The Children are Drugged

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In the year 2014, the Citizens Commission of Human Rights have recorded 8,389,034 children, between the ages of 0-17, were being drugged with psychotic medications. If children are the future then why is society drugging them? We know as parents we are not perfect at all when it comes to raising children. So, what happens exactly if we were to say that we didn’t do a good job at parenting? Are medications really the answer, to fill in for the poor job of the parents in raising a child? What is interesting is that most people do not know the whole story behind psychiatry or its purpose, but the ones who find out agree that it does more harm than good.

Submitted: November 21, 2016

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The Children are Drugged...

by Andrew Kolden

 

In the year 2014, the Citizens Commission of Human Rights have recorded 8,389,034 children, between the ages of 0-17, were being drugged with psychotic medications. If children are the future then why is society drugging them? We know as parents we are not perfect at all when it comes to raising children. So, what happens exactly if we were to say that we didn’t do a good job at parenting? Are medications really the answer, to fill in for the poor job of the parents in raising a child? What is interesting is that most people do not know the whole story behind psychiatry or its purpose, but the ones who find out agree that it does more harm than good. However, those 8 million children who were medicated sometimes inaccurately could have been reduce significantly, if parents were more involve in the life of their children, or had adequate discipline, and guidance in the child’s life. Having child development classes as a requirement in high school for both boys and girls could be a solution to help reduce the misdiagnosed disorder, lower the need for counseling, and eliminate the secrecy behind treatments in why it is needed. It is an ongoing issue in our society, and it will only get worse with time unless parents are educated.

If high schools did implement these classes for both boys and girls, it could reduce misdiagnosed mental disorders in families. It would also increase the awareness in students with the knowledge of how to be a parent so that they are prepared. Besides, if you were a parent, would you like to know how to be the best? According to Lynn A. Karoly, M. Rebecca Kilburn, and Jill S. Cannon’s article of “Proven Benefits of Early Childhood Interventions” how the “first few years of a child’s life are a particularly sensitive period in the process of development, laying a foundation in childhood and beyond for cognitive functioning; behavioral, social, and self-regulatory capacities; and physical health”(Karoly et al.) The problem is that most people fail the early stages of child developing because they lack the knowledge. An example is that some parents shove technology in child’s faces to get them to settle down when they are throwing a tantrum, but the problem with this is that over a period of time children will develop a bratty behavior. As one of the theorists of child development, Freud believes “that personality develops through a series of stages.” Emotional experiences in childhood have profound effects on a person as an adult. This displays that children may develop temperament and personality issues because the child was never taught by the parents to cope with their emotions, which can lead to mislabel of being bipolar. I think child development would be great especially for boys too because single fathers everyday are raising children by themselves. Therefore, they seek refuge in medicine for their active children. A perfect example would be in Stefan’s situation where 8% of other American households too, are headed by a single father (Kitchener, Par 1+2.) What these single fathers have in common is that they all agree, “This is my child and that I need to be there” ,but at times due to the stress these parents find themselves seeking help from medication to pacify the tantrums or character of their child. By having these classes the parents will be able to see if the child has tantrums, or lack of discipline problems than the profound genetic disabilities. These classes could possibly eliminate the need for counseling as well.

Child Development can also possibly reduce the need for counseling or treatment. Today, Psychiatry is the most common treatment for children in managing behavioral health. Many children are more active or find school less challenging than others and are sometimes diagnosed with ADHD.  Meanwhile, you have other children that do not know how to cope with their emotions, but are diagnosed with bipolar as opposed to this with ADHD. I think that by requiring child development classes will allow future parents to understand how to cope with children before taking them to a psychiatric session to even be diagnosed with mental problems. The main issue is that those diagnosed with bipolar can be treated because many children are mislabeled. The problem with most children is that they have never been taught how to deal with their emotions. This issue can easily be treated through good parenting, by being patient with the child and developing what a child needs in order to function in society that will lead to building good character. By having future parents being knowledgeable on how to raise children, these classes will significantly reduce the number of misdiagnoses that lead to counseling. 

However, if when it does come down to children not responding according to expectation, a psychiatric session will eventually take place. Parents will completely trust the psychiatrist assuming they are more knowledgeable when it comes to child development and behavior, but many psychiatrist do not possess experience in the field or maturity within the career to adequately diagnose a child, especially if they are a recent graduate or seek self-gain. Additionally, every child is different. Many psychiatrist will prescribe a variety of medications to see which combinations will work for a child, which will result in various side effects due to the trial and error period. If the child is mislabeled with bipolar, when in reality the child may have had disciplinary problems that were vigorous and objects being thrown when things do not go the child’s way, this can easily be corrected if the parents apply proper disciplinary guidelines as oppose to rushing to a psychiatrist. Furthermore, in regards to Sarah Boselie’s “Psychiatric drugs do more harm than good, says expert” explains that, “Peter Gøtzsche is certain that the trials carried out with funding from drug companies into the efficacy of psychiatric drugs have almost all been biased”(Boselie, Par 3.)  I think it would great and beneficial seeing progress in the decrease of mental disorders like ADHD, Bipolar, and Asperger’s. If people were more informed in the different parenting styles, and skills it is very possible for it to happen. It would mean communicating to one another, and using skills found here in the article “4 Types of Parenting Styles” like Authoritarian Parenting, Permissive Parenting, and Uninvolved Parenting (Morin.) Several ways is that new parents will now know both the effects and causes for a child’s in-ability to learning, making it easier by preventing future counseling, and saving money for those who cannot afford treatment. However in the long run, not only does eliminating treatment and counseling helps, but also if people were more aware of the reasons behind it too.

The final, would be that the secrecy of why treatments are needed would be altered leaving parents more informed and aware. Besides, are you tired of having to go back and forth for the same problem, and never getting the answers you needed to solve what it is that you are trying to solve! If you have a child who has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, I am sure you have come around this problem and are currently seeing a psychiatrist. Whenever you first saw that doctor, he or she has probably said these words, “your child has a chemical imbalance.” The reason behind this is to not offend the parent’s bad parenting skills, but to have them cooperate in getting counseling. This is usually done if there is a lack of disciplining, obedience, or communication skills for any child who cannot function. It too, can easily be resolved through good parenting skills. Also, if there is a trace of addictions to certain substances and has impulsive behavior are also other reasons too in why treatment is needed. Kids who deal with a lot of neglect, abuse, or stress tend to self-medicate themselves through smoking, or drinking alcohol as a way to escape. It is precisely why psychiatry plays a role and is generally done with prescription psychotic medications, and feel that antidepressants are a better substitute compared to users who have a history of using cigarettes, cocaine, and alcohol. The main problem is that most doctors don’t tell their clients what needs to be done and would say, “Hey take this pill and everything will be better.” When all it is, is a temporal fix until a client can cope with their everyday problems through art or coping skills.

In other words to put things short, do you agree that children are the future and would like to put an end to mental disorders, counseling, and the secrecy behind treatments? If so, then you would agree that having child development classes should be a requirement for both boys and girls as a solution in solving these issues of not knowing.

 

 

Works Cited

 

Bundrant, Mike. “Seven things your psychiatrist doesn't want you to know” Natural News, 26 February 2012. http://www.naturalnews.com/035067_psychiatrist_profiteering_mental_health.html

 

The CCHR International. “Number of Children & Adolescents Taking Psychiatric Drugs in the U.S.” The Mental Health WatchDog, April 2014.  https://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-drugs/children-on-psychiatric-drugs/

 

Imber-Black, Evan. “The Power of Secrets.” Psychology Today, 1 July 1998. https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199807/the-power-secrets

 

Karoly, Lynn; Kilburn, Rebecca; Cannon, Jill. “Proven Benefits of Early Childhood Interventions.” Rand Corporation, 2005. http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9145.html

 

Kitchener, Caroline. “The Rise of the Single Dad.” The Atlantic, 24 February 2014.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/02/the-rise-of-the-single-dad/284016/

 

Kresser, Chris. “The chemical imbalance myth” Chris Kresser, 30 June 2008.https://chriskresser.com/the-chemical-imbalance-myth/

 

Morin, Amy. “4 Types of Parenting Styles” VeryWell, 21 June 2016.https://www.verywell.com/types-of-parenting-styles-1095045

 

Rowan, Cris. “The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child” The Huffington Post, 29 May 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cris-rowan/technology-children-negative-  impact_b_3343245.html

 

 

 


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