Letters: Nov. 24, 2003

Medicating Young Minds

"People need to stop depending on medications to fix all their problems. It is scary to consider the effects that drugs are having on kids." KELLY ROSS Alma, Mich.

I'm glad that TIME has written about the disorders that affect so many children and teenagers [Nov. 3]. Lots of people refuse to acknowledge childhood mental illness, but it does exist. I am 17, and no fewer than 14 different medications have been prescribed for me in an attempt to control my depression and other mental problems. I have often been worried about the long-term effects of many drugs...

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