One-quarter of Ohio-area Children With Down Syndrome Are Being Prescribed Psychotropics


The odds of a child with Down syndrome being on a psychotropic medication increase steadily with age, according to a study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. By the time they are teenagers, about 25% are taking one or more psychiatric drugs.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center researchers examined health records from 2010 to 2013 for 832 children with Down syndrome, aged 5 to 21 years, being served at a large pediatric academic medical center in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana area. They found that 17% of children aged 5 to 11 were being prescribed one or more psychiatric drugs, and 25% of children aged 12 to 21 years were taking one or more. The most common drugs were CNS stimulants, atypical antipsychotics, SSRI antidepressants, and alpha-adrenergic agonists.

Downes, Alison, Julia S. Anixt, Anna J. Esbensen, Susan Wiley, and Jareen Meinzen-Derr. “Psychotropic Medication Use in Children and Adolescents With Down Syndrome:” Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, May 2015, 1. doi:10.1097/DBP.0000000000000179. (Abstract)

Study examines psychotropic medication use in children, teens with Down syndrome (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center press release on MedicalXpress, June 8, 2015)


  1. Absolutely no one is safe anymore from psychiatry and the drug companies.

    We are allowing them to drug our most vulnerable groups in society and are doing nothing about it. How did that saying go…”When they came for the Jews I said nothing for I was not a Jew……” it goes on through all the groups that the Nazis murdered and the last line goes something like this…..”and when they came for me there was no one left to speak out for me……”

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    • So true, what’s going on in the US today is almost exactly what was going in Nazi Germany pre-WWII. I was originally drugged for being disgusted by 9.11, having scary dreams of a WWIII, due to iatrogenic and real life interpersonal issues.

      And others are now concerned about the same things, I came across this in a Christian forum email I got today.

      Check out the video about the Pope’s warning, and I’m not a Catholic.

      But I am a former ethical bank president’s daughter, with a business degree, who knows when the evil bankers and corporations take over a country, psychopathic corporate evil will prevail. And this is where the US is today.

      Thomas Jefferson warned us of the evils of the federal reserve bankers and the corporations that would surround them. This country’s been taken over, and will be destroyed. The humans all have to work against these evil corporate entities, and the societally and biblically predicted evil ‘one world order.’

      “In God We Trust” was put on our money for a reason. What’s going on in this country is wrong, and we have the same historic evil ones in charge of this country today, that were financing the Nazi’s during WWII.

      We need to get all others to wake up, it’s not just about psychiatry’s crimes today, it’s about the fact only evil governments give psychiatrists power, historically. And this is true today, too.

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  2. As the damage is invisible , no one can see it. Only those who have experienced the drugs know the horror.

    There are few survivors of the drug empire.

    The doctors (that prescribe the drugs) have been conned into believing they are helping/fixing people. The doctor thinks they must do something to help their patient. Doing nothing is sometimes a hard thing to do.

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