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Antipsychotic use among US young people has risen sixfold

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1407
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Between 1993 and 2003 the number of prescriptions of antipsychotic drugs to children and teenagers in the United States increased sixfold, reports a study of prescriptions written during visits to doctors' and psychiatrists' practices. Psychotherapy was little used, it found.

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    The increase in prescriptions of these drugs to young people is thought to be due to the availability of new antipsychotic drugs that have fewer short term adverse affects in adults than older drugs and “declining access to and duration of inpatient psychiatric …

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