One struggle counselors, parents, teachers and youth workers often face is how to think about and approach children who have a psychiatric diagnosis. Even within the mental health profession there are differences of opinion. Some professionals under medicate and under diagnose, and others do the exact opposite. Regardless of which camp we fall into, we can quickly fall short of knowing and understanding the child in front of us if we allow psychiatric labels to define children and determine their paths.
In her talk entitled, Psychiatric Disorders in Children, Julie Lowe encourages helpers to be wise and thoughtful.