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Doctors Use Antipsychotics to Calm ‘Challenging Behaviour’

September 2, 2015

(New Scientist) – IT WILL come as no surprise to relatives. Doctors are resorting to powerful psychotropic drugs, such as antipsychotics and antidepressants, to calm patients with intellectual disabilities – even if they don’t have a history of mental illness. “Sedating people may dampen the challenging behaviour, but won’t identify the source of the frustration,” says Rory Sheehan of University College London.

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