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Judicious prescribing of psychotropic medication for children and adolescents

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posted on 2022-10-28, 16:30 authored by Fiona McNicholas, K Moore, B Gavin, John HaydenJohn Hayden

Mental health disorders occur in 10-20% of youth and by age 18, account for 75% of all adult mental illness . The Growing up in Ireland study reported that at age 17, 10% self-reported having been given a diagnosis of anxiety or depression and 4% were in current treatment . They often run a chronic course with significant personal, family, and societal costs, with mental illness now being recognised as a leading cause of global burden of disease and years lived with a disability . Early and appropriate multi-modal intervention is therefore essential to minimise associated adverse effects.



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Published Citation

McNicholas F, Moore K, Gavin B, Hayden JC. Judicious prescribing of psychotropic medication for children and adolescents. Ir Med J. 2022;115(4):576.

Publication Date

29 April 2022

PubMed ID



  • School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Research Area

  • Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Health Professions Education
  • Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Population Health and Health Services


Irish Medical Association


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