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Your Child in the Balance

In a reader friendly approach chock full of stories, Your Child in the Balance teaches parents & professionals alike how to approach the decision to give psychiatric medicine to a child.

Your Child in the Balance: An Insider’s Guide for Parents to the Psychiatric Medicine Dilemma is currently available at and The second edition, Your Child in the Balance: Solving the Psychiatric Medicine Dilemma will be available from WW Norton in the Spring/ 2012. See what people are saying below!

Your Child in the Balance is also available in Chinese.


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"...The best resource I've run across on the use of psychiatric medications in children and adolescents is Dr. Kevin T. Kalikow's 'Your Child in the Balance'...sophisticated enough for clinicians but was written for parents; encourage parents to read it..."

- H. Steven Moffic, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Clinical Psychiatry News
February 2008

....a wonderful book...a huge gift to moms and dads..."

- Gloria De Gaetano
Director of Parent Coaching Institute

“Your Child in the Balance is a superb and much-needed guide to the complex world of psychiatric medications for children. Dr. Kalikow delves deeply into a subject that is usually only superficially addressed. He discusses both the science and the psychology of medications, and gives parents both the knowledge and the guidance they need to make the right decisions. I could not recommend this book more highly. Truly a brilliant work.”

- Edward Hallowell, MD, Best Selling Author of Driven to Distraction

“Your Child in the Balance is a wonderful book. It provides parents with much needed, scientifically sound and wise advice on psychiatric medications for children and teenagers. It will help parents navigate the important decisions about what treatments are safe and effective for their children.”

- Harold S. Koplewicz, MD
President, Child Mind Institute and author of More than Moody

“Kalikow’s book provides the helping hand that most parents need…Your Child in the Balance is a thoughtful overview…The warmth and readability of this book makes Dr. Kalikow’s wisdom easy to absorb.”

- Judith Rapoport, MD
Author of The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing
Chief, Child Psychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health

“Dr. Kalikow has written a 'must read' book for parents, teachers and the therapists who work with children. Unlike the usual 'cookbook' or 'one size fits all' approach, he assumes that thoughtful, intelligent parents can use the numerous illustrative vignettes he provides to decide for themselves when psychiatric medication is the treatment of choice for any particular patient either alone or as an adjunct to other therapies, whether psychodynamic, behavioral, or family therapy. Never dogmatic nor patronizing, he asks…When should medication be considered, and for what condition? Has the medication been established as safe? What are the benefits and…side effects?…The book is replete with…clearly written explanations of brain function, and important research findings regarding the efficacy of psychotropic drugs. I plan to use [Your Child in the Balance] in teaching psychiatric residents and medical students and shall offer a copy to every parent who wonders whether his child is a candidate for medicine.

- Clarice J. Kestenbaum, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Past President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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