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Anti-Psychotic Drugs taken by Children have drastically Increased – Are all these kids Bipolar and Schizophrenic?

March 17th, 2006

Anti-Psychotic Drugs taken by Children have drastically Increased – Are all these kids Bipolar and Schizophrenic?

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A study reported that there was a huge increase in the amount of children taking anti-psychotic prescription drugs in recent years.  These drugs are often used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) as well as other behavior problems.  The problem is that the psychotic drugs have not been proven to work for a many of these children taking the drugs.  The study was first reported in the March-April edition of the journal Ambulatory Pediatrics.

Dr. William Cooper, a pediatrician with the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and lead author of the study made a statement of concern, "because it looks like these medications are being used for large numbers of children in a setting where we don't know if they work."


The study reports that the number of children that have been prescribed anti-psychotic drugs went up an estimated 2.5 million in 2002 compared to 1995.  In 1995 there was around 8.6 out of every 1,000 children that were taking anti-psychotic medication compared with 40 out of every 1,000 children in 2002.


Why the drastic increase in children taking these drugs?  The researchers believe that it correlates to the new drugs that came onto the market, Zyprexa and Risperdal.  These two drugs were marketed heavily.  Both Zyprexa and Risperdal are used for the treatment of schizophrenia and acute bipolar mania.  Both manufacturers state on the drug packaging that safety and effectiveness in children is not known.  The reason that some doctors are prescribing these medications is that children with ADD can have outbursts.  These drugs will calm a child.


The data that was studied was of children around the age of 13 years and were involved with an annual national health survey. The survey gave data of prescriptions that were given out at 119,752 doctor visits.  Using this data the researchers estimated the national statistics for the number of children taking anti-psychotic medications.

This study raises concern that both doctors and parents in the United States are possibly mistreating their children with inappropriate drug treatments. Possibly these children need therapy with a behavior therapist if they are not already doing so.  It would be interesting to see of those prescribed these medications how many had regular therapy.

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