Concerns over growth in juvenile psychotropic med use

Concerns have been raised about the rate of psychotropic medicine use in Australian children.

New research has revealed that dispensing of these medications “increased markedly” from 2009 to 2012, especially in children aged between 10 and 14 years.

Over the four-year period, antidepressant dispensing increased by 16.1%, antipsychotic dispensing by 22.7% and ADHD medication dispensing rose by 26.1 per cent.

The most rapid increase in antidepressant and antipsychotic use was in 10 to 14 year olds (35.5% and 49.1% respectively), while ADHD