Thursday, August 9, 2012

Rapid Rise Seen in Antipsychotic Prescriptions for Children and Teens with ADHD

By Join Together Staff | August 8, 2012 | 4 Comments | Filed in Mental Health,Prescription Drugs & Youth

Antipsychotic treatment has increased rapidly among young people in the United States, with much of the increase coming from prescriptions for disruptive behavior disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Reuters reports.

In the Archives of General Psychiatry, the researchers report that antipsychotic drugs are prescribed during almost one in three visits children and teenagers make to psychiatrists in the United States, an increase from one in 11 in the 1990s.

Most of the antipsychotics are not prescribed for conditions approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In children and teenagers, antipsychotics are indicated for irritability associated with autistic disorder, tics and vocal utterances of Tourette syndrome and bipolar mania, and schizophrenia.

Researcher Dr. Mark Olfson, of Columbia University in New York, found that about 90 percent of antipsychotic prescriptions written during office visits between 2005 and 2009 were “off label,” or prescribed for a condition that has not been approved by the FDA. The article notes the effectiveness of antipsychotic drugs for ADHD is uncertain. The drugs are associated with weight gain and diabetes.

“There is very little question as to whether these drugs are being prescribed in kids much more than they used to,” Olfson told Reuters. He added he hopes parents will ask doctors more questions about antipsychotics, and whether there are othertreatment options, such as parent management training, to reduce aggressive and disruptive behavior in children.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to learn more about this. As a child I was put on ridlin for a short period of time. The depression was to much so I was takken off of it. Now after my divorce my son was put on some other drug for adhd because he was being disruptive in class at school. I was outraged to here that and that they had tied my sons chair to the table away from all the other kids in the back of the room. Well now I don't know what to do that was over a year ago and I was not informed until after the fact. I am supposed to be apart of the decision make process in anything that affects my son, but that doesn't seem to happen. Well that is my pet peeve.