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Why are we feeding our kids drugs?

February 9, 2008 2 comments

The fact that we live in such a society where parents will tell their children, “Don’t do drugs,” and teachers tell their students “Don’t do drugs,” and strangers run campaigns for the general population on “Don’t do drugs,” and an infinite number of studies get done with the conclusion “Don’t do drugs,” yet psychiatrists are dreaming up new mental illnesses to fund a multibillion-dollar legal drug industry. Not only that, but the same above mentioned parents, teachers, etc. don’t even question whether it’s right to pump their kids full of these “prescribed drugs.” The direct result continues to be an escalating, worldwide consumption of their addictive, mind-altering drugs.

Consider the following alarming statistics:

In the United States today, more than 6 million children are taking mind-altering psychiatric drugs for the learning and behavioral disorder, ADHD. Two million children take antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs.

In Australia, the stimulant prescription rate for children increased 34-fold in the past two decades.

In Britain the rate increased 9,200% between 1992 and 2000; in Mexico methylphenidate sales (the generic name for the drug Ritalin) increased 800% between 1993 and 2001.

In Germany methylphenidate sales increased 400% between 1995 and 1999.

Significant increases are also reported in France, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland.

In 2000, international sales of antipsychotic drugs reached $6 billion. In 2001, antidepressant sales climbed to $12.5 billion. Today, that figure is near $20 billion.

These soaring numbers parallel the increases in the number of mental disorders in the American Psychiatric Associations lucrative insurance billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), and the mental disorders section of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Not one of the DSMs long list of disorders is supported by any objective, diagnostic observations or criteria.

As psychiatrist Matthew Dumont commented, the APA provides a 125-word definition of mental disorder, which is supposed to resolve all the issues surrounding the sticky problem of where deviance ends and dysfunction begins. It doesn’t.

Because of the DSM, psychiatric drugs are now not only used extensively in our schools, nursing homes, drug rehabilitation centers and prisons, individuals personally rely on them to help them with everything from weight control, self-confidence, mathematical and writing problems, to anxiety, sleeping and upsets. In fact, they have become the panacea for the stresses of modern living. And they come with serious risks. Protect yourself from potentially dangerous psychiatric drugs by becoming well informed.

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