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Are Kids Over-Medicated?





If your child is irritable, fidgety, doesn't pay attention, how do you decide if he or she needs a doctor's attention? Medications are being increasingly prescribed for kids with mental health issues - but how do doctors distinguish between kids just going through a phase and kids that are in need of drugs? As part of KPCC's special coverage of mental illness, we take a look at the increasing use of pharmaceuticals to treat mental illness in kids and ask whether or not that trend should change.

* Dr. Larry Greenhill, Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology at Columbia University and he is the incoming President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
* Dr. Lawrence Diller, a behavioral-developmental pediatrician practicing in Walnut Creek California for thirty years. He is on the clinical faculty of the UC San Francisco Medical School and his books include "Running on Ritalin" and "The Last Normal Child."

Hear different voices of individuals challeneged with ADHD at The New York Times.