April 1999 - Volume 2 - Issue 4
Health Issues: Questions To Ask About Psychiatric Medications For Children And Adolescents
Provided by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Facts For Families No. 51 (11/95)
Medication may be an important part of treatment for some psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Psychiatric medication should only be used as one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Ongoing evaluation and monitoring by a physician is essential. Parents should be provided with complete information when psychiatric medication is recommended as part of their child's treatment plan. Children and adolescents should be included in the discussion about medications, using words they understand. By asking the following questions, children, adolescents, and their parents will gain a better understanding of psychiatric medications:
Treatment with psychiatric medication is a serious matter for parents, children and adolescents. Parents should ask these questions before their child or adolescent starts taking psychiatric medication. Parents and children /adolescents need to be fully informed about medications. If, after asking these questions, parents still have serious questions or doubts about medication treatment, they should feel free to ask for a second opinion by a child and adolescent psychiatrist.
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