3 thoughts on “Can We Medicate Away Childhood Bullying?

  • June 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    “Psychiatric Symptoms” are not equal to a psychiatric disorder. Depending on reports from.teachers and parents without conducting a thorough clinical interview of the child and family is irresponsble. Too many children are prescribed psychtropics on the basis of.too little data.

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    • June 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      You make a good point about this particular study. They used a high cut-off mark on the scale of symptoms so that only children who scored very high (above 85%) screened positive. But there are other studies showing higher rates of, for example, ADHD diagnosis, among bullies. And not all kids who are prescribed medications necessarily have an assigned disorder – or they technically have an assigned disorder that the clinician only puts down for the purposes of insurance reimbursement.

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  • July 6, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Proactive (initiatory) aggression usually is no illness — it is plain evil. It’s a shame that the victims of aggression are being medicated who are only trying to defend themselves. The answer is teaching (early) in school what constitutes what — and stigmatizing one over the other.

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