Rampant on the news both specific to the mental health community and delivered to the public at large, over-prescription of psychiatric medications has been developing as a major problem for several years. With scores of reports highlighting suspicious links between high-prescribing and endorsing individuals and pharmaceutical company payoffs, a growing mistrust of the eagerness with which some medications are prescribed is largely responsible for a surge in interest in noninvasive therapies such as psychotherapy. Over-prescription remains an issue in America and many parts of the world, however, and is especially disturbing in the case of children, who are often subjected to drugs that combat attention-deficit hyperactivity, depression, and other issues even when a clear need has not been established. In response to such activities, a conference on the psychiatric abuse of children has been organized this month for the venue of Syracuse, New York.
The conference will examine the ways in which children are subjected to needless drugs, and how these drugs create additional problems both during childhood and later on in life. Encouraging participants to take action against over-prescription in their own communities and professional fields, the conference is sure to inspire new ways to help families overcome uncertainty over medications when emotional and behavioral issues are present.
With the recent approval of an arsenal of anti-psychotic drugs, the need for more widespread understanding about the potential for harm presented by psychiatric drugs is steeply increasing. The conference welcomes both professionals and the public to attend, with the ultimate aim of educating and encouraging participants with straightforward and accurate information in the face of an industry that is not always perfectly honest.
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