psy·​cho·​tro·​pic | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈtrō-pik \

Definition of psychotropic

: acting on the mind psychotropic drugs

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psychotropic noun

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There have been psychotropic drugs administered to children in detention without parental consent. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Celebrities Are Urging Ivanka Trump to Do Something About the Border Crisis," 7 Aug. 2018 In this capacious and rigorous history of psychopharmacology, the psychologist and writer Lauren Slater says that doctors don’t really understand how psychotropic medications work or how to assess if a patient needs them. New York Times, "8 New Books We Recommend This Week," 8 Mar. 2018 Another 17-year-old says she has been placed on numerous psychotropic medications for which ORR has not received the consent of her grandfather, who is her closest U.S. relative. Graham Kates, CBS News, "5 immigrant children file complaint over detention, alleged forced medication," 2 July 2018 Another plaintiff is a 12-year-old boy who has also allegedly been forced to take psychotropic drugs and and has no legal counsel to assist him with regard to the drugs or his detention. Graham Kates, CBS News, "5 immigrant children file complaint over detention, alleged forced medication," 2 July 2018 The complaint alleges the U.S. is detaining immigrant minors in overly restrictive detention centers, denying their release to family members or other custodians and improperly medicating the minors with psychotropic drugs. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Border-Detention Practices," 29 June 2018 Children incarcerated in the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas say they have been forcibly injected with strong psychotropic drugs. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "The Trumps Don’t Care," 22 June 2018 This held up when the researchers excluded data on patients who were taking psychotropic drugs—ones that intended to alter a mental state. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Common drugs have depression as a possible side effect—a third of us take them," 15 June 2018 Her attorney, Bradley West, said Webber has an ongoing conflict with her psychiatrist, who wants her to take psychotropic medication. Clifford Ward,, "DuPage judge cites lack of progress by mom who killed daughter and is seeking release from state mental health facility," 31 May 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of psychotropic

: having an effect on how the mind works


psy·​cho·​tro·​pic | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈtrō-pik \

Medical Definition of psychotropic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: acting on the mind psychotropic drugs



Medical Definition of psychotropic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a psychotropic substance (as a drug)

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