Why Talk With the Child About Psychotropic Medications?
The child should have a say in the decision about taking psychotropic medications as he or she gets older and involving them in these talks from early on is helpful. However, you should always make the final decision based on what is best for the child. Here are some more reasons to involve the child in all discussions:
- It helps the child feel more in control and builds trust in the relationship.
- It may help make the treatment more successful.
- It helps the child learn to make medical decisions as an adult.
Remember: The court may allow 16 or 17 year old youth to consent to
some or all of his or her own medical care.