How Family Dynamics Shape Our Kids – For Better or Worse

The following interview is part of a cutting-edge series of video interviews called Parenting Today: Raising Strong, Resilient Kids being aired exclusively on Mad in America.

This series has as its aim educating parents about the current mental disorder paradigm as it relates to children. It also offers many useful tips about how to raise resilient children and how to become a more skilful parent. In this series of more than thirty interviews, we share information about the diverse resources available to parents, including alternative ones.

We hope that you’ll follow this important series. Mental health advocate Heather Juergensen hosts the interviews, each of which introduces you to an interesting guest speaking on a subject of importance to parents. We hope that you enjoy this series, benefit from it, and decide to alert other parents to its existence!

Our guest today is Sami Timimi. Sami is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with the National Health Service in the UK, and a Visiting Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Lincoln. He writes from a critical psychiatry perspective and has published many articles and books including A Straight-Talking Introduction to Children’s Mental Health Problems and Naughty Boys: Anti-Social Behaviour, ADHD, and the Role of Culture. He is a founder member of the International Critical Psychiatry Network and recently launched the No More Psychiatric Labels campaign to abolish formal psychiatric diagnostic systems.

Links of Interest

Sami’s Mad in America blogs
Sami’s books

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