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"Bendersky, Judith F (HSS)" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: January 4,
2008 8:10:33 PM EST (CA)
To: [log in to unmask]
Upcoming PBS Frontline Program - National Alliance on Mental
Year to all of you!! We wanted to alert you to an upcoming PBS
Frontline program that will air next week. Here is the pertinent
Presents The Medicated Child to Air on PBS January 8th
FRONTLINE will be airing a show titled, The Medicated Child, on
Tuesday, January 8th at 9:00p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).
Please Note: NAMI has not had an opportunity to view the
program in advance and did not provide any input into its content.
However, here is information FRONTLINE provided us with about the
program explores how 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. FRONTLINE
producer Marcela Gaviria confronts psychiatrists, researchers and
government regulators about the risks and benefits of prescription
drugs for troubled children. The biggest current
controversy surrounds the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Formerly
called manic depression, bipolar disorder was long believed to exist
only in adults, but, in the mid-1990s, bipolar in children began to be
diagnosed at much higher rates, sometimes in kids as young
as 4 years old.
FRONTLINE has launched a Web site where you can watch a preview of
the program and read a full description. Here is the link to the Web
Bryan Dague, Ed.D.
University of Vermont
Center on Disability & Community Inclusion
Mann Hall, 3rd Floor
208 Colchester Ave.
Burlington, VT 05405-1757
Email: [log in to unmask]
Phone: (802) 656-1345
Fax: (802) 656-1357
TTY: (802) 656-8499