Over 6% of Teens Take Psychiatric Meds
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|Fri, 12-06-2013 - 3:42pm|
A recent study provides a look at teens and mental health, a good portion of them that are using psychiatric meds are being treated for ADHD or depression:
Exactly what is driving the new numbers is not clear, but "in my opinion, it's an increase in the diagnosis of various conditions that these medications can be prescribed for," said study author Bruce Jonas. He is an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
But these are stressful times and it is also possible that children are becoming more vulnerable to these conditions as a result. "The recession and various world events might be a contributing factor," Jonas speculated.
"Adolescents and children do take psychiatric medications. It is not the majority, but it's also not rare," he said. "There are many ways to treat mental health problems and mood disorders in adolescents, and medication is just one of them."
A mental-health expert not involved with the new study cautioned that psychiatric drugs are not a cure-all.
The article also goes on to say that pediatricians can usually handle the initial diagnosis. Do you agree with that or not?