According to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to children and teenagers during every third visit to a psychiatrist.  This number has significantly increased since 1990’s (when it was one in eleven visits). Doctors are prescribing these medications for unlabeled indications including disruptive behaviors, ADHD and other. The FDA has been insisting to monitor weight gain and other metabolic diseases in children. Part of the reason isprevious research linking antipsychotics and increased risk of  developing diabetes. What are your thoughts about increase in prescribing of antipsychotics in pediatric population?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/07/us-antipsychotic-kids-idUSBRE87617Y20120807

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