Overuse of Anti-psychotic Meds in Children

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Overuse of Anti-psychotic Meds in Children
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Thu, 05-26-2011 - 12:59pm

Here is a link to an article in Time about how children in institutionalized care are receiving anti-psychotic meds for conditions that the medications are meant to treat: http://healthland.time.com/2011/05/26/why-children-and-the-elderly-are-so-drugged-up-on-antipsychotics/?hpt=Sbin

It's very sad if the meds are being prescribed to keep the children more manageable, and am glad that the pharmecutical companies are being held accountable for it.

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Sat, 06-04-2011 - 7:54am

I know someone doing student work learning to be a social worker. Nursing homes want her because of her background - she knows a lot about psych meds. She was disgusted because they use them to control behavior - to make them sedate - not because they have a problem requiring the psych meds.

However, I cannot blame the people involved with either the elderly nor with the children. It is "the system" which is at fault. The workers want to be safe. The sytem is not set up to find what really ails the children and treat each individual child in a collaborative meaningful way. So which need a medication and which don't? Which need a different med? which need emotional therapies? And which type of emotional therapy? Which need diet change? Which need supplements? And the system is set up to pay for meds - not everything else.


www. It's Not Mental .com


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Mon, 06-06-2011 - 9:36am
Very good point about the system being at fault.