The state of Minnesota has recently noticed that there has been a tremendous rise in prescribing psychiatric drugs for adolescents. The reason why it is such a big deal is because doctors that lack of specialized training are the ones prescribing the medication for kids that may not even need it. Psychiatric drugs are not something you should be taking because you think you MIGHT need it. You need to talk to a professional Doctor who knows that they are doing and go from there. In this case, doctors in Minnesota are very desperate and they do not know what to do for children that are struggling. So they prescribe them medications to the individual who may not even need psychiatric drugs.
They are now starting up a program in which they are going to have medical providers, to give Family doctors, or pediatricians’ advice on what to do with the young individual. Doctors are now going to need to go through consulting psychiatrists for advice. If the doctors do not take the advice from the psychiatrists, and prescribed drugs to the patient, they will not get paid for doing so. This service is recommended for doctors to use for patients with private insurance. Mainly, the whole purpose for this is to make sure that the children who seem to be struggling get the right help and the right medication. If medications are not necessary for the patients, it can really affect their brain. It has been such a problem for Minnesota that they felt the need to start this program.
Personally I think this is a great idea and it will benefit most families. In my personal experience, I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was around 6 years old. And I had taken Adderall, Ritalin, and a couple other medications to try and help me with my ADHD behavior. When I was in the 9th grade, I felt like a little kid and I did not want to take the medication any more. Throughout my whole freshman year in high school, I did not notice any signs of ADHD. So I continued to stop taking it. I started using drugs my Sophomore year in high school all the way up until I was 18 years old. I thought that I had grown out of the whole ADHD phase and it was only there for my childhood days. I am now 8 months clean and the ADHD seems to be ten times worse than it ever was. I feel that the medication was needed for me this whole time. I am now on Vyvanse , and it has really been helping me. Personally I do need ADHD medication.
What I am trying to say is that, most medications only work if you are taking it for the right reason and if you really need it. If you do not need it, and are taking it, it can make everything worse and do the exact opposite of what it is supposed to do.