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ADHD drugs

How Many ‘Medicated Kids’ Are There?

How many kids take medications for mental health problems in the these days?

It’s a simple question, and one I’ve been getting asked a lot lately as I’ve been interviewed about my new book, Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up, about coming of age on psychiatric drugs.

And I’ve been embarrassed to hem and haw and not to have a single, easy answer.

Because here’s the thing: There are a lot of piecemeal stats from...
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Antidepressants

Youth, Sex and (Psych) Drugs

If some particularly controlling parents knew psychiatric medications were likely to have certain side effects, might they purposely inflict such treatment on their children as a way of controlling some of their offspring's more unruly tendencies? Like, say, their kids' rampant youthful sexuality?

That was the dystopian scenario some readers posed in response to my last blog post about psychiatric medications and sexual side effects.

I have to admit, it struck...
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Antidepressants

Sexual Side Effects & Young People: Should We Worry?

Pediatrician and author Claudia Gold recently published a column about my book, Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up, over at The Boston Globe in which she highlighted an issue I’ve been meaning to address here for some time: Young people and medications' sexual side effects.

The drugs most famous for interfering in the sexual realm are the SSRI antidepressants, like Prozac and Zoloft, which can cause loss of libido and problems with...
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ADHD drugs

The Effects of Growing Up Medicated

In this blog, I have been writing about different facets of "the experience of medication" in young people who take psychiatric drugs for a variety of conditions.

I'm going to continue to do that, because there are many more topics I want to discuss (please feel free, as always, to make suggestions in the comments section if there are particular subjects you'd like me to write about).

However, if you'd like to read an account of...
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Drug Side Effects

Meds And The Perils of Fractured Care

There are times when taking psychiatric drugs makes me feel much older than I am, something a lot of my medicated peers tell me they've also experienced.

These last few weeks, I've been feeling prematurely aged, because I've been having lots of interactions with doctors, trying to figure out which of my various meds - if any - might be contributing to a weird resurgence of my depression, coming at...
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