PsychBytes for September 25, 2018
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Questions about Medications for Children and Adolescents

Maura L Rouse, PsyD, HSPP

Many children and adolescents are prescribed medications for a variety of reasons, including anxiety, ADHD, behavioral problems, and depression. Some medications are prescribed by pediatricians, while other children see pediatric psychiatrists to prescribe their medications. Regardless of the prescriber, guardians should be aware of the medications their children take and the potential side effects (positive and negative). As psychologists and counselors, knowing where to find information for families to help them answer their questions and to prepare them for their discussions with their prescriber is needed as part of the care we provide. A useful resource for learning questions guardians might want to think about, such as potential effects of combining medications, can be found on The Child Mind Institute’s website (https://childmind.org/guide/parents-guide-to-children-and-multiple-medications/).
 
Contributor:
Maura L Rouse, PsyD, HSPP
Clinical Psychologist
Riley Hospital for Children
Indiana University School of Medicine
 
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