America has a drug problem, especially when it comes to “medicating” our kids. Please watch this video for the sake of our children.
We are routinely drugging our children. Not because they have a proven illness, one that has been diagnosed by brain scans, blood tests or as a result of genetic screening. No, we drug our kids because their many varied personalities tick boxes on a checklist. A hugely generic checklist that covers a multitude of personality types, behaviours and skills. In some ways it is so generic that it is about as useful as a tabloid horoscope.
Not only that but many of the diagnoses that result from these checklists are simply wrong and the children are being medicated for no good reason.
This is more than a crisis; it is a national scandal.
As of today 20 million children are labelled as having mental disorders as a result of these checklists. They are then prescribed powerful, dangerous and potentially life-threatening drugs. In the USA, 20% of boys are ‘diagnosed’ with ADHD and will be offered a powerful drug, not unlike amphetamine, in order to ‘normalise’ that child.
Let’s be honest here, this is BIG business. Child drugging is a $4.8 billion-a-year industry and all this labelling is basically drugging kids for profit.
But just for a moment, let’s imagine if we could change the lexicon of these so called disorders, if we could look at things differently. Perhaps we could come up with something that looks like this:
Social Anxiety Disorder – Humanitarian
Oppositional Defiant Disorder – Leader
General Anxiety Disorder – Activist
Attention Deficit Disorder – Inventor
Attachment Disorder – Healer
Bipolar Disorder – Artist
Personality Disorder – Philosopher
Conduct Disorder – Revolutionary
…and many times for ADHD we can just say – Kid
You can add your own titles to the list; singer, dancer, doctor, scientist, etc, but above all let’s allow the children to choose what they want to be and please stop the psychiatric labelling of them.
This is a call out to all parents: question the diagnosis. Is there really a problem? If you think there is then how about looking at diets, introducing exercise and time spent in nature? Check out support groups and work with occupational and expressive therapists. Engage the child with art, drama and movement. Allow the child to express what they are feeling and don’t simply try to talk them out of their emotions and suppress what they feel with these drugs. May we celebrate the uniqueness of our children.