The best number of medications for anyone to take is zero. When zero is not a realistic option, we will work together to identify your choices and weigh the pros and cons. You can expect me to recommend medications that are safe, supported by evidence, at the lowest possible therapeutic dose, with a goal of experiencing no side effects. I work with everyone involved, including children at a developmentally appropriate level. Even children as young as 5 or 6 years old can acknowledge a difficulty with their feelings, thoughts, and/or behavior and give meaningful agreement to take medicine.
When I prescribe medicine, I expect that the need is temporary. To ensure this, I will help you or your child gain skills that will gradually reduce or replace the need for that medicine. The only standing exception to that is ADHD, an illness where research has established that no currently available intervention can replace the benefit of medication. If you or your child already have a good therapist, I will collaborate with that provider to achieve your goals.