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May 2001

Increased Psychotropic Medication Use: Are We Improving Mental Health Care or Drugging Our Kids?

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(5):545. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.5.545

THE STUDY by Rushton and Whitmire1 provides further evidence of a continuous increase in the use of both stimulant medications and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in the treatment of children. To those who believe that we are overly and unnecessarily medicating children, the results support their concern. However, for those who feel that services for children are inadequate, the article reflects some improvement in the identification and treatment of children with mental illness.

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