March 14, 2018

YOU'D BE ANXIOUS TOO IF YOUR PARENTS WANTED TO DRUG YOU INTO SUBMISSION:

PROZAC PRESCHOOL: The youngest Americans are being prescribed a growing number of adult psychotropic drugs. (SUSAN DONALDSON JAMESFEB 28, 2018, Pacific Standard)

A surprising number of the nation's youngest children are being prescribed psychiatric drugs, some younger than preschool, according to health-care industry data on physician prescriptions in the United States.

Widely reported data collected in 2014 from IMS Health show that more than eight million children are prescribed drugs for anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and bipolar and behavioral disorders. More than one million of them are younger than five.

But rigorous studies of these drugs in young children is "incredibly poor," says Mary Margaret Gleason, a pediatric psychiatrist at Tulane University. "We don't know much, especially with preschoolers," she says. "The older kids get, their brains have already developed, and we have more information."

The National Institutes of Health confirm that the use of antidepressants has "risen dramatically" since the 1990s. Anxiety is the most common type of mental-health disorder in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. About 10 percent of all young children deal with generalized anxiety, panic, separation anxiety, and phobias.

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