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Antipsychotic Drug Use Rising Among ADHD Kids

New Antipsychotic Drugs Not Proven Safe for Treatment of ADHD in Children

Antipsychotic Use Rising Among Children continued...

The greatest increase in antipsychotic use was among adolescents aged 13 to 18 with ADHD and conduct disorders. Prescriptions for antipsychotics among these users rose by more than threefold.

Researchers say the increased use of antipsychotics for the treatment of children and adolescents with affective or mood disorders (such as depression or anxiety) may be due in part to recent findings that show the drugs may be effective in treating adults in the manic phase of bipolar disorder.

Cooper says it may also be perceived that these drugs are safer for children and may help with in the treatment of aggressive disorders, but those studies still need to be done.

"We would like for physicians to think very carefully before prescribing these drugs to children," says Cooper. "And we hope this study encourages more research to find out how these drugs might be best used to help children."

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