The past 15 years have seen a 300 percent increase in the use of psychotropic medications for girls and boys under the age of 20, and prescriptions for preschoolers have skyrocketed.
A stellar group of authors from across disciplines explains this increase, questions the causes, and presents disturbing thoughts regarding this phenomenon, analyzing the risks medication creates for children.
While there are certainly extreme cases where drugs are the only option, medication, rather than psychotherapy and counseling, has transformed from last resort to the first choice for treatment. The experts who joined forces for this book take an in-depth look at the conditions that have led to "drugging our children," and stress how emotional, social, cultural, and physical environments can both damage and heal young minds.
The so-called medical model, one maintaining that psychological disturbance is genetic and thus requires medication, is challenged in this volume.
Contributors range from a pediatrician who has testified before Congress and been featured in a Time magazine cover story, to a top child psychiatrist who is an official for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, along with a well-known child psychiatrist, psychologists, environmentalists, and a public policy consultant.
This is riveting reading for all who care about the youngest members of society.
Among other issues, this work looks at controversy over whether psychiatric medications are safe or effective for children-and what little we know about their effect on still-developing brains-as well as the role of corporate interests in the increased use of psychotropics for children.
Chapters address the role of environment in both causing and curing disorders more and more often diagnosed in our youngsters: from ADHD, depression, and anxiety to eating disorders.
The core questions addressed by this sage group of contributors are these: Why are so many children being diagnosed with "psychiatric" disturbances and given drugs?
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