CDC: 6% of teens take psychotropic drugs

I’m wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this? Personally, I see this as the result of increased disconnection and detachment from a society where even your best isn’t good enough. Teens these days are feeling an incredible amount of pressure to not only fit in but to excel; two things which are often diametrically opposed in the harsh elements of the teenage social atmosphere.

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The debate around adolescents and psychotropic drug use may be quieted — ever so slightly — by new data.

More than 6% of adolescents reported using psychotropic medications during the past month, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Six percent is pretty much what I would expect for the prescription of psychotropic medications based on what we know about new disorders and how prevalent they would be among adolescents,” said Bruce Jonas, a mental health epidemiologist with the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC, who compiled the data.

Psychotropic medications are used to alter the mood, behavior or overall functioning of persons with certain mental health conditions.

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