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Where can parents turn when their child exhibits disturbing behavior and they want to avoid psychiatric labels and drugs? Pills Are Not for Preschoolers presents a much-needed alternative: child-focused family therapy—a brief, effective approach that involves family members in the child’s therapy. A family therapist for more than twenty years, Marilyn Wedge treats children Where can parents turn when their child exhibits disturbing behavior and they want to avoid psychiatric labels and drugs? Pills Are Not for Preschoolers presents a much-needed alternative: child-focused family therapy—a brief, effective approach that involves family members in the child’s therapy. A family therapist for more than twenty years, Marilyn Wedge treats children’s problems not as biologically determined “disorders” but as responses to relationships in their lives that can be altered with the help of a therapist. Parents can now respond to symptoms of ADHD, depression, and anxiety with respectful family prescriptives, not prescriptions—and Wedge brilliantly shows us how easy it can be to understand and implement her pathbreaking approach.


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Where can parents turn when their child exhibits disturbing behavior and they want to avoid psychiatric labels and drugs? Pills Are Not for Preschoolers presents a much-needed alternative: child-focused family therapy—a brief, effective approach that involves family members in the child’s therapy. A family therapist for more than twenty years, Marilyn Wedge treats children Where can parents turn when their child exhibits disturbing behavior and they want to avoid psychiatric labels and drugs? Pills Are Not for Preschoolers presents a much-needed alternative: child-focused family therapy—a brief, effective approach that involves family members in the child’s therapy. A family therapist for more than twenty years, Marilyn Wedge treats children’s problems not as biologically determined “disorders” but as responses to relationships in their lives that can be altered with the help of a therapist. Parents can now respond to symptoms of ADHD, depression, and anxiety with respectful family prescriptives, not prescriptions—and Wedge brilliantly shows us how easy it can be to understand and implement her pathbreaking approach.

43 review for Pills Are Not for Preschoolers: A Drug-Free Approach for Troubled Kids

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Liberty

    I've never been very fond of taking medication myself, so it's no surprise that I'm not entirely willing to give my kids medication. It was a no brainer for me to pick up this book once I read the title, but I was pleasantly surprised with the contents. In Pills Are Not For Preschoolers, author Marilyn Wedge describes how her family therapy techniques enable her to help children and families avoid medication for behavioral problems that would typically receive psychiatric diagnoses like ADHD, OD I've never been very fond of taking medication myself, so it's no surprise that I'm not entirely willing to give my kids medication. It was a no brainer for me to pick up this book once I read the title, but I was pleasantly surprised with the contents. In Pills Are Not For Preschoolers, author Marilyn Wedge describes how her family therapy techniques enable her to help children and families avoid medication for behavioral problems that would typically receive psychiatric diagnoses like ADHD, ODD, OCD, and bipolar disorder. As a therapist, she was struggling to make sense of why so many kids are carrying around such weighty diagnoses and the huge percentage of children that are on prescription medications, so she began a journey to discover how therapy could help prevent this epidemic. Her book contains information about how to find a family therapist who can help with these issues, but more importantly it contains information for parents on how to avoid the behavioral issues in the first place. While it may not work for every family, I enjoyed reading it and have begun to practice some of the principles that she teaches - I would rather do my best to avoid future problems! To read a more in depth review of this book, please click here to visit my website.

  2. 5 out of 5

    yana

    This book was rather irritating to read, less scientific in its approach, a little patronizing, and too simplistic & sweeping with its grandiose conclusions & self-praise for magical answers that are just hard to easily believe (maybe I'm too cynical), but, nonetheless, she comes from the point of view I'd naturally start from (better to try other options first for kids' behavioral issues before jumping straight to pharmaceuticals), and has a lot of interesting nuggets embedded in it. I read thi This book was rather irritating to read, less scientific in its approach, a little patronizing, and too simplistic & sweeping with its grandiose conclusions & self-praise for magical answers that are just hard to easily believe (maybe I'm too cynical), but, nonetheless, she comes from the point of view I'd naturally start from (better to try other options first for kids' behavioral issues before jumping straight to pharmaceuticals), and has a lot of interesting nuggets embedded in it. I read this to get the opposing view to the majority of what's out there about childhood ADHD. I don't think she properly represents the current state of the science, and, I think is too dismissive of the thousands of kids who actually have biological impairments leading to their various struggles & diagnosed conditions, but, I appreciate some of her larger points & think it was ultimately worth the read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jason Sutton

    Not a bad book for those who do not want their children in medication ... However the authors lack of wanting to diagnose any child does not work well for those who must diagnose in order to bill insurance .... Also the author uses the same interventions with each family, which is in contrast to today's person centered treatment approach that is being relied upon and in some situations required ... Not a bad book for those who do not want their children in medication ... However the authors lack of wanting to diagnose any child does not work well for those who must diagnose in order to bill insurance .... Also the author uses the same interventions with each family, which is in contrast to today's person centered treatment approach that is being relied upon and in some situations required ...

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Allen

    See my review at: http://davidmallenmd.blogspot.com/201... See my review at: http://davidmallenmd.blogspot.com/201...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Rayment

    will post review later

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    Tish

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