Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids, Third Edition

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Deciding whether to give your child medication for an emotional or behavioral problem is one of the toughest choices a parent can face. Will medication really help? How long will it be needed? The doctor may say it's perfectly safe--but what about the news stories about overuse and risks? From experienced child psychiatrist Dr. Timothy Wilens, this bestselling guide has already empowered many tens of thousands of parents to become active, informed managers of their children's care. Dr. Wilens explains how ...

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Overview

Deciding whether to give your child medication for an emotional or behavioral problem is one of the toughest choices a parent can face. Will medication really help? How long will it be needed? The doctor may say it's perfectly safe--but what about the news stories about overuse and risks? From experienced child psychiatrist Dr. Timothy Wilens, this bestselling guide has already empowered many tens of thousands of parents to become active, informed managers of their children's care. Dr. Wilens explains how medications work; their impact on kids' emotions, personality, school performance, and health; the risks and benefits of widely used antidepressants; and much more.

New in the Third Edition:
The fully updated third edition details the latest advances in treating specific disorders--with significant new information on bipolar disorder and ADHD--and offers up-to-date answers to parents' frequently asked questions.

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Editorial Reviews

Metapsychology Online Reviews

"The book is written at a level that is understandable and respectful to parents....One of the definitive books on pediatric psychopharmacology. It is an additional bonus that it is written specifically for parents....Highly recommended for clinicians and parents alike."--Metapsychology Online Reviews
School Social Work Journal

"A valuable asset for school social workers. It provides well-organized, comprehensive information about the use of medications....School social workers can easily use it to assist parents in making decisions about the use of medication for their children....You can't ask for much more from this book. It covers so many questions about children and psychiatric disorders and the use of medication that parents may ask or think about after they've left the doctors office....The use of definitions, tables, and charts helps make it accessible."--School Social Work Journal
From the Publisher

"The title says it all. Dr. Wilens arms parents with the knowledge they need to understand the risks, benefits, and role of psychiatric medications for children, and enables them to make informed decisions. He is wonderfully successful in combining his expertise and clinical experience into a practical resource for parents."--Christopher J. Kratochvil, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nebraska Medical Center
 
"Parents considering psychiatric medication treatment for their son or daughter often face a bewildering array of conflicting information--and misinformation--from family, friends, and media. Dr. Wilens, a top-notch psychopharmacologist, provides detailed, clearly understandable, research-based guidance on the pros and cons of various treatment options. This book is a valuable resource for clinicians and parents."--Thomas E. Brown, PhD, Associate Director, Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders, Yale University School of Medicine

Journal of Psychological Medicine

"A helpful aid for parents to better inform themselves about childhood psychiatric disorders and psychotropic medications. The book contains a wealth of information useful to parents and practitioners."--Journal of Psychological Medicine
NASP Communiqu�
"Dr. Wilens does an excellent job discussing various medications that can assist in the treatment of students with mental, emotional, or behavior problems....This book is an excellent source for school psychologists and school personnel, even though it is written for parents. It would be a highly valuable addition to a school's reference library and would be especially useful as a third-party reference when parents raise discussion of psychiatric medication."--NASP Communiqué
Time

"A godsend for parents looking for answers. Wilens takes the mystery out of medication."--Time
NAMI Advocate (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

"This book—a virtual teaching manual—uses a no-frills approach to providing an affordable wealth of information....An excellent supplement to the doctor visit. It is concise, well organized, and very easy to use."--NAMI Advocate (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Metapsychology Online Reviews

"The book is written at a level that is understandable and respectful to parents....One of the definitive books on pediatric psychopharmacology. It is an additional bonus that it is written specifically for parents....Highly recommended for clinicians and parents alike."--Metapsychology Online Reviews
Journal of Psychological Medicine

"A helpful aid for parents to better inform themselves about childhood psychiatric disorders and psychotropic medications. The book contains a wealth of information useful to parents and practitioners."--Journal of Psychological Medicine
From the Publisher

"The title says it all. Dr. Wilens arms parents with the knowledge they need to understand the risks, benefits, and role of psychiatric medications for children, and enables them to make informed decisions. He is wonderfully successful in combining his expertise and clinical experience into a practical resource for parents."--Christopher J. Kratochvil, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nebraska Medical Center
 
"Parents considering psychiatric medication treatment for their son or daughter often face a bewildering array of conflicting information--and misinformation--from family, friends, and media. Dr. Wilens, a top-notch psychopharmacologist, provides detailed, clearly understandable, research-based guidance on the pros and cons of various treatment options. This book is a valuable resource for clinicians and parents."--Thomas E. Brown, PhD, Associate Director, Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders, Yale University School of Medicine

School Social Work Journal

"A valuable asset for school social workers. It provides well-organized, comprehensive information about the use of medications....School social workers can easily use it to assist parents in making decisions about the use of medication for their children....You can't ask for much more from this book. It covers so many questions about children and psychiatric disorders and the use of medication that parents may ask or think about after they've left the doctors office....The use of definitions, tables, and charts helps make it accessible."--School Social Work Journal
Time

"A godsend for parents looking for answers. Wilens takes the mystery out of medication."--Time
NAMI Advocate (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

"This book—a virtual teaching manual—uses a no-frills approach to providing an affordable wealth of information....An excellent supplement to the doctor visit. It is concise, well organized, and very easy to use."--NAMI Advocate (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
NASP Communiqu�

"Dr. Wilens does an excellent job discussing various medications that can assist in the treatment of students with mental, emotional, or behavior problems....This book is an excellent source for school psychologists and school personnel, even though it is written for parents. It would be a highly valuable addition to a school's reference library and would be especially useful as a third-party reference when parents raise discussion of psychiatric medication."--NASP Communiqué
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593858421
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 325
  • Sales rank: 353,060
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy E. Wilens, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, specializes in pediatric and adult psychopharmacology in his clinical work at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is currently Director of Adolescent Substance Abuse Services. Board certified in child, adolescent, adult, and addiction psychiatry, Dr. Wilens is a leading researcher and publishes widely on child and adolescent psychiatric issues.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

I. What Every Parent Should Know about Psychiatric Medications for Children

1. The Preliminaries: Building a Foundation of Knowledge

2. The Psychopharmacological Evaluation: Finding Out What's Wrong

3. The Diagnosis and Treatment Plan: Laying Out a Strategy to Help Your Child

4. Treatment and Beyond: Collaborating in Your Child's Ongoing Care

II. Common Childhood Psychiatric Disorders

5. Attentional and Disruptive Behavioral Disorders

6. Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

7. The Mood Disorders

8. Anxiety-Related Disorders

9. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

10. Disorders of Known Medical and Neurological Origin

11. Other Mental Health Disturbances Affecting Children and Adolescents

III. The Psychotropic Medications

12. The Stimulants and Nonstimulants for ADHD

13. The Antidepressants

14. The Mood Stabilizers

15. The Anxiety-Breaking Medications

16. The Antihypertensives

17. The Antipsychotics

18. Medications for Sleep, Bedwetting, and Other Problems

Appendix: Representative Medication Preparations and Sizes Used for the Treatment of Childhood Emotional and Behavioral Disorders; Example of a Completed Medication Log; Medication Log; Resources

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