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Watchdog Says Report of 10,000 Toddlers on ADHD Drugs Tip of the Iceberg...

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posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 12:37 AM
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The numbers are very alarming, even though while mostly not shocked, still. Considering all of the adults on these, instead of proper treatment, just medicate them. The even sicker part that the way the medical world is run pushing drugs is the only way for most Drs. to even break even. Wonder how many child killers, what ever tool they choose, are on these after all the warnings elude to.




posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 12:41 AM
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originally posted by: TheSpanishArcher
I'm seriously not getting this. How could any parent put a baby less than a year old on any of these drugs? How in the hell could ANYONE think this is right? Dr.'s are actually prescribing these drugs for newborns AND the parents are going along?

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Really? What am I missing here, or am I not missing anything? This sincerely baffles me.


I don't think it's us that's missing anything... I think it's the doctor's prescribing these drugs and the parents accepting the drugs that are seriously missing something. So far we're all seeing this pretty much the same way.

This is downright crazy.... and quite possibly dangerous.



posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 12:52 AM
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a reply to: Boadicea

Thank you for this find! It deserves the top of the site and
for as long as everybody needs to see it!

Of great interest to me is how the dosage levels (AND AGE
CUTOFFS) have markedly changed in guidelines for prescribing
the psychotropics. An APA white paper that I swear was out
there and that I will again find, less than four years old, has
stated unequivocally that the younger the patient the more
permanent damage done by MAOIs/SSRIs. To prescribe significant
dosages of them to ANYONE under 12 is like packing TNT in the
lunchbox, and that's not hyperbole!

It's only in the most visibly extreme cases that a child 12 or
younger should be given them... and a 15% chance still exists
there can be breaks or acting out on homicidal/suicidal impulses
even at 18 down to 12!

Briefly it's almost brain murder to give this stuff to babies and
toddlers; just because of the brain in such an early stage of
development. Now to dig for the paper and the effects table.
And I'll keep looking for the damned thing if it takes me all
next week.
I got Paxil in 80-100 mg a day after a ramp up of a month and a
half after I was 40, and I was Stimpy. God help us all and most
of all the very young! An outrageous turn of events



posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 12:53 AM
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originally posted by: LadyGreenEyes
a reply to: Boadicea

How does this have so few flags??? The numbers there are what's insane! Even placing a teen on such medication is a serious risk, and many can cause suicidal behavior. This is known. Younger kids, more risk. How in the heck can anyone, ANYONE, claim a toddler is depressed, or psychotic????? Worse, a baby?!?!?!?!? They can't even talk or walk, or do much of anything, and someone decides they need these drugs?? I am outraged.


I really don't know how anyone can justify these numbers at all. There might -- just might -- be certain rare circumstances in which a toddler could benefit from temporary medication, perhaps after a traumatic experience of some kind... but even then I would think something more like a sedative, not these kinds of drugs. But for a baby? A BABY??? No. I just don't see it in any way, shape or form.


All of this, and people claim it's the guns causing the violence. Far more likely, it's these drugs.


That's one of my biggest fears.


(and blast it, I want a flaming head emoticon for this!!!)


Yes! Now I do too!!!



posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 01:04 AM
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a reply to: derfreebie


Of great interest to me is how the dosage levels (AND AGE CUTOFFS) have markedly changed in guidelines for prescribing the psychotropics. An APA white paper that I swear was out there and that I will again find, less than four years old, has stated unequivocally that the younger the patient the more permanent damage done by MAOIs/SSRIs. To prescribe significant dosages of them to ANYONE under 12 is like packing TNT in the lunchbox, and that's not hyperbole!


No, I know it's not hyperbole. In the 90s, in fact at the time of Columbine, I was working for a children's behavioral health center, with both in-patient and out-patient treatment. Virtually all of these kids were horribly HORRIBLY abused in their lives, some were born addicted to meth, or suffered fetal alcohol syndrome... but my docs were so very careful prescribing any psychotropic drugs for this very reason, and even then, only for in-patients who could be closely monitored. Especially for suicidial and/or homicidal ideation. But also for physical negative side effects, from breathing to heart problems. I don't see that same care and consideration in these numbers.



posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 01:24 AM
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originally posted by: Boadicea
a reply to: derfreebie


Of great interest to me is how the dosage levels (AND AGE CUTOFFS) have markedly changed in guidelines for prescribing the psychotropics. An APA white paper that I swear was out there and that I will again find, less than four years old, has stated unequivocally that the younger the patient the more permanent damage done by MAOIs/SSRIs. To prescribe significant dosages of them to ANYONE under 12 is like packing TNT in the lunchbox, and that's not hyperbole!


No, I know it's not hyperbole. In the 90s, in fact at the time of Columbine, I was working for a children's behavioral health center, with both in-patient and out-patient treatment. Virtually all of these kids were horribly HORRIBLY abused in their lives, some were born addicted to meth, or suffered fetal alcohol syndrome... but my docs were so very careful prescribing any psychotropic drugs for this very reason, and even then, only for in-patients who could be closely monitored. Especially for suicidial and/or homicidal ideation. But also for physical negative side effects, from breathing to heart problems. I don't see that same care and consideration in these numbers.



Have you got a link showing the breakdown of the numbers?
Exactly what was given?
Why was it given?
What was it treating?
Was it given on or off label?
Was it given acutely or chronically?

The link in the Scientology report only drills down to classifications of drugs.
It doesn't give any answers to the questions above which are important to know.
It doesn't give any detail in the numbers of meds given to individuals. Again, that is important to know.
Otherwise it's just a list of completely meaningless numbers.

As I've said, these types of drugs are too easily doled out (tbh I was shocked by the CDC report) and tighter guidelines need to be enforced (as well as bigger penalties for those not following the guidelines) but to push-back against them using what looks like bogus information isn't the way to do it.
So if someone can find the information I've requested please post it on here.
I'm happy to change my mind.

The fact that the report is authored by a group desperate to promote their version of mental health "care" above everything else and whose founder called all psychiatrists murderers seems to have been bypassed throughout this thread.

Is everyone posting a Scientologist or are you all just accepting the report because it fits your cognitive bias?



posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 06:01 AM
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a reply to: Boadicea


Exactly the root of this bad deal and bravely put. I DON'T think they
care at all. In quick retrospect and tail tucked in...
I'll apologize for misplacing (or maybe the whole NIMH/APA page
was wiped) that statistical table of toxicity v. age group. It was an
eye-opener and no mirage.

But for the sake of a tad of substance regarding the more pertinent
aspect of prescription frequency in the younger 'patients', I Googled
eventually to Arianna's health section for subject matter. On this long
ride I tried to absorb that fellow's article from HIS blog-- and the
gist of that old discarded table just got a supercharger. As installed,
the short bus' engine now has big teeth and no doors on the husk.

not quite a rant/,
and I need to reinforce THIS thread rather than water the issue down
with one of my own.. it wouldn't be anything but weak soup alone
anyway.

For those who may be even more skeptical than yours truly: you
can beat me up for linking a doctor from the Huff Post after you read
the whole column, I beg you. I'll report, you deride. I know it's an ATS
thing bless you all. However: this guy is a wealth of bad news, and after
checking a couple of things out with the appropriate NIMH and FDA
citations, not bad info.
SIDEBAR: To maybe pump him up a little, he was an expert witness in
a suit against Eli Lilly, which ultimately was settled on appeal with
prejudice (quietly). Hey he ate one for the team, let's watch him:..zzzzz

Trust me: if the present body of evidence, metrics and stats about
this psycho-pharmacological skull pull were available twenty years ago,
the whole Document Committee would have had to do a lot more than
just re-brand itself in recent years. There may be a few cadres of five-
letter MDs justifiably looking for others presently less heeled in the
community in the prospect of some hazing. Or well deserved slamming.

And the new, improved and more fearsome military-sounding DSM
Task Force are just the Daniel Websters of nutcase anyway, or
supposedly so... "Hey let's promulgate this disorder in order to sell some
Brighto for big bucks!"

Trouble is, the real data's spread all over the community-- and the
research would take a whole team just to find all the appropriate
cover sheets: much less put a package together to shed real light on
this monster.

Toward that helpless concept, I'm sorry about the sloppy citations,
writing style and general appearances. I’m not Jon Rappoport by a light
year. Wish to God for this job that I was though. It’s just about 6am right
now and I was almost out of gas when I got to your cover story. Believe
I'm working on a spurt of Scared-awake. /not EVEN a rant

Dr Peter Breggin:

A recent blog of mine described how unethical and illegal drug
company activities have driven the prescription of toxic anti-psychotic
drugs to children. Now the "success" of this campaign has been
documented(1) in the Archives of General Psychiatry. In a
comparison between the years 1993-1998 and 2005-2009, prescriptions
of antipsychotic drugs for per 100 children (0-13 years old) rose from
0.24 to 1.83. That's more than a sevenfold increase.

Given that most of prescriptions are for the older children in this age
range, the rate would be substantially higher among preteens and
13-year-olds. For adolescents (14-20 years old) the increase was nearly
fivefold.
Emphasis added by derf


About the middle of the column:


Unlike the escalation in stimulant drugs prescribed to children for
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is led by
pediatricians and family doctors, psychiatrists are doing most of the
prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to children. As reported earlier, the
drugging of children with antipsychotic drugs is a direct result of off-
label (unapproved) uses promoted by the drug companies in cooperation
with unscrupulous psychiatrists(2) and researchers(3) in
leadership roles(4) in the profession.

The new Archives of General Psychiatry study confirms that most of
the prescriptions of antipsychotic drugs to children have indeed been
off-label for disruptive behavioral disorders. Instead of helping parents
and teachers to improve their methods of disciplining children, psychia-
trists are suppressing the overall mental life and behavior of these
youngsters with antipsychotic drugs.

Closer to the end of his column:

As I describe in my new book(5), health professionals must
stop the psychiatric drugging of children and focus on developing facilities
and approaches for helping children as well as adults to withdraw from
these drugs as safely as possible.

An epidemic of brain damage and other bodily harms could be stopped
by curtailing the drugging of children and by encouraging their safe
withdrawal from these hazardous chemical intrusions into their brains,
minds, and lives.


Citations: boy I hope these line up or my rep as a junk food critic will SUCK.
The Doctor’s supplemental documentation (1):
Source

a link to the psychiatrists (2) the Old Grey Lady is farting in their general
direction (?!):
Source

the researchers (3):
Source (NOT TONIGHT)
MY APOLOGIES--- Senator Chuck Grassley's stuff is getting juggled on his site
per a remodeling, and it looks like his old link doesn't work. How nifty for him....

and finally our fearless leaders (4):
Source

And Boadicea, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the fallout you alerted to is
spot on. The complete article deals with a few of the negative medical side
effects including initially but not limited to increased blood sugar, diabetes,
increased lipids (cholesterol), and obesity. We all know the fun-house we’ll
visit later with a couple of those hookers in the stagecoach, don’t we?

Let's just consequentially turn all the kids' endocrine systems into malady
magnets. We'll be rich! TWICE

The whole Huff Post burrito is at
Source

Last Word::: How perversely comical the Doctor's quantifier of "Soaring".
Christ just for the cog end of it they're doing lobotomies without tools now.
"Imagine if you will, a world run by psychopaths."
Rod Serling, in 1961 (?) to start a Twilight Zone episode.
I believe by now half of those authors for the show were either prophets
or change agents.



Peter R. Breggin, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in Ithaca, New York;
and the author of dozens of scientific articles and more than twenty books.
His most recent book is Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers,
Therapists, Patients and Their Families
.(5)
The first half of the book describes a broad array of adverse effects that
should lead to drug reduction or withdrawal, and the second half describes a
person-centered team approach to accomplishing drug withdrawal.
Dr. Breggin's website is www.breggin.com.[/ex
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posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 09:14 AM
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a reply to: derfreebie

Wow. Thank you so much for all this research. I've got some reading to do! Starting with the HuffPo article...


Trouble is, the real data's spread all over the community-- and the research would take a whole team just to find all the appropriate cover sheets: much less put a package together to shed real light on this monster.


Yes! I tried to do a little research before posting, and realized it wasn't possible to do "a little" research, and it sure wouldn't be quick. Much the same as what I'm finding while researching vaccines. Ugh!


Toward that helpless concept, I'm sorry about the sloppy citations, writing style and general appearances. I’m not Jon Rappoport by a light year. Wish to God for this job that I was though.


No apologies necessary. I appreciate the work you put into finding all this and posting. I'm sure others do too. Thank you so much.



posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 09:56 AM
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a reply to: derfreebie

Just wanted to quote this part from the HuffPo article regarding the violent side effects:


My patient Joey became dangerously violent for the first time after exposure to antipsychotic medication and then became even more violent during withdrawal. You can witness similar reactions in stunning footage from an ABC News documentary about U.S. foster children prescribed large quantities of psychiatric drugs, including Brooke, also age 7, who had been exposed to the drugs since the age of 4. When she was finally taken to a psychiatrist who recognized what was happening to her, the doctor observed, "The first thing we've got to think about: Is the medicine causing this? ... There always has to be a high index of suspicion when we're using these agents."


ABC News Investigation: Diane Sawyer and Sharyn Alfonsi to Report on the Overmedication of Children in the U.S. Foster Care System

20/2 0: Generation Meds

Foster kids... like they don't have it bad enough already...



posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 10:12 AM
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originally posted by: StoutBroux
a reply to: Boadicea

That is so GD SIIIICK!!!!! People don't want to have babies anymore, they want little baby dolls. Don't have the time or energy to deal with a baby that is cranky, fussy, makes too much noise, crawls around too much, or walks too early. Maybe they should just buy 'Baby Alive' doll so they pretend to be real parents.



I think that it is more complex than that; although I do think that there is a pervasive sense of entitlement that is growing worse in our society that contributes to what you are talking about. Another factor is that ever since the late 80's The State has had more and more say in how children are raised. Parents can't discipline their children and don't know how to parent.

There is also this weird glossy effect associated with social media where people have to present their perfect lives which includes how they are a perfect parent with perfect children. There is a perpetual myth that is gaining steam that if you are warm and accepting then that is enough and your kids will be fine. Teaching children independence is falling by the way-side, people want to present perfect dolls as an extension of their on-line persona and ego.

The end result is that people start believing this fantasy and doing their best to live it and it is just that, a fantasy. You are not going to have a respectful child capable of self-regulation and empathy if they are catered to with little to no discipline and constantly presented as a status symbol instead of being treated as a learning and developing human being.

As this gains steam, society itself is less tolerant of any behavior from children that does not fit that Social Media Fantasy. So now, outside the home and social media fantasy realm society is absurdly intolerant of normal behavior from children, and compounding the problem, children ARE acting worse because parents are losing the right, knowledge and ability to parent. It is just sick and weird.


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posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 10:29 AM
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a reply to: redhorse

Thank you! You described/explained that vicious circle very well!!!

I was kinda sorta thinking along these lines, but you put it all together far better than me.



posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 11:24 AM
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I can't comment on the absolute numbers of kids on these drugs, but I can confirm anecdotally, at least around here, that scipts for young kids was very much 'a thing' 20 - 25 years ago.

At the time, the overall perception was that American kids were behind kids from every other developed country in any measure that mattered. Of course, I didn't see any question over how these measurements were conducted, or whether they were even meaningful in any real way.

So the American educational establishment was collectively feeling a lot of pressure to perform, and deflecting as much of the pressure as they could.

So what it boiled down to was citizens blaming schools for failing; schools blaming parents for kids not being perfect little scholars; and parents (instead of questioning the establishment) questioning their own ability to parent and believing whole -heartedly that their kids were somehow... abnormal? Defective?

I was attending university at the time as an education major, and it was chilling how 'normalizing' and 'mainstreaming' the kids was where the focus was being placed. Not making the system flexible enough to meet kids where they were, and building them up from there.

I saw first hand how kids were coming to school drugged; walking down to the office at the appointed time for their next dose; and taking on themselves the feeling they weren't good enough.

It haunts me to this day. And doesn't shock me at all when I hear of another young adult going haywire. Society is reaping what was sown 20 years ago.



posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 12:28 PM
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a reply to: CantStandIt

Now that you mention it, I do remember my daughter's high school counselor telling me that some crazy high percentage of the student body was on some kind of psychiatric drug. This was almost 15 years ago now. And the reason it came up was because of a family tragedy that had my daughter very distraught, and the counselor suggested I take her to a doctor for meds. I told her that my daughter SHOULD be distraught under the circumstances, that I would be more concerned if she wasn't, and that we would get through together as a family. And we did.

(Maybe I should say that the family tragedy was a baby born with a brain tumor who only lived three days. As you can imagine, it was devastating to our family.)

I didn't like the suggestion at the time, but today I'm seeing it in a new -- even worse -- light...



posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 04:31 PM
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Some of those psychotropes act as a catalyst in a coctail of tailored exposures for an RNA unlock.



posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 10:58 PM
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originally posted by: Boadicea
a reply to: derfreebie

Just wanted to quote this part from the HuffPo article regarding the violent side effects:


My patient Joey became dangerously violent for the first time after exposure to antipsychotic medication and then became even more violent during withdrawal. You can witness similar reactions in stunning footage from an ABC News documentary about U.S. foster children prescribed large quantities of psychiatric drugs, including Brooke, also age 7, who had been exposed to the drugs since the age of 4. When she was finally taken to a psychiatrist who recognized what was happening to her, the doctor observed, "The first thing we've got to think about: Is the medicine causing this? ... There always has to be a high index of suspicion when we're using these agents."


ABC News Investigation: Diane Sawyer and Sharyn Alfonsi to Report on the Overmedication of Children in the U.S. Foster Care System

20/2 0: Generation Meds

Foster kids... like they don't have it bad enough already...



"...high degree of suspicion" may be the lynchpin of the decade.

"When she was finally out of code, and the psychiatrist noticed she
was still pooching more bilateral temporal shorts than Snoopy on a whole
gallon of MY coffee-- the first begging of the DUUhhh question was
what kept the foster home's medical team out of Herod's dungeon."
Gak, mommy.

It's no longer surprising after our exchange yesterday about "care"
and the high probability Big Pharma does NOT..., it only follows
that the kids without a family around to get litigous will get the nod
first; for experimental dosages of already dangerous compounds.

Yeah, I think the demons care only about their bottom line getting
trimmed off with unneccessary settlements when the lab rats go South.
Absolutely nothing will smooth you (rhetorically FGS) out better than
metaphorically pouring tar all over your endorphin receptors.. until
the dose weakens off. I think I'd rather be picked on... and would
rather have a viable conscience than big money any day of the eon.

"HELL," Sinatra. Sorry about the long absence, but had to go recharge
and shrug off the guilt over the other side of my family tree. Rest
assured the latter took less long... and I'm grateful I don't work that way.



posted on Oct, 11 2015 @ 12:28 AM
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I'm speechless, actually I can think of alot of words..bad ones, WTF is going on, I'm having a hard time believing this is just quackery.

WTF
Here's how the numbers break down for the 0 to 1-year-olds... the babies:

-- 249,669 on anti-anxiety drugs (such as Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan)
-- 26,406 on antidepressants (such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil)
-- 1,422 on ADHD drugs (such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta)
-- 654 on antipsychotics (such as Risperdal, Seroquel, and Zyprexa)



posted on Oct, 11 2015 @ 12:35 AM
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I am very sorry to hear of your family's loss. ~hugs to you and yours~

And thanks for the thread. Forgot to say that in my original reply. S & F.



posted on Oct, 11 2015 @ 12:43 AM
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a reply to: vonclod

Interestingly, a friend who is navigating a rather nasty divorce was prescribed Ativan and frequent follow ups with her GP. After 2 weeks of Ativan use only when needed, the Dr. made he comment 'This is extremely addictive, we'll start weaning you off now', and went on to prescribe very gradual, very conservative tapering off.

And we're giving babies this stuff?!?! WTF indeed!!!



posted on Oct, 11 2015 @ 05:39 AM
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It's no longer surprising after our exchange yesterday about "care" and the high probability Big Pharma does NOT..., it only follows that the kids without a family around to get litigous will get the nod first; for experimental dosages of already dangerous compounds.


No, it's not surprising and that's one of the most pathetic things about it. We know they've done it (human experiments) before, and always to the most vulnerable, those with the least resources to fight back. It's beyond sick. Beyond sadistic.



posted on Oct, 11 2015 @ 06:52 AM
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Here's how the numbers break down for the 0 to 1-year-olds... the babies:

-- 249,669 on anti-anxiety drugs (such as Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan)
-- 26,406 on antidepressants (such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil)
-- 1,422 on ADHD drugs (such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta)
-- 654 on antipsychotics (such as Risperdal, Seroquel, and Zyprexa)

Here's how the numbers break down for the toddlers:

-- 318,997 on anti-anxiety drugs
-- 46,102 on antidepressants
-- 10,000 on ADHD drugs
-- 3,760 on antipsychotics

And here's how the numbers break down for all age groups/drugs:

-- The total number of 0-5 year olds on psychiatric drugs is 1,080,168.
-- The number of 6-12 year olds on psychiatric drugs is 4,130,340.
-- The number of 13-17 year olds taking psychiatric drugs is 3,617,593.

But these kids must need these drugs right? There must have been extensive diagnostic testing performed to determine these kids must have these drugs, right? Nope:


What could possibly go wrong??? Let's read that quote above again: "...serious side effects such as agitation, mania, aggressive or hostile behavior, seizures, hallucinations, and even sudden death, according to the National Institutes of Health." How many recent school shooters and other mass murderers have been on these drugs again??? Oh... that's right... ALL OF THEM. Hmmmmm.....

------------------------------------

Note: The above article is from May 2014, and references this article (also from May 2014) in the New York Times:

Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries


I saw this the other day online and found it highly disturbing . Toddlers on klonopin and Xanax, what the hell is wrong with society ?! There is no way I would ever ever put my two-year-old on any of those medication it's like parents blindly believe anything the doctor tells him anymore, we all know most doctors work for the pharmaceutical companies!

Before I found my current doctor I went to three previous doctors and not one of them actually listened to me about my bipolar. They were all more than willing to just hand me stacks of prescription for various antipsychotics, which of course I handed back and said I don't want any of that stuff. Well I found my current Doctor Who actually listens to me and part of that is because her daughter is bipolar and she completely understands the disorder. I take Prozac and a small dose of Xanax every day and honestly I wish the doctor would've given me Prozac when I was freaking 20 years old when I searched and BEGGED for help knowing that I had something wrong but constantly got turned away. I actually had a doctor tell me he did not believe in mental health and thought it was all in my head then looked at my chart and said, "oh I see you're a Scorpio that's just part of your personality," then he told me to go home and meditate! I went a tad crazy and tore up his office room . I was given so many different antipsychotics the worst one being Seroquel, oh my god no way!! That Stuff is horrible.

My friends stepson years ago when he was around 11 was given Seroquel. She would tell me how he would complain about his new medication and how it made him feel but nobody believed him, they thought he was making it up for attention, now at this time I had no idea what he was on. I was over at her house one day and I noticed the Seroquel in the cabinet and I asked who was on that because currently at the time I was on it and I knew exactly how it made me feel. She told me her stepsons name and I went and spoke to him and asked him about his medication and how he felt . The poor kid broke down in tears when I told him I understood because I also took it and as an adult it affected me badly. I couldn't even function. I gained 50 pounds! It affected my motor skills and just my entire body. II can only imagine a poor 11-year-old feeling that way and then being told he's making it up for attention. When he finally had someone who understood him he seemed relieved and I don't blame him. Yes he use to do a lot of things to get attention so I could kind of see why they thought he was making it up but still he's 11 taking a heavy antipsychotic somebody should've listened to him. It made me want to cry for him. When I told my friend that was the medication I was on and that everything he was saying how he felt was 100% true they immediately got him taken off that medication and to a new doctor.

When I was younger they wanted to put my brother on ADHD medication and my mom absolutely flat out refused . My brother is far from ADHD as an adult, when he was a kid he was just a kid but yet they wanted to label them as ADHD and all these other things because he wouldn't sit still and he would do this and do that my brother is far from ADHD and I'm glad my mom said no .

As far as side effects especially with Xanax I can completely understand why it is highly addictive. I went out of town one weekend and forgot my Xanax and my Prozac. Well not having my Xanax made those three days a nightmare it freaked me out! I couldn't sleep I had hallucinations I felt like my whole body was shaking . It was the worst feeling I have ever felt in my life. I I was afraid I was going to have a seizure or something after reading about side effects of it because I had no idea that was what was causing me to feel that way.

I am weaning myself off of it because I do not want to take it anymore, they usually prescribe you klonopin to get off of Xanax but I don't want anything else I don't want it. I told my doctor I don't want to take it anymore and she told me how to taper down and so far it's been fine. So I can completely see how people get easily addicted to that medication it is highly addictive and in my opinion far too many people are prescribed it that do not need it. It really does help with my anxiety but I will find other ways to deal with it besides this medication because I do not like how it makes me feel when I don't have it .

I see so many people that I know go on medications just because their doctor says they need all of these yet in experience dealing with doctors most of them have no clue what they're prescribing . I have had doctors actually tell me they're impressed by my knowledge of pharmaceutical medication when it comes to mental health, well for years I couldn't get help so all I did was research bipolar disorder and the medications associated with it. I was a willing guinea pig for Seroquel because I was in desperate need of wanting help. I had no idea what that stuff was going to do to me!

A couple years ago I had a DNA swab done and my genetics were tested up against all the main mental health medication . You were put in three categories. 1. Can take 2. Neutral 3. No way. All the meds in the past that I had been on were in the category of 3, meaning I should never have been on them to begin with. Guess what was in the 1 category, Prozac. It wasn't until my current doctor that I ever even heard of Prozac for bipolar. Honestly she's the reason that I am semi-sane now .




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