North Tokyo Counseling
Under 18s and Medication
This is an area that has garnered a great deal of differing opinions as to how best to work with clients who are minors and may require medication. A particular weakness of the current medical system is the prescription of psychopharmaceuticals to minors. While general practitioners and psychiatrists can prescribe, one must ask if this should be the norm. While doctors are highly qualified, typically, they do not have the training in psychology to make the appropriate assessment for psychopharmaceuticals. It is quite refreshing to see that a recent article in the Guardian highlighted how this might be a breach of medical guidelines. We would always encourage any parents considering medication for their child to make sure they are reaching out to the right people, primarily a psychiatrist or prescribing psychologist who will be able to make the best assessment for the child's needs and to follow up with appropriate therapy to maximize your child's opportunity for success.
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