Psychiatric Drugs and Children
Looks at the practice of using psychiatric drugs to treat children with mental illness and examines the controversies surrounding this practice.
# 46394 | 1,590 words | 6 sources | APA | 2002 |
Published on Jan 11, 2004 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Therapies) , Medical and Health (Drugs) , Child, Youth Issues (General)
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This paper presents a detailed exploration of children and the use of psychiatric drugs. The writer examines the use of these drugs in children, their purpose, and their outcome. The writer also discusses the fact that some people feel drugs are used too often and too early in the management of children's behavior and emotional health.
From the Paper:"Years ago the field of mental health was reserved for adults. Adults suffered from depression, adults had anxiety, and adults had stress levels that sent them to the therapist. For many years children were believed to be immune from mental health needs. It was believed that their lives were simple and carefree and they had not yet experienced enough heartache to need therapy. This was before the medical community and the mental health community worked together to determine that many mental health issues are biologically based. Children began to be diagnosed with mental health illnesses such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and others. In addition the age old childhood disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, was still on the forefront of childhood disorders. When it became accepted that children do suffer from various mental health disorders it was not long before the same psychiatric drugs that were formerly reserved for adults, began to be prescribed for children. Within the last two decades the number of children being placed on psychiatric drugs has increased."
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