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.
I worked so hard to get parents to see their child’s perspective. The child’s anxiety had become unbearable, and the parent needed to bear part of that burden with patience.
What I couldn’t fully see until it happened to me, was the larger burden placed on the parents.
When I was a child psychologist, I took pride in calling a spade a spade. Nobody left my office without an accurate diagnosis. Then I had my own child with autism, and I wimped out, too.
Brain, Child Magazine
Why did I swing into action when my child had autism, rather than doing my best to connect with him? All I can figure is that it was easier.