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    Psychopharmacology with Children and Adolescents

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    Regarding the use of psychotropic medication on children and adolescents, who are still developing physically and cognitively.

    -Can you develop a reasoned argument in support of using psychotropic medications with children and adolescents. Please include the benefits to the child of supplementing this resource with counseling.

    -In addition can you develop a reasoned argument against the use of psychotropic medication with children and adolescents. Please include or identify at least one risk and negative side effect.

    -Lastly what is your position on the use of psychotropic medication with children and adolescents

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    (1) Can you develop a reasoned argument in support of using psychotropic medications with children and adolescents? Please include the benefits to the child of supplementing this resource with counseling.

    Studies suggest psychotropic medicines can be beneficial in terms of improving the emotional and behavioral health of children, but must be used with caution (www.aacap.org). Overall, as Mossman and Weston (2008) have noted; however, psychotropic drugs can be effective when used appropriately. Based on a manual provided as a guideline for administering psychotropic drugs to children and adolescents, " Research suggests that many youth benefit from psychotropic medications used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan" These treatment considerations may allow children or adolescents to remain in their residence,. They can also be beneficial as an added incentive for use with other treatment interventions and methods. According to Meltzoff & Blumenthal (1966), treatment methods such as drug treatment have replaced the degrading treatment of shock therapy and lobotomies, and policies and programs have been established to treat mental disorders (e.g. the day treatment center). They explain the day treatment center as designed to help those with emotional/ personality disorders to modify their behavior; and adjust to the community. Finally, a child who is difficult ...

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