Is this an evidence-based practice? What does the scientific literature say?
with Robert Whitaker (Pulitzer Prize finalist, recipient of 2010 Best Book Award of the Investigative Reporters and Editors for Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America)
When: Tuesday Feb 26, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Unitarian Church of Vancouver 949 West 49th Ave, Vancouver
During the past 30 years, prescribing psychiatric medications to children and adolescents— stimulants, antidepressants, antipsychotics and others—has become commonplace. This practice profoundly alters their lives; as a society, we need to address these questions: do the medications help children and adolescents thrive and grow up into healthy adults? Or does this practice do more harm than good over the long term? To answer those questions, it is necessary to review the outcomes literature for stimulants for ADHD, for antidepressants, and for bipolar medications. We will need to understand how psychiatric meds act on the brain, and whether they fix “chemical imbalances.” This will be an informative and provocative event.
With introductory remarks by Janet Currie, PharmaWatch Canada, Prof. Barbara Mintzes, the Therapeutics Initiative at UBC, and Dr. Tony Stanton, Adult and Child Psychiatrist.
Admission is free. (a collection will be taken to support the UCV Service Fund which promotes social, mental and physical well-being)
This evening made possible by a grant from the UCV Service Fund
Download brochure here Medicating_children_and_adolescents.pdf