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Author Bell Barnett, Kaitlin, 1983-

Title Dosed : the medication generation grows up / Kaitlin Bell Barnett.

Imprint Boston : Beacon Press, c2012.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    616.8918 BEL    DUE 06-01-20 Billed
Description xxv, 222 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-222).
Contents Difficult kids -- Playing a role : the medicated kid -- School interventions -- Early rebellions -- Something new? -- Breakdowns -- Side effects -- Complicating factors -- Reassessments.
Summary "Over the last two decades, we have seen a dramatic spike in the number of young people taking psychiatric medication--but, despite a heated debate on the issue, we haven't heard directly from the "medicated kids" themselves. In Dosed, Kaitlin Bell Barnett, who was diagnosed with depression as a teenager, weaves together stories from members of this "medication generation, exploring their experiences at home, in school, and with the psychiatric profession. For many, taking meds has proved more complicated than merely popping a pill, as they try to parse their changing emotions, symptoms, side effects, and diagnoses without conclusive scientific research on how the drugs affect developing brains and bodies. While negotiating schoolwork, relationships, and the workplace, they also struggle to find the right drug, deal with breakdowns, decide whether they still need treatment at all--and, ultimately, make sense of their long-term relationship to psychotropic drugs. The results of what one psychopharmacologist describes as a "giant, uncontrolled experiment" are just starting to trickle in. Barnett shows that a lack of ready answers and guidance has often proven extremely difficult for these young people as they transition from childhood to adolescence and now to adulthood. With its in-depth accounts of individual experiences combined with sociological and scientific context, Dosed provides a much-needed road map for patients, friends, parents, and those in the helping professions trying to navigate the complicated terrain of growing up on meds"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Mental illness -- Chemotherapy
Mentally ill -- Psychology
Psychotropic drugs -- Side effects
ISBN 9780807001349 (hardback : alk. paper)
0807001341 (hardback : alk. paper)

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