Thursday, April 05, 2012

Allen Frances: The False Epidemic of Childhood Bipolar Disorder


What should parents do if their kids are now receiving antipsychotics? My advice is to get a second or a third or even a fourth opinion. And be a very informed consumer -- read everything you can find on bipolar disorder and antipsychotics, and don't be shy about opening discussions with the doctor. Antipsychotics are big-time medications -- potentially quite helpful, potentially quite harmful. They should be reserved for big time problems, used only when they are clearly needed and reasonably likely to make a big difference.

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