A forthright video production presents the chilling facts on the drugging of our children today, for no other reason than to bring them “into order“.
Behaviors common in immature children, playing up and being naughty are increasingly becoming pathologized as disorders and medicated with psychoactive drugs.
Problem behaviors can be as simple as squirming and fidgeting. The making of careless mistakes, and being easily distracted can have parents called into schools to agree to counseling, and for their child to be medicated, usually with Ritalin.
Even when children have genuine behavioral disorders, due to trouble at home, perhaps suffering from allergies or a toxic reaction to lead poisoning from sub-standard housing, they tend to be swept into a diagnosis of ADHD, and given medication to control their “unruly” behavior in class.
Adults in the video express their pain at the way the world and family strengths and values have changed over the last couple of generations, with parents over invested in and controlling of young children, trying to make children conform to and fit a mold that is essentially unhealthy and restricting of freedom of choice.
Despite the fact that individuals caught drugging infants to keep them drowsy, such as Long Island nanny, Anneliese Brucato in February 2011, will face criminal prosecution, a 2010 report in Natural News reveals that the use of anti psychotic medications, on privately insured children aged between 2 and 5, doubled between 1999 and 2007, according to an article in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, January 2010.
Less than half of the children medicated with anti psychotics received any kind of therapy or further assessment during the year following first medication. Disorders medicated for included mental retardation, ADHD and disruptive behavior disorder.
The article goes on to say that children from poor neighborhoods were being medicated under Medicare at four times the rate of children with private insurance in 2009, with psychoactive medications, this contributing to anti psychotics being the top selling drugs in the USA in 2008 and 2009 with sales of $14.6 billion - with $11.3 billion in sales of anti seizure drugs and $4.8 billion from ADHD drugs.
An article by Christopher Lane, in 2007, in the New York Times – “Shy on Drugs“, first sounded a warning that ordinary shyness in young children was being diagnosed as social anxiety disorder, that was treated with medication, yet it was found that these “shy” children lacked classic symptoms of stress.
The children given medication for shyness often began to have suicidal feelings, and other side effects as a result of being given SSRI antidepressant medication.
It is clear that the diagnostic criteria for childhood behavioral disorders that condemn childhood behaviors, such as anxiety about asking the teacher a question, getting up in class to sharpen a pencil are not only wide in scope, but similar to issues that mature adults have when performance becomes an issue.
It is natural to have some anxiety related to performance, both as a child and adult. Anxiety primes us to be at our best, and practice will make perfect.
It is concerning that children who are at an age when they need support for social skills and integration, are being medicated for what is effectively a lack of self esteem and self confidence when dealing with social interactions.
It is easy to blame the drug pushers - the pharmaceutical companies, but in reality responsibility must be allocated to the doctors who prescribe the drugs, the medical insurance funds who meet the cost, the parents who decide to take their children in to a doctor for help with parenting problems, who may themselves by in need of parental support and guidance, together with the regulators and legislators who don’t see any problems, don’t follow up on post market drug issues, don’t make or enforce any rules.
Ultimately it is the infant who pays the price for a situation gone out of control. People need to be aware that in the field of healthcare, drugs and medications only treat symptoms of stress and disorder, and never address the causes.
People need to take time with children, allow them space and freedom to be and act themselves, free of overly restrictive constraints, and chemical toxicity.
In many cases behavioral problems are caused by emotional issues that no one understands, much less has the time to deal with. People need to reassess core values and family dynamics to ensure that children are not being made scapegoats for adult anxiety, depression and greed.
Parents who want to find a drug free, healthy alternative to prescription medication won’t find it in a capsule or bottle, written down as 10 easy things to do.
Living a healthy lifestyle calls for attention to every aspect of living, from good food to adequate sleep, to being able to deal with toxic pressures such as the need for your child to succeed.
Parents who want help with parenting will benefit from comprehensive courses that enable self discovery and understanding, that help people to break free of the need to be drugging their child.