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Belgian toddlers swallowing more antipsychotics than ten years ago

Belgian toddlers swallowing more antipsychotics than ten years ago

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Young people in Belgium to swallow more antipsychotics and Ritalin than ten years ago. Pre-schoolers also swallow more antipsychotics.

That write the Belgian media on the basis of figures of the Belgian ministry of public Health. The use of antidepressants is reduced.

“Troubling”, says Koen Lowet, spokesman of the Belgian Federation of Psychologists against The Standard.

Between 2006 and 2015 in all age groups under the age of 18 years the use of such medication, even for toddlers. Last year took the young people daily 19.363 doses of antipsychotics and in 2006, it was 17.690.

According to The Latest News, it is mainly children from poor families who antidepressants swallow. “Middenklassekinderen find easier the way to the psychologist and be helped with therapy,” says kinderpsychiater Emmanuël Nelis against the Belgian newspaper.

“Sessions with a psychologist are more expensive, but are – in contrast to the medication – non-refundable.”

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