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End Widespread Psychiatric Misdiagnosis of Children - ForceChange

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During any given year, 20% of American children will be diagnosed with a mental illness. Following the diagnosis, prescriptions for medication are usually written in lieu of trying holistic alternatives, like counseling or a change in classroom setting.

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Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 9:33 am
During any given year, 20% of American children will be diagnosed with a mental illness. Following the diagnosis, prescriptions for medication are usually written in lieu of trying holistic alternatives, like counseling or a change in classroom setting. Despite the fact that fourteen school shootings have been committed by patients taking prescription medication, the federal government has still not required an investigation to study the correlation between taking prescription medication and committing violent crimes. The government must stop allowing the profitable but dangerous practice of misdiagnosing children with psychiatric disorders.
Between 2004 and 2011, the FDA’s MedWatch system received over 11,000 reports concerning violence-related side effects to psychiatric drugs. The reports contained 300 cases of homicide, almost 3,000 cases of mania and over 7,000 cases of aggression. And according to the FDA, only one to ten percent of side effects are ever reported to them, so the actual number of violence-related side effects are most likely significantly higher. Of the fourteen recent school shootings in the U.S., seven of the shooters were either on psychiatric drugs or withdrawing from them.
Another study found that one million kids in the U.S. are misdiagnosed with ADHD simply because they are the most immature (and usually youngest) in their kindergarten class. No account is taken for the possibility that the teacher may be under-qualified or the child may not be stimulated creatively and is therefore unable to focus in class. There have been no long term studies on how taking stimulants everyday affects children so the nation may not have even seen the half of how prescription medications affect young people in the long run. Considering Ritalin, a drug commonly prescribed to treat ADHD, is classified with cocaine or morphine by the government due to its highly addictive nature, common sense would lead one to believe that the long term effects can’t be promising.
As much as $500 million is wasted each year, $90 million of it coming from Medicaid, on unnecessary medication. So not only is prescribing medication to children dangerous, but inefficient and costly as well. The government obviously has an incentive to let prescription medication companies dole out pills at leisure because many of these companies contribute to presidential elections. But the time has come for the government to stop letting greed take precedent over children’s health. Tell the American Psychiatric Association to stop allowing doctors to misdiagnose children with psychiatric disorders.

Kenneth L (314)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 9:51 am
Many green stars to you Elizabeth for this, thanks!

Natalie V (27)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 2:48 pm
noted & signed

Pat B (356)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 3:22 pm
This is really mind boggling in the costs and care in the medicating of children now, and doctors misdiagnosing children with psychiatric disorders. I signed this with hope that it gets resolved, and soon. Thank you, Elizabeth for this.

Iona Kentwell (129)
Monday December 31, 2012, 5:44 am
This is an excellent petition. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to sign it Elizabeth.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 7:45 am

Rock H (254)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 9:18 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for posting this Elizabeth!

Kay F (550)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 10:02 am
Signed, thanks Elizabeth.

Nicole W (646)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 10:14 am
signed and noted, thank you Elizabeth

Lisa AWAY N (206)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 10:58 am
Your signature has been recorded. Thanks Elizabeth!

Bartlomiej T (296)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 11:19 am
Noted and signed. Thank you

Michael Carney (217)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 6:14 pm
Noted, and signed...

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 7:13 pm
Thank you so much Elizabeth. This is one of the most important issues facing us.

James Merit (144)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 7:29 pm
Important issue, signed, etc, thank you!

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 8:08 pm
Signed Thanks

Andrea Nemec (213)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 2:15 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!

Daniel Partlow (179)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 11:18 am

Ro H (0)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 12:48 pm

Ann Breeden (65)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 1:33 pm
Thanks Elizabeth. I've signed and shared with friends. There is obviously no long term study on these drugs when these children reach adulthood. Obviously the pharmaceuticals are making a fortune on this at the expense of these children.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 1:55 pm
Very gladly signed & noted. Much thanks, Elizabeth!

Patricia H. (440)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 4:22 pm

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 6:04 pm

DORIS L (61)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 9:28 am

Michela M (3964)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 11:41 am

Beth M (138)
Friday January 4, 2013, 1:02 pm

Süheyla C (234)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:59 pm
signed and noted, thank you Elizabeth

. (0)
Monday January 14, 2013, 9:58 am
done..thanks Elisabeth
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