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Updated: Sharp increase in adolescent mental illness prescriptions. Latest health authority figures show 23,000 children are undergoing drug-related treated for mental illness. According to the Norwegian Prescription Database, the increase amongst 0-20-year-olds has been particularly sharp since 2004. Some of the illnesses children and adolescents suffer from are anxiety, depression, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Patients can be primary school age.

mentalillness, psychosis, adhd, haukelanduniversityhospital, bergen



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Updated: Sharp increase in adolescent mental illness prescriptions

Published on Friday, 4th February, 2011 at 10:34 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last Updated on 5th February 2011 at 20:26.

Latest health authority figures show 23,000 children are undergoing drug-related treated for mental illness.

Zoloft bottles (illustration photo)
Zoloft bottles (illustration photo)
Photo: Ragesoss/Wikimedia Commons


According to the Norwegian Prescription Database, the increase amongst 0-20-year-olds has been particularly sharp since 2004.

Some of the illnesses children and adolescents suffer from are anxiety, depression, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Patients can be primary school age.

“Medication is sometimes appropriate, especially when they face severe anxiety disorders and what we call OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder), . We can do that also in children under ten years old and maybe down when they are seven or eight years old,” Ingvar Bjelland, senior psychiatrist at Haukeland University Hospital’s clinic for child and adolescent psychiatry in Bergen, tells NRK.

Dr Bjelland explains some are as young as seven years old, but he says they are hesitant to prescribe medicine in some cases.

“Every so often, we experience that parents visit us with their children and almost demand a diagnosis or specific drug therapy,” he says.



Published on Friday, 4th February, 2011 at 10:34 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last updated on 5th February 2011 at 20:26.

This post has the following tags: mentalillness, psychosis, adhd, haukelanduniversityhospital, bergen.


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