Can Kids Be Crazy?
Toddlers aren’t just toting around tiaras anymore.
You may remember Prozac Nation or Girl, Interrupted, but antipsychotics are being prescribed to more than just adults.
In 2004, one in every 54 visits to a doctor resulted in a psychotropic drug prescription. Some of these are being handed to parents for their preschoolers.
However, these numbers are slowly stabilizing.
More recently, researchers concluded that about 1% of preschoolers across the nation are leaving with a psychotropic prescription in hand. The lower numbers come as a surprise because of the increase of children identified with behavioral disorders.
Regardless, doctors are now becoming more concerned with what these antipsychotics are doing to kids’ developing brains. The FDA released a warning back in 2004 about the link between antidepressant use and suicide risk among children. Also considered linkable risks to the drugs are obesity and diabetes.
What concerns you about using drugs to treat mental illness in children?