Use of antipsychotics in children

Elisa Cascade, Amir Kalali, Robert Findling

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Over the 2004 through 2008 period, total second-generation antipsychotic prescriptions grew 33 percent from 6.9 million to 9.2 million; second-generation antipsychotic prescriptions for patients under age 18 also increased, but at a slightly slower rate: 24-percent increase from 1.0 million to 1.2 million prescriptions. One-third of patients under age 18 who are prescribed second-generation antipsychotics use them for the treatment of affective psychoses, primarily bipolar disorder (34%). Other common uses for second-generation antipsychotics include hyperkinetic syndrome (12%), pervasive developmental disorders (10%), emotional disorders of children/adolescents (10%), and conduct disturbance (7%). A discussion of the data is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-23
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 14 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Children
  • Conduct disorder
  • Emotional disorder
  • Hyperkinetic syndrome
  • Pervasive developmental disorders
  • Second-generation antipsychotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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