Investigators in New York have found that adults appear to make considerably more medical visits with a prescription of antipsychotics than adolescents or children, but antipsychotic treatment has increased rapidly among young people. From 2005 to 2009, depression and bipolar disorder were the most common diagnoses in adult antipsychotic visits while disruptive behavior disorders were the most common diagnoses in children and adolescents. The authors add that antipsychotics have been prescribed in about the same proportion of youth and adult visits to psychiatrists in more recent years.

Abstract: Archives of General Psychiatry, August 2012 (online).