Friday, July 29, 2011

Do You Or Your Children Really Need Those Drugs?

Are you or your children taking drugs for mental illness or ADHD?  I found a great article at Natural News that talks about the epidemic of so-called mental illness and the "need" for millions to be on psychotropic medications.

A child recevies her daily ADHD meds
but does she really need them?

 If you or a loved one is taking these drugs you may want to read through this article.  It may be that those drugs are doing more harm than good!  Please read on...
(NaturalNews) Is America truly stricken with widespread mental illness? Do tens of millions need mind-altering drugs? A recent flurry of media articles lead readers to a realization that Big Pharma and the "mental health" industry have deceived Americans on a grand scale.
People are taking more drugs than ever
before but we aren't getting any better!
The "New York Review of Books" two-part article by Dr. Marcia Angell, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School and former Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, summarizes it extremely well. She analyzes three books by authors Irving Kirsch, Robert Whitaker, and Daniel Carlat. Each deconstructs the apparent mental illness epidemic and theory that mental disorders stem from brain chemical imbalances which can be corrected by drugs.

Dr. Angell's review has sparked a host of other journalists to applaud her and fuel the fire. An article in Forbes even concludes, "psychopharma is looking like an idea whose time has passed."

As an overview:

Ten percent of Americans over age six take antidepressants. Antipsychotic drugs, once reserved for schizophrenics, have become the top-selling class of drugs in the US, with over $14 billion in sales in 2009. ADHD, bipolar and autism diagnoses have exploded in the past two decades with at least 5 million US kids now on psychiatric drugs. Ten percent of boys take drugs for ADHD. Half a million kids take antipsychotics, including preschoolers.
Now that you've read the article, what do you think about so many of our nation's children being on these psychoactive drugs?  I have a grandaugther who has been "diagnosed" with ADHD but thankfully our daughter does not want to medicate her and has chosen alternative methods to deal with the "ADHD".  My personal opinion is that my grandaughter is simply spoiled and a bit hyper, but I could be wrong.  I'm just grateful she is not taking psych meds!  I firmly believe that the ADHD drugs do more harm than good in the long run.

Do you have kids with ADHD or other diagnosis that they are being medicated for?  I would love to hear from you and how you feel these medications are helping (or harming) your child!

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