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To return again to our previou...,
the choice of the next generation ... on drugs:
the report, published in the medical journal Archives of
General Psychiatry ... More than nine in ten psychiatric prescriptions given to young people between 2000 and 2002 were for atypical antipsychotics, the study found. Citing an earlier study, the researchers noted that "77 percent of
youth who received an antipsychotic medication did not have a diagnosis of a psychotic disorder." ... The number of prescriptions for all antipsychotic medications given to people under 20 jumped from an average of 201,000 per year
in 1993 to 1,224,000 in 2002. ...
Part of the dramatic increase can be attributed to a rise in office visits, from almost 275 per 100,000 in 1993 to 1,438 per 100,000 in 2002... [ed: emph added]
Visitation rates increased by 5.2 times, gross prescriptions by 6 times, correcting for population growth would trim that 6 down a bit towards that 5.2, so it looks like a pretty convenient explanation. Without a diagnosis we can't attribute it to rising rates in mental illness. Maybe they pack a good buzz, but presumably there was a vast epidemic of undiagnosed mental disease going untreated, or all that savvy, depression-inducing advertising (...do you ever feel anxious? did you experience feelings of unhappiness recently? while you could be a typical teenager, our marketing division thinks we can help, ask your doctor...) for anti-psyche meds on TV have been really successful.
Also: apparently there is no one at the National Marine Fisheries Service that can speak for the NFMS.
:: posted by buermann @ 2006-06-06 08:56:12 CST |