Aussie kids have begun using powerful antipsychotic, antidepressant
medications, a study shows.
Researchers at the University of Sydney studied the prescription patterns of psychiatric
medications for kids and teenagers from 2009 to 2012.
number of kids in the age group of 10-14 prescribed antidepressants soared by
more than a third, whereas prescriptions for anti-psychotic medications
increased by almost 50 per cent.
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) prescriptions shot up by 26.1 per cent.
issue is of great concern to the health experts since most of these medications
have not been tested on children and are likely to have serious implications
for their health.
Karanges from the University's School of Psychology claims that antidepressants
and anti-psychotic medications can have serious side effects, such as weight
gain, obesity and diabetes, especially on children.
are very strong drugs and children and adolescents tend to be more susceptible
to side effects from these drugs runs," Dr Karanges said.
reason for this surge is, in part, due to agitation on the part of the patient or their parent
or anxiety of the doctor who wants a quick result.
Karanges added that medication is seen as the primary solution often but sadly
very rarely are they combined with other treatment modalities.
that for treatment of depression, talk therapy, exercise and meditation
techniques work fine.
also added a word of caution that these treatment methods would take a longer
time to bring about the desired result.