By Sharna Olfman
Over the decade, the variety of young ones clinically determined with bipolar illness has elevated as much as fortyfold. this can be a development specific to the USA, and one who, alarmingly, results in many of the clinically determined children―some nonetheless of their infancy―being prescribed antipsychotic medicines, usually together with anticonvulsants. those periods of gear have harmful unwanted effects, together with a doubling of mortality premiums, shortened lifestyles span, severe weight achieve, and kind II diabetes. during this e-book, psychologist Sharna Olfman leads a workforce of widely recognized specialists who research that fabulous upward push within the prognosis of pediatric bipolar illness, relatively within the absence of any compelling proof for both the validity of the standards getting used to diagnose it or the protection and effectiveness of the medicine getting used to regard it. while a toddler is unnecessarily prescribed antipsychotic and anticonvulsant medicinal drugs, his or her psychological and actual overall healthiness can be irrecoverably compromised, says Olfman. With as many as two-and-a-half million kids from around the socioeconomic spectrum now taking antipsychotics, now we have set the level for widescale baby abuse.
The individuals to this revealing and annoying quantity comprise psychiatrist David Healy, one of many world's top professionals on psychotropic medicinal drugs; pediatrician Philip Landrigan, an across the world well known overall healthiness researcher; and Robert Whitaker, an award profitable clinical journalist. The individuals determine and clarify complicated and interrelated elements that experience set the level for the pediatric bipolar epidemic, and so they suggest perform and coverage adjustments to stem the tide of misdiagnosis and hazardous drug prescriptions.
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We can all relate to trying hard and then failing. I strive with passion and energy to shift professional and public thinking about children, psychiatric diagnosis, and drugs. It takes extra time from my life, especially 38 BIPOLAR CHILDREN from my evenings and weekends. I get paid for very little of the work I do in this arena. But I don’t stay awake for ninety-six consecutive hours thinking, planning, and working on my passion. I don’t believe I am on speaking terms with President Bush, or even with Oprah.
Bipolar Children: Cutting-Edge Controversy, Insights, and Research (Childhood in America) by Sharna Olfman