Psychotropic drugs should be neither the first choice nor the last choice in treatment for the behavioural and emotional disorders in children. The physician needs to keep in mind that the child is a developing individual, whose subjective symptoms may not indicate mental illness as clearly as adults’ symptoms may. As a result, the physician’s decisions about treatment are usually based on the assessment of the ecological system of the child (home, school, neighbourhood).
Musculoskeletal problems are Canada’s leading cause of long-term disability. In the general population, they are among the most frequent chronic health conditions, reasons for seeing a doctor, and reasons for using prescription and nonprescription drugs. Just over 10% of office visits to general practitioners and family physicians are attributable to these disorders.