More Toddlers, Young Children Given Antipsychotics – BusinessWeek.
– These findings are more than worrisome. Take a look at the article –
More Toddlers, Young Children Given Antipsychotics
Researchers question the ‘worrisome’ trend
MONDAY, Jan. 4 (HealthDay News) — The rate of children aged 2 to 5 who are given antipsychotic medications has doubled in recent years, a new study has found.
Yet little is known about either the effectiveness or the safety of these powerful psychiatric medications in children this age, said researchers from Columbia University and Rutgers University, who looked at data on more than 1 million children with private health insurance.
“It is a worrisome trend, partly because very little is known about the short-term, let alone the long-term, safety of these drugs in this age group,” said study author Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City.
Prescribing antipsychotics to children in the upper range of that age span — ages 4 and 5 — is justifiable only in rare, intractable situations in which all other treatments, including family and psychological therapy, have been tried and are not working, Olfson said.
And it’s questionable whether 2- and 3-year-olds should ever be prescribed antipsychotics, Olfson said.
The study is published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry…..
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I don’t know what you’re seeing in your school or immediate area, but I’m seeing many children with miniscule attention spans popping up to look for junkfood, cola, candy. Nutrition could be a big part of what we’re seeing, but if one zeroes in on purely neurological conditions, are we indeed seeing such a growth in the number of little children who need medication?
Especially since we don’t know what long-term effects will be invoked by such early medication. Or, is it possible that early medication could successfully prevent further exacerbation of a condition?