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Alternative Therapies Should Be Considered Before Antipsychotics for Children, Report Says

Despite the vulnerability of youth to the potential side effects of antipsychotics, previous studies suggest clinicians have increasingly prescribed these medications to children and adolescents in the United States over the past 15 years. In an article published this week in Psychiatric Services in Advance, researchers described the potentially serious short- and long-term side effects of antipsychotics and proposed alternative therapies for treating children with behavioral and emotional disorders. While antipsychotics are approved as first-line treatments for children with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe behavioral problems associated with autism, “they...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Thursday, 7 January, 2016

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