Definitions of Terms Used in This Training (Cont'd):

  • Psychotropic medications are prescribed to treat psychiatric disorders. In other words, they are medicines used to treat mental or serious behavior disorders.  They are also referred to as psychoactive, psychotherapeutic, or psychiatric medications. 
  • Non-Pharmacological Interventions are options that don't include medicines.  They include any psychological and social therapies and behavior strategies offered to the child or youth. Non-medication interventions are specific methods a caregiver can use to help a child or youth manage behavior. In other words, non-pharmacological interventions are methods to manage behavior without the use of medicines. This may include therapy and counseling.