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Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medications for Kids
Straight Talk About
Psychiatric Medications for Kids

A comprehensive, readable, and accurate book on medications on psychiatric medications in youth

Essential for parents, educators, caregivers, and others who work with youth to assist in the very difficult decision process of using medications for kids with behavioral, emotional, or cognitive difficulties.


by Timothy E. Wilens, MD



280 Pages

Nov 1998


Table of Contents

Introduction Pt. I. What Every Parent Should Know about Psychiatric Medications for Children

  • The Preliminaries: Building a Foundation of Knowledge
  • The Psychopharmacological Evaluation: Finding Out What's Wrong
  • The Diagnosis and Treatment Plan: Laying Out a Strategy to Help Your Child
  • Treatment and Beyond: Collaborating in Your Child's Ongoing Care

Pt. II. Common Childhood Psychiatric Disorders

  • Attentional and Disruptive Behavioral Disorders
  • Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • The Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety-Related Disorders
  • Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Disorders of Known Medical and Neurological Origin
  • Other Mental Health Disturbances Affecting Children and Adolescents

Pt. III. The Psychotropic Medications

  • The Stimulants
  • The Antidepressants
  • The Mood Stabilizers
  • The Anxiety-Breaking Medications
  • The Antihypertensives
  • The Antipsychotics
  • Medications for Sleep, Bedwetting, and Other Problems

Representative Medication Preparations and Sizes Used for the Treatment of Childhood Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Example of a Completed Medication Log

Medication Log





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