Researchers from Columbia University and other New York institutions found a dramatically increasing use of antipsychotics to treat ADHD and other behavioral problems in children and adolescence. “Only a small proportion of antipsychotic treatment of children (6 percent) and adolescents (13 percent) is for FDA-approved clinical indications,” says the lead researcher. The results, showing a seven-fold increase of antipsychotic use in children and a five-fold increase in adolescents, were published online yesterday in Archives of General Psychiatry.
Article → Olfson, M., Blanco, C., et al; “National Trends in the Office-Based Treatment of Children, Adolescents, and Adults With Antipsychotics.”
More Kids Taking Antipsychotics for ADHD: Study