Monday, March 11, 2013
Is Antipsychotic Use with Children Out of Control?
Psychotherapy Networker, is about the surprising amount of off label use of powerful, side effect prone anti-psychotics with children and adolescents.
The article is titled The Anti-Psychotic Epidemic. It's short, so I'll let it speak for itself except for one stunning fact:
These powerful medications, according to data from a large national survey published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, are prescribed by psychiatrists to a third of the children they see.
An option to medication could be counseling. If I were a parent of a troubled child, I'd want to consider it, possibly along with neurofeedback. I'm not trying to generate business for myself with this post - I don't work with children. I'm also not a physician - I don't prescribe medications. In this post, I'm just a person who's concerned.
Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
Upper West Side Psychotherapy