Over 1/2 of Autistic Children take Psychotropics

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“… Absence of clear practice guidelines for psychotropic medication use in children with ASD” leads to a range of drugs for depression, anxiety, psychosis and hyperactivity, say the authors of an NIMH study of 1,420 children with an autism diagnosis. There are no drugs approved to treat the symptoms or causes of the disorder, but some suggest that “there has been a relative under-appreciation of psychiatric co-morbidity in individuals, especially younger individuals with autism spectrum disorders.”

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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