Medicating children for ‘psychosis’

This very insightful article from the NY Times explores the consequences of labelling a pre-school child with behaviour problems with severe mental illness. This US view is disturbing, from the ease of which anti-psychotic medication is prescribed off-license, to the pharmaceutical company who supplied promotional building bricks to use in the waiting room.

In the US, the idea of a Health Visitor is unknown. To me, it’s the first place to refer a parent and child with difficult to sort behaviour. I suspect it is also cheaper and safer.

4 Responses to “Medicating children for ‘psychosis’”

  1. Health Anonymous September 7, 2010 at 5:30 am #

    I think children with behavior issues are sooooo difficult to deal with that people just give up on them and go for the easiest/simplest solution.

  2. 1971thistle September 7, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    I am always concerned that people who have difficulties with their children seek a label for the problem to rationalise the issue and convince themselves that they are not to blame (and perhaps assuage guilt for not spending enough time with them).

    However, the problem with getting the label, be it bipolar, ADHD or whatever is that once the label has been attached it stays attached, and almost predetermines a course of treatment, including psychiatric medicines.

    While I know I paint with a broad brush, I think many treatments come about because of parental guilt as much as any problem on the part of the child.

  3. taylor t December 3, 2010 at 3:05 am #

    if these children really do have a psychotic disorder then, yes, they should be put on medication. it is not fair for them to be depressed all the time because they can’t think straight. that’s how suicide happens and other horrible things. they should be able to have a normal life too. the parents are not selfish for wanting their child to be normal

  4. oprogramowanie March 4, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Same słowa uznania należą się autorowi za tak ciekawie przedstawiony temat.