People with intellectual disability may be wrongly prescribed antipsychotic drugs

A UK population based cohort study raises concerns as ‘the proportion of people with intellectual disability who have been treated with psychotropic drugs far exceeds the proportion with recorded mental illness. Anti-psychotics are often prescribed to people without recorded severe mental illness but who have a record of challenging behaviour.’ Researchers from the University College London call for more evidence in the efficacy and safety of psychotropic drugs.

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