Starting psychotropic medications: engaging patients and families in the process
Parent Medication Guides: The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) have developed Parents’ Medication Guides to help individuals make informed decisions about treating mental disorders in children and adolescents.
Child Mind Institute is a resource for patients and parents regarding a variety of mental health topics. In their article, “Questions to Ask a Doctor Prescribing Medication to Your Child,” they provide tips for minimizing side effects and getting good results.
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- Sparrow, 2008 What To Expect From The Doctor Prescribing Psychotropic Medication. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/medicatedchild/parents/