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Psychiatric medications can be very helpful, even life saving, for some children and adolescents. However, some of these medications may lead to weight gain. The antipsychotic medications in particular, have also been associated with problems controlling blood sugar and cholesterol.. These changes can increase the risk of a child or adolescent developing diabetes and heart related problems. Parents should discuss the risks and benefits of specific medications with their child's physician. The American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Facts for Families provide concise and up-to-date information for families on Weight Gain from Medication: Prevention and Management.