But, boys are twice as likely as girls to be prescribed anti-psychotics until the age of 12.
The pattern suggests these medications are being used to manage impulsivity and aggression rather than treating psychotic symptoms. Boys are typically more aggressive and impulsive than girls and their behavior is more disruptive and frankly, scary.
Antipsychotics dull hyperactivity and regulate mood which reduces aggression.
Parents are in tough straights when it comes to these decisions. Do they let their children continue on a destructive path to no good end, or do they take their chances with science and the potential for side effects?
Clearly, not just medication is the answer. Psychotherapy, support from the school and other family members help everyone to cope with these extreme challenges.
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