In this day and age, we seem to increasingly medicalize mental disorders and their treatment, even in very young children. I believe this has significant repercussions in a child’s development, when parents turn to a psychiatric drug as the sole remedy for their child’s concerns. While no parents wants to see their child suffer needlessly, medications have become the “go to” treatment despite the efficacy and greater safety of other treatments.
I’m pleased to welcome you to Autism, Asperger’s and Beyond, a blog by Diane Yapko, MA. Diane is a speech-language pathologist who for the past 30 years has specialized in working with the pediatric population in the areas of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental and neurological disabilities. After listening to her speak on attention deficit disorder at a recent professional conference, I thought she’d make a great addition to the Psych Central Blog Network. I found her approach down-to-earth, grounded in immense common sense, and easy to understand. I think you will too.
Please feel free to read more about Diane’s background here. And please give her a warm Psych Central welcome in the comments below.