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Please note: Being listed here is not per se an endorsement of any particular treatment modality, site or email list. I have included annotations for those sites or lists that I am familiar with and strongly recommend.

Medication Information

The Tourette Syndrome "Plus" site has a link to an NIMH guide to psychiatric medications at
http://www.tourettesyndrome.net/Files/NIMH%20-%20medications.htm

The Tourette Syndrome "Plus" site also has an excellent list of questions to ask about medications at
http://www.tourettesyndrome.net/Files/questionsforrx.htm

RxList:the Internet Drug Index has drug listings that include inactive ingredients (very helpful for those with allergies/sensitivities), as well as information on alternative treatments
http://www.rxlist.com/

Other sources of information on specific medications and drug interactions include http://www.PDRHealth.com, http://www.safemedication.com, and http://www.rx.com/
To also check drug/food interactions, see
https://www.aidsmeds.com/cmm/DrugsNewContent.asp

PharmWeb provides a variety of pharmaceutical information
http://www.pharmweb.net/
including the Pharmaceutical Virtual Library
http://www.pharmweb.net/pwmirror/library/pharmwebvlib.html 

For a helpful discussion of the recent FDA warnings about SSRI antidepressants, see
http://www.psycheducation.org/bipolar/FDAwarnings.htm

For a frank, useful and colorful (i.e., there's some off-color language) discussion of psychiatric medications, it's definitely worth taking the time to visit
http://www.crazymeds.org

Cognitive/Behavioral Treatment

Cognitive Therapy is an integral part of treatment for OCD.  The article "When Seeing Is Not Believing: A Cognitive Therapeutic Differentiation Between Conceptualizing And Managing OCD: A Prelude To Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques For The Treatment Of OCD" by Steven Phillipson, Ph.D. is a useful intro to CT
http://www.ocdonline.com/definecbt.htm

Alternative Therapies

Many people are interested in trying alternatives to medication. As a service, here are some links to sites with information on alternative therapies. Being listed here is not to be taken as being an endorsement of any specific treatment methodologies.

There is a good overview article on the scientific status of alternative treatments for ADHD at http://www.attention.com/library/articles/article.jsp?id=113&parentCatId=5&categoryId=33

Diet:  Research is starting to show that gluten- and casein-free diets may be helpful for kids with autism-spectrum disorders.  This site provides help and support for parents attempting to implement these diets.
http://www.gfcfdiet.com/

General information: The Handle Institute http://www.handle.org/

CAMRC, the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center at the University of Michigan, has a site with links to databases, journals, and other sources of information on alternative medicine
http://www.med.umich.edu/camrc/resources/overview.html

Herbal Remedies

Please note:  Just because something is "natural" doesn't mean that it is safe.  Some people have found supplements helpful, but they also have the potential to cause harm or have dangerous interactions with each other or with medications you may take.

The ADD site at About.com has a discussion of things to consider evaluating claims for herbal remedies.
http://add.about.com/library/weekly/aa111801a.htm
and has some discussion of alternative treatments at
http://add.about.com/cs/othertreatment/index.htm

PharmWeb has a section on alternative treatments at
http://www.pharmweb.net/pwmirror/pwn/pharmwebn.html

Daniel Amen, M.D. has written an article on choosing psychoactive supplements that also includes tips on helpful lifestyle changes at
http://www.brainplace.com/bp/supplements/default.asp

Interactive Metronome http://www.interactivemetronome.com/home/index.asp.  Includes a section on research at www.interactivemetronome.com/research

Neurofeedback: http://www.eegspectrum.com/ 
and an article on Commonly Asked Questions on EEG Neurotherapy
http://add.about.com/library/weekly/aa111701a.htm

For a good review of recent research, see http://www.helpforadd.com/2003/april.htm and http://www.helpforadd.com/2003/january.htm

Tomatis: http://www.tomatis.com/English/

Social Skills Training

Many of our children, especially those with autism-spectrum disorders (autism, PDD, Asperger Syndrome) or Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, need help learning the social skills that come naturally to most people.  Here are some sites that offer information on teaching this crucial skills.

Tony Attwood has information on books about social skills at
http://www.tonyattwood.com/bookson.htm

Many people find Carol Gray's books and videos on social stories helpful
http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger/socialcarolgray.html

Other Therapies

Music Therapy - you can find information about music therapy and resources for information at
http://www.coastmusictherapy.com

Books About Treatment

A Guide to Treatments That Work edited by Peter Nathan and Jack Gorman. Oxford University Press. An edited collection of articles by psychiatrist and psychologists about both psychopharmacological and psychosocial treatments, including information about research evidence of efficacy.

It's Nobody's Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and Their Parents by Harold Koplewicz. Times Books. This book discusses diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for ADD, OCD, separation anxiety, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, enuresis/bedwetting, Tourette Syndrome, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, conduct disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids: From a Leading Authority, an Essential Guide by Timothy Wilens. Guildford Publications, Inc.. A very good guide for anyone trying to decide whether or not to use medications for their child, including discussions of side-effects, trying new medication regiments, and psychotherapy.

A Symphony in the Brain: The Evolution of the New Brain Wave Biofeedback by Jim Robbins. Grove Press.

Last updated Tuesday March 29, 2005


"Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction."
       ~ Anne Sullivan (Helen Keller's Teacher)

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