The Prescriber in Context

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GORDON HARPER
Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, USA

ABSTRACT DESCRIPTION

As pharmacotherapy has come to play a larger part in child psychiatry, discussions of new findings may give impression that the only relevant relationship is that between the pill and relevant circuits in the patient’s brain.  But both patient and prescriber are embedded in contexts.  These contexts are framed by development, by how symptoms and treatments are understood, and by relationships among patient, significant others, and treaters, including relationships among treaters. In this presentation these contexts will be reviewed, along with their implications for treatment.