Medication and side effects

In this film, Dr Anwar explains medication and side effects to young people affected by parental mental illness. No medication that treats mental illness is perfect, but some are more ‘hit than miss’.


This film is part of a series of group discussions on parental mental illness. If you want to watch more from this collection, you can find them on the Resources section of our website.

Teachers/facilitators’ notes:

If you are using this film as part of a lesson or workshop, you might find the information below useful to support discussion.

Teaching points

This film may provide an opportunity to kick-start a discussion within a group of young carers, or raise awareness of the child carer’s perspective if shown to a group of health professionals or other adults.

Learning points

  • Medication is far from perfect, but the results can often be more ‘hit than miss’.
  • A good health professional will look at an individual’s symptoms, and aim to minimise the side effects.
  • The lifestyle ‘choices’ of the parent can become an added worry or responsibility for the child.

Duration of film

6 minutes, 03 seconds

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