Parents' Corner Wednesdays: Should I allow my child to take medication for his or her mental health or not?
To give my child medication or not to give my child medication? That is the question....
Well parents, this is a huge and very complex question. The only advice I'd give is consult with your child's psychiatrist. Ask questions and share your concerns. Allow the psychiatrist to provide education concerning the medication and his/her reasoning for prescribing that particular medication. If your family's decision is to allow your child to take medication, make sure that its taken as prescribed. Also, observe and ask your child how he/she feels while taking the medication. Then, report to the psychiatrist the effects of the medication on your child both subjectively and objectively.
The following is a story of an airman who was courageous enough to share his story concerning his family's decision to allow him to take medication for his ADHD.