Medication for Mental Health Problems in Children and Young People

Mental health and behaviour problems are complex and often need a combination of treatments that may include the use of medication. This interactive tutorial introduces the basic forms of medication used for treating mental health problems in children and young people.

The resource explains which symptoms are likely to respond to medication alone, and which are likely to need additional therapeutic approaches. It includes a brief introduction to ADHD medication, antidepressants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics and mood stabilisers, supported by a case study and self-test questions. Allow approximately 15 minutes to work through the tutorial.

This resource was developed by Dr Paramala Santosh, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Head of the Centre for Interventional Paediatric Psychopharmacology (CIPP), Maudsley Hospital, and a Visiting Reader at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. It was created as part of MindEd: a free collection of over 260 online tutorials to help all professionals who work with children and young people identify and understand mental health issues. 

Simply click on 'Enrol' below to access this resource, or click 'View course' if you are returning to view it again.