Caring for a Child Who Takes Psychotropic Medication

Children in foster care—especially those who have experienced trauma—often require mental health treatment. For many, that treatment involves prescriptions for psychotropic medications. Psychotropic (pronounced “sike-oh-trope-ick”) medications affect a person’s mind, emotions, moods, and behaviors. Examples include psychostimulants such as Adderall® and Ritalin®, antipsychotics such as Seroquel®, and antidepressants such as Paxil® and Zoloft®. Psychotropic Medications and Children in Child Welfare

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