Mental Health Medications for Children A Primer

ISBN-10: 1593852029
ISBN-13: 9781593852023
Edition: 2006
List price: $36.00
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Description: This primer for school psychologists provides information on psychotropic medications that are frequently prescribed to manage children's behaviour and enhance academic performance. It outlines guidelines for monitoring medication use and  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Publication date: 8/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 130
Size: 8.25" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

This primer for school psychologists provides information on psychotropic medications that are frequently prescribed to manage children's behaviour and enhance academic performance. It outlines guidelines for monitoring medication use and facilitating collaboration among health care providers, parents and teachers.

Ronald T. Brown, PhD, is Professor of Public Health, Pediatrics, and Psychology, and Dean of the College of Health Professions at Temple University. Currently editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology , he has published several books and over 200 articles and chapters in the areas of pediatric psychology and pediatric psychopharmacology. Dr. Brown was formerly President of the Society for Pediatric Psychology and currently serves the National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review, study section on behavioral medicine interventions and outcomes. He is a diplomate in Clinical Health Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a fellow in the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Laura Arnstein Carpenter, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Carpenter is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, and has extensive training and clinical experience in pediatric neuropsychology. She has cowritten nine articles and chapters, and has made more than 30 presentations at regional and national scientific conferences. Emily Simerly, PhD, is Clinical Director of the Mental Health Unit at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia, a maximum security men's intake prison that also houses Death Row. She is also Regional Clinical Director of mental health units at a number of prisons in northern Georgia. Dr. Simerly has published articles in Voices and has written a chapter in Psychotherapy and the Poverty Patient . As a clinician, she uses a humanistic/n-/existential foundation to practice in-depth psychotherapy, using many cognitive-behavioral techniques.

Overview and Pediatric Psychopharmacology Practices
Why a Book about Medications for Schoolchildren?
Structure
Objectives
Importance
Benefits of Psychotropic Medications for Children
Opportunities for Contributions from School Personnel
Identifying Symptoms
Providing Feedback on Treatment Efficacy
Monitoring Adverse Side Effects
Ensuring Treatment Adherence
Promoting Positive Self-Image in Children Who Take Medications
Myths and Facts about Children and Medication
How Medications Work
Administering Medication
Monitoring Dosage
Addiction, Tolerance, and Withdrawal
Interactions and Adverse Effects
The Central Nervous System
Summary
The Importance of School Personnel on the Treatment Team
Communicating with Parents
Don't Suggest That the Child Needs Medication
Do Be as Specific as Possible When Communicating Concerns
Don't Minimize Your Concerns
Do Remember That Your Opinion Is Important
Don't Suggest a Specific Medication
Do Offer to Send a Letter to the Child's Physician
Don't Wait to Contact Parents if Serious Behavior Problems Are Observed
Do Communicate Your Concerns Empathically
Communicating with Physicians and Other Mental Health Professionals
The Referral Process
Administering Medication at School
Medication Initiation Form
Authorization to Administer Medication
Medication Log
Legal Issues
Attitudes toward Medications
Treatment Acceptability
For the Child Who Is Embarrassed to Take Medications
For the Child Who Is Resistant to Taking Medications
For the Child Who Pretends to Take Medications
For the Child Who Gets Sick When Trying to Swallow a Pill
For the Child Who Is Very Thirsty Because of the Medication
For the Child Who Needs to Use the Restroom Frequently and Immediately Due to Medication Side Effects
For the Child Who Refuses to Eat
Summary
Classifications of Psychotropic Medications
Stimulants
Sustained-Release Stimulants
Side Effects
Dosage and Interaction with Other Drugs
Precautions
Antidepressants
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
Tricyclic Antidepressants
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
Atypical Antidepressants
Anxiolytics
Benzodiazepines
Antihistamines
Buspirone
Mood Stabilizers
Anticonvulsants
Lithium
Antipsychotics
Antihypertensives
Summary
Child Psychiatric Disorders and Psychotropic Medications
Attention Problems and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Conduct Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Panic Disorder
Selective Mutism
Phobias
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Mood Disorders
Depressive Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Tic Disorders
Developmental Disabilities
Mental Retardation
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Eating and Elimination Disorders
Eating Disorders
Elimination Disorders
Summary
Medication Effectiveness and Side Effects
Identifying Treatment Goals
Selecting Behaviors to Monitor
Tracking Behaviors
Behavior Observation Form 1
Behavior Observation Form 2
Behavior Observation Form 3
Graphing Results
Monitoring Adverse Effects
Summary
Conclusion
Glossary
Appendices
Common Mental Health Medications for Children
Event Observation Log
Letter to Physician
Ranking Problem Behaviors
Proper Handling Procedures for Medications for Children
Medication Initiation Form
Authorization to Administer Medication
Monthly Medication Log
Medication Contract
FDA Black Box Warnings for Antidepressants
Behavior Observation Form 1: Event Recording
Behavior Observation Form 2: Duration Recording
Behavior Observation Form 3: Total Duration Recording
Line Graph 1: Less Frequent Behaviors
Line Graph 2: More Frequent Behaviors and Percentages
Side Effects
Index

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