Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday #MentalHealth #MythBuster: My Child Cannot Be Medicated For Mental Illness

#Children As Young As Young As 5 Years Old With Mental Illness Can Be Medicated

#Medications Are Recommended For People With Mental Health Disorders

#Medications Are Used Alone Or In Conjunction With Psychotherapy

#Medications Of A Certain Type May Be Given For Acute Symptoms & Others For Chronic Symptoms

#If A Parent Or Caregiver Is Concerned About Medications Being Recommended For Their Child They Can Speak To A Child Psychiatrist Or Their Pediatrician First

#A Child Should Never Be Medicated Without The Consent Of Their Guardian

#Medications Should Be Taken Regularly & Typically At The Same Times Each Day

#Psychiatric Medications Have Side Effects That May Feel Worse Than The Benefits Of Taking Them But They Should Not Be Abruptly Stopped Without A Practitioner’s Knowledge

#Remember: If A Person Feels Suicidal Even While Taking Psychiatric Medications, Seek Emergency Help Immediately!



Asha, Licensed Mental Health Specialist

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