Alarming rise: youth on antipsychotics

In the same age group, prescriptions for antidepressants increased by more than a third (35%) between 2009 and 2012.

Among children aged 3–9 years, antidepressant prescribing increased 28%, while antipsychotic and ADHD prescribing rose 42% and 26% respectively. Prescriptions for ADHD medications rose most rapidly among 20- to 24-year-olds, increasing by 70%.

Most antidepressants (90%) and antipsychotics (71%) were prescribed by GPs, while most ADHD medications were prescribed by paediatricians (59%).

Lead researcher Emily Karanges from the University of Sydney’s School of