Antipsychotics at adult dosage strengths given to toddlers.

This is why I read the New York Times. I get mental health coverage that I get nowhere else. Apparently toddlers who throw tantrums or are seriously withdrawn and have other behavioral difficulties are getting atypicals in swiftly, dramatically growing numbers. From last year to this, the numbers have doubled. The database will not release the names of the prescribing physicians. These are usually GPs and they are not trained in psychiatry. Part of the problem is the lack of child psychiatrists in the united states.

2 thoughts on “Antipsychotics at adult dosage strengths given to toddlers.

  1. What the actual—

    This is appalling and frightening. I hope parents realize you cannot blindly trust your doctors and give them everything prescribed.

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    • Hi Zoe. What is appalling is the lack of child psychiatrists in this country and the desperation of parents. Also our society’s insistence on a quick fix. I have Tardive Dyskinesia from high doses of atypical antipsychotics so it occurs to me that if you give them to a baby, that person may become neurologically compromised at a young age and later on have metabolic problems like I’ve got.

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