Dr. Anjali Jin, researcher at the Lewin Group, coauthored a new study that shows that many autistic children are prescribed multiple mood-altering drugs contemporaneously, and for extensive time periods. Though the researchers are not certain that doctors overprescribe these medications, they maintain that the risks of prescribing them may outweigh the benefits, because no one knows if these drugs actually treat the children’s autism. Other treatment options, such as behavioral therapy, can be effective. However, not every insurance plan will cover behavioral therapy, and behavioral therapy requires more time and effort on the part of the patient and the patient’s family.
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