'The Rights of Children and Parents In Regard to Children Receiving Psychiatric Diagnoses and Drugs'
Peter R. Breggin,
Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Private Practice of Psychiatry, Ithaca, New York, USA
Children & Society Volume 28, (2014) pp. 231-241
"Based on the author's extensive clinical, forensic and research
experience, this article addresses the scientific and moral question of
whether it is ever in the best interests of a child to be given a
psychiatric drug. The focus is on the diagnosis Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and stimulant drugs, and on the diagnosis
Bipolar Disorder and antipsychotic (neuroleptic) drugs.
The conclusion is that we should work towards a prohibition against
giving psychiatric drugs to children, and instead focus on safe and
effective alternative ways of meeting the needs of children within their
families, schools and society."
c2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and National Children's Bureau.
Keywords: children, mental health, rights.
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