Antipsychotics Are Being Given To Kids With Temporary Behavioral Problems Like ADHD

Medical Daily- The Grapevine
July 2, 2015
By Ed Cara

Doctors may be unnecessarily prescribing powerful side-effect prone antipsychotics to kids, according to a new study from the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) Psychiatry.
The study authors found that drugs normally recommended for the treatment of mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are often being given to children and teens suffering from self-limiting behavioral dysfunctions or conditions like Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.  Often, these medications are prescribed with no mental illness diagnosis at all.

Boys were more likely than girls to be prescribed these drugs, and average rates of use hover around 1 percent of the population.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson and the study authors, it is possible to avoid these side-effect prone antipsychotics were a correct diagnosis made.   Most often, psychotherapy, behavior modification and stimulants prove more effective and significantly safer for those with ADHD– related disorders.   Since males with the above and even transient disorders tend to frustrate and act-out more than girls, Dr. Levinson found they are often mistakenly thought to have severer disorders and thus tend to be over-medicated vs. girls.

About Dr. Harold Levinson
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit:


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