Risks of Mental Health Drugs

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Risks of Mental Health Drugs for Our Youth

Rapa Barsel
Prof. Stephen Webber
ENG 215048VA016-1142-001

February 15, 2014

Although there is a considerable amount of children with mental health disorders, more research and stricter regulations are necessary to investigate the diagnoses and the overuse of prescribing mental health drugs to our children. In our current age of advanced technology, medicine is also advancing. Although, these advances can detect many illnesses earlier on, they may not be an accurate diagnosis for minors. Thousands of children are prescribed antipsychotic drugs without proper medical assessments. I have a two and half year old son and I would not be willing to put him on any mental health drug unless I was absolutely certain it was necessary. These mental health drugs can cause suicidal thinking and behavior. It can also lead to an altered personality, or lack thereof. These drugs can be harmful to brain and physical development in younger children.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General (2000), as many as 1 in 10 American children and adolescents a year have “significant functional impairment” as a result of a mental health disorder. The trends in administering psychotropic medication to young children are on a rise in the U.S. Since psychotropic medications are substances that affect brain chemicals related to mood and behavior (NIMH, 2009). These trends have caused a great deal of debate. All parties without an economic agenda agree that there should be more research and education in the treatment and assessment of mental health illnesses.
Currently, many people are in agreement that mental health drug regulations for minors should be monitored more closely and that more research is needed about the effects of these drugs in younger children. The National Institute of Mental Health recognizes that more needs to be…...

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