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Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids
Third Edition

Timothy E. Wilens

325 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
September 2008
ISBN 978-1-59385-842-1
Cat. #5842
Price: $17.95 $15.26
March 2011
ISBN 978-1-60623-839-4
EPUB format
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“A helpful aid for parents to better inform themselves about childhood psychiatric disorders and psychotropic medications. The book contains a wealth of information useful to parents and practitioners.”

Journal of Psychological Medicine

“A valuable asset for school social workers. It provides well-organized, comprehensive information about the use of medications....School social workers can easily use it to assist parents in making decisions about the use of medication for their children....You can't ask for much more from this book. It covers so many questions about children and psychiatric disorders and the use of medication that parents may ask or think about after they've left the doctors office....The use of definitions, tables, and charts helps make it accessible.”

School Social Work Journal

“The book is written at a level that is understandable and respectful to parents....One of the definitive books on pediatric psychopharmacology. It is an additional bonus that it is written specifically for parents....Highly recommended for clinicians and parents alike.”

Metapsychology Online Reviews

“Dr. Wilens does an excellent job discussing various medications that can assist in the treatment of students with mental, emotional, or behavior problems....This book is an excellent source for school psychologists and school personnel, even though it is written for parents. It would be a highly valuable addition to a school's reference library and would be especially useful as a third-party reference when parents raise discussion of psychiatric medication.”

NASP Communiqué

“A godsend for parents looking for answers. Wilens takes the mystery out of medication.”


“An informative guidebook....The author's straight talk about medications will help parents become 'informed collaborators' in their child's psychiatric care.”

Publishers Weekly

“This book—a virtual teaching manual—uses a no-frills approach to providing an affordable wealth of information....An excellent supplement to the doctor visit. It is concise, well organized, and very easy to use.”

NAMI Advocate (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

“The title says it all. Dr. Wilens arms parents with the knowledge they need to understand the risks, benefits, and role of psychiatric medications for children, and enables them to make informed decisions. He is wonderfully successful in combining his expertise and clinical experience into a practical resource for parents.”

—Christopher J. Kratochvil, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nebraska Medical Center

“Parents considering psychiatric medication treatment for their son or daughter often face a bewildering array of conflicting information—and misinformation—from family, friends, and media. Dr. Wilens, a top-notch psychopharmacologist, provides detailed, clearly understandable, research-based guidance on the pros and cons of various treatment options. This book is a valuable resource for clinicians and parents.”

—Thomas E. Brown, PhD, Associate Director, Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders, Yale University School of Medicine
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