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Season 2001 Episode 04.10.01

Medicating Kids

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 10, 2001 on PBS
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In "Medicating Kids," FRONTLINE examines the dramatic increase in the prescription of behavior-modifying drugs for children. Are these medications really necessary--and safe--for young children, or merely a harried nation's quick fix for annoying, yet age-appropriate, behavior? FRONTLINE follows four Denver, Colo., families over the course of one year. From school complaints of disruptive behavior and parent-teacher conferences through multiple doctors, medications, and dosages, "Medicating Kids" offers an intimate portrait of how American families grapple with the decision to medicate their children and the stress such decisions place on the family. Viewers meet Nicolas DuPerret, barely three years old, whose doctor suspected he might have ADHD; Noelle Demo, 13, whose fidgeting and disruptive behavior resulted in poor grades and school suspensions; Alex McCarty, 12, whose ADHD was compounded by severe depression; and Robin Day, 16, who has endured multiple diagnoses, one hospitalization, and ultimately his parents' divorce.moreless
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