plan to use this book in my Introduction to Psychopharmacology and Medical Terminology course. The authors are credible members of the field who have provided a valuable resource.
Features: While one cannot escape medical jargon, the authors explain it well and even try to limit it where applicable. The emphasis on school personnel as a treatment team is highlighted along with useful checklists to use. Discussion of the side effects of various classes of medications and the need for water breaks or bathroom passes is an important area the authors elaborated on. The classifications of psychotropic medications and the particular disorders for which they are prescribed are discussed. The 16 appendixes which cover letters to physicians, event observation logs, medication contracts, etc. are indispensable.
Assessment: What a tremendously useful addition to one's bookshelf. One will be hard-pressed to find a finer primer on mental health medications for children. Strongly recommended!