What is a psychotropic drug?  A psychotropic drug is defined as a chemical substance that changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood or consciousness. These drugs are commonly prescribed for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. According to a study by Getahun and colleagues published in JAMA Pediatrics, ADHD diagnoses are increasing among the black youth. The study revealed that there’s a 70% percent increase in ADHD identification for black children and black boys are diagnosed with it more than any other group of students in the United States. ADHD is typically treated with medication to control or curtail the hyperactivity and pattern of inattention. It’s crucial that parents know the pros and cons of what their child is taking and not solely entertain the premise that psychotropic medication will only help their child behave better in school.

No home should be without “The Pill Book.” It is an illustrated guide to the most prescribed drugs in the United States. Basically, it’s a consumer’s guide to pills. The Pill Book has been trusted for over three decades by millions of people as it provides official, FDA approved information on over 1800 of the most commonly prescribed drugs with guidelines from leading pharmacists. It’s very user friendly and it lists: the generic and brand-names of medications, what each drug is for and how it works, contains dosage information and what to do if you miss a dosage, side effects and possible reactions, overdose and addiction potential of each drug and information for seniors, pregnant and breast feeding woman, children and people with special needs. The book is very important as not only black children but many children of all races and ethnicities are prescribed and taking dangerous psychotropic drugs. Parents should be well informed of aspects of medication that their child is prescribed because is some cases the risks of some medication is greater than the reward.