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March 2014

Antipsychotics in Children and Adolescents: Effects on Weight, Metabolism, and Prolactin
Metabolic effects of antipsychotics in children are similar to those in adults but potentially more damaging because of longer treatment duration.

Antipsychotic-Induced Hyperprolactinemia: Adjunctive Aripiprazole Helps
A meta-analysis of studies of adjunctive aripiprazole (Abilify) for antipsychotic-induced hyperprolactinemia showed significant benefit over placebo in normalizing prolactin levels.

Long-Acting Injectable Second-Generation Antipsychotics
A recent paper reviews delivery methods, dosing, pharmacokinetics, and side effects of the four second-generation long-acting injectable antipsychotics.

In Brief
Prevalence Estimates for Autism Spectrum Disorder May Be Lower with New Criteria in the DSM-5; Individuals with Severe Psychotic Illness Are at Increased Risk of Smoking and Alcohol and Drug Use

In Brief

March 2014

With the publication of the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 2013 (the DSM-5), the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were revised. Maenner and colleagues retrospectively applied the new criteria to population-based surveillance…

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