More kids nationwide are taking medications designed to treat such mental illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and pediatricians and psychiatrists at the University of Vermont want to know why.

Led by David Rettew, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, the researchers conducted a study to find out “whether the right youth are being prescribed the right medications at the proper time in their treatment,” they state in their study in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics. Their findings, for the first time, delve into the clinical decision-making process of physicians who prescribe these drugs.

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