Number of Children Diagnosed with Psychiatric Diseases on the Rise
Drugs have become increasingly popular for treating the seven to 12 million American youth suffering from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders. Full Focus explores the current treatments in
Why this increase in childhood psychiatric diseases? Are pills being over-prescribed and what might be their long term effects? This week in San Diego, some 4,000 psychiatrists are discussing these issues with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Host Gloria Penner asked two distinguished members of the Academy about child psychiatry.
- Dr. Adelaide Robb , child and adolescent psychiatrist with the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
- Dr. Steven R. Pliszka , chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.