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Child And Adolescent Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Simple Paperback – February 2, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1572244351 ISBN-10: 1572244356 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Pubns Inc; 1st edition (February 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572244356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244351
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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: This is a straightforward and authoritative guide to using psychiatric medications to treat childhood and adolescent psychological disorders, comprehensive enough for professionals and clear enough for parents. It includes ADHD, depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and developmental disorders such as autism and Asperger's disorder.

About the Author

John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and the author of fourteen books. He is professor of psychology at the Sacramento, CA, campus of Alliant International University and has served on the faculty of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.

John O’Neal, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice and associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.

Mary Talaga, R.Ph., Ph.D., is pharmacy services manager at the Kaiser South Sacramento Medical Center.

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This book was very informative, easy to read and understand. As a Master's level graduate student, I find this book to be a valuable resource.
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By Noelani on June 25, 2009
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When working with kids who take psychotropic medication, it's nice to have this book as a reference to answer parents' questions.
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7 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Debra on February 18, 2007
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Chapter 7 (Autism Spectrum Disorders) is outdated and offensive. Based on this chapter alone, I would change the name of the book to "Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychopharmacology Made INACCURATE."

Page 87 understates the prevalence of autism, which has been growing at a tremendous rate - much higher than any other diagnosis. When this book was being published, the current CDC estimate was 1 in 166 (not "as high as 1 in 250"). On Feb 9, 2007, the CDC published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) using data from 2000 and 2002. The average prevalence was reported as 1 in 150. Read more on websites: CDC, Autism Speaks, First Signs, Autism Research Institute.

Page 92 states, "Some researchers favor the idea that these disorders are a result of disturbance in affective development." No respected researcher today believes the original theory of the pathophysiology of autism as being a legitimate possibility. Leo Kanner first proposed the theory which was then popularized by Bruno Bettelheim. Bernard Rimland's book Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implication for a Neural Theory of Behavior (1964) changed the current thinking of the etiology of autism from psychiatric to biological. For detail see the articles "refrigerator mother," "causes of autism" and "Bernard Rimland" on Wikipedia's website.

In my opinion, the most innovative and paradigm-shifting view on the cause(s) of autism is clearly explained by Dr. Martha Herbert's article "Autism: A Brain Disorder or a Disorder That Affects the Brain?" Clinical Neuropsychiatry (2005) 2, 6, 354-379 (available on her webpage at MIT).

Page 92 states, "thimerosal-containing vaccines such as MMR". This phrase shows a lack of knowledge about vaccines.
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More About the Author

John Preston, Psy.D is professor emeritus with Alliant International University in Sacramento, CA and formerly with the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and the Professional School of Psychology, San Francisco. He is the author of 21 books covering topics such as: psychopharmacology, neurobiology, psychotherapy, spirituality and emotional healing. His books have been translated into 14 foreign languages. He is the author of "Drugs in Psychiatry" chapter in the "Encyclopedia Americana". Dr. Preston has presented over 500 invited talks during the past 25 years, speaking in the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and Russia.
His strength is presenting complex information in an easy to understand way.
He is recipient of the "President's Award" from the Mental Health Association and "Distinguished Contributions to Psychology Award" from the California Psychological Association.

On a personal note, like other fellow human beings I have encountered significant emotional tragedies in my life, and hope that my books can make a difference in the lives of professionals as well as those who also suffer the difficulties of navigating through difficult times and emotional illnesses.

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