Answers the two most important questions about the use of medication to treat ADHD. Does medication work? And is it safe?
In ADHD Medication, Dr. Walt Karniski uses his 40 years of experience as a developmental pediatrician to address important concerns that parents have about the use of medication for the treatment of ADHD.
Because there is no medical diagnostic test to definitively “make a diagnosis” of ADHD, it is easy for critics to dismiss ADHD as a disorder fabricated by doctors, teachers, and pharmaceutical companies. Some parents blame themselves, and react with guilt, believing that they should have raised their child differently. So when you are presented with the diagnosis of a medical disorder in your child, is it any wonder that you might react with confusion, guilt, or denial? It doesn’t have to be that way.
Parents are surprised to learn that there are almost 50 different medications used to treat ADHD, representing only two primary medications. This book addresses such issues as how to determine if medication is needed, how to decide which medication is the right fit for your child, whether children can outgrow ADHD, how to eliminate medication side effects, and how you can discuss the need for medication with your child. Most importantly though, this book answers the questions: Does ADHD medication work, and is it safe?
This book is a powerful resource for parents and practitioners alike seeking to understand the treatment of ADHD in children.
Walt Karniski is a developmental pediatrician. He was the director of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida for 15 years before opening a private practice where, for 20 years, he evaluated and treated children with ADHD, autism, anxiety, learning disabilities and other developmental difficulties. During that time, he developed and operated three private schools for children with ADHD, anxiety, and learning disabilities. He lives in Tampa, Florida.
Chapter 1: What Is ADHD and How Has It Evolved?
Chapter 2: What is ADHD and How Does it Feel?
Chapter 3: From Silk to Ritalin; A History of the Medical Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Chapter 4: Is ADHD Really Real?
Chapter 5: Could ADHD Medication Actually Help My Child?
Chapter 6: Why are there so Many Different Medications for the Treatment of ADHD?
Chapter 7: Which Medication Is Right for My Child?
Chapter 8: Stimulant Medication Side Effects
Chapter 9: Co-Morbidity
Chapter 10: 20 Brand Name Methylphenidate Medications to Treat ADHD
Chapter 11: 16 Brand Name Amphetamine Medications to Treat ADHD
Chapter 12: 10 Non-Stimulant Medications to Treat ADHD
About the Author
This book is a unique and comprehensive resource for parents, teachers, and professionals who parent, teach, diagnose, and treat young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Karniski brings his 40 years of experience as a Developmental Pediatrician who has treated over 5,000 young people with ADHD to provide extensive information about the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, particularly regarding stimulant and non-stimulant medications. This book is written in an understandable and empathetic way for a lay or professional audience. Dr. Karniski also provides guidance on how to minimize side effects of medications. This is an excellent book that will be the standard reference for how and why to treat ADHD.
Dr. Karniski's book is as readable as it is informative. It will be immediately useful to parents and non-medical mental health professionals alike. It is both comprehensive and approachable—a rare accomplishment.
With this book, Dr Karniski has paired his extensive clinical and academic experience with comprehensive research to address a complex and controversial issue with clarity and compassion. In so doing, he offers an excellent resource for parents, teachers, and primary care health professionals who seek a more thorough understanding of ADHD and its treatment. He provides an especially thorough discussion of what has become a confusing array of medication options available to those for whom medical treatment is appropriate, and it is here that his book really shines. This is a thoughtfully written book by a gifted and dedicated physician who has devoted his professional career to the study of child and adolescent development and behavior and to the support of those individuals who meet problematic challenges academically and socially as they mature. I highly recommend this book.
4/14/22, Choice: This book was featured in a roundup of forthcoming titles in psychology.
6/21/22, Here’s To Your Health Podcast: Dr. Walter Karniski joined Joshua Lane to talk about the book.
6/22/22, Authority Magazine: Dr. Karniski was interviewed about the book and mental health.
7/16/22, Where Parents Talk Podcast: Dr. Walt Karniski was interviewed about the book.
7/26/22, ADHD Roller Coaster: An excerpt from the book was featured.
8/22/22, KATU-TV (Portland, OR): Walt Karniski, MD, talked about the book and shared what more can be done in treating children who have ADHD.
8/26/22 eHealth Radio Network: Eric Dye interviewed Dr. Walt Karniski about ADHD and key themes featured in the book.
8/30/22, The Executive Function Podcast: Dr. Walt Karniski discussed ADHD medications for children.
9/28/22, Kars4Kids: Dr. Walt Karniski was interviewed about the book.
10/19/22, Wellbeing Magazine: Walt Karniski wrote about ADHD medication secrets in this article.