Part I - The Drugging Of Our Children for “Behavior Disorders”
By Jacob Azerrad, author of From Difficult to Delightful in Just 30 Days
Jan 10, 2009
For entire article: http://www.patriotledger.com/opinions/x946309370/JACOB-AZERRAD-How-many-more-Rebecca-Rileys
In a 2007 “60 Minutes” episode, Katie Couric focused on the short life of 4-year-old Rebecca Riley. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 3, she died one year later from an overdose of a psychotropic drug cocktail. The child’s mother has been charged with murder.
Psychiatric diagnostic labels are being used to describe “behavior disorders” in children and they are now being given drugs to control behaviors that we used to think were healthy and normal. There are pills for moodiness, yelling, biting, throwing, kicking, cursing, punching, name-calling and lying. There are pills for whispering in class, for “hyperactivity”, for when grandma dies and for daydreaming.
Is the “terrible twos” now a disease? Is having a tantrum a disease? To diagnose a 2-year-old as bipolar by adult standards is preposterous. Young children are being drugged to a degree unprecedented in our history. Childhood behavior is filled with curiosity about life. A young child has an extraordinary ability in terms of emotions and cognitions. They can get upset very quickly and become angry, depressed or moody because their emotions are so fluid, so available. They can scream or cry one moment and laugh the next. Is this “bipolar” behavior?
Childhood is not a disease. Children act up, throw tantrums, defy authority and they need adults to teach them how to manage difficult feelings and handle disappointment appropriately. There are ways for parents to do this that are effective and don’t involve drugs. It’s up to parents to teach their children that life is meant to be learned, experienced and enjoyed – it’s not just a pill to be swallowed.
Studies in the 1970s and ’80s concluded bipolar disorder was rare in children, but from 1994 to 2003, there was an astounding 40-fold increase diagnosing bipolar disorder in children. In Massachusetts alone, from 1988 to 2003, the prescription of stimulants, antidepressants and anti-psychotics given to children rose more than 300 percent and the number of teenage users is even greater.
From 1993 through the first three months of 2008, 1,207 children who were given Risperdal suffered serious problems. Thirty one died including a 9-year-old who suffered a fatal stroke 12 days after starting therapy with Risperdal. Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug approved for treating but not curing schizophrenia. But recently it’s used more and more to control “behavioral disorders” in children, and for autism. Go to http://www.risperdalsideeffects.com/ for a list of the many serious adverse side effects and litigation information.
An appalling TeenScreen “mental screening” test is being offered to school children to determine if they are “suicidal”. Go to Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfU9puZQKBY for a scary video on this test and to http://www.petitiononline.com/TScreen/petition.html for a petition against it.
Go to http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/524.html for how Pharma manipulates drug testing.
Part II – More on Resperidal Backlash and Natural Non-Toxic Enzymes and Homeopathics for Your Children