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Friday, July 1, 2016

'Children who cannot keep quiet are being told they have brains so defective they require psychoactive drugs'

Non-academic children are likely to grow up thinking of themselves as failures or, increasingly, as sufferers from mental disorders, says the author of a new satirical novel about the ADHD epidemic

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

How we're misunderstanding medicated kids

The stereotypical medicated kid in America is wealthy and spoiled and retains a psychiatrist to guarantee him extra time on tests or to help process the emotional fallout of being neglected by high-powered working parents. In this formulation, rich kids have psychological problems, and poor kids have real problems. But the stereotype isn't accurate; the correlation is, in fact, the opposite. Children in poor families are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with emotional and behavioral problems and to be prescribed medication. Our national understanding of youth and mental health starts with an important mistake.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This new ADHD medication for kids comes in a fruity package.

Adzenys XR-ODT, an extended-release amphetamine, was released in May and is aimed at children 6 years and older with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. More than 11 percent of kids ages 4 to 17 have ADHD, and 75 percent of those children take medication, the CDC reports.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Anti-psychotic medication for children could have lasting effects, research suggests

Researchers have found evidence that medicating children with behaviour problems could have an impact on levels of depression, anxiety and hyperactivity later in life.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Antipsychotic Guidelines for Kids Still Largely Unheeded

Antipsychotic prescribing rates for children in foster care and for other Medicaid-insured children have leveled off following a period of rapid growth in the early and mid 2000s. However, guideline-recommended practices are frequently still not followed, new research shows.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Antidepressive treatment during pregnancy can affect newborn brain activity

A new Finnish study shows that fetal exposure to commonly used SRI drugs may affect brain activity in newborns. The researchers suggest that the effects of drugs on fetal brain function should be assessed more carefully. Furthermore, indications for preventive medication should be critically evaluated, and non-pharmacological interventions should be the first-line treatment for depression and anxiety during pregnancy.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What It's Like to Go on Antidepressants Before Puberty

When I was in elementary school, my two best friends were diagnosed with depression and given psychiatric drugs. They were both eight years old. At the time, I was weirdly jealous; I felt like they got more treats than me and the teachers gave them special attention. At one stage, I even made my mom take me to the doctor's, just to check that I wasn't depressed too.

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