The Medicated Foster Child
Follow @GretchenMargNovember 21, 2011, 4:38 pm ET
A new study published in the journal Pediatrics this month reveals a particularly concerning trend for children in foster care: the regular prescription of antipsychotics like Risperdal and Seroquel, which are more commonly used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults.
According to The New York Times, researchers:
The use of antipsychotics in children — and the increase in bipolar diagnoses — are trends we investigated in our 2008 film The Medicated Child. In the 10 years before the film was produced, there was an approximate 4,000 percent increase in children diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and many were being prescribed drugs that in some cases had only been tested in adults.
According to a 2009 Times article, the side effects of a drug like Risperdal can be profound and include rapid weight gain that can lead to other health problems like hypertension and diabetes.
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