Science for the Public, June 15, 2010. Robert Whitaker, Author of Anatomy of an Epidemic and Mad in America.
During the past 30 years, the prescribing of psychiatric medications to children —stimulants, antidepressants, anti-psychotics and others— has become commonplace. This practice profoundly alters the lives of the children, and so now we, as a society, urgently need to address this question: do the medications help the children thrive and grow up into healthy adults? Or does this practice do more harm than good over the long term. In this talk, we will review the outcomes literature for stimulants for ADHD, for antidepressants, and medications for bipolar disorder.
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