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Children and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, children and adolescents handle medications differently than adults. The brains and bodies of children and adolescents are still growing and developing in complexity, and the younger the child, the more development still has to take place. Children’s livers, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tracts, which are involved in metabolizing medications, may also be at different levels of development and functioning in comparison to adults. Most medications were originally developed to treat mental health disorders in adults. Due to ethical concerns over testing the medications in children, most psychiatric medications have not undergone the rigorous testing necessary to gain FDA approval for specific age groups, diagnoses, and symptoms. Children are considered more vulnerable than adults and require parental or guardian consent to receive prescriptions as well as to enroll in clinical pharmaceutical research. Therefore, it tends to be more difficult and costly for drug companies to obtain approval for specific medications to treat the various mental health disorders and symptoms. Despite the relatively few medications with FDA approval, many medications are used to treat child and adolescent mental health disorders. When medications are prescribed for specific indications for which they have not received FDA approval, this is called “off-label prescribing.” Many of the medications used to treat child and adolescent mental health conditions are prescribed off label. Through research, scientists continue to learn the specific needs and precautions to take when treating children and adolescents. Some younger individuals may be more comfortable speaking with a mental health professional about their medications and any side effects, rather than the person who prescribed their medication. Hence, as a mental health professional, it is important for you to be familiar with child and adolescent psychopharmacology. By having some familiarity with the medications that are used in youth and their potential side effects, you will be able to help clients and their guardians understand when to approach the provider with concerns and how to discuss those concerns. This course covers a variety of psychiatric medications, including antipsychotics, stimulants, mood stabilizers, and others. You will learn about the unique issues surrounding psychopharmacology for pediatric populations, including common uses, side effects, and timelines for medication response.
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Children and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
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