After the horrific shootings last week and hearing passing reports that the 20 year old shooter, Adam Lanza had been on anti depressants and remembering that past mass shooters were also on antidepressants, made me research the prevalence of medicating children and youths. It appears to be unfortunately, very high. I read about most of these horrific cases and discovered that most if not all were seeing professionals or taking some form of psychoactive drug. There appears to be an overwhelming co relation to these drugs and violence.
Students like Kipland Kinke 15, years old, in 1998 shot 24 students; He was diagnosed with mental illness and on antidepressants. Eric Harris 17 and Dylan Kliebold 18 in the Columbine High School shootings, they were on antidepressants. I read about a few more shootings and researched the shooters some more. (Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Deadliest-U-S-school-shootings-3454376.php#ixzz2FNCC66gr )
Is there a co relation to the number of these shootings to the number of youths, who are on these types of drugs? The term psychotropic means that it alters or affects the mind and brain. I found it not only shocking to learn that little kids with still developing brains are being put on these dangerous drugs but in most cases, the parents weren’t even made aware of the seriously severe effects of some of these drugs. For example, some of the side effects to taking Ritalin include: nervousness, agitation, anxiety, irritability. Some of the more serious effects include: Visual hallucinations, depression, feelings of suspicion and paranoia, high blood pressure, seizures, and infections (more info here: http://ritalinsideeffects.net/ ) these drugs work on the frontal lobe of the brain; this is the area in control of empathy and compassion. Is it possible that these drugs are essentially lobotomizing the brains of our developing children and teenagers? You take a teenager for example who is going through a barrage of adolescent strife, hormonal and physiological changes and then add a chemical that essentially cuts off a vital portion of that developing brain. What if that child is just extremely sensitive? Sensitivity is a spiritual aspect of one’s personality, is sensitivity now an illness that needs to be medicated? It’s also been proven that many kids diagnosed with ADHD are actually gifted children. When you look at the staggering statistics, the increase of suicide, particularly in children over the years have increased dramatically since the multibillion dollar industry began. In most cases the drugs that are being prescribed to young people and children as young as 2 years old are given without any clinical testing. Often a simple ten minute meeting with the child can determine whether they feel the child needs to be medicated. There are no blood tests performed or routinely no extensive medical history taken before it’s determined that they need medication. The whole science is really more of a pseudo science. Over the next few articles, I will be exploring the dangers of these widely prescribed drugs and the validity of psychiatry in general. In the meantime, I urge you to research any behavioral drug a doctor suggests that you or your child may need. Please be informed and stay tuned for my follow up article- Dangerous Drugs Part 2
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