There are a ton of books that offer child-rearing advice, and only a few less that describe research on childhood emotional and learning problems; this is one of the few books that combines the two. Edward Hallowell brings readers into his consultation rooms to meet his clients--and the descriptions and dialogue are effective in bringing the situations to life. When You Worry About the Child You Love
will help you understand why your child is unhappy or underachieving, will help you help your child to manage her emotions, and perhaps most important, will help parents do what they can and stop blaming themselves.
From Publishers Weekly
Hallowell (Driven to Distraction), a practicing child and adult psychiatrist who teaches at Harvard Medical School, aims to cast light on those dark times when what he calls "moral diagnoses" of a child's behavior?such as "'spoiled' or 'lazy' or 'manipulative' or 'incorrigible'"? "eclipse the light of the correct, medical diagnoses." A firm believer that "hidden biological elements shape the emotional life of children," he convincingly reminds parents "that many causes of childhood emotional problems are beyond their control and their children's." Authoritative examples and case studies illustrate his point of view. In such chapters as "Treatable Conditions Parents Should Learn to Recognize," Hallowell examines the initial symptom, e.g., rage attacks or episodic bouts of extreme anxiety, and offers "snapshots" of the complexity of what the child is actually feeling. He then provides "possible diagnosis" as well as tips on "At-home remedies" and a guide to professional treatment. While some readers may take issue with Hallowell's advocacy of drugs such as ritalin to deal with the physiological bases of mental illnesses, his compassionate, highly readable guide is an excellent resource for understanding the psychological factors in the life and behavior of young people.
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