FDA drug approved for treating irritability in autism

Well the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have officially approved the medication Abilify for children with autism displaying irritability. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I know for some children or individuals with autism, medication can show significant improvements. Dr. Temple Grandin, a well known author, diagnosed with autism states in her book that she really needs her medication just to feel normal. I am just concerned that we have become a society that is too quick to prescribe a medication for every ailment. When all other options are exhausted, medication might be the next step, but without ruling out the possibility of other causes first, you are just putting on a band aid without actually healing the wound. However, at this point being that the exact cause of autism is unknown for certain, I suppose anything is worth trying.

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