Psychiatric Drugs Prescribed Less in Young Children

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It might not be so easy to get Adderall for young kids after all. Psychiatric drugs are being prescribed less in very young children after reaching a peak in the mid-2000s, according to a study released Monday by the journal Pediatrics. The decrease occurred despite an overall increase in the number of children diagnosed with behavior disorders. Between 1994 and 1997, 1 percent of all preschoolers were prescribed psychotic drugs—but that number spiked to 1.5 percent between 2002 and 2005 before going back down to 1 percent between 2006 and 2009. The results come on the heels of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launching a review into the use of anti-psychotic drugs on children younger than age 17 in the Medicaid system.