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Psychotropic Medication in Young Children: Use Exceeds Available Data


Given the paucity of available research data or even empiric evidence, an increasing amount of off-label use of psychotropic medications in young children has attracted critical attention in both the professional and lay media. Especially for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), improved assessment, treatment, and follow-up means are needed—as well as more data from sound clinical studies.


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