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Labeling, Medication, Co-morbidity and Child Mental Health

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:10pm

I spoke over the phone this week with Scott Shannon, MD who has published a new book, "Please Don't Label My Child."   Scott is a former president of the American Holistic Medical Association and a practicing child psychiatrist in Colorado.  We talked about the potential dangers of labeling and how therapists and pediatricians often miss important information.  This lead to a discussion of how co-occuring problems (co-morbidity) is crucial to understanding what's going on with a person, and also how the pharmaceutical industry has promoted overuse of medication to solve childhood mental health problems, including ADHD and Asperger's.

You can listen to today's podcast by clicking on the MP3 link below:

Download ShannonPodcastMP3.mp3 (10mins20secs; 2.54MB)

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