Psychotropic medications are used to alter the mood, behavior or overall functioning of the brain for people with certain mental illnesses.
Anxiety, depression and hyperactivity are fairly common disorders for teenagers, and all can be treated with these psychotropic drugs.
"Medication can be very helpful," Pediatrician Dr. Cynthia Brownfield said. "It can actually be life saving especially in patients with severe depression."
Dr. Timothy Murphy specializes in mental illness in teenagers and prescribes many of these drugs.
"I don't know if it's more common in adolescence that it is in adults," he said. "The onset of it is very often in the adolescent years."
Both Murphy and Brownfield agree that these prescriptions can be extremely helpful in curing mental illnesses.
According to the study, ADHD medication has become more common while depression medication has decreased. The overall medication usage has slightly decreased as well.