Who would believe that the best trained and best paid doctors in the world prescribe unnecessary anti-psychotic drugs? Is there evidence that such a practice is common in the US?
There is no question about the increased use of anti-psychotics in children in the US compared to the rest of the world. Is it because the rest of the world has under-diagnosed childhood mental disorders? Doctors in Western Europe use pretty much same the diagnostic criteria that we do in the US, so a gross under-diagnosis is unlikely. But is there an over-diagnosis of childhood mental disorders in the US?
Another explanation is that the drug companies making those anti-psychotic drugs are pushing their use in both adults and children. This is the most likely explanation.
Aljazeera has a long article about this problem. There is a very informative video embedded in their web page: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/07/20117313948379987.html
I have yet to find a good description of the story behind the $1.8 billion fine imposed on the Eli Lilly Company for its behavior regarding Zyprexa. But the drug company came out ahead anyway since it makes more than that every year on Zyprexa! If anyone has a good description of this fiasco, please post it in the comments here. Thanks.