Sometimes psychoactive medication can work wonders with agitated young clients in the throes of a psychological emergency. But psychiatrist Robert Hedaya, an expert in alternative psychotherapy and founder of the Whole Psychiatry methodology, is concerned with how little we know about the effects of meds on the brains of children and teens.
Robert Hedaya on the perilous tendency to overmedicate children.
In this brief video clip, Robert uses the example of a troubled young client to explain why medication shouldn’t always be our first line of defense. “Medicating children is a huge experiment,” Robert says. “We’re dropping chemicals into kids’ bodies, and we don’t even have any long-term studies to show results. That’s a big problem.”
In the Networker Webcast series Meds: Myths and Realities, Robert shares an alternative view to conventional psychopharmacology for treating conditions like depression, anxiety, and ADD.