Managing and Monitoring Psychotropic Medications

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Trauma is often called the “great imitator” since its symptoms can mimic those of mental illness. Children in foster care have all experienced the trauma of removal from their families, even if that removal keeps them safe. Many of them have experienced other trauma as well. Their trauma can lead them to inappropriate mental health diagnoses when they need to be treated for trauma instead. Use the chart below to gain an appreciation of the overlap between trauma and mental illness symptoms.

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