We note the recent debate piece (Bastiampillai et al., 2018) highlighting concerns about the potential implications of prescribing antipsychotic medication in paediatric populations, due to the potential risks of antipsychotic-induced brain atrophy. Worldwide antipsychotic medications are increasingly being prescribed for the maintenance treatment of bipolar affective disorder (BPAD) in preference to mood-stabilising medication like lithium. Lithium use is declining despite being the gold standard treatment for the maintenance phase of BPAD.
- prescribing antipsychotic medication
- antipsychotic-induced brain atrophy
- bipolar affective disorder (BPAD)
- maintenace phase of BPAD