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For many parents, nothing is more upsetting than to sense that their child is depressed, disruptive, or anxious for no apparent reason. Some agonize over what they might have done wrong or what they should be doing differently. Others are quick to attribute seeming irregularities to a problem at school, stress, low self-esteem, or the latest diagnostic buzzword. They may not know that other factors can be involved. In When You Worry About the Child You Love, child psychiatrist and bestselling author Dr. Edward ...
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For many parents, nothing is more upsetting than to sense that their child is depressed, disruptive, or anxious for no apparent reason. Some agonize over what they might have done wrong or what they should be doing differently. Others are quick to attribute seeming irregularities to a problem at school, stress, low self-esteem, or the latest diagnostic buzzword. They may not know that other factors can be involved. In When You Worry About the Child You Love, child psychiatrist and bestselling author Dr. Edward Hallowell explains the biological basis for a wide range of childhood behavioral problems, shows readers how to identify these problems, and advises when to get help. Following in the same direction as his pioneering books Driven to Distraction and Answers to Distraction. Dr. Hallowell lifts the burden of accountability from parents and children alike, empowering parents to take decisive action if necessary. Articulate, authoritative, and enthusiastic, he takes the reader through some of the most common problems encountered in childhood and shows how biology and genetics contribute to all of them - without ignoring other contributing factors. The father of three young children, Dr. Hallowell knows how most parents worry endlessly about their kids. If your child's problem is merely a natural stage of the growing process, this book will give you relief and reassurance. If your child is developing a serious problem requiring professional diagnosis and treatment, this book will help you become alert to it.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hallowell (Driven to Distraction), a practicing child and adult psychiatrist who teaches at Harvard Medical School, aims to cast light on those dark times when what he calls "moral diagnoses" of a child's behaviorsuch as "`spoiled' or `lazy' or `manipulative' or `incorrigible'" "eclipse the light of the correct, medical diagnoses." A firm believer that "hidden biological elements shape the emotional life of children," he convincingly reminds parents "that many causes of childhood emotional problems are beyond their control and their children's." Authoritative examples and case studies illustrate his point of view. In such chapters as "Treatable Conditions Parents Should Learn to Recognize," Hallowell examines the initial symptom, e.g., rage attacks or episodic bouts of extreme anxiety, and offers "snapshots" of the complexity of what the child is actually feeling. He then provides "possible diagnosis" as well as tips on "At-home remedies" and a guide to professional treatment. While some readers may take issue with Hallowell's advocacy of drugs such as ritalin to deal with the physiological bases of mental illnesses, his compassionate, highly readable guide is an excellent resource for understanding the psychological factors in the life and behavior of young people. (June)
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Coauthor of Driven to Distraction LJ 3/15/94, Hallowell psychiatry, Harvard Medical Sch. offers hope to parents of children with emotional or learning problems. His premise is that "hidden biological elements shape the emotional life of children," but he stresses that ultimately both nature and nurture affect every child's fate. Using colloquial language and numerous anecdotes, he discusses the causes, symptoms, diagnostic methods, effects, and possible treatments of over 30 conditions such as depression, nonverbal learning disorder, and posttraumatic stress syndrome. The conditions are presented in Chapter 1 and mentioned in later chapters addressing confusion, anger, sadness, and fear. Other chapters cover the biological bases for learning and emotional problems and medication. The book includes a short list of helpful associations. More informal than other parenting books on learning and emotionally disabled children, this is recommended for public libraries.Carol R. Nelson, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684800905
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 5/7/1996
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Parent's Worry Should Lead to Hope: What's in This Book 13
Ch. 1 Treatable Conditions Parents Should Learn to Recognize: Examples and Solutions 27
Ch. 2 Genetics: A Biological Basis of Problems in Emotion and Learning 59
Ch. 3 Twenty-five Practical Tips for Managing Emotion and Learning 75
Ch. 4 Confused: Variations in Learning 85
Ch. 5 Confused: Variations in Attention 99
Ch. 6 Mad: When Children Act Up 115
Ch. 7 Sad: When Children Are Unhappy 155
Ch. 8 Afraid: When Children Are Anxious 183
Ch. 9 Four Less Common but Important Conditions 207
Ch. 10 To Medicate or Not to Medicate: How to Decide 231
Ch. 11 Where to Look for Help 255
Afterword: When No One Is to Blame 261
Index 269
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