A Straight-talking Introduction to Children's Mental Health Problems

Author(s) : Sami Timimi, Editor : Richard Bentall, Editor : Pete Sanders

A Straight-talking Introduction to Children's Mental Health Problems

Book Details

  • Publisher : PCCS Books
  • Published : 2009
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 132
  • Category :
    Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Catalogue No : 36575
  • ISBN 13 : 9781906254155
  • ISBN 10 : 190625415X

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Rates of diagnosis of psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, and the subsequent prescription of psychiatric drugs in children, have increased alarmingly over recent years. Yet diagnoses are supported by very little scientific evidence and the effectiveness and safety of drugs for children is highly questionable. Unlike medications, psychotherapeutic or 'talking therapies' with children, adolescents and their families have established themselves as both safe and effective.

Here, Sami Timimi arms you with some of the information you'll need to make informed choices about a child's diagnosis and treatment. He provides an honest account of the dangers of medicating children or adolescents and discusses alternative therapies. He also describes practical advice on things parents can try themselves, common pitfalls to avoid, and how to find the professionals you need.

About the Author(s)

Sami Timimi is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and author of Pathological Child Psychiatry and the Medicalization of Childhood, and Naughty Boys: Anti-social behaviour, ADHD and the Role of Culture.

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