To Medicate Or Not To Medicate? That Is The Question!

Season 5, Episode 43- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

It’s a hot topic question in the foster and adoptive community right now. Should I medicate my child? And if so, what medications are right? We’re discussing this on today’s podcast episode.

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We’ve all been down the medication route. Several times, in fact. We’ve learned what works, what doesn’t work, and what should be avoided altogether. Beyond that, we’ve also found helpful alternatives to medication. We fully understand this is a gray area in the foster and adoptive community, but on today’s episode of Honestly Speaking, we’re talking openly from all sides of this discussion.

Listen To The Episode.


Notes and Quotes From The Show.

Here’s a quick rundown of the points we cover in this episode:

  1. Why medications don’t work with certain disorders like FASD.
  2. Blackbox medications.
  3. The pros and cons of medicating your child.
  4. Alternatives to medications like diet and chemical-free ingredients.

Resources and Links.

During the show we talked about the release of Kristin’s brand new book, Born Broken, which chronicles our journey as parents raising a son with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

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In terms of resources for medications, our single recommendation, before placing your child on any medication, is to research the side effects, warnings, and reviews. You can do this by a simple Google search of the medication’s name + reviews + side effects.

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  • Excellent podcast! I tried to find where I could leave a review through iTunes and I couldn’t find it anywhere! I’ll keep trying 🙂

    • If you click on iTunes it will bring up a preview page before it loads the actual podcast page. There is a place on the podcast page to leave a review. For some reason it doesn’t allow it through the preview page.

  • Allisonm

    Good podcast. We waited nearly a year to medicate. Our therapist believed our kids might benefit. The first psychiatrist wanted to put my boys on stimulants, but I disagreed because of their already high anxiety and because of in-utero substance exposure. We waited and saw someone else who was focused on my kids’ history of trauma and placement disruptions. She described my children’s brains as having been on high alert for so long that they weren’t producing enough serotonin, etc., to keep ahead of all the stress hormones and recommended that we medicate to boost the well-being hormones so that our kids would have a better chance of benefiting from therapy.

    I follow good practitioners from office to office. We’ve had much better medical treatment from psychiatric nurse practitioners than from psychiatrists. I didn’t expect that, but it’s been consistently true for us. We are on our eighth or ninth psych doctor and the best three have all been nurse practitioners. So don’t rule them out if they have experience with kids like yours and come well-recommended. I’ve never encountered arrogance with any of them, but have been told by psychiatrists not worry my pretty little head about why they are choosing a course of treatment. We don’t go back to people like that.

    I had one PCP, upon examining my son for a concussion, tell me that since my son had suddenly gone from hyper and aggressive to lethargic and non-combative after falling and hitting his head, the doctor would just start lowering his psych meds, since I was getting what I wanted in my son’s new behavior. First, we don’t medicate for behavior. Second, the PCP didn’t prescribe those meds. Third, does my son have a head injury that needs treatment?? What could this doctor be thinking? I never found out. I took my son elsewhere.

    • Thanks Allison. Very glad to hear that you liked the episode.