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Is Early Intervention Worth It?

On this blog and in my new book, Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up, I explore young people's experiences with medication. And oftentimes, by exposing their ambivalence, even their resentment, toward their treatment from an early age, I end up implicitly questioning the value of early intervention for mental illness.

So in honor of the American Psychological Association's Mental Health Month Blog Party Day, I want to address the question of whether I think early intervention...
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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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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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Adherence

If I Don’t Take My Meds, I’m A “Completely Different Person, A Scary Person” – A Reader’s Experience

A little while back, I asked readers to share their experiences with medication. CJ, who first took medication at age 12 and is now 21, was kind enough to write in. At 12, CJ had self-harmed and was suicidal, which was the initial impetus for drug treatment.

Some medications have helped with those tendencies, some only exacerbated them - a controversial topic I've addressed in previous posts.

Eight years later, mood swings and sleep...
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Antidepressants

30 Years Later, Still Unsure What To Think: A Reader’s Experience With Antidepressants

This reader's story presents an interesting perspective, because he took antidepressants 30 years ago, before many of the current psychotropics were on the market, before psychiatric drugs were as commonly prescribed as they are now and, especially, before they were prescribed as often to children and teens.

It's also interesting because he was hospitalized fairly soon after his symptoms showed up. He's agreed to...
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