Many of the parents, whose children need help of psychiatric medications, are faced with criticism even from their closest friends and family. This book can be a great help to them.
Judith Warner was supposed to write a book about “lazy parents and evil psychiatrists” conspiring together to drug our kids. Isn't this what "everybody' knows to be true? As soon as she started doing her research, meeting parents and doctors, her opinion changed by 180 degrees. She met desperate parents, who spent years trying to help their kids, before - resigned and with the feeling of a failure - they turn to psychiatry for help. She met doctors doing their best to help these kids. Kids, who otherwise could end up in juvenile system, may have a chance for a normal life, with the help of therapy and medication.
The popular saying is that all the kids today are on medication, that the parents are just not doing their job, etc. She didn't find it to be true. She's heard heartbreaking stories from parents, counselors, doctors and that's when Judith Warner came to conclusion that there is one big piece missing in all this debate about medicating kids: empathy. Empathy to those kids, who've got these issues. Nobody talks about them, how this is helping them to live more normal life. In the past, some of them would be closed in mental institution or home school, isolated from their peers. In this regards, this a refreshing voice in the national discussion on this important issue.
Warner spent 5 years researching and writing this book. She even analyzes the "dark ages" of psychiatry and dehumanization of the psychiatric patient, which was still going on well through the sixties of the 20th century. Then she writes about challenges and mistakes of today’s psychiatry, as well as its accomplishments. It is an excellent read for those interested in the subject of mental health care.