New findings revealed that kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may be receiving the wrong treatment.
The report showed more children are taking strong antipsychotic medications that are normally administered for patients with illnesses like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
A new report published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Psychiatry showed children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may be receiving the wrong treatment.
Grace Smith of Education News reported that young people are receiving these medications without any diagnosis indicating they have a psychiatric problem, based on the study. The drugs they take could bring serious side effects, and children may be missing out on receiving the right treatments for their conditions.
Schoenbaum and his team discovered the alarming pattern after examining the prescription data that they have collected nationwide. He said the use of antipsychotics was more consistent than the prescribing of medications to handle behavioral issues, which are better managed through behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, and stimulant drugs.
The researchers also found that 60 percent of kids surveyed did not receive a psychiatric diagnosis, along with their prescription. Forty percent of them were diagnosed with ADHD. According to Education News, the FDA did not approve the use of antipsychotic drugs for ADHD, behavioral problems, and aggression in children. Another important finding showed that the use of such drugs was higher among boys, particularly teenage boys.