posted on Sep, 21 2013 @ 04:04 PM
The American Psychiatric Association has raised (not so new) concerns about over prescribed and questionable uses of anti-psychotic medications.
They are launching a campaign for awareness.
Many concerns have been discussed already about the use of anti-psychotic medications, especially in children.
Some people think these medications, in some cases, actually cause the problem to get worse or even cause other psychotic to display.
Anti-psychotic medications should not be the first treatments doctors or patients think of when dealing with dementia in an elderly person, behavior
problems in a child or insomnia in an adult, a leading group of psychiatrists says in a new statement.
The American Psychiatric Association's (APA) new list of questionable uses of anti-psychotic medications is part of a broader campaign to educate
patients and doctors about unneeded and possibly harmful medical treatments and tests. The campaign is called Choosing Wisely, and so far more than 50
medical groups have chimed in with lists of common practices that patients and doctors should question — everything from ordering too-frequent
colonoscopies to using antibiotics for colds.
The latest list focuses on an area that has been especially controversial: the potential misuse of anti-psychotic medications. These medications
include older drugs traditionally used for conditions such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. But newer types, called atypical anti-psychotics,
have been more widely used for patients ranging from unruly nursing home residents to children with with aggressive behaviors or attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder. That's despite growing concerns about misuse and side effects.
Big problem here.
Who is *really* benefiting more ---- the patients or the monopolies ?
Could unqualified specialists be causing more trouble than they would be helping ?
Long term effects are generational it seems.
Doctors: Anti-psychotic meds overused for dementia,