Parents Guide to Psychiatric Medications
Should psychiatric medication be prescribed for a child? Only a parent, in consultation with a doctor, can makethat choice. Parents should be fully aware of the conditions that call for such medication and the appropriate drugused for treatment. Though a medication treatment plan for a child may not completely remove all symptoms of adisorder, at the very least, the child will experience a definite improvement in his or her day-to-day life. Long-term problems are minimal when compared to the continuation of a mental disorder.
Always get a doctor’s opinion first before providing a child with any medication, over-the-counter or otherwise.
Some of the disorders (and related symptoms) treatable with a prescription are:Sleep problems
Signs of this disorder for a pre-school child include sleep-walking, night-terrors, and insomnia, often coupledwith anxiety and a fear of separation from parents. The recommended medication is the hormone supplementmelatonin.
This disorder, often caused by a child’s general worry over school or other social situations, should be treated if itpersists after the age of five. The recommended medication is usuallyDDAVP (Desmopressin) tablets, asynthetic replacement for the natural antidiuretic hormone.