The Medicated Child Essay examples

1175 Words Jul 22nd, 2010 5 Pages
For me as a former worker in the medical field, who is coming from the other part of the world, the predilection for medicament over usage in the U.S. was always surprising. Therefore, I was expecting to see in this video issues about psycho-neurological side effects of overmedicated in somatically ill child. There were several memorable moments which impacted my mind. One of them was Jacob's story. It was sad to see how the persistent labeling with hyperactivity by preschool teachers took a 3 year old boy down to the pathway of a million American children, who were eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Most of these children were forced to take several strong antipsychotic drugs and mood stabilizers already in their …show more content…
In the sake of finding answer to my questions, I looked to recent publications which addressed the controversy regarding diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder among the children. I found some explanations in the publication of Erik Parents and Josephine Johnston entitled "Controversies concerning the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder in children" in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Mental Health, 2010;4:9. According to the publication, children in the U.S. are brought to physicians' offices more frequently for behavior problems leading to a more frequent diagnosis of bipolar disorder. In the U.S. there is also a higher rate accepted by the society and culture to use antipsychotic medication and mood stabilizers compared with other countries. In these countries the emphasis is put more on psychotherapy. My other question about non-pharmacological alternatives was reflected in the statement: the teaching children problem-solving skills and teaching their parents to reward positive child behavior, are costly and difficult to disseminate. Physicians and families seems to focus primarily or solely on medication in order to reduce the cost for psychotherapy and also to cut back their time of active therapeutic involvement. Finally, Parens and Johnston emphasized the evidence that the pharmaceutical industry plays a distressingly large role in shaping the interpretations and values

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