Kids' Psychotropic Use Approaching Adult Levels. (Steady Rise over a Decade)

By Perlstein, Steve | Clinical Psychiatry News, February 2003 | Go to article overview

Kids' Psychotropic Use Approaching Adult Levels. (Steady Rise over a Decade)


Perlstein, Steve, Clinical Psychiatry News


Children were two to three times as likely to be taking psychotropic medication in 1996 as they were a decade earlier, and those utilization rates were approaching those of adults, according to a 10-year prospective study.

Julie Magno Zito, Ph.D., of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and her colleagues found that children on Medicaid were more likely to be on psychotropic drugs than those covered by a health maintenance organization (HMO). The study also found that increases were especially marked for antidepressants, anticonvulsants, [alpha]-agonists, and stimulants (Arch. Pediatr. Adolesc. Med. 157[1]:17-25, 2003).

In an editorial accompanying the article, Dr. Michael S. Jellinek of the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, said physicians must question whether they are prescribing the right kinds of psychotropic drugs to children, and with the proper treatment plans.

The data in Dr. Zito's study, he said, "are a reflection, an imperfect mirror, of the scientific, clinical, financial, and systems changes that affected the care of children between 1987 and 1996 and continue to be a substantial influence" (Arch. Pediatr. Adolesc. Med. 157[1]: 14-16, 2003).

Dr. Jellinek speculated that increased treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, the availability of longer-lasting stimulants, and a better understanding of how to use psychotropic drugs to treat depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders in adolescents had a positive effect at least on some of the increases. But Dr. Jellinek said some of the other trends remain troubling. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Kids' Psychotropic Use Approaching Adult Levels. (Steady Rise over a Decade)
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.