A Straight-Talking Introduction to Children's Mental Health Problems
ISBN 978 1 906254 15 5 (2009)
A pocket sized, good value series of succinct, thought provoking introductions ideal for students in all mental health disciplines, psychiatric service users, carers and indeed everyone with an interest in mental health. The authors are acknowledged leaders in their respective specialist fields with reputations for clear thinking, realistic, compassionate approaches and straight talking.
Rather than accept that solutions to mental health problems are owned by the medical professions, these books look at alternatives and provide information so that the users of psychiatric services, their families and carers can make more decisions about their own lives. Becoming more active in mental health issues requires knowledge — this series of books is a starting point for anyone who wants to know more about mental health problems. These books also introduce ways of working collaboratively with doctors, psychiatrists and counsellors.
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.
Other books in this series
The Causes of Mental Health Problems John Read & Pete Sanders
Psychiatric Diagnosis Richard Bentall
Psychiatric Drugs Joanna Moncrieff
Psychological Treatments for Mental Health Problems David Pilgrim
Caring for Someone with Mental Health Problems Jen Kilyon & Theresa Smith
Being a User of Psychiatric Services Peter Beresford
Chapter 1 The Work of Culture
Chapter 2 Childhood in Today's World
Chapter 3 Common Diagnoses
Chapter 4 Common Treatments
Chapter 5 Summary and Getting help
'Timimi, a critic of his own psychiatric sector, asks readers to be aware of the culture in which the child finds itself before being quick to diagnose. When thinking of what is normal and abnormal in children, it should be considered that in recent years the UK has increased its prescriptions for psychotropic drugs for children by more than two-thirds.' Tina Coldham, National Development Consultant at the Health and Social Care Advisory Service, Community Care Magazine September 2010
... I think this book is essential reading for all professionals working in child and adolescent mental health. It will also benefit parents who are struggling to understand their child's behaviour or who are required to make an informed choice about the treatment options...Maureen Perkins, integrative psychotherapist & supervisor in private practise. Therapy Today, November 2009