• A Straight-Talking Introduction to Children's Mental Health Problems

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

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ISBN 978 1 906254 15 5 (2009)
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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

Sami Timimi

Sami Timimi is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Medical Education in the National Health Service in Lincolnshire and a Visiting Professor of Child Psychiatry and Mental Health Improvement at the University of Lincoln, UK. He writes from a critical psychiatry perspective on topics relating to mental health and has published over a hundred articles and tens of chapters on many subjects including childhood, psychotherapy, behavioural disorders and cross-cultural psychiatry. He has authored 4 books, co-edited 3 books and co-authored 2 others. He has led on many innovations including the Outcome Orientated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (OO-CAMHS) project (http://www.oocamhs.com) and the Outcome Orientated Approaches to Mental Health Services (OO-AMHS) project (http://www.innovationforlearning.com/LPFT ).

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