For Evan, more drugs made things worse; One family’s nightmare


By Marilyn Elias

Rising numbers of U.S. children are taking a new generation of antipsychotic drugs called atypicals.

Although the six drugs — Clozaril, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Abilify and Geodon — can be helpful in treating children with mental illness, critics say that the drugs are overprescribed and that many kids suffer serious side effects from drugs they never needed.

USA TODAY’s Marilyn Elias talks to one mother who believes that’s what happened to her son.

Evan Kitchens had problems from birth. He suffered from lack of oxygen during a difficult delivery. As a baby, he wouldn’t nurse properly, didn’t want to be held and screamed for hours.

“He hardly slept at all,” says his mother, Mary Kitchens, a florist in Bandera, Texas…


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