Dosed by Kaitlin Bell Barnett

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Cogent and thoughtful, Barnett argues that we need a great deal more research on the long-term impact of psychotropic medications on children’s mental and physical health, but also on their self-perception.
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Over the last two decades, we have seen a dramatic spike in the number of young people taking psychiatric medication--but, despite a heated debate on the issue, we haven't heard directly from the "medicated kids" themselves. In Dosed, Kaitlin Bell Barnett, who was diagnosed with depression as a teenager, weaves together stories from members of this "medication generation, exploring their experiences at home, in school, and with the psychiatric profession. For many, taking meds has proved more complicated than merely popping a pill, as they try to parse their changing emotions, symptoms, side effects, and diagnoses without conclusive scientific research on how the drugs affect developing brains and bodies. While negotiating schoolwork, relationships, and the workplace, they also struggle to find the right drug, deal with breakdowns, decide whether they still need treatment at all--and, ultimately, make sense of their long-term relationship to psychotropic drugs.

The results of what one psychopharmacologist describes as a "giant, uncontrolled experiment" are just starting to trickle in. Barnett shows that a lack of ready answers and guidance has often proven extremely difficult for these young people as they transition from childhood to adolescence and now to adulthood. With its in-depth accounts of individual experiences combined with sociological and scientific context, Dosed provides a much-needed road map for patients, friends, parents, and those in the helping professions trying to navigate the complicated terrain of growing up on meds.
 

About Kaitlin Bell Barnett

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Kaitlin Bell Barnett is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in numerous national and regional outlets, including the Boston Globe, New York Observer, Parents, and Prevention. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband. This is her first book.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Beacon Press. 249 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by PW on Feb 20 2012

Cogent and thoughtful, Barnett argues that we need a great deal more research on the long-term impact of psychotropic medications on children’s mental and physical health, but also on their self-perception.

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Beacon Broadside

Excellent
Reviewed by Beacon Broadside on Apr 12 2012

With its in-depth accounts of individual experiences combined with sociological and scientific context, Dosed provides a much-needed road map for patients, friends, parents, and those in the helping professions trying to navigate the complicated terrain of growing up on meds.

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Good
Reviewed by Dad of Divas on May 18 2012

As a parent who has struggled with a child that does have some issues with mental illness this book hit home.

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Outnumbered 3 to 1

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Reviewed by Manda on May 21 2012

Unlike most books regarding this topic, DOSED comes straight from the heart of the Medicated Generation.

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Lille Punkin

Good
Reviewed by Linsey on Apr 28 2012

The best characteristic of this well-written book is that it broaches a subject that may be seen as taboo.

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Love, Life, Family, and then some

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Reviewed by Haley on Apr 21 2012

I thought this book was interesting read and I think Kaitlin brings attention to an issue that more people need to be aware of.

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Children Health Wizard

Good
Reviewed by Admin on Apr 14 2012

The time to pay attention to this problem is now. Reading Bell Barnett’s book is a good place to start.

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