Are We Over-Medicating Our Kids?
December 2, 2013•9 min
According to a study by the CDC, one out of every five children is reported to use at least one prescription drug. Unacceptable? Or the norm?Over-diagnosing and over-prescribing our youth has turned into a big debate and national concern.According to a study completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every five children is reported to use at least one prescription drug.Some parents and health professionals argue that doctors are too quick to diagnose mental health disorders, such as ADD/ADHD, depression and anxiety in children. Alternately, others reason that diagnoses have provided much needed help. There are many factors that can influence a child's mental state, including environmental, nutritional and psychological elements. A child can also simply be a "late bloomer" and develop slower than other kids. Frank J. Granett is a board-certified pharmacist with 25 years of consultative experience, specializing in attention deficit disorder and psychiatric drug therapy. Dr. Granett discusses how over-medicating our kids has become not just a problem, but an epidemic. He also debates the pros and cons of medication and alternative measures that can be used instead.