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Try psychology before drugs for children with mental problems

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:619
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Children and adolescents with behavioural and mental health problems often receive inadequate care and treatment, says the American Psychological Association in a comprehensive report.

    They get drugs that have not been well tested in children but often don't get psychological treatments, which are less risky, because these are more time consuming and expensive.

    The report was compiled over two years, in which time there were substantial changes in the treatment of children and adolescents with mental health problems. Drugs are used to treat children despite a lack of scientific …

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