Help for Hair Pullers

Trichotillomania, the irresistible urge to pull out one`s hair, often starts early - the average onset age is 12 to 13 - and is surprisingly widespread. Help for Hair Pullers reviews the latest treatment options and offers effective cognitive-behavioral techniques for controlling this disorder. Web resources are also included.

Authors: Nancy J. Keuthen, Ph.D., Dan J. Stein, M.D., and Gary A Christenson, M.D.
Publisher: New Harbinger, 2001
Format: Book, paperback, 179 pages
Mysteries of the Mind

This program explores manic-depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, alcoholism, and other mood disorders whose victims show a lack of control over their behavior. It examines the neurochemical and genetic components of these disorders, as well as physiological, neurological, and biomedical research into the mysteries of the brain. The program shows the nature of these mood disorders and the pain they cause patients and their families.

Produced by: Films for the Humanities, 1988
Format: VHS, 45 minutes, color
Problem Child or Quirky Kid?

How to Help Kids Who Don`tFit In, Can`t Get Along, Are Too Fearful, Sad, Anxious, or Angry, and More....

They may be concerned about their child`s behaviors, attitudes, feelings, or general development. They may worry if their child doesn`t seem to be fitting in socially, isn`t happy, isn`t getting along with others, or seems overly anxious and fearful. This book gives parents the advice, reassurance, and practical knowledge they need to help their child and themselves.
Drawing on their years as counselors and teachers, the authors consider what`s “normal” and what might not be “normal.” They cover common childhood problems and suggest remedies for parents to try at home. After describing behaviors that might be more rare and serious, they explain the world of mental health professionals, then offer ideas for getting oneself and one’s child ready to take advantage of professional help. The message throughout is clear: What`s best is when our children are neither normal or abnormal, but simply able to live well.

Authors: Rita Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D., John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D.
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, 2002
Format: Book, paperback, 210 pages
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Woman`s Perspective

This puzzling nervous disorder, originally associated with former Vietnam combat veterans, has since become a recognized health problem for millions of American women. In truth, more women than men suffer from PTSD. This program examines the symptoms and suspected causes of the disorder, including feelings of helplessness suffered by victims of child abuse, sexual assault, or domestic violence. Doctors and sufferers discuss the ongoing problem of PTSD misdiagnosis, along with the treatments and therapies that have proven effective in controlling its disabling symptoms.

Produced by: Films for the Humanities, 1996
Format: VHS, 20 minutes, color
Raising a Moody Child

How to Cope with Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder

Every day can be an ordeal for families struggling with the difficult, moody, "impossible" behavior that may point to childhood depression or bipolar disorder. Effective help for kids does exist, but it often requires a customized combination of medication, therapy, coping skills, and support. From esteemed child treatment experts Dr. Mary Fristad and Dr. Jill Goldberg Arnold, this indispensable book describes how treatment works and what additional steps parents can take at home to help children with mood disorders--and the family as a whole--improve the quality of their lives. Explained are why symptoms look so different (and can be so much harder to manage) in children and teens than in adults, how to find the right doctor or therapist, and how to help kids develop their own "coping toolkits."

Bursting with practical tools, FAQs, and examples, the book covers everything from dealing with medical crises to resolving school problems, sibling conflicts, and marital stress. Contents include:
  1. Understanding Your Child`s Problems  
    • Difficult, Temperamental, Impossible: The Challenge of Raising a Moody Child 
    • What`s Wrong with My Child? 
    • Why My Child? 
    • The First Step in Getting Good Treatment Is Getting a Good Evaluation     
  2. Treatment
    • Getting the Big Picture
    • What Do Medications Offer?
    • What Should I Expect from Therapy?  
  3. III. Helping Your Child Cope
    • Ten Principles for Managing a Mood Disorder
    • Coping Skills for Moody Children 
    • Mood Disorders in the School Setting: What You Need to Know to Help Your Child Cope 
    • Crisis Management  
  4. Helping Your Family Live with a Mood Disorder   
    • How Mood Disorders Affect Family Life
    • How Can You Help Siblings? 
    • How to Take Care of Yourself

Authors: Dr. Mary Fristad and Dr. Jill Goldberg Arnold
Publisher: The Guilford Press,2004
Format: Book, paperback, 246pages

Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medication

For Kids - from a Leading Authority, an Essential Guide

Deciding whether to give your child medication for an emotional or behavioral problem is one of the toughest choices a parent can face. Will medication really help? How long will it be needed? The doctor may say it's perfectly safe—but what about the news stories about overuse and risks? From experienced child psychiatrist Dr. Timothy Wilens, this bestselling guide has already empowered many tens of thousands of parents to become active, informed managers of their children's care. Dr. Wilens explains how medications work; their impact on kids' emotions, personality, school performance, and health; the risks and benefits of widely used antidepressants; and much more.

Author: Timothy E Wilens, MD
Publisher: The Guilford Press, 2004
Format: Book, paperback, 310 pages
Therapeutic Parenting

It`s a Matter of Attitude!

A practical guide to parenting children with attachment disorders, mood disorders and oppositional defiant disorders.

Author: Deborah Hage, MSW
Publisher: Parenting with Pizazz Publications
Format: Book, paperback, 73 pages
Treating Youth with DSM-IV Disorders

The Role of Social Skill Instruction
Research proves it. Lessons in social skills benefit behaviorally troubled youth. Use this straightforward manual to add social skill instruction to your repertoire of effective treatment options.

Treating Youth with DSM-IV Disorders incorporates Girls and Boys Town`s use of social skill instruction with the American Psychiatric Association`s most widely used evaluation tool. It`s a powerful union that parents, psychiatrists, and professional caregivers can use to help determine which skills can enhance treatment.

The pages describe for you: 43 disorders commonly diagnosed in youth Charts that highlight each disorder and include detailed diagnostic criteria and a list of social skills that can be targeted during treatment Examples from a group home, a mental health facility, and a school of how to incorporate social skills instruction into treatment planning Discussions of the effectiveness of teaching social skills as a treatment strategy and the rolls culture and ethnicity play in selecting skills for individual children
Girls and Boys Town has demonstrated through research that teaching appropriate social skills is a valuable and productive treatment strategy.

Mental health facilities that use our Teaching Model report: Significant decreases in aggressive and assaultive behavior Significant reductions in DSM-IV symptoms and referral behavior during treatment Increased placement stability in progressively lower levels of care High levels of youth and caregiver satisfaction with the treatment's effectiveness
You too will benefit from Treating Youth with DSM-IV Disorders. By adopting its teaching approach, you can improve the quality of care, reduce negative behavior, and build on a child`s strengths.

Authors: Michael Sterba, MHD, and Tom Dowd, MA
Publisher: The Boys Town Press, 1998
Format: Workbook, 147 pages
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