The Straits Times
Published on Dec 04, 2012

Most teens with mental disorders not on meds: Study


(Reuters) - Despite concerns that too many young people in the United States are using prescription psychiatric drugs, a US study said that just one in seven teens with a mental disorder has been prescribed medication.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funded the study, said there was no compelling evidence for either misuse or overuse of psychotropic medications, which include stimulants for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), antidepressants and antipsychotics.

"Certain the use of psychiatric medications has been increasing in children and adolescents over the years," said Benedetto Vitiello from the NIH, who worked on the study.

"(But) most of the adolescents who met the criteria for a condition were not receiving medication, which suggests that they were being treated with something else, maybe psychotherapy, or maybe they were not even treated," he added.