Chapter 2
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Making Decisions about Psychotropic Medications

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The psychiatrist must obtain "informed consent" from the child's medical consenter before prescribing a psychotropic medication.

This means the doctor must give the medical consenter enough information to decide whether or not to consent for the child to have the medication. The doctor must also allow the medical consenter to ask questions. The process of understanding the risks and benefits of giving the medication to the child is a vital part of informed consent.