Antipsychotic-drug treatment of children and teenagers seen by office-based physicians increased dramatically between 1993 and 2002, according to a national study.
In the United States, the number of office prescriptions of antipsychotic medications for young people increased from about 201,000 in 1993 to 1,224,000 in 2002, reports a team led by psychiatrist Mark Olfson of Columbia University. The results, for people 20 years old or younger, come from data collected annually from about 3,000 randomly selected physicians with office practices. The team reports the findings in the June Archives of General Psychiatry.
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