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Can you discuss your beliefs and values about the use of psychotropic medications. Consider whether your beliefs about their use vary according to age and/or diagnosed disorder. Are there cultural factors to be considered?

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(1) Can you discuss your beliefs and values about the use of psychotropic medication?

Studies suggest that psychotropic medicines have advantages and disadvantages. For instance, anti-psychotic medications are appropriate in treating some disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. Drugs can also be life-saving for people with General Anxiety disorder (GAD), and depression that are often treated with antidepressants. These drugs can be valuable in helping to control and/or reduce symptoms associated with these psychiatric diseases. The main problem with using psychotropic drugs is within tendencies to abuse prescription medications that could be addictive and dangerous. However, as studies show psychotropic medicines are taken for the purpose of improving the emotional and behavioral health of adults, children or adolescent, who has been diagnosed with a mental health condition (A guide... child and adolescent psychiatry, 2012).

(2) Consider whether your beliefs about their use vary according to age and/or diagnosed disorder.

Age can be a factor in the prescription and use of drugs. For example, based on the research, psychotropic medications can be over and under prescribed for children and adolescents. For adults in addition to these two factors, there is always a potential to not take meds, which could have a detrimental effect on health and recovery. Overall, there is evidence that psychotropic drugs can be effective when used appropriately. The primary concern for ...

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-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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