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Medications: For Better or Worse? – Shrinking It Down

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Topics: ADHD, Mental Illness + Psychiatric Disorders

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Many parents of kids struggling with a mental health issue have concerns – even fears – about medication as a part of treatment. Will it help? Will it hurt? What are the side effects? Today, Dr. Tim Wilens, chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, joins Gene and Ellen to talk about prescribed medications, and other substances used recreationally to ease symptoms: How they can help, how they can harm, and how to know when medication should be considered for your child or teen. Plus, a closer look at medications for treating ADHD. 

Thank you for joining in this conversation. Have a question or comment about medications and mental health? Write to us! 

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Episode produced by Sara Rattigan
Music by Gene Beresin
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Gene Beresin

Gene Beresin, Executive Director

Gene Beresin, M.D. is executive director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a ...

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Ellen Braaten

Ellen Braaten, Contributor

Ellen Braaten, Ph.D. is a contributor to The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hos...

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