More Than 1% of Preschoolers Given Psychiatric Medication

More than 1% of American preschool children on Medicaid are taking psychiatric drugs, such as antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study.

Researchers from Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis evaluated data from the 2000-2003 Medicaid Analytic Extract from 36 states and found that preschoolers are receiving psychotropic (affecting mood, perception or behavior) medications despite limited evidence supporting safety or efficacy.

The researchers used logistic regression to determine the odds of receiving medications for ADHD, depression or anxiety and psychotic illness or bipolar.

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