2.5m children on drugs in US

The Guardian

Antipsychotic drugs for children have taken off in the US on the back of a willingness to diagnose those with behavioural problems as having manic depression. Even children barely out of babyhood are getting a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, the modern term for the condition.

The chief symptoms are mood swings, which, however, are common in children of any age.

David Healy, an expert on bipolar disorder, said there were now 2.5 million American children on antipsychotics. However, the UK guidelines on the disorder, from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, urge caution.

One drug which prompted concern was Risperdal, originally to be sold for children with “irritability” or difficult behaviour in autism. It was reviewed by experts for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency because of “concern about the potential misuse of [it] as … long-term chemical control”. The drug’s maker, Janssen-Cilag, though it won a licence for it, withdrew its application, citing differences with the authority…



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2 responses to “2.5m children on drugs in US

  1. If everyone is concerned about this then why are doctors taking the route of drugging the kids. This nations leaders have sold us down the river for money and power. We truly are on our own now.

    My son has autism and it’s been suggested we drug him too. As his parents we refused to go that route. Instead we use supplements in the way of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and the like. Yes, he takes more of these to do the same thing as one drug would, however the side effects from supplements is virtually non-existent. That can’t be said about drugs.

    May the leaders in our nation get EXACTLY what they have coming to them.

  2. Good for you Deborah for not drugging your child. The leaders in Washington don’t know the facts so they go by what they are told by drug lobbyists. We need to tell them our side. Tell them the truth about the dangers of these drugs so they can make more informed decisions.

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