Children in the United States are more likely to take psychiatric medications than those in Europe and this could be related to drug company advertising according to a new study published.
“There is significantly greater use of atypical antipsychotics and SSRI-type antidepressants for child mental health treatment in U.S. than in Western Europe,” said lead researcher Julie Zito, from the pharmaceutical health services research department in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland.
“Direct-to-consumer drug advertising, which is common in the U.S., is also likely to account for some of the differences. The increased use of medication in the U.S. also reflects the individualist and activist therapeutic mentality of U.S. medical culture,” the researchers concluded.
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