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Disability Studies
DST 500
Jijian Voronka

DST500 – Wk. 7 – Readings Notes and Questions Medicating Amanda (Waters) 1. List 5 things that Amanda and her family faced after she was deemed mentally ill. • No consent to actually come into the school and do the screening on these children • Parents were not allowed to see her or speak to her for 5 months – isolated • She spent a total of nine months in a state psychiatric hospital and residential treatment facilities • Placed in restraints and medicated against her will and without her parents’ consent • Over medicated – given 12 drugs, sometimes simultaneously • Told that she would be allowed to go home sooner if she took her medication • In the past, drug companies sold their new products to doctors through ads, articles, etc. and to consumers through TV ads, etc. • Starting in mid-1990s, companies targeted large public systems like state mental hospitals, prisons, and government-funded clinics • TMAP – Texas Medication Algorithm Project – it called for the newest, most expensive medications to be used first in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression in adults Psychiatry And Modern Science (Santa Maria) 2. What does Allan Frances, designer of DSM 4, think might happen as a result of DSM 5? • Risk for severe mis-diagnoses or general diagnoses…rise in diagnosis • Overmedication • If you diagnosed a lot of people, you wouldn’t be able to treat most of them • Treatment was over-prescribing medication • This was good for pharmaceutical companies • Little things could be looked at as a big things – a temper tantrum would be diagnosed • Listed are 10 items that have been changed from DS
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