Psychopharmacology in Children

Joseph Biederman, Michael S. Jellinek

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EPIDEMIOLOGIC studies indicate that 5 percent of all pediatric office visits are primarily for psychiatric disorders.1 In concert with trends in adult psychiatry, the use of psychotropic medications has increased beyond the traditional use of stimulants, to include antidepressants, antipsychotics, and lithium. The precise use of psychotropic drugs has been limited by insufficient research, inadequate training, lack of approval by the Food and Drug Administration, and concerns about unknown long-term effects. This review of psychopharmacology in children will discuss current diagnostic criteria and the rational use of psychotropic medication and will highlight key psychosocial concerns. Diagnostic Categories and Clinical.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)968-972
Number of pages5
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number15
StatePublished - 12 Apr 1984
Externally publishedYes


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