I was amazed to learn that almost 25% of these kids are on prescription medication. Can it be that we are over medicating teens?
I am not counting birth control pills in this count. (All sexually active teens should be on the pill or another reliable form of birth control). I'm also leaving out medication for asthma, allergies, or acne. The medications that 23% of the teens took were:
I fear the pendulum for using pharmaceutical medications to treat teen angst or teen hyperactivity may have swung way too far.
Being a teenager is one big mood disorder. It doesn't need to be medicated away.