In this WGBH video, Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic, discusses the disturbing effects of psychotropic drugs prescribed for children. Such medications, used for ADHD, depression, anxiety, etc., have become commonplace over the past 30 years. This practice profoundly alters the lives of the children. Now we, as a society, urgently need to address this question: do the medications help the children thrive and grow up into healthy adults? Or does this practice do more harm than good over the long-term. Robert Whitaker emphasizes two things:
- the need for an objective, evidence-based approach to evaluating these drugs
- the need for better public understanding of how these medications work.
Click here to watch. Recorded June 15, 2010. 51 minutes