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Dr. Kalikow tackles these questions with the sensitivity and insight of years of experience helping families through the thicket of research and opinion to find the right answer for their child. Through many colorful vignettes, he explores our efforts to protect our children from the inevitable hurts and disappointments of childhood, and the role that medication can play in that attempt. On the other side, Kalikow shows us our determination to have our children succeed or fail on their own, the way we had to do, even to the point of refusing the medication that might help them overcome a serious and potentially chronic disability.
Dr. Kalikow guides readers through the maze of possible treatment decisions—the many different families of psychiatric medication, alternative treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and perhaps the most difficult decision of no treatment at all. He closes the book by examining one family's difficult journey to the decision to medicate their acutely anxious daughter.
Your Child in theBalance: An Insider's Guide to the Psychiatric Medicine Dilemma is an important and timely book that will hit home to every parent who has seen their child in pain and asked themselves, "I wonder if medication might help."
|Introduction: The "Can Do" Age of Psychiatry||1|
|Chapter 1||The Challenge of Change||7|
|Chapter 2||The Elusive Criteria for Changing Your Body||15|
|Chapter 3||Bring on the Brain||23|
|Chapter 4||Psychiatry Welcomes the Brain||29|
|Chapter 5||A Duty to Treat||43|
|Chapter 6||The Challenge of Children||49|
|Chapter 7||The Evolving Diagnoses of Children||59|
|Chapter 8||The Burden of Proof||69|
|Chapter 9||The Benefits of Medicine||75|
|Chapter 10||Let's Be Practical||97|
|Chapter 11||The Risks of Medicine||111|
|Chapter 12||Subtle Psychological Side Effects||121|
|Chapter 13||Concealed Consequences||131|
|Chapter 14||Medicine's Competition||139|
|Chapter 15||Oh, to Be a Parent!||155|
|Chapter 16||The Pressures on the Prescriber||161|
|Chapter 17||Too Many Prescriptions?||173|
|Chapter 19||The Time Is Now||237|
|Are You Wise If You Try an SSRI?||247|