Straight Talk about Your Child's Mental Health: What to Do When Something Seems Wrong

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Overview

Parents reach for dog-eared copies of Dr. Spock when their child has a rash or the flu, but when "moodiness" lingers or worrisome behavior problems grow, they have nowhere to turn for answers or reassurance. Now, in this compassionate resource, prominent Harvard researcher Dr. Stephen V. Faraone gives parents the tools they need to look clearly at how a child is feeling, thinking, and behaving and make wise decisions about when to call for professional help. Cues and questions teach readers to become scientific observers of their child, and vital facts about common disorders help them distinguish between normal variations in speech development and Asperger syndrome, between moodiness that's just a phase and depression, between childhood fears and the symptoms of anxiety. Knowing what to ask--and tell--the professionals, from the pediatrician to a mental health specialist, will help parents ensure a complete and accurate diagnosis. Filled with handy sidebars, charts, and checklists, the book also teaches parents to weigh treatment options to determine what's best for their child.
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A clinical professor at Harvard Medical School and director of pediatric psychopharmacology research at Massachusetts General Hospital, Faraone (Genetics of Mental Disorders) provides tools for parents with a child suffering from mental illness. The goal is to help parents better understand how mental illness affects their child, how to find the right professional help, how to take advantage of the public and private behavioral health systems, and what they can contribute to treatment decisions. The material is organized in three main sections: understanding a child's psychological health; recognizing the various disorders, classified into disruptive behaviors, mood disorders, fear disorders, learning disabilities, and abnormal development; and getting professional help. The author outlines the problems and gives scientifically sound answers in down-to-earth, lay readers' language. Many fast facts, charts, and sidebars enhance the text. Because Faraone provides a solid foundation of learning about all aspects of children's mental illnesses, his book stands out among the numerous, more specialized works available. Though, unfortunately, the book lacks information about the hundreds of community mental health centers nationwide that serve mostly those with financial difficulties, its inclusiveness and pragmatic approach make it an important addition to both public libraries and academic libraries supporting the helping professions.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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"Dr. Faraone provides an invaluable service with this book. As someone who has consulted with thousands of parents concerned about their children, I deeply understand just how much they need honesty and clear guidance. The book delivers exactly what its title promises. The world of psychological disturbances is frightening enough, and doubly so when you are lost about what it all means and what you can do for the child you love so much....A 'must read' for any parent whose child is going through a rough time."--Ron Taffel, PhD, author of Parenting by Heart

"A comprehensive, parent-friendly guide for helping our children when something is wrong. Dr. Faraone has written the essential book for parents who are worried about their child's mental health. It outlines the problems, gives scientifically sound solutions, and provides understandable answers for the difficult questions that parents have. This is a very important book for the millions of parents who have a child with a mental health problem."--Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, author of More Than Moody; New York University Child Study Center

"This book pulls together state-of-the-art scientific information about mental conditions and organizes it in a systematic, easily comprehensible manner. It provides comprehensive coverage of the nature and causes of specific childhood problems, warning signs parents should look for, how their child will be evaluated, and what treatments are available. Debunking many myths and misconceptions about mental illness, Dr. Faraone helps parents better understand and meet children's needs."--Mark L. Wolraich, MD, Child Study Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health

"This book is a primer for parents who may wonder what to expect if their child needs mental health services. It can be used as a text in a counseling class, or by pastoral counselors in practice, for understanding the particular needs of children when they come for counseling, especially since the recommended treatments for children may or may not be the same as for an adult, even with the same diagnosis. It can also be used by speech/language pathologists and educational psychologists, since they are also provides of treatment for these disorders."--Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572306318
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 What Do Psychological Problems Look Like? 11
Ch. 2 Health versus Illness: When Do Everyday Problems Become Disorders? 49
Ch. 3 What Causes Psychological Problems? 75
Ch. 4 Disruptive Behavior 97
Ch. 5 Moodiness 132
Ch. 6 Worry and Anxiety 153
Ch. 7 Learning Disorders 185
Ch. 8 Abnormal Development 197
Ch. 9 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Tourette's Disorder, and Eating Disorders 218
Ch. 10 The Mental Health Evaluation 239
Ch. 11 Following Up on the Diagnosis: Finding the Right Treatment for Your Child 287
Ch. 12 Working with the Mental Health Care System 323
Resources 371
Index 377
About the Author 390
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