Prescribing Psychiatric Drugs for Young People

Doctors are treating more young people with anti-psychotic drugs, according to a new study. And they're not just prescribing the medications for psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and mania, but also for disruptive behavior and mood disorders. Why are prescriptions for these drugs on the rise, and what are the risks involved?


David Cohen, professor of social work, Florida International University

Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, director, New York State Psychiatric Institute; chairman, Psychiatry Department, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons



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