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Antipsychotic prescribing in children has doubled in 20 years.
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According to a study of Vermont doctors, best practice guidelines for prescribing antipsychotic medication to children are followed only half the time.
Children exhibit signs of psychotic illness in very rare cases.
News this week that as many as 100,000 prescriptions for anti-psychotics were written for Australian children in 2013 is cause for concern. Though the drugs may be appropriate in a small number of cases…