8 Things You Need To Know Before Giving Your Child Psychiatric Medication

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8 Things You Need to Know Before Giving Your Child Psychiatric Medication


Medication has been an important part of the complex process of taking care of my son. I credit one psychiatric medication with getting him out of his bed and into the kind of mischief you’d expect from a 4-year-old, like appearing on top of the refrigerator. I blame another medication for temporarily turning him into a dozing Eeyore.


3 thoughts on “8 Things You Need To Know Before Giving Your Child Psychiatric Medication”

  1. Hi, I am a parent of a fun and talented, yet challenging 14 year old with autism. I found this site after reading your article about not using the term high functioning for autism any more. I identify with your concerns, especially about perceptions of my son’s challenges. Teachers are rarely trained to understand how to handle challenging learners, and it is a constant challenge for the me to help them to see the potential in my child. I read another article from this site about medication. In it you say “If you’ve read this far, you have enough concerns about your child that you’d try anything to make it better. Even if you have to take some risks. Keep in mind that it’s just as risky to avoid a researched, regulated treatment that might help your child because of your own fear.” As both articles deal with a common symptom of autism, anxiety, I was wondering if you might have traveled the path that I have, and found a lot of helpful information in natural alternatives to medication? Please understand that I am not anti-medication. I do feel though that supplementation has much to offer and is always my first effort, as medications have side effects which occur, most often because they are not natural. Specifically with anxiety, I have found L-Carnosine and L-Theonine helpful in controlling the frequency and severity of incidents. I know the medical community is dependent on expensive studies of their medications, but the lack of funding for studies of natural alternatives leaves a parent with the choice of just trying alternatives based on limited information and anecdotes. Despite these limitations I feel that my efforts have paid off in the health and happiness of my child and I would not hesitate to encourage other parents to research and try alternatives.

    1. Thanks for reading and exploring the site. Having started as a professional and then become a parent, I’m coming at this from a different direction. I started with a lot of trust and respect for my MD colleagues, based on experience with my patients and their parents. Now that I’m the parent, I still trust them. We have tried and do use some supplements and vitamins, but only with our psychiatrist’s advice.

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