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Drug Companies Drive The Psychiatric Drugging Of Children


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Kenneth
- 711 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
Drug company marketing has bought rich rewards, as reflected in the increasing numbers of children and youth diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other psychiatric problems.



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wolfNoFwdsPls a. (135)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 7:50 am
> Drug Companies Drive The Psychiatric Drugging Of Children
little surprise there. That's what they make profit from. That's what their managers get their bonusses (99.9& BLOOD money) for, after all.
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ceterum censeo: Revoke their charters, hang their profiteers, EOs and managers (then abolish death sentence for good) !
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and let's include their and "Satan's little helpers" (Bill Hicks), ie. all those who work for marketing, advertizing and similar mind-poisoning
==
AD SPENDING PER PERSON (major media ad spending per capita) in $
1986 2011
U$A 276 498
world 30 67
China 0.09 22
-- (www.)ADBUSTERS(.org) Sept/Oct 2012
 

wolfNoFwdsPls a. (135)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 7:53 am
maybe/hopefully the table looks better like this?:
AD SPENDING PER PERSON (major media ad spending per capita) in $
..........1986.........2011
U$A........276.........498
world.......30..........67
China........0.09.......22
-- (www.)ADBUSTERS(.org) Sept/Oct 2012
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Carlene V. (203)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 7:58 am
This type of criminal behavior by these huge corporations should be settled with jail time for those involved. The children used as guinea pigs, just wrong all the way around and all for the almighty dollar.
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:01 am
Why am I not surprised, thanks for posting this Kenneth. There is no limit to how low these pharma companies will stoop to create sales...at the expense of innocent lives.
 

Kay M. (351)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:03 am
sad.
 

Michela m. (3815)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:33 am
ARE WE STILL TALKING of
BIG CORPORATIONS?
AREN'T WE??????????????????????
 

Kathy Chadwell (371)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:34 am
And the timing of this,, think about it, bush signed a bill and they started collecting blood from every new born baby back in 2008. What is going on?
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2010/02/ewen-callaway-reportertexas-he.html

http://infowars.net/articles/may2008/020507DNA.htm
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:36 am
Because I couldn't resist, not only are antidepressants for humans evaluated by how a mouse or rat behaves when put in a sealed container of water, called the Forced Swim Test, but now there is a new test called:
The Tail Suspension Test---

"A novel test procedure for antidepressants was designed in which a mouse is suspended by the tail from a lever, the movements of the animal being recorded. The total duration of the test (6 min) can be divided into periods of agitation and immobility. Several psychotropic drugs were studied: amphetamine, amitriptyline, atropine, desipramine, mianserin, nomifensine and viloxazine. Antidepressant drugs decrease the duration of immobility, as do psychostimulants and atropine. If coupled with measurement of locomotor activity in different conditions, the test can separate the locomotor stimulant doses from antidepressant doses. Diazepam increases the duration of immobility. The main advantages of this procedure are the use of a simple, objective test situation, the concordance of the results with the validated "behavioral despair" test from Porsolt and the sensitivity to a wide range of drug doses".
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:38 am
NOW THAT'S SCIENCE! And being applied to little kids, and infants, and toddlers, as well as adults.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:41 am
Anybody who feels like a mouse hanging and swinging by it's tail sometimes, literally of course since this is a literal experiment, please raise your hand.
 

Jason Green (227)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:52 am
this is terrible!
 

Milkah Savage (277)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:01 am
For a child to be taking any kind of anti-depressant or it's like is not only un-neccessaary but just plain bad parenting. I can remeber when a child couldn't sit still in class he/she was just hyper, now it's called ADHD. If a child was unruley he/she just needed boundaries, now they say that child is drpressed and prone to angry. Being is kid means just that being a kid. Wheh a doctor tells a parent that they believe their child should be on anti-depressant's the parent really needs to take a hard look at that doctor. I have to say though that ALOT of parents agree to place their child on medication instead of looking at the big picture.

The bottom line is anti-depressant's of any kind should not be taken by child or young adults unless it's an exreme case. So yes the drug companies are making a fortune and parents that allow thier children to be placed on these drugs are helping them. It's sicken!

So parents need to stand back and reealize being a parent is tough and stand up to THIER doctor. These deep pockets companies only exist because we let them. I have a sign on my office door that says " Children are not zoombies, why expertiment with them as such".
 

Catherine Turley (198)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:51 am
i actually just babysat a little girl whose parents believe is mentally ill. she is clearly not. she is highly active and lacks discipline. a tough combination if you're a lazy parent. maybe mom should get off facebook. and that is my professional opinion ;)
 

Ruth S. (314)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 10:21 am
When will they stop abusing the children!
 

Bianca D. (85)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 11:12 am
Mental health is a serious issue. But where Big Pharma is involved the philosophy seems to be to get this generation of youngsters good and drugged. That way they'll never pose a threat to the Establishment. The zombies never win, right? And on top of the flippin' drugs, there's fluoride in the water (never clinically demonstrated to do anything but seriously damage neurological function; have you looked at the warning on your tube of toothpaste recently?) and mercury in vaccines (thimerosal as a preservative) and in dental amalgam fillings (a Class A toxin according to the EPA, one drop of which in a lake would render all of the fish in it poisoned and, for us, inedible - how'd the FDA get such a different idea?). Just what you want to pack into the mouths of children, pregnant women and the rest of us. Yup, between the passive toxic dosing and the prescriptions, they've just about got it covered. We are royally scr.... unless we learn to refuse these "treatments," get out of the quick fix mentality, educate ourselves and consider and implement alternatives.

Above all, let's take care of our children!! Feed them properly, spend time with them (!), set reasonable boundaries and use firm but gentle discipline (say what you mean, mean what you say, and do what you say you are going to do), make sure they get lots of fresh air and outdoor time... it's a balancing act and probably one we never master, but it is sooooo important.

Thanks for keeping us on our toes Kenneth.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 11:45 am
Thanks Kenneth. I almost hate to read your posts as I know I will upset and/or depressed after reading them..sometimes "ignorance IS bliss". But it will be a cold day in hell before I would take any of Big Pharma's anti-depressant poisons.
 

Mary T. (188)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 12:38 pm
These big pharma companies don't care about people all they care about is making money, They invent all of these made up conditions that children have so they can make money off of the parent that trust the doctor to do the right thing and put their children on these drugs that are doing more harm to them, Let them be children and stop drugging them. Thanks Kenneth.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:43 pm
Thanks for posting.
 

Jason S. (57)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:55 pm
thanks
 

Michael M. (58)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 2:01 pm
It is interesting to see in addition to the marketing of prescription drugs to control children, the ads for adult adhd, in which the ingredient suddenly stands out:

methamphetamine and extremely closely-related compounds, just as produced and consumed legally and illegally in vast quantities for the past 50 years.

Traditional cultures once regarded certain medicines, and natural pharmaceutical compounds as sacred, meaning that they were not commonly resorted to in life, but only in extraordinary circumstances.

Chocolatl once took over the populace in Mesoamerica, and of course the Arabs discovered and popularized coffee and hashish. Indonesians abused Betel, and so on.
But none of them cared for problematic aspects of the attractive attribues which they unleashed. (please do not prate to the world the values of these psychoactive drugs, as they, including alcohol, are exogenous neurochemical analogues, changing brain function.

Natural brains are fine, thank you. Only a very small percentage in a healthy environment are distorted enough to result in abnormal distress. The personal care of a happy, healthy small society, heals most of the psychological difficulty within a tribe as we once were. Some traditions still teach healthy relationships and but for exposure to these for-sale exogenous substances, would have almost no interpersonal or cognitive difficulties.

If a society needs any of these except on an exceptionally rare basis, it, itself, needs extreme intervention.
 

Bill C. (354)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 2:13 pm
Any parent or legal medical POA can say no to any psychiatric drug any physician says they or any child in their care needs.

The demand starts from the parent.

Do not misintrpert what I said, there are children and adults who with or without psychiatric drugs have great difficulty in life, choose to not take the course of treatment and sadly some venues will close.

I never worked with children as I have a real problem with psychotropics in a brain not developed but I have seen children where the use of said drugs was the only way they had a life outside institutional care.
 

Fran away F. (110)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 2:39 pm
There should be some stiff legal repercussions, such as loss of accreditation, jobs and jail time for those psychiatrists who allowed studies to be ghostwritten for them. Not to mention jail time for some big pharma executives. Kenneth, thanks for letting us know about this!
 

Jim Phillips (3215)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 3:21 pm
Drugging children by psychiatrists with the help, assist of big pharma should be made illegal.

Getting the kids hooked on medications early insures patients, cutomefor the drug companies.
Same with the GMO's causing damage to the internals of people so that they too will need medications as they get older with all sorts of health issues and peoblems.

Children are children. Let thy kids have a bit of fun in growing up. Kids can and are able to learn
about behavors, acceptable and unacceptale.

Ty, Kennth.
.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 3:28 pm

Should any one actually be so clinically depressed that they need a psychotropic drug then they should be hospitalized. The many unknown side-effects, the need for monitoring, talk therapy, adjusted intake. Instead, we live in a world surrounded by "Got a pill for that...." The various drugs do more than subdue both adults and children, they also hide real symptoms of deeper problems.

Feeling a little down - go for a walk, every day. Children need a chance to play, interact with others, be hyper sometimes, be quiet other times.

How did humans manage to get to this point in evolution with out mind altering drugs?
 

Jeannette A. (146)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 3:55 pm
The thing that is so distressing is that we keep defining "acceptable" behavior in an increasingly narrow range. People who were once considered eccentric and colorful were accepted and even welcomed by society. Now, they are often considered psychotic and deranged and in need of drugs. Anytime we limit and categorize people's behavior and responses to life in a way to drive out all deviation from an arbitrary "norm", we risk losing our artists, philosophers, scientists and inspirational leaders. Children need acceptance to become their own persons, not drugs to create little robots. Start with taking artificial colors, pesticides and toxins out of their environments, treat them with love and affection and respect, and welcome the results.
 

marcia peyton (1)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:46 pm
The drug companies can be stopped if we just say NO. No you will not poison my children and no you will not be my dr. any more. I have ran a daycare for children for over 20 years and have three autistic children in my care. I have had several hyperactice children in my care and some were on medications and some were not. After doing a lot of research, and asked a lot of questions with a nutritionist, we have come up with a solution to help these kids.I sat down with all my childrens parents and let them know what i found out. If you put your hyperactive children as well as the autistic children on a gluten free diet, the difference is HUGE!!!! For example, the children that were hyper, settled down, they listen to instructions, they were so much calmer and that was such a relief for me!! The autistic children i have, have varying degrees of autism and after one month of gluten free diets, they were able to communicate better, they stopped with a lot of the tics that are sometimes normnal for autistic children. One of them, a young man that is 19 years old, was able to say a sentence and sometimes yiou had to listen hard but they got out what it was that they wanted to say. His parents were in tears because they never heard their child talk and say a sentence. HE would make noises and grunts to communicate what he wanted before and now for him to get a sentence out that was understandable,,,,,was a miracle. Please see a nutritionist for your hyper active or autistic child and toss those pills.
 

ellen m. (233)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:35 pm
Thanks Kenneth.
To think they are treating kids with this stuff as if it was candy is so distressing..
I know adults taking anti depressants that are altered to the point i fond it hard to associate with some of them as they are not the people i once knew. They know it as well...but a kid?!!
Just to damn scary...
 

Michael Carney (207)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:50 pm
I can't say this is surprising... A profit is more important, than anything else to a Corporation, plus they create a bunch of zombies that are easier to control as well...We are all Guinea Pigs in some way, who knows what's in our Water, Food, and Air?
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 11:19 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:02 am
Knowing that drug companies push these pills to make profits is one thing. But knowing that psychiatrists who study for 12 years can be so short sighted is another. We live in lazy societies. No-one wants to solve problems, they just want to medicate them.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:46 am
Thanks for sharing.
 

Veronica C. (42)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:51 am
Drug companies just scare me to death. I have seen so many drug company reps running around hospital professional buildings with their luggage of samples and goodies for the dr's office staff. It's like an airport with these people in suits with their luggage on wheels all over the halls and elevators. And you see them with their catered lunches for the dr's office staff. They are out for the money and they don't care who they damage to get it, but they bribe the drs to no end to prescribe the drugs, and it works.
 

Sammstein M. (9)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 1:10 am
whaaaaa!!!!
 

Pat A. (117)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 2:49 am
Loads of stars - to Bianca and Catharine Turley, and Jeanette, and Jim, and Milkah and more and several others I wanted to give stars to like Kit and Ellen and the computer wouldn't let me ....[gasp] - this is just so flipping AWFUL! And the Harvard (Harvard!!!) professor who allowed articles to be ghost-written for him - isn't that just a hop skip and a jump from the eternal academic sin of PLAGIARISM??!!! Nail him on something like that and his academic career is over - as it should be - mind you bigPharma would give him a home - yeugh!

As Catherine and others have said - we should realise that we need to put more effort into parenting. IMO it is one of the very hardest jobs in the world - and one of the most rewarding - but so few people seem to realise it these days. Drugs are NOT the answer to every little twinge or problem in either adult or child!

And as for making us all into the same dull-brained person as the next one, they seem to be succeeding(!). If they had been around in the 1600s, Isaac Newton would have been dulled to stupidity by their drugs - and so would probably every other interesting and enquiring mind! (Reminds me of those sci-fi stories where the stupid rule the world and the intelligent have to hide their intelligence and meet secretly.... and we thought they were just silly stories.... eek!).

BTW another thing that bigPharma has got our doctors brain washed about is the thyroid - a small organ in the throat that if it goes wrong can eventually reduce people to near catatonia.... Firstly doctors ignore the problem (it is far more fun to patronise the life out of people for years, isn't it? And very much more profitable to diagnose it as depression say - and women seem to outnumber men with this benighted thyroid disease). Thousands of people around the world have discovered that the T4 eventually prescribed by doctors and sold to them as a good idea by the GMC and drug companies etc isn't working - the thyroid needs T1, T2, T3, T4 and Calcitonin, (contained in natural thyroid extract) so it is hardly surprising. However, if the doctors are trained not to see the thyroid as a problem, but to diagnose depression (one of the MANY results of hypothyroid, along with eventual osteoporosis, heart, liver and kidney problems, lack of libido, exhaustion, weight gain, hair loss etc, etc, etc,) then the individual's need for thyroid extract is ignored and bigPharma can rake in loads for anti-depressants and all the other tripe you get lumbered with for DECADES. A guaranteed money spinner for 'life'.

Many children with hypothyroid are put (oh so wrongly) on antidepressants and other mind bending drugs. Beyond awful. Whatever happened to clinical diagnosis? There seems to be an increasing use of patronising and profitable assumptions made by doctors, followed by listening to drug companies. Asclepius must be spinning in his grave!

 

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 4:27 am
Thanks, Kenneth... I hope that every parents could be aware with this situation... We know that many parents in the world would want to do their best for their children... Hope that they know about this when facing their children who are diagnosed with mentally illness...
 

Jan van Leeuwen (3)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 4:39 am
The diagnosis "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" is just the lack of attention given to the children involved. The criminal doctors that make this a "medical" issue should loose their permission to be a doctor for life. Impairing a growing brain with drugs causes unforesee-able effects, the prescribing doctors are committing a crime against our society in my opinion. It makes one very very sad.
 

Anna M. (18)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 6:54 am
this should be considered a crime against humanity
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 10:52 am
seems like the FDA should have a stronger medical review process limiting the drug companies' influence in recommendations and approvals
 

Bonita Annis (20)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 10:56 am
Not to get off the subject here, but even the veternarians have gotten into the act. I know at least five pets who are on anti-depressant drugs! I simply do not believe in ADHD! Children are being subjected to dangerous, mind- altering drugs at younger and younger ages. This is a world gone mad! Makes me think of a line from an old song of my youth, In the Year 2525, where they say " Everything you think, do and say, is in the pill you took today." Frightening..
 

Seda A. (4)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:26 pm
i simply hate drug companies. thanks for sharing.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:42 pm
While it is true that Big Pharma is a criminal, on must also consider the fact that more than just a few parents are co-conspirators before and after the fact. And I have to say I would put the Parents at the top of the list for guilt. Without the parents being to damn self-absorbed, lazy or ignorant to actually be "Parents", willing and able to actually be the "Adult in the Room" the child would not be in the Doctors office in the first place. Spoiled brats would not be acting like ill-mannered, selfish, little tin god animals in need of medicating if the parents had not turned them into ill-mannered animals in the first place. Parents have a tendency to give them what they want, when they want it be it food, toys, phones,... and then when consequences of teaching no manners, what the word "NO" means, no limits and personal responsibility they want a fast food cure from the Doctor. After all it is easier, faster and allows the parents via a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum, ADD, ADHD... to wash their hands of any responsibility for creating the little monster that they either can not control or simply do not want to control. Hell even F'ing pet owners are abrogating their responsibility as pet owners to train and socialize their pets buy dugging them sending them to Pet Shrinks....
 

Constance F. (436)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 1:03 pm
Thank you for your tenacity Kenneth - for always keeping big pharma's deplorable and unconscionable ass in the glaring light of day ! And thanks to the great comments above. Yes, Catherine - second to that !
 

Lisa Neste (694)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 1:37 pm
Noted, thanks for posting Kenneth.
 

Jae A. (323)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 11:28 pm
If there ever could be such a thing as legal child abuse for corporate profits [other than just wars for profits] this is a good example in my opinion.
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Monday August 20, 2012, 3:08 am
Very important story Kenneth... And it grows more dangerous every year as newer drugs are introduced. To me this all seems like a very disassociated reasoning of how to affect behavior... and the majority of school personnel seem to go right along with it. Millions of our children are medicated ! It's creepy.
I actually feel that the majority of American's are over medicated...and that there are serious side effects that can go unnoticed or misunderstood.
I agree with everyone else that to target so many young intellectually undeveloped children is deplorable !!! And so many people think Dr's are like god's... people mainly just follow the leader.
This is a serious problem. These are our precious children we are talking about. What are some solution's? How can we change the nature of this beast....?
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Monday August 20, 2012, 6:57 am
Devon asks 'What are some solutions?" Don't instantly equate being down or sad or sorrowful or anxious or fearful or rebellious or angry AS HAVING SOME PSYCHIATRIC 'MENTAL DISORDER'! Key words in human emotions and feelings and experiences HAVE BEEN MADE INTO Psychiatric 'mental disorders'---- 'depressed' 'anxiety' 'attention span' 'can't focue' 'overactive' 'hyperactive' 'violence' 'anger' 'addiction' etc.
The average person now is given an excuse to be overwhelmed by anything in life and the solution is to 'take the nice doctor's pill like you are a child so you ddon't have to experience anything bad and Mommy will make it all better' type thinking.
I've known people who experienced 3 or 4 major deaths in a short period in their life, and OF COURSE you will experience great depth of sadness, emotions. If you take a drug to 'stop it' you will have never experienced what you normally would have felt because of these life experiences. You missed out. All the drug did was cloud it all, cover it all, hide it all.
The U.S.takes the most psychiatric drugs in the world.
I don't want to call it 'thought control' or 'behavior control' or 'emotion control'. That would be science fiction wouldn't it.
I'm not talking about stark staring mad people or harmful to themselves or others. I'm talking about the average person who instantly equates tough things in life with 'mental disease' or 'mental illness' brought to you by the field of Psychiatry and fed on and fueled by multi-billion dollar giant pharmaceutical corps.
And when it comes to pulling this on children, who are completely vulnerable to adult's decisions, it's completely heinous.
 

Phillipa W. (199)
Monday August 20, 2012, 8:37 am
Like Jeanette and JimPhillips said, it's very hard for kids these days. Kids just can't be kids. Even the professionals who aren't corrupt are so ignorant and susceptible to being brainwashed. Almost no child is "normal" and not in need of "help" ie medication/therapy anymore. And these drugs they use, no matter what spin you put on it are CRIMINAL. They are poison, nothing more, nothing less. Sadly, the difference from child-to-child is not how much some will benefit rather than how many will have side-effects, but now it's on a much more horrifying scale - it's a matter of how long until the child has a reaction, and whether or not they die or "only" suffer life-threatening temporary conditions, or suffer difficult long-term or permanent conditions.
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Monday August 20, 2012, 1:34 pm
disgraceful!! thanks for sharing
 

Amanda Adams (201)
Monday August 20, 2012, 3:13 pm
Nothing new here...sadly
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 5:21 pm
Thanks.
 

Agnes Wojciechowska (152)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 9:01 am
thanks for sharing
 
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