Don't Do Drugs! Here take this.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Black Children Less Likely to Get Pain Meds in ER

Black children seen in the emergency department for abdominal pain are less likely to receive pain medication than white children, according to a new study.

Black Children Less Likely to Get Pain Meds in ER


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Drug Trials Neglect Children: New Study


Drug Trials Neglect Children: New Study

Drug trials tend to ignore child patients who account for a larger proportion of overall disease burden and instead focus on adults, according to new research presented Saturday.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

You've Put Your Kids on Psychiatric Meds -- Now What?


Two years ago, I wrote a column for The Huffington Post arguing that American society needed to stop bickering about whether or not kids were "overmedicated" and should, instead, listen to the people best positioned to comment on the subject - the generation of young adults now in their 20s and 30s who spent their formative years taking the controversial drugs in question.


You've Put Your Kids on Psychiatric Meds -- Now What?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Oregon to Focus on Drugs Used to Aid Foster Kids

Oregon continues efforts to ensure the most appropriate use of psychotropic medications in the child welfare system. Based on this progress, the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority announced Friday that Oregon has been chosen as one of five states that will be part of a national pilot project focused on improving use of medication among children and adolescents in foster care with mental and behavioral health needs.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Growing up drugged

Growing up drugged

For the first time ever, millions of today's adults were raised on psychotropic medications. What does that mean?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A change of mood towards drugging kids

That was our initial reaction to stunning revelations that children as young as five are receiving counselling, and in some cases drugs, to combat the apparent early onset of mental health issues. 

You Knew This: ADD And ADHD Over-Diagnosed

What the public and even experts suspected is now supported by representative data collected by researchers at Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum (RUB) and University of Basel: ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, has been over-diagnosed. New studies show that child and adolescent psychotherapists and psychiatrists have tended to give a diagnosis based on heuristics and unclear rules of thumb rather than adhering to recognized diagnostic criteria. Boys in particular are substantially more often misdiagnosed compared to girls.

You Knew This: ADD And ADHD Over-Diagnosed