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Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids, Third Edition Paperback – September 2, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1593858421 ISBN-10: 1593858426 Edition: Third Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications
  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; Third Edition edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593858426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593858421
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The title says it all. Dr. Wilens arms parents with the knowledge they need to understand the risks, benefits, and role of psychiatric medications for children, and enables them to make informed decisions. He is wonderfully successful in combining his expertise and clinical experience into a practical resource for parents."--Christopher J. Kratochvil, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nebraska Medical Center
 
"Parents considering psychiatric medication treatment for their son or daughter often face a bewildering array of conflicting information--and misinformation--from family, friends, and media. Dr. Wilens, a top-notch psychopharmacologist, provides detailed, clearly understandable, research-based guidance on the pros and cons of various treatment options. This book is a valuable resource for clinicians and parents."--Thomas E. Brown, PhD, Associate Director, Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders, Yale University School of Medicine


"A helpful aid for parents to better inform themselves about childhood psychiatric disorders and psychotropic medications. The book contains a wealth of information useful to parents and practitioners."--Journal of Psychological Medicine
(Journal of Psychological Medicine 2008-09-04)

"A valuable asset for school social workers. It provides well-organized, comprehensive information about the use of medications....School social workers can easily use it to assist parents in making decisions about the use of medication for their children....You can't ask for much more from this book. It covers so many questions about children and psychiatric disorders and the use of medication that parents may ask or think about after they've left the doctors office....The use of definitions, tables, and charts helps make it accessible."--School Social Work Journal
(School Social Work Journal 2008-09-04)

"The book is written at a level that is understandable and respectful to parents....One of the definitive books on pediatric psychopharmacology. It is an additional bonus that it is written specifically for parents....Highly recommended for clinicians and parents alike."--Metapsychology Online Reviews
(Metapsychology Online Reviews 2008-09-04)

"Dr. Wilens does an excellent job discussing various medications that can assist in the treatment of students with mental, emotional, or behavior problems....This book is an excellent source for school psychologists and school personnel, even though it is written for parents. It would be a highly valuable addition to a school's reference library and would be especially useful as a third-party reference when parents raise discussion of psychiatric medication."--NASP Communiqué
(NASP Communiqu� 2008-09-04)

"A godsend for parents looking for answers. Wilens takes the mystery out of medication."--Time
(Time 2008-09-04)

"An informative guidebook....The author's straight talk about medications will help parents become 'informed collaborators' in their child's psychiatric care."--Publishers Weekly
(Publishers Weekly 2008-09-04)

"This book—a virtual teaching manual—uses a no-frills approach to providing an affordable wealth of information....An excellent supplement to the doctor visit. It is concise, well organized, and very easy to use."--NAMI Advocate (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
(NAMI Advocate (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 2008-09-04)

About the Author

Timothy E. Wilens, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, specializes in pediatric and adult psychopharmacology in his clinical work at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is currently Director of Adolescent Substance Abuse Services. Board certified in child, adolescent, adult, and addiction psychiatry, Dr. Wilens is a leading researcher and publishes widely on child and adolescent psychiatric issues.


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Customer Reviews

I do not know the answer, but that bit of doubt makes me wonder.
bedrestmom
In academic circles, there is a lot of petty fighting over which treatments...RDI, ABA, floor time, are best.
Denise Somsak
When you need to consider medications for your child's treatment, this book is the "must-have" guide.
Gina Pera

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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful By bedrestmom on September 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I want every person contemplating the purchase of this book to use the "search inside" tool, and click on the copyright page.
On that page you will see a box that says "Full Disclosure." PLEASE, please read it.
Dr. Wilens receives grant support from five different drug companies. In addition, he is a paid presenter for three different drug companies, and a consultant for six different drug companies.
While the information contained in this book is exhaustive, as a parent of two children with a multitude of medical and psychological issues, I find it difficult to trust his opinions and "straight talk" when I know that he is making tens of thousands of dollars a year from these drug companies.
Would he ever discourage against a particular drug when he is making money from the maker of said drug? I do not know the answer, but that bit of doubt makes me wonder.
Fortunately, in my state, we are able to search online and discover which psychiatrists take money from drug companies, and which do not. Again, as a parent, am I more likely to trust the psychiatric care of my children to the doctor who takes no money from drug companies, or the doctor who received over $135,000.00 last year as a "consultant" to four different companies?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Xander's Mom on December 16, 2008
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Over the last 4 years, this book has become a bible for me. We have struggled to find the right combination of medications for my ADHD, Anxious, Moody, Depressed 9 year old. When you think you have it right, they grow and need new doses or the meds stop having the same results and you have to start over again. Very objective clear information with side effects and risks listed. Don't go to the Psychiatrist or Pediatrician without it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TP-S on January 30, 2010
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I have used this book as a critical resource for years, I purchased the third edition soon after it was available. If you have a child who is being placed on medication or if you are even thinking about it, you need this book. It is an indispensable tool for parents of children with any "psychiatric" issues, including ADHD and anxiety and more extreme conditions. Must have book in your arsenal!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise Somsak on September 10, 2008
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I am a general pediatrician and mother to a 5yo son with autism. I have read several books on autism. This book tells parents that they are the experts which unfortunately is true. Currently no professionals take ownership of finding unique treatments/approaches for each individual child not educators, psychologists and especially not doctors (pediatricians get little training on the subject and developmental pediatric subspecialist will not spend enough time to get to know your child). In academic circles, there is a lot of petty fighting over which treatments...RDI, ABA, floor time, are best. Of course the folks who designed these treatments have a vested interest in claiming they have the best answer and are prone to serving their own egos rather than helping children on the spectrum. The author does a good job of talking in generalities without endorsing any particular method for every child.

Denise A. Somsak, MD
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As a special education teacher, I often teach students who need both medication and language instruction to succeed. I always recommend that such parents read Dr. Wilens book for a better understanding of their children's health. Dr. Wilens possesses an amazing talent for knowing just how to support others with medical treatment and great kindness.
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By Karen E. White on December 1, 2013
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I'm not sure this book is for the absolute 'lay'person, its very informative, but more in "doctor speak". I did find it very helpful when one of my foster kids was diagnosed with ADHD and needed more information before I agreed to try many of the medications out there being used for these syndromes. I no longer have that child, but keep the book, and look to it every now and then.
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Very helpful in navigating the maze of meds for children. Applicable here in New Zealand as much as it is in the USA as the alternate drug names are also given. Have read form cover to cover and I will continue to refer to it.
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Every parent of kids with psych issues or on psych meds should read this book. I had the first edition and recently updated to the third edition. I had a specific question for the author and he got back to me quickly.
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