A Simple guide and assessment on psychotropic medications for youth

Doing what you can to feel your best

The purpose of this guide is to help foster youth learn a healthy understanding of psychotropic medications. Young people in foster care have a lot of stressful things to deal with in their lives. Often they hurt inside. The hurt inside can be overwhelming and they may need extra help in understanding how to make sense of their feelings. These feelings are real and should be evaluated to bring a healthy lifestyle.

Teens who are sad and angry may feel better to talk with someone they trust, exercise, enjoy a favorite hobby, or just sit and clear their mind. Those who feel really bad or act in unexpected ways often need help from someone else. Sometimes, they need therapy and/or medication that can help them control their emotions and behaviors.

Much like when an athlete is hurt from an ankle sprain during a game they might do several things to feel better. They might get ice, avoid walking on it, take a pain reliever or see a doctor. In the same way, when you are hurt, you can take medication, avoid activities that make the condition worse, and/or look for positive activities that help you balance your emotions.

Inside this guide you will find 5 simple steps to understanding your emotions.

Here's a quick blurb from a youth who was hurting and now is feeling better.

Michael’s grades dropped when he changed schools. He had trouble sitting still and paying attention in class. Frustrated, he began skipping classes. With Michael’s input, his planning team developed a treatment plan of medication, meeting with a support group, and writing in a journal. Over time, Michael felt more relaxed and could focus better in school. He has started writing short stories and thinking about college.

Read more below about how to feel your best.

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