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Medicating Young Minds: How to Know If Psychiatric Drugs Will Help or Hurt Your Child Hardcover – May 9, 2006
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Of course, the natural remedies are in fact important to examine. For instance, the newer clinical trial literature contains studies where certain herbal remedies perform as well as Ritalin and Prozac without the same level of side effects. And other natural remedies besides herbal ones deserve investigation. (My research suggests that correctly combining different types of natural remedies may well lead to outperforming Ritalin and Prozac.) Persuasive studies of environmental and societal influences causing or exacerbating these kids' syndromes also are worth reading. But that's all for another book. Dr. Elliott's does what it sets out to do very nicely.
Having been on this road for 9 years now, I can see where our family was pushed in directions that were not the best for my child, and I plan to use the information in this book to get my son and his treatments re-assessed. Without a helpful book like this one we were subjected to some of the mistakenly but commonly practiced diagnostic methodology that may not have been the best choice for us. Unfortunately, this book also confirms what I have feared, that my worries over the future of my bipolar/ODD son are indeed justified and his life and mine will never be an easy one.
One word of warning: this book may frighten you because it makes it clear how little we know about the causes of mood and behavioral disorders, as well as how little we know about how and why psychoactive medications do or do not work. Do not let that stop you from using medications if that seems to be the only way to relieve your child's mental and social pain.
Huge progress has been made in psychiatry since the 1960's but an immense amount of work still needs to be done. Fortunately, this book clearly lays out what can be done at this time to help "problem" kids. On the other hand, unfortunately it also shows where research and knowledge are lacking.Read more ›