What are the social and psychological side effects of medication? How do medications affect child and adolescent development? Do they affect brain development; and if so, how? How do we make meaning of our medication experience?
We should be quite concerned not only about the effectiveness of psychiatric medicines. We should also concerned about the risks. For example, some have shown that anti-depressants may cause birth defects. The question is: are psychiatric medications safe? If you’ve experienced adverse reactions to medications, please consider reporting your experience on the website, RxRisk.org.
Selected List of published articles on this topic:
Longhofer, J., Floersch, J. & Okpych, N. (2010). Foster youth and psychotropic treatment: Where next? Children and Youth Services Review, 3(2), 395-404.
Longhofer, J., & Floersch, J. (2010). Desire and disappointment: Adolescent psychotropic treatment and adherence. Anthropology and Medicine. 17(2), 159-172.
Floersch, J., Townsend, L., Longhofer, J., Munson, M., Kranke, D., Faber, R., Thomas, J., Jenkins, J. & Findling, R.L. (2009). Adolescent experience of psychotropic treatment. Transcultural Psychiatry, 46(1), 157-179.
Longhofer, J., Floersch, J., & Jenkins, J. (2003). Medication effect interpretation and the social grid of management. Social Work in Mental Health, 1 (4), 71-89.
Longhofer, J., Floersch, J., & Jenkins, J. (2003). The social grid of community medication management. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 73(1), 24-34.