Are psychiatric medications over- or under-prescribed in children?


A: Psychiatric medications (e.g., antidepressants, antipsychotics, and stimulants for disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are likely under-prescribed in some situations and over-prescribed in others. Psychiatric medications work best when used in combination with other treatments, such as evidence-based psychotherapies. Approximately 1 in 6 children under the age of 18 has a psychiatric disorder