More Anti-Psychotics Prescribed to Kids

The number of children on anti-psychotic drugs is soaring. That is according to research published in the journal, Pediatrics.

Both a local psychiatrist and pediatrician say a major reason for more prescriptions is heightened awareness of disorders like autism and depression in children.

But there are possible long-term effects to be concerned about, like heart problems, growth, appetite, suicide, and addiction.

The pediatrician says she is reluctant to prescribe the drugs but when necessary, talks extensively with psychologists and psychiatrists who are also monitoring the patient.

The new research shows children in the United States are prescribed anti-psychotics at six times the rate of children in the United Kingdom.