Foster Kids' Place to Hope: Agency Aims to Reduce Meds


"Strattera, Remeron, Risperdol, Wellbutrin, Seroquel, Depakote, Trilyptal and Abilify," Gabby says. "The doctors didn't even ask me if I was okay taking the medicine, did not explain to me what it was for. I just took them."

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At Maryhurst, though, Gabby built a strong relationship with the staff psychiatrist and together, they decided to reduce her medication.

"We decided to try taking me off of them to see how I would do and I did fine. I started acting myself again," she says. "After I was off the medicine, I was happier than I've ever been in my life."

Off the medication, Gabby also began losing weight – and is now nearly 100 pounds lighter than she was when she entered Maryhurst. She's also been adopted and is now focused on graduating from high school next year.

Back at Maryhurst, Jeremiah continues his treatment with Crowley. They meet once a week. Given the choice, Jeremiah says he'd rather talk to Crowley than take his medications. Why? "Because I have lots of fun," he says.

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