Details for The psychiatric drugging of toddlers
NameThe psychiatric drugging of toddlers

Ethical Human Sciences and Services Vol. 2 No. 2 (2000). Editorial.

Prescriptions of Ritalin and of various antidepressants for children as young as two is on the rise, even though the drugs are not FDA approved for use in children, and, indeed, have been shown to have particularly severe adverse reactions in children.

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Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision. Methods for safely withdrawing from psychiatric drugs are discussed in Dr. Breggin's new book, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients, and Their Families.