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Season 2008 Episode 01.08.08

The Medicated Child

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 08, 2008 on PBS
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The Medicated Child
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In recent years, there's been a dramatic increase in the number of children being diagnosed with serious psychiatric disorders and prescribed medications that are just beginning to be tested in children. The drugs can cause serious side effects, and virtually nothing is known about their long-term impact. "It's really to some extent an experiment, trying medications in these children of this age," child psychiatrist Dr. Patrick Bacon tells FRONTLINE. "It's a gamble. And I tell parents there's no way to know what's going to work."moreless

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