I was speaking to my sister on the phone this morning. She and her two gorgeous children have been going through a tough patch since her husband upped
one day and demanded a divorce. This was three years ago. At the same time he seemed to divorce the children . Stopped paying child maintenance and
stopped wanting to see the children. When my sister took this scumball to court last week for back maintenance he sms-ed his daughter saying he
doubted that she was his. Since then the daughter has been highly distraught and depressed. Paint me surprised!
This gorgeous fifteen year old is going through all this stress together with the normal boyfriend and school stresses. Isn't it pretty typical for
teenagers to be depressed. In my practice it is. My sister says well I took her to the doctor because she is depressed and I think she will get better
now he prescribed Risperdal for her.
"Risperdal is an antipsychotic medication. It is an "atypical antipsychotic". It works by changing the effects of chemicals in the brain.
Risperdal is used to treat schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic depression). It is also used in autistic children to treat symptoms
The emphasis has to be on the fact that Risperdal is an anti-psychotic and meant for schizophrenics with delusions, the bipolar and autistic uses were
added later when drug companies discovered that maybe it works for that too.
The question then becomes why is a dangerous drug like Risperdal being prescribed for a normal depressed teenager and how did it become the SEVENTH
most used drug in the world?
"But most of Risperdal's success comes from the unsung doctors -- you know who you are -- who extolled the drug for unapproved use in pediatric
bipolar disorder, ADHD, depression, "agitated, expansive, grandiose" "psychopathologies" [per Biederman], Alzheimer's, jealousy, "oppositional"
disorder, borderline states, assorted neurological diseases, sleep and mood disorders and whatever else would stick to the wall."
"Like the doctors who upheld the "long-term safety and effectiveness of risperidone for severe disruptive behaviors in children," on the basis of a
one-year study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2005."
"Nor did the FDA's why-hold-up-a-drug-just-because-it's-dangerous attitude hurt. In 2007, it approved Risperdal for adolescents 13-17 with
schizophrenia, and children and adolescents 10-17 with "short-term treatment of bipolar mania associated with manic or mixed episodes of bipolar I
disorder" on the basis of two six- to eight-week studies. Barely long enough to need validated parking."
My opinion is that the drug companies have exhausted their potential client base for other drugs like Ritalin and Prozac and found this new cash cow
Risperdal. Why not? America and the world don't mind their teenagers being strung out on mind controlling drugs.
My sister was horrified to discover that Risperdal was actually an anti-psychotic drug and has decided to discontinue use.
[edit on 4-2-2009 by Mynaeris]