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Understanding the agreements and controversies surrounding childhood psychopharmacology

Title: Understanding the agreements and controversies surrounding childhood psychopharmacology
Date: Sunday, 1 June 2008
Publisher: Focus
Authors: Erik Parens, Josephine Johnston
Main source: focus.psychiatryonline.org

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[Abstract] The number of children in the US taking prescription drugs for emotional and behavioral disturbances is growing dramatically. This growth in the use of psychotropic drugs in pediatric populations has given rise to multiple controversies, ranging from concerns over off-label use and long-term safety to debates about the societal value and cultural meaning of pharmacological treatment of childhood behavioral and emotional disorders. This commentary summarizes the authors' eight main findings from the first of five workshops that seek to understand ... [Read the rest at focus.psychiatryonline.org]