Academic journal article Family Relations

Straight Talk about Your Child's Mental Health: What to Do When Something Seems Wrong

Academic journal article Family Relations

Straight Talk about Your Child's Mental Health: What to Do When Something Seems Wrong

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Straight Talk About Your Child's Mental Health: What To Do When Something Seems Wrong. Stephen V. Faraone. New York: The Guilford Press. 2003. 389 pp. Cloth ISBN: 1-57230-894-X, $35.00; Paper ISBN: 1-57230-631-9, $16.95.

Dr. Stephen Faraone presents a very readable interpretation of the latest scientific information on the behavioral, emotional, and learning problems of childhood paired with clear assessment strategies for parents, in Straight Talk About Your Child's Mental Health: What To Do When Something Seems Wrong. Dr. Faraone, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Pediatric Psychopharmacology Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, leads the reader through a clear and inclusive look at children's psychological health, how disorders are diagnosed and treated, and finally where to turn for professional help.

Faraone describes how professional and personal experiences heighten his awareness of the complexity of dealing with childhood psychological problems. Even as Dr. Faraone names five main types of behavioral problems that can occur, he concurrently reiterates that each child has a unique profile of psychological strengths and weaknesses.

Common threads found throughout Straight Talk About Your Child's Mental Health are honesty about the variety of societal responses to psychiatric and psychological disorders coupled with identification of the risks related to not seeking professional help. Faraone challenges the reader to use critical analysis and a firm foundation in logic and data while working to achieve optimal outcomes for children with behavioral, emotional, and learning problems.

Straight Talk About Your Child's Mental Health is unique in its focus on providing guidance on psychological health care for children, parents, and other significant caregivers. …

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