Psychotropics over-prescribed to kids

A dramatic increase in the prescribing of antidepressant and antipsychotic medication to children is cause for concern say experts, given the drugs’ dubious efficacy and safety in younger age groups.

While psychotropic medications have grown in popularity across all age groups in recent years, the most rapid prescribing rates are occurring in children aged 10-14, according to a longitudinal study from the University of Sydney.

Fluoxetine was the