“Children’s antipsychotic use explodes”

The title says it all!  A study from British Columbia, reported in the Ottawa Citizen today, has found that the rate of antipsychotic drugs being prescribed  for children and youth in Canada has risen dramatically over the past 10 years.  Most frequent conditions for which drugs are being prescribed by doctors were depression, “hyperkinetic syndrome of childhood” – a grab bag diagnosis for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other disruptive behaviour disorders – and “neurotic disorders” such as anxiety.  Many of the drugs have not been tested or approved for use with children.   A very worrisome situation!

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1 Response to ““Children’s antipsychotic use explodes””


  1. 1 Joseph S June 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    And within the arrival of DSM 5, all sorts of potentially confused physicians will justify the use of the meds as off-label because no one seems to know the new labels or it’s an easy out.


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