Boys More Likely to Have Antipsychotics Prescribed, Regardless of Age; NIH-funded Study is the First Look at Antipsychotic Prescriptions Patterns in the U.S.

Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. Approximately 1.5 percent of boys ages 10 to 18 received an antipsychotic prescription in 2010, although the percentage falls by nearly half after age 19. Among antipsychotic users with mental disorder diagnoses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was the most common among youth ages 1 to 18, while depression was the most common diagnosis among young adults ages 19 to 24 receiving antipsychotics. Despite concerns over the rising use of antipsychotic drugs to treat young people, little has been known about trends and usage patterns in the United States before this latest research, which was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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