Little kids—as young as four!—are being medicated for everything from anxiety to hyperactivity. Yes, toddlers are not supposed to be hyper, but vapid, senseless drones reminiscent of their brain-dead, fully schooled parents; and if they aren’t that way already, drugs can help!
If that scenario isn’t bad enough (and if you don’t know what’s wrong with it, then you sure as hell have no business being a parent), most of these drugs aren’t even being tested on kids. So we have no idea what the long-term health effects are on these kids, let alone the short-term ones or side effects. Why the hell would a doctor prescribe adult medication to children?
Kids are being diagnosed left and right with diseases that are typically not even able to be diagnosed until the teen years or adulthood. Furthermore, many of these diseases—such as bipolar disorder—don’t have any approved treatments suggested for them when it comes to children. But that doesn’t stop physicians from prescribing them to children.
Very serious side effects can result from children taking medication. Some of these include severe tics, hyperactivity, stomach pain, low appetite, heart problems, sleep problems, and even depression or thoughts of suicide. When I worked with teens, I met boys taking medication for ADHD who hadn’t slept in days, could not sit still, and even had trouble talking slowly. This was supposed to make his inability to concentrate better? Just what are we doing to our children?
Some experts debate the very existence of ADHD, claiming that it’s just another way to suck billions of dollars out of parents. Others claim that not only does it exist, but that it’s on a rampage—and that children should be medicated as early as possible to stop the spread of an illness, such as bipolar disorder, or to prevent it from becoming a full-fledged disease. Parents are recommended to do what they can to prevent or stop side effects from continuing, but should children not be protected from this drug obsession in the first place? Perhaps they should instead be advised to not use meds unless absolutely necessary—and that a lot of hyperactivity and restlessness are simply part of being a kid.
Right now a whopping six million children are taking prescription meds. There is something inherently wrong with this picture. We don’t pump them full enough of harmful substances when it comes to their food and their bedding and even the containers that store their juice, so we’re going to add more in their bloodstream? This stuff doesn’t just go away, folks; you are potentially screwing up your children for life.
For more information on this terrifying trend, please visit the Frontline special “The Medicated Child.”