Children and Psychiatric Drugs

Decent Essays

The issue that I choose to do my term paper on is, Children and Psychiatric drugs. It is shown, over the years, to be an increase in diagnosis of psychiatric issues in children causing medications to be prescribed. It is a concern if there are more children being misdiagnosed, underdiagnosed, or over-diagnosed. This concern comes from United States having a significant increase in children psychiatric diagnosis and there are some areas within the United States that have an even higher diagnosis rate. According to Docksai (2013),
Prescriptions for the antianxiety medications Xanax, Ativan, and Valium saw respective increases of 29%, 36%, and 16% from 2005 through 2009. Prescriptions for Risperdal grew by 45%, and prescriptions for the anti-depressant Cybalta skyrocketed 237%. A of 2011, one of every Eight Americans, including children and infants, was on a psychiatric medication. (p. 2).
The medications that are being used include anti-consultants, stimulants, anti-depressants, and mood stabilizers. These medications can overused or misused due to finding what works for each child. Here lies a huge ethical dilemma that is very personal to me. According to Parens & Johnston (2011),
About one in five adolescents has symptoms of a psychological disorder...both the number of children diagnosed with a psychological disorder and the number receiving medications have risen dramatically in recent years….The ethical concerns are numerous and varied, whether these

Get Access