I recently read a disturbing New York Times article that shared data that showed that as many as 180,000 kids under the age of two are taking some kind of mood stabilizer or psychiatric medication. In fact 83,000 of the prescriptions for these kids under two were for Prozac.
Today I’m talking to my friend and colleague Dr. Larry Rosen, who is a pioneering integrative pediatrician and founder of the Whole Child Center. He’s the author of Treatment Alternatives for Children, and is the Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at New Jersey Medical School and serves as medical advisor to the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center in Hackensack.
Listen in as we discuss the overprescription of our kids, plus what actually might be going on, and how Dr. Rosen helps his patients and their parents through what can be a scary, difficult time.
“It’s much harder for the kids and the parents to change their diet and their sleep patterns and their exercise than to try the pill.” – Dr. Larry Rosen
- Recognizing the difference between overprescription and what’s going on with kids
- Advice for parents who are unsure whether they should pursue medication
- The importance of gather information before prescribing
- The effects of food on these issues
- What practices he prescribes: mindfulness, meditation, and yoga
“Whenever medication is considered, if it’s done in the absence of all these environmental approaches then it’s never the right solution.” – Dr. Larry Rosen
- Why schools are integrating health
- How long to wait before you prescribe
- The importance of having a follow up plan
- Resources for families to look into
- The difficulty of parenting
- Read the New York Times article about mood stabilizers in children
- Learn more about the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center
- Read my book ADHD Alternatives
- Learn more about the Center for the Contemplative Mind in Society
- Read The Mindful Teen
- Let the American Academy of Pediatrics help you find a doctor
- Connect with Larry:
“We need to be role models for our kids not to be perfect, but to take care of ourselves.” – Dr. Larry Rosen