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Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    Professional, well written book on an important subject

    I attended a book reading at Book Court and purchased this book. I am not in the mental health profession and have no prior association with the writer.

    I recommend this book highly. I have personal experience with this subject: two now grown-up kids using the class of drugs described in this book, one childhood friend who died of side-effects of anti-psychotic drugs, and I also swallow a Zoloft daily. If I had read this book before my kids started medication and therapy, the kids would have benefited, and I would have got a lot more out of my multi-hundred thousand dollar investment.

    What did I like about this book? First, I admire the journalistic professionalism of the writer. She points out that too much of the discussion of this topic occurs in the abstract, and that drugs too easily become a metaphor for something else. The subject tends to be discussed in a generalizing and polemical way. The writer has avoided this completely. Her observations are grounded on a mastery of the professional literature, and from the personal experience of the writer and her interview subjects. It is a nuanced, well-rounded treatment of the subject, and the work offers some good practical suggestions to parents and professionals.

    I hope people will read the book, but here are just some of the writer's insights that I found interesting and useful:
    - She talks about how important it is to explain the disorder and the treatment to the child, and how difficult it is to encourage children to take ownership of their own treatment. If this is not done correctly, the result is non-compliance or chaos (I've seen it).
    - At the same time that children know how to manipulate adults and game the system, they are very secretive, and often legitimately feel that therapy is an invasion of their privacy. (One of my children became an expert at lying to therapists).
    - The conditions of children change rapidly and it is difficult to arrive at one diagnosis. Since scientists don't really understand why some of these medicines work or don't work, the treatment has to be closely monitored and adjustments can be necessary. Let's admit it, it's just a process of trial and error. (One of my sons reached age 20 and his psychiatrist still couldn't pin down what his affliction was at all. It might be depression, it might be ADD, it might be anything... you get the idea).

    From a father and bill-payer's standpoint the writer also dances around another subject that is important. People, including professionals, do what they are incented to do. This is as true of the mental health field as it is for Wall Street. In this case, pharmaceutical companies, attorneys, psychiatrists and various flavors of therapists all make money delivering services "for the sake of the children," therefore ANYTHING they do is justified, so long as the child does not commit suicide without a signed waiver. Except for all the attorneys except one, I think that the professionals who treated my children were good-intentioned for the most part. However, in my experience there was no accountability in terms of demonstrating that the services had any positive impact. This is especially true of endless talk therapy, where the child can hone their skills in killing time and lying, without the therapist ever feeling any compulsion to report back that the treatment is not working. This is my opinion, not the writer's.
    Buy this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Um

    Um.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Cat

    I suggest you leave, Inkleaf, and read the posts at "Mistystar's Omen."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Wintermint

    Hi inkleaf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Willowsong

    Gtg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Graypelt

    Fallsafter hitting the tree and then falls on the ground while blood flows out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Inkleaf

    Thanks guys. I made them stop. That wasnt even my brother!! That was my exmate trying for revenge.

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