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Medicating kids

More and more young children are being given anti-psychotic prescription medications for autism and other developmental disorders.

Researchers from Columbia Psychiatry and Rutgers compared children treated in 2000 to those treated in 2007 -- and found the rate of anti-psychotic medicine use doubled among two- to five-year olds.

Children in 2007 were more likely to receive a diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorder, which includes autism and Asperger's.

While prescriptions went up, very few children received other mental health treatments, or were given a mental health assessment.

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