Before the late '90's, you never saw prescription drugs advertised on tv. It was something that was unheard of. If something was wrong, you went to
the doctor. He would treat you and proscribe medication accordingly.
Back when I was a kid (in the 70's) there was no such thing as ADD & ADHD, at least not on any wide scale. In those days, when kids got outta
control, their parents simply applied what was known as ADD (Additional Daddy Discipline). In general, I would say kids were much more under control
back then, not to mention respectful.
Things aren't quite as simple these days, though.
Back then the whole social make-up was different. In 1975 my dad died. I was in grade school at the time. For years I was one of few kids that lived
in a one-parent household. I was the odd-man out. Around the same time, (in the wake of the sixties sexual revolution), America seemed to be coming
unglued. By the mid-to-late '80's divorce had become commonplace and the family unit was disintigrating at such a rapid pace, those getting married
by that time had about a 50/50 chance of making it.
Few people seemed concerned about the effects this was having on America's children. Remember - the '80's was the "me decade" - and SELF love was
elevated to a sickening art. It should be called the therapy decade. Boo hoo! I'm unhappy! Who cares about my family! I need to feel
whatever the cost.
As America's newly single parents were getting in touch with their touchy-feely selves, pursuing their own selfish desires, something their parents -
the aptly called greatest generation - taught us all fell by the wayside. What both sets of my grandparents stoicly taught me was how to be
responsible and stable. How to take their responsibilities to their families serious - no matter how depressing or miserable that might be. They
taught me - as well as so many like them - how to be faithful and how to be there for their loved ones, come hell and highwater. Every day of my life
that they lived, I knew they were there for me. And now I know, if I never did then, how much they loved me and my family.
That seems to be a rare thing these days. Families staying together through thick and thin. Parents dedicating themselves to bringing up their
children, putting their own desires on the backburner. Nowdays, there are so many different types of households. Mama's boyfriends come and go. There
are step siblings, step parents, half this half that.. its no wonder so many kids act out and are depressed. How could a kid not be out of control
under these circumstances?
And today's parents seem all too willing to take their kids straight to the doctor who, instead of delving into the possible spiritual/emotional
issues plaguing the kid, are ready to jack him up with the latest magical pharmeceutical "remedy." Some of which, are not even fully tested. It's
so much easier to just medicate junior instead of actually being more of a parent to him and getting down with the tough and needed love. It's
abysmal. Most kids just need more affection and attention - not legalised dope.
Is it any wonder we are seeing more and more kids becoming violent and acting out in ways once thought to be downright demonic? I think not. There is
a link. It goes straight to how children are being raised at home. If they are being neglected and forced to deal with a homelife that is antithetical
to healthy development, they are going to behave accordingly. Add to that these meds, which have been proven to cause extreme mood swings and suicidal
behavior, you've got a recipe for disaster.
Drug companies know what's going on. They prey on our social dysfunction as a crack dealer preys on the junkie. It's no different. See how they now
advertise their magic pills on tv day in and day out. We are now told daily to buy this and buy that, for all our ills will be alleviated with one
little pill. It's depraved.
To make matters even worse, President Bush is making life even sweeter for the pharmaceutical industry by introducing a little program known as the
New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (NFC). It is a nationwide mental illness screening program in government institutions, including the public
school system, for all students from kindergarten up to the 12th grade.
How 'bout that? Let's get 'em right outta the gate, boys. Let's screen these kids for any and all sign of any reason to sell these drugs to 'em.
Can you imagine? Imagine being labled in the second grade with some kind of mental disorder and then having to go through your life labled and doped
up by decree. What if you just behaved badly because your alcholic mother left and your daddy was seeing some HO who was mean to you & your siblings?
What if there was nothing at all wrong with you, aside from being treated badly by someone who wasn't even your parent? And you had no power to
change that. The what ifs run an incredible gamut. The government has NO business sticking its beaurocratic nose into your personal life! It certainly
has NO business declaring your child has some BS disorder that can only be treated for life with some fancy new drug.
Imagine those fat cat pharmo nazis milking us for everything we're worth while poisoning our children in the process. It is unconscienable! And that
is an understatement. We have got to put the breaks on this madness if we are to raise healthy children. It's time for parents to step up and be what
they should be - dedicated, loving caregivers to the most precious gift they will ever recieve in life - their kids. Tell the government to put it
where the sun doesn't shine. They do not own our kids and they never will!
The time to speak out is now - otherwise you might as well just hand your kids over to Uncle Sam & his drug buddies. They're waiting.
Drug makers to profit from Bush scheme to label kids mentally ill
By Evelyn Pringle
Online Journal Contributing Writer
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March 15, 2005—Citing recommendations by the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (NFC), George W. Bush wants to launch a nationwide mental
illness screening program in government institutions, including the public school system, for all students from kindergarten up to the 12th grade.
The New Freedom Commission was established by an executive order Bush issued on April 29, 2002. According to a July 22, 2003, press release, the
commission recommends transforming America's mental health care system.
"Achieving this goal will require greater engagement and education of first line health care providers—primary care practitioners—and a greater
focus on mental health care in institutions such as schools, child welfare programs, and the criminal and juvenile justice systems. The goal is
integrated care that can screen, identify, and respond to problems early," the commission's press release stated.