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Are U.S. kids overmedicated?

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Children in America are significantly more medicated than kids in other countries.

Researchers from the University of Maryland studied prescription levels in the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands.

They found children in the U.S. were three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants or stimulants, and nearly two times more likely to be given antipsychotic medication.

Experts say different disease diagnostic systems may account for more medication, however drug advertising and the therapeutic mentality of Americans may also play role.

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