Pills are not for Preschoolers: A Drug-Free Approach for Troubled Kids
W. W. Norton & Company (August, 2012)
By Marilyn Wedge
"It's one of those parenting books that I just wanted to jump on the roof and shout about because it's really that good. It's not just for parents who are at the end of the road with schools wanting a psychiatric diagnosis for the behaviour of their children, it's also a roadmap on how to not end up there in the future." --BlogHer
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. is a family therapist who has helped children, adolescents and families since 1988. She began writing her book Pills are Not For Preschoolers: A Drug-Free Approach for Troubled Kids, when she saw more and more children coming to therapy already taking psychiatric medications.
Pills are not for Preschoolers draws on her years of experience with hundreds of children, teenagers and families. The book shows how parents can be empowered to turn around their child's problem behaviors safely and effectively, without the use of stigmatizing psychiatric labels or potentially harmful medications.
In the book you will find stories of children with all sorts of problems: bullying, school failure, anxiety, depression, school phobia, fears and compulsive behaviors. You will meet two children who had been incorrectly diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and a little boy who had been misdiagnosed with ADHD. And you will see how these children overcame their challenges and got back on track with the help of their families.
Pills are not for Preschoolers was previously published as a critically acclaimed hardcover (W. W. Norton & Company) with the title: Suffer the Children: The Case Against Labeling and Medicating and an Effective Alternative
NEWS: Dr. Wedge's new book based on her popular article "Why French Kids don't have ADHD" will be published by a major book publisher in early 2015. Details to follow. Stay tuned.
NEWS: Dr. Wedge was interviewed on April 30, 2014 by the Chilean magazine Ya, a supplement to Chile's premier newspaper El Mercurio.
Download a free copy of the Intoduction to Pills are not for Preschoolers (PDF)
L.A. Parent reprinted the last chapter of the book. To read it, click here
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