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[*] Post 407841 posted on 18-4-2010 at 17:00 Reply With Quote
America's prescription culture...

Medicating challenging behaviour

In the US, an increasing number of parents are turning to psychoactive medication to help them cope with the challenging behaviour of their children.
...Children who a few decades ago would have been written off as naughty, troubled, or delinquent are now being diagnosed instead: "ODD" for oppositional defiant disorder, "CD" for conduct disorder, "SAD" for social anxiety disorder, "GAD" for general anxiety disorder, and so on.

"Cosmetic psychopharmacology, steroids for the soul" or something else?
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[*] Post 407843 posted on 18-4-2010 at 17:02 Reply With Quote

I saw that on TV and think it is tragic. There was a 9 year on anti-depressants ! Ridiculous.
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[*] Post 407846 posted on 18-4-2010 at 17:44 Reply With Quote

Everyone--that is, everyone without exception, as far as I have heard--believes that mind-altering drugs ought only be used when a child has a significant psychological disorder that medication will help significantly. It is no good to wait until after the child has jumped off the roof of the building, or shot up the school, or set fire to the house, or stabbed brother or sister, and then wish you'd given him the medicine which would have helped the situation.

In my volunteer work, I have encountered a significant number of people who suffer from bipolar disorder, chronic clinical depression, and other psychological maladies which have a brain chemistry component. In virtually every case, if they did not get prescribed medicine under a doctor's supervision that was actually appropriate to help them, they "self-medicated" with alcohol, marijuana, crack cocaine, narcotics, and/or amphetamines. People who really suffer from brain chemistry maladies usually do not get better on their own or just because of better parenting, and they will seek relief through medicines. The only question is, will parents withhold help, with the result that the young person will use trial-and-error among drugs which he can get when he is old enough, or will they enlist a doctor to administer drugs which are more likely to be effective?

Incidentally, my "jump off the roof" reference is about a young person whom I visited in the mental ward at the protestant hospital in the city. Other than his mother, I may have been the only friend to visit him while he was under suicide watch. Afterwards, he did get medicine which helped him. We have not been in touch lately, but he was doing well the last I heard.
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