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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (October 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812929217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812929218
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brain chemistry, not bad parenting, is responsible for the 12 percent of children younger than 18 who have diagnosable brain disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), separation anxiety disorder (SAD), or enuresis (bed-wetting). Through case studies, scientific data, and information about children's development and brain chemistry, Koplewicz helps parents understand the obstacles their brain-disordered children face. A practicing psychiatrist, he also suggests means, including therapy and medication, by which families may lessen the difficulties posed by those disorders. He devotes the final section of the book to considerations of the nature and treatment of probems including, besides those noted above, depression, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, and autism. Presented with compassion but in no-nonsense style, his effort offers a wealth of scientific information in a format easily accessible to parents, extended families, and friends of "difficult" children. Kathryn Carpenter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Dr. Kopelwicz has sent out a much-needed message: Parents need to be informed about the biology of childhood disorders, not blamed for bad parenting! It's Nobody's Fault will be welcome for these families and to the field."
--Judith Rappaport, M.D., bestselling author of The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Watching

"Parents, take note! Dr. Kopelwicz, in It's Nobody's Fault, has extended a trained and experienced hand to guide you gently yet authoritatively through one of life's more stressful domains: understanding a child's mental difficulties. This warm and direct book deserves to be read by every parent or caretaker. It not only explains and illustrates what is important to understand about difficult children, but challenges and clarifies the most common misconceptions."
--Lawrence A. Stone, M.D., president of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

"With warmth, insight, and impeccable information, Dr. Kopelwicz eases parental concerns and keeps the reader turning the pages. The book is an enlightening, pleasurable read by a highly credentialed psychiatrist."
--Diana Huss Green, editor-in-chief and founder of Parents' Choice, Parents' Choice Foundation


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It does not read like a textbook, yet it is very informative.
scientist99
This really helped us to stop second-guessing ourselves and offers helpful advice on the issues of finding a good doctor and whether or not to medicate.
Mary Rives Pearrell
I would recommend this book for anyone who has just had their child diagnosed.
Lorna Moorhead

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lorna Moorhead on May 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book did wonders! After the diagnosis of my son, there was some fighting in amongst the family as to whether or not his diagnosis was correct or if it was just my parenting. This book with it's facts and concise examples, helped me through this rough time and even gave me concrete facts I could show my relatives. I would recommend this book for anyone who has just had their child diagnosed.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the first book that I have read about various "brain disorders" that was simply written and easy for me to understand. For years, we tried to figure out what was the problem with our son, and what we (as parents)were doing WRONG. I felt like I was the worst mom because of my son's behavior (aggressive, defiant, mood swings and hyperactive). We tried every approach (diet, homeopathic remedies, vitamins, different types of discipline and behavior mod...) FINALLY, I read this book and felt at PEACE and HOPEFUL! My "false guilt" was removed and allowed me to be openminded about seeing a psychiatrist and starting my son on medication. IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT! A perfect title for this book! Read it, stop feeling guilty AND get your child the appropriate help they so desperately need!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I don't have a "problem child," but I do have a close relative with an obsessive-compulsive disorder, and someone recommended this book to me for information on that subject. His discussion was brief but thorough and to the point, and I learned some techniques that were very helpful to me in dealing with my immediate problem.
I was also favorably impressed with the author's emphasis. Far too many parents, faced with a difficult child, get hung up on what THEY are possibly doing wrong. So they try all the "good parenting" techniques they hear of; but, in their eagerness to redeem themselves as parents, they often begin to view their child as synonymous with his/her problem, and thus almost as an adversary. Dr. Koplewicz focuses squarely on (1) identifying the child's problem and (2) taking measures to deal with it. He makes it clear that, for most children, their disorder is as painful to THEM as it is to their parents, and their parents' mistrust and belief that the child is somehow "using" the problem to manipulate them just makes it harder to solve. I'd recommend this book highly to all parents as a glowing example of how to get your priorities right!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2001
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If you are a parent and are questioning whether or not you should medicate your child, you should read this book. No parent wants to put their child on medicine. This book has helped me realize that medicine is needed for certain disorders and therapy alone does not work all of the time. This book is very informative and will help you understand that yes, medicine does help along with therapy. I enjoyed reading and realize that I am not alone and there is help.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Parents of children with severe and persistent brain disorders such as major depression, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, and others see their child suffering miserably and often blame themselves. Brain research in the past 10-15 years has revealed that these are highly genetic, treatable, medical disorders, not the result of bad parenting.

Koplewicz does an outstanding job of presenting factual information and valuable tips on medical management of a child's disorder. This information can save a child's life if the child has undiagnosed, untreated major depression or bipolar disorder.

I have a child with multiple disorders and have found this to be the most authoritative, truly helpful book available. It is a groundbreaker.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Rives Pearrell on March 28, 2001
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This book was so helpful to my husband and me when our son was diagnosed with ADHD. This really helped us to stop second-guessing ourselves and offers helpful advice on the issues of finding a good doctor and whether or not to medicate. Though learning that ADHD is a brain disorder was painful, it was comforting to learn that there was nothing we could have done to prevent it!
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