Soaring numbers of U.S. children are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs -- in many cases, for attention deficit disorder or other behavioral problems for which these medications have not been proven to work, a study found.
The annual number of children prescribed anti-psychotic drugs jumped fivefold from 1995 to 2002, to an estimated 2.5 million, the study said. That is an increase from 8.6 out of every 1,000 children in the mid-1990s to nearly 40 out of 1,000.
But more than half of the prescriptions were for attention deficit and other non-psychotic conditions, the researchers said.
The findings are worrisome "because it looks like these medications are being used for large numbers of children in a setting where we don't know if they work," said lead author Dr. William Cooper, a pediatrician at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. (Indy Star)
If your daughter's pediatrician wants to start her on psychiatric meds, do your duty as a parent and talk to the doctor. Ask questions. Demand answers. If you're not comfortable with what the doctor is telling you, seek other medical advice.
Don't just accept without question whatever the doctor says - DEMAND to be informed and involved.