Should Children Take Antipsychotic Drugs?

Sensitive and heated debates continue amongst the medical community, caregivers, school officials, and peers as to whether or not it is beneficial or ethical to prescribe antipsychotic drugs to children.  Studies have shown that children can develop worsening symptoms after taking antipsychotic drugs, thereby leading to newly developed illnesses.  On the other hand, studies have also shown some benefits as well.  I’d like to know your thoughts.  What do you think? How young is too young? Should the doctor be treating the symptoms, not just the diagnosis?

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12 thoughts on “Should Children Take Antipsychotic Drugs?

  1. Wow, this is a really difficult question. As Harlon stated, antipsychotic drugs should never be the first option especially where worsening symptoms can arise, only until every other option has been exhausted would I be willing to consider it. I do believe that non-pharmaceutical measure such CBT (or other forms of therapy) empowers you in the long-term and gives you the tools to learn how to cope with mental health but in cases that are extreme or you know that immediate help is required, maybe it might be something to consider. It’s a case-by-case situation and I don’t think it can be easily summed up. As to my own feelings, I don’t know if I would want any kids that I may have to rely on medication at a young age which they might regret it later. I would try to have an honest discussion with the children and see how they feel about it as well.

  2. I think you are asking a very important question. It’s hard for me to answer because I don’t have children, but I do, in principle, think that whenever possible non-pharmaceutical interventions should be pursued and explored first. If they don’t work, then there’s nothing wrong with tapping into what Science and Technology is able to do to improve our mental and physical health, I just don’t think it’s the short-cut answer, but I would never shame anyone who has explored other options and pharmaceuticals work. It’s a thin line, and I am glad you raised awareness and are promoting dialogue on it. You rock! Hugs, Harlon

    • bravingmentalillness says:

      Hi Harlon, thanks for your feedback. I agree with your opinion in that medications might need to be prescribed on a case by case basis, as each child is unique. As a mother, mental health advocate, and someone who has learned to work through my mental illnesses, I think it’s an important topic to discuss. I can see the benefits of natural and pharmaceutical interventions. Although research brings facts to this discussion, I brought this to light because I wanted opinions and thoughts from the community. I’m a firm believer the community brings just as much value to the table as medical professionals. There are circumstances that require the children’s parents to inform the school and teachers that the child is on an antipsychotic medication. The reason being is to ensure the child is not punished for behavior he or she can’t control. On one hand, this is a good thing. On another, this could creat biases, impatience, and isolation of the teacher does not have the appropriate skills, desire, or acuity to work with the child. I’m turn, creating stigmas and unfair treatment towards the child. Thanks for the kind words and your contribution. Hugs to you!

      • I really like where you are going with this; encouraging community engagement. I think there so many perspectives, and if we elevate them as you have, then we can have a good discussion. Pharmaceuticals have kept me alive and sane, but then again so has mindfulness, meditation, art therapy and the list goes on. I think to make progress on this topic is for open minds, such as your beautiful open mind, to foster debate and discussion. You are wonderful! Hugs right back at you, Harlon

        • bravingmentalillness says:

          Thank you Harlon and yes I’d like engagement to receive feedback and bring about even more social awareness. There’s always room for more learning in everyone’s mind. I agree, a multidisciplinary approach has saved me. Thanks again lovely 😊

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