On Tuesday evening I watch a program on SBS television called The Cutting Edge with a lengthy investigation into childhood mental illness. doctors Diagnosing Children as young 2 and 4 years old with Bi-Polar and ADHD and prescribing medication for these kids which are Adult medications with no idea as to the dosage or side effects these drugs would have on the growing brain. Medications such as including anti psychotic, anti depressants, sleeping pills etc to four year olds…
To my mind this is ridiculus and is playing with fire. A small childs brain is being wired,
it is learning and developing, growing and maturing, throwing a cocktail of drugs at such a young age is bond to cause problems later in life and develope a dependence on the drugs.
I do acknowledge that there cases where these can be of benefit to children who are
demonstrating signs which are not the usual, children with brain damage and confirmed
mental illness, however prescribing these for kids whose behaviour is naughty,
a bit sad, hyperactive, fidgetty, prone to temper tantrums and outbursts etc is just horrifying.
The widespread use of drugs such as Ritallin is being shown to be a crutch in a lot of instances
Treatment of children whose behaviour is less than satisfactory at home or at school does
not warrant a lengthy and prolonged course of drugs.
A simple course in behaviour modification sometimes goes a lot further.
If you look at diet you can often find the answers you are looking for
rather doping kids up for life.
what do you think?
dope them up and sedate or find a natural way, through diet and vitamins….?