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Speaking Up For Kids

No more antidepressants for our youth!

A few weeks ago I was watching ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and I was shocked by this report. This nationwide yearlong investigation focused on 5 states (Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon and Texas) and found that more than one-fourth of foster children were prescribed at least one psychiatric drug. It was also found that foster children were prescribed psychotropic drugs at rates up to nearly five times higher than non-foster children.

Dr. George Fouras, a child psychiatrist and co-chairman of the Adoption and Foster Care Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), said, “There is an incredible push to use medications to solve these problems as if it is a magic wand.”

Some foster children are being prescribed over 5 medications at one time. How is this possible?

Even more shocking, there are infants under the age of one who are being prescribed antidepressants. Need I ask any more questions? These are infants who are just learning to walk and talk. But, suddenly they are now “depressed”. Where are these ideas stemming from?

If you have the time, I’d really like to say once more that this report is worth watching. It will move you. It might even disgust you… PLEASE take the 5 minutes.

A healthy lifestyle isn’t just something that adults should be focusing on. If parents are worried about their child’s depression then they need to make sure they are feeding them wholesome and healthy meals on a regular basis. Food today is over processed and contains chemicals that preserve food for a long period of time. Parents need to watch out, since these chemicals could very well be causing attitude and behavior changes in your child.

Pick healthy snacks like apples and peanut butter, or frozen grapes instead of potato chips & soda!

Another factor that could improve a child’s mood is exercise! Even though kids have recess and physical education classes at school, there is no such thing as too much exercise. Have you child walk the dog around the block when he/she gets home from school or bike to get frozen yogurt.

There are alternatives to treating depressed children.

Yes, Mom & Dad, it will take up a bit more time. But it ensures that your son or daughter will grow into a self sufficient adult. Worth it? Yes.

  1. Sit down. Find out what calms them. It’s important to maintain a trustworthy relationship at home because it is the one place you are always at ease and welcome.
  2. Make sure your home has an escape. Is there a quiet spot?
  3. Have routines. Homework. Dishes. Vacuum. Garden. I never thought I’d say this… but kids need chores. When I was younger, I felt great when I completed my chores, and felt like I had a purpose. It’s important to feel needed. My family needed me, just like I needed them. Bingo.
  4. Let your child blossom into their funny imperfections. Everyone is their own individual.
  5. Don’t discourage them from having a huge imagination. This is why I love making art with kids – there is no wrong answer. It’s all a piece of artwork. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Although this is only a preview for Generation RX, it’s worth your time. Be aware of this sick epidemic.

“This film explores how children have been caught in the middle of an unprecedented change in Western culture: that of drugging children with psychiatric medications earlier — and more often than ever before.”

 

“How many deaths need to occur, before the FDA is convinced?”

 

 

W-O-W.

The following video is from October 15, 2004 when health experts spoke to reporters about findings that drew connections between the use of anti-depressant drugs and suicide among adolescents.

Children on Anti Depressants – VIDEO

Wait. You mean to tell me that Antidepressants cause “statistically significant increases in suicidal thoughts and behaviors” in children?

These poor kids. We are prescribing them toxins…

 

I wanted to get into a child’s mind, so I interviewed my two nieces. Now I know that neither of them are depressed, but I just wanted to know what their school environment was like. Grace turned 9 in October and Natalie turned 6 in July.

1. Are kids ever mean to you at school?

Grace: “Well if they want to brag about a game, they are. Like, ‘you’re never going to beat me, I am better than you’.”

Natalie: “No.”

2. Does your class have a bully?

Grace: “There’s a bully that punches people and pushes them down the slide. He never listens to anyone.”

Natalie: “There’s this one boy that tells other kids what to do.”

3. Do you ever feel sad about school?

Grace: “When kids mess around during music class, that makes me sad because I really care about music class.”

Natalie: “No.”

4. If you’re feeling sad, what makes you feel happy again?

Grace: “I like bunnies, they make me happy. Also, I really like to sing songs and play music on the piano and learn guitar.”

Natalie: “Our nanny Tyler makes me happy because she plays with me. She’s silly and makes me laugh.”

5. If you have a friend who is sad, what would you say to them to make them feel better?

Grace: ” Recess wouldn’t be the same without you.”

Natalie: “You’re pretty and I like your hair.”

6. If you had to take medicine everyday, would that make you feel different?

Grace: “I would feel disapointed in myself. Yeah, I would feel different because then I wouldn’t be ‘normal’.”

Natalie: “Medicine is yucky.”

I learned that they really have nothing to be sad about. I don’t think either of them understands what it means to be sad or depressed. It’s important for them to have activities that they enjoy. Recently this fall they have a young nanny who picks them up from school and I’ve noticed that they are way more energized than before. Their nanny Tyler is someone that engages in activities with them, instead of sitting them infront of a television screen. If parents don’t have the time to interact with their children, then I suggest they get a young, silly nanny to lift their child’s spirits up. It’s important for a child to relate to an older role-model!