Friday, January 06, 2006

Surge in Teen Prescriptions and Self-Medicating 20's

Worrisome statistics from the medication front - Brandeis' study which shows that psychotropic drug prescriptions has skyrocketed 250% between 1994 and 2001 where one in every ten office visits by teenage boys led to a prescription. Researchers also found that 14-26% of visits in which the medications were prescribed did not have an associated mental health diagnosis.

Also, if you didn't see it before, this article about self-prescribing psychiatric medications by young adults: "I acquire quite a few medications and then dispense them to my friends as needed. I usually know what I'm talking about...For a sizable group of people in their 20's and 30's, deciding on their own what drugs to take - in particular, stimulants, antidepressants and other psychiatric medications - is becoming the norm. Confident of their abilities and often skeptical of psychiatrists' expertise, they choose to rely on their own research and each other's experience in treating problems like depression, fatigue, anxiety or a lack of concentration. A medical degree, in their view, is useful, but not essential, and certainly not sufficient."

Psychotropic and Teens
Twenty-somethings Playing Pharmacists to Friends

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