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Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids
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 al ...more
Hardcover, Third Edition, 325 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by The Guilford Press
(first published October 15th 1998)
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I would consider this a must read for anyone considering medication for their children. It really is direct and gives a clear explanation for how the medications work, what kind of side affects to expect and how to weigh the benefits vs. risk. I felt extremely prepared to talk to my doctor about medication for Carver after reading this. It helped me make a better decision and understand the science behind medication.
Medication is very real and as much as you might want to pursue other methods of treatment, some will have to treat the illness with both therapy and medication. Well, get educated on what you are taking or what you are going to be giving to your child. Keep in mind that a lot of these drugs are untested on children and yet they are used regularly in treatment.