A similar pattern was seen for those using atypical antipsychotics; while males had the highest use in childhood, females were more likely to be prescribed these drugs in adulthood. However, the rate of growth increased more rapidly for men than women over the decade."These findings confirm that mental illness is a growing problem in the United States and that more patients are seeking needed therapy," said Muzina. "However, adequate monitoring by pharmacists and physicians and an open patient dialogue is imperative due to the complexities of mental illness and the risk of taking these medications inappropriately."
The Mental Health Gender Gap: Women Far Exceed Men In Their Use Of Psychotropic Medications As Utilization Increases Among Both Sexes
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