- Prescriptions and Foster Care
Are We Overmedicating Kids in Foster Care?
Ret. LCSW, PhD
Excellent, well documented story, Dawn. Thank you for avoiding the sensationalism-language that too often comes along with stories on this topic.
The work you are doing on behalf of foster children is very important and necessary.
I would like to add just one point. Although almost all children in foster care suffer from some type of psychological trauma, many also suffer from very severe inherited (genetic) mental disorders, e.g., ASD, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, and multiple comorbidities. Due to the severe, extreme nature of their symptoms, some of these children require unconventional treatments. As a retired MH professional having worked with many such children, I have seen many who were helped by neuroleptics and polypharmacy. The key, as you appropriately note, is thorough diagnosis and close monitoring of those medication regimens.
City Limits readers who would like to learn more about action to reduce excessive psychotropic medication of foster children in New York and elsewhere may want to visit childpsychdrugsafety.org.
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