Treating our youngest patients: psychotropic medications in early childhood.

Benjamin Black, Debra Willsie

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Over the past several decades there have been multiple studies indicating that infants, toddlers and preschoolers who develop emotional and behavioral problems may not simply outgrow their problems. Early intervention is ideal, and may help to maximize long-term functioning. When other interventions fail or do not fully address the symptoms, psychotropic medications can be very helpful, even in the preschool years. With limited scientific research in this population, the use of psychotropic medications in very young children can be challenging. The judicious use of these agents in this population will be discussed, including weighing the risks and benefits of prescribing to these most vulnerable patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-211
Number of pages5
JournalMissouri medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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