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More Kids Taking Antipsychotics For ADHD: Study
US NEWS HEALTH ^ | August 7, 2012 | Steven Reinberg

Posted on 08/09/2012 2:14:13 PM PDT by To-Whose-Benefit?

TUESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Use of powerful antipsychotic medications such as Abilify and Risperdal to control youngsters with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavior problems has skyrocketed in recent years, a new study finds.

Antipsychotics are approved to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, other serious mental problems and irritability related to autism. But they don't have U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for ADHD or other childhood behavior problems, and their use for this purpose is considered "off label."

"Only a small proportion of antipsychotic treatment of children (6 percent) and adolescents (13 percent) is for FDA-approved clinical indications," said lead researcher Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

"These national trends focus attention on the substantial and growing extent to which children diagnosed with ADHD and other disruptive behavioral disorders are being treated with antipsychotic medications," said Olfson.

(Excerpt) Read more at health.usnews.com ...


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To: cva66snipe

What you are saying is some children have a diagnosable physical issue with hearing. Sure, that can happen, no doubt, and if suspected the child could easily be tested for hearing loss and interpretation disorders. What I am saying is that the massive number of kids with supposed medical conditions is unreal. Your condition seems to be a physical issue. As a pilot I have trained in various flight physiology classes and know the strange yet very real issues with vestibular confusions. It wouldn’t be funny at all if they happened during normal life due to a physical ailment. The affects can be very disturbing and cause a person to be completely dysfunctional.

When I was 7, in the 3rd grade, instead of working with me as a ‘troubled child’ the system wanted to discount me, so they deemed me mentally retarded. Those skipped words when reading, the excessive talking, the lack of memory, the lack of attention, the apparent dyslexia, the hyperactivity were all normal in a kid of that age, but they as adults simply wanted me to sit still, be a genius and learn through some kind of osmosis. In other words, they didn’t want me to be a kid and they didn’t want to be adults.

Turns out I have a high IQ and was simply bored to tears with the school system. Thank God we moved from California and into other school systems that worked with “gifted” children. I have had a great career doing what I do because I could tap into those gifts. Had we stayed in Kali they wanted me on Ritalin, to drug me into stupidity. Another thank God, my dad was in the Air Force medical field and knew about Ritalin and would have no part in it. He had Air Force docs test me, they found I wasn’t retarded and kept Kali’s ‘diagnosis’ of mental retardation out of my records. They knew the Dr. Spock treatment for hyperactive intelligent kids wasn’t Ritalin, it was to stretch their minds with advance subjects and good physical activities in school and it worked perfectly.

I am still hyper, still get into anything and everything, still skip words when reading, still type various characters in reverse order, still get bored inside 5 seconds with most things as I already know the answer, but I can study anything, intensely solve any problem including the supposed ‘impossible’, still spends hours concentrating, and work with people at a social level. I learned those skills; they certainly weren’t natural for me, or really any kid. A number of great teachers and mentors spent their time to teach and train me.

Another nasty side effect of telling every kid they are not normal: Everyone now has an excuse for bad behaviors and that excuse is used often in their adult lives to the point they become dysfunctional.

I married a great woman that is the clinical director in a psychiatric hospital. She routinely sees patients that are misdiagnosed, especially the younger crowd, even those in the military, which have been told their whole lives that their perfectly normal behaviors are not normal and they need medical help. They are extremely confused and just don’t know how to act. Deprogramming is the usual solution, to teach them that they are normal and do not need medications. We have screwed several generations of people telling them they are abnormal and need medications or medical intervention, when what they really needed was an adult in their young lives. They are taught at a younger age that there is something wrong with them and she sees them later in life to tell them there isn’t.

There are people that truly have medical conditions beyond their control and need help, but not the 10% of this nation’s children that are given psychoactive drugs for perfectly normal behaviors.


41 posted on 08/10/2012 7:32:37 AM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: beaversmom; the invisib1e hand; Third Person; TSgt; CodeToad; RoseofTexas; darkangel82; ...

I’m compiling a Ping List for Psychobabble/PhRMAfraud. Please FRmail me if you’d like to be on it, and please Ping me with any related FR postings.

RE: my comment #17. Note the huge number of Movement Disorders reported from these drugs. Movement Disorders is a euphemism for Tardive Dyskinesia and Dystonia.
These conditions are not in the muscles themselves but are the externalized symptoms of brain and CNS damage caused by the drugs.

See a Video of TD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0EbgpyztCA

Here’s a Wiki on TD
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardive_dyskinesia

See the entire Frontline Series on the Medicated Child which beaversmom linked to a segment of.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/medicatedchild/

To those who think these drugs are helping your child, wake up. The psychiatric response to visible TD is to increase the dosage again and again or add another drug to cover up the symptoms which the drugs caused to begin with, which just makes it progressively worse.

These are AIMS scales. The industry uses them to rate the severity of the “Movement Disorder” damage they’re causing.

http://www.atlantapsychiatry.com/forms/AIMS.pdf
http://www.mhsip.org/library/pdfFiles/abnormalinvoluntarymovementscale.pdf
http://msh.mt.gov/volumeii/treatment/abnormalinvoluntarymovementscale.pdf

Here, is the DSM itself online

http://behavenet.com/dsm-iv-tr-numerical-listing-codes-and-diagnoses

These are Insurance Co. acceptable billing codes, from the DSM. They are charging Medicare and Medicaid to Worsen Iatrogenic TD which they admit they Caused!

332.1 Neuroleptic-Induced Parkinsonism
333.1 Medication-Induced Postural Tremor
333.7 Neuroleptic-Induced Acute Dystonia
333.82 Neuroleptic-Induced Tardive Dyskinesia
333.90 Medication-Induced Movement Disorder NOS

And you’ll Love the next one.
333.99 Neuroleptic-Induced Acute Akathisia

Akathisia is the drug produced mental illness that causes those murders and suicides.

What really ought to fry your a** here is that the shrink Industry told the Dept of Health, Ed. And Welfare about their AIMS scale in 1977. The Fed Govt. has known Exactly what these crippling drugs are since 1977, and they haven’t taken them off the market yet.

Here’s a psychiatrist explaining how easy it is to be declared Crazy and Drugged with psychiatric chemicals. In this case it’s an antidepressant instead of an antipsychotic, but the principle at work is the point. Any excuse will do. Any excuse.

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2008/09/08/pathologizing-your-period

This invented mind disease was the result of Lilly’s expiration of Patent protection on their Prozac, so their APA flunkies created Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder as a psychiatric disease and Lilly re-patented Prozac to treat it under the name Sarafem. It’s still Prozac but now it’s in a Patented pink pill instead of a Patent Expired green pill.


42 posted on 08/10/2012 12:09:00 PM PDT by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: To-Whose-Benefit?

Add me to the list, please. Thank you for the effort!


43 posted on 08/10/2012 1:07:20 PM PDT by Third Person (A man's got to know his limitations.)
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To: To-Whose-Benefit?

Dear God please do not take these drugs off the market or make them harder to get

They have been a godsend to my autistic son and, from my network of contacts, to many other kids with autism spectrum. Not what they were developed for, but they do work for some kids.

The side effects are ALWAYS carefully explained and monitored by the ped with med checks, and the risperidone would be withdrawn, not increased, for any contraindication

Please do NOT ping me to some alarmist drivel with a bunch of commenters who “cured” their kids (or claim they could cure mine) by spanking or better parenting, and who assume that because of what they read on the internet they are smarter than tens of thousands of American doctors who they suspect and accuse of being drug pushing tools of the pharm industry.

psychobabble
indeed


44 posted on 08/10/2012 3:09:09 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: To-Whose-Benefit?

Looks like you have done a lot of grunt work here. Please keep me on your ping list.

I’m just an old pig farmer from the backwash of PA, and as such not very educated on these types of things. But I know (gut feeling) that these monsters who take it on themselves to cancel innocent peoples’ life tickets are driven by something other than just mental retardation.

When you try to find the root of a disease, you look for a pattern. And when the pattern points to a culture of psychobabblers who seem to be practicing alchemy at best, one needs to focus on them with a laser eye.

The psychobabble industry on the other hand, will of course try to deflect that focus by pointing fingers at the tools their monsters use, and blaming the ready availability of those tools. Gunz, gunz, gunz.

A firearm is only a tool. The real weapon is the mind that wields that tool. And the so-called “doctor” who cultivated that mind, is guilty of fabricating the weapon.

About time to point fingers at the REAL culprits behind these atrocities.

Wonder who created that punk in Norway? Bet they all ran for the hills after he did his thing.

Remember, Tim McVeigh killed almost 200 and never even had a firearm.

He knew how to use bullsh!t to “get er done.”


45 posted on 08/10/2012 4:33:14 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimze, my handle is a Hate Crime. Hope they don't like it.)
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To: CodeToad
I think the condition has always been there. But what about the triggers though? That is the key I think. The so called epidemic is of our own doing with our own technology advances. Generations before in most persons with this it likely would not have shown up. But the person with it would have been the ones who kept moving west for example out of towns away from crowds. It also hits you in family gatherings. For many a reunion, Thanksgiving, Christmas, gatherings is also tax them because of the many conversations at ones. Again it hits the tasking part of the brain trying to track activity. The brain if it doesn't get what it feels is an appropriate response then you'll likely get Cognitive issues as a result.

The fear of heights is another. Most people who have a fear of heights likely do not understand why. It isn't a phobia in the mental health sense at all where as most others phobias are phobias based on traumatic experieences etc.. Our brain is geared for survival and is constantly doing checks and balances. Now the person may not even be aware they have poor balance but the brain does know this. The brain must also compensate which it does. It is that survival portion that triggers alert say on a ladder or roof. Much in the same way it triggers anxiety. If you don't respond it triggers fear. Someone with a fear of heights likely has poor balance. CBT as such as a treatment for that is pointless and even dangerous.

You mention Dyslexia? That too goes with this and that too Dr Levinson has linked to Vestibular symptoms to Dyslexic type symptoms back in the 1970's although for two decades he was ridiculed by mental health experts for it.

This type of disorder seems to somewhat genetic as well. I have at least two cousins and an aunt that had it. My dad had a touch of it. I'm the only one who developed seizures from it though. That is why I take the Xanax. Other medications like SSRI's or antidepressants will put me into Serotonin Syndrome an adverse reaction most Shrinks are believe it or not are completely clueless about and some dare call it rubbish. I have seen it first hand. I diagnosed it in my wife when six doctors failed to do so simply by looking up Trazadone and Zoloft. It is something I pray to GOD I never witness again in anyone. BTW my wife due to Quadriplegia suffers from severe Inner Ear issues common to paraplegics and quads. Inner Ear function must be regained usually on a tilt table.

I think we are on the edge of what our brains can deal with sensory wise and that is the epidemic in itself. Also keep in mind a few, all, or anywhere in between symptoms I mentioned might show up. There does also seem to be a very definite connection to this and stress. Stress in an adult will worsen the symptoms. Most persons think stree comes from bad events> That's not true. A promotion you are thrilled about for example can bring stress. So can any life changes. One too many things for the brain to juggle and CRASH! Actually stress can trigger the onset.

Remember I said I had PTSD? I had previously lost my first wife to death, found a girlfriend I was dating and she became quad on a date that kept her in the hospital six months in which that time we married, nearly lost her then and several times after ward, saw a few other highly traumatic things that lead to the PTSD all of it within a few years time. It all hit at the same time though.

There is a book well worth the money & read called Phobia Free by Harold Levinson MD and he does go into case histories. His book was what lead me down this path to what I have learned and it made 100% difference in how I allowed doctors to treat this. Understanding the beast is about 75% of the process in learning to deal with it. If not for that book I could have become an Agoraphobic or even died from wrong medications.

How I adapted also goes against the text book practices of exposures help and are a must. No they don't. Does a hammer to the fingers every hour of the day adapt one to pain? Exposures are just that and they can trigger attacks. That doesn't mean stay home in a silent room rather it means doing detective work and learning your triggers and you control your environment and you control your exposures but most important is listen to your body.

I'm on an awake all night sleep most the day cycle and with that I can shop at a Wally World for long periods real late, shop at the grocery store real late and not have the P.A. put me on the ceiling and try to shop in the confusion it causes me. Again this goes against the standards of most experts who deal with anxiety. Most are way behind on the learning curve or they are locked into the Phobic Mode as being root cause.

BTW do you feet hurt :>} Poor mom and dad for the life of them could not figure out how I wore out shoes in less than a month breaking the sides over. I've wore corective insoles for 20 years now. But my feet and legs are now contorted and arthritis setting in due to that. I walk with a cane as of two years ago for balance and ability to lift myself from a squat.

It scares me doctors are real quick to pass out SSRI's etc for anxiety and not do extensive neurological case history and work ups. These are the persons most likely to develop Serotonin Syndrome. My wife thought she was Tess or Della Reese on Touched By an Angel and we is white LOL. We can laugh now but it cost her parts of her life from partial amnesia. You would think a doctor or doctors who saw condition improve when medication was stopped would say hey whats this? Nope in walks a shrink and says up the Zoloft. Bang one hour after injestion of the meds she was in it again. No they did not pick up on that part either. I did a web search of the two meds plus adverse reaction and first hit was their pharmacology professors article on Serotonin Syndrome. They didn't want to believe it even then. The did not blood work up, no CT or MRI because they were so darn convinced she was crazy and pyschotic. BTW she was being treated for PTDS. Why? Because a dentist darn near killed her with a pain pill meant for cancer patients to pull a tooth. She had a reaction and went in a Coma. She later needed dental work and had a fear of it. Thus the SSRI's.

Physical conditions or neurological conditions often create secondary cognitive symptoms. When the primary condition is mised and the behavioral treated instead that is bad news right? In my case which one were they treating? That's where I'm coming from. Ever doctor said SSRI and off the Xanax you go because it's very dangerous.

Until I found the cause on my own there was no real help. One smart psychiatrist my last one I had actually did figure out the right dosages on the Xanax which is low but consistent. He said never take any class of antidepressants again or I could be in trouble. That was before my wife had Serotonin Syndrome. That too goes against the grain of current practices.

I went to the V.A. a year or so ago for an exam with their primary doc simply to get a referral with him for their Audiology Dept for hearing aids. I have my own primary doctor. VA Clinic doc about had a calf when he read I had been taking Xanax 18 years. He nearly insisted he was going to change it. I said no you aren't and explained to him why. He didn't like it though. My wife has taken it 27 years. It was when Zoloft and Trazadone was added the reaction happened. Xanax likely saved her life as Benzo is the treatment for Serotonin Syndrome.

I can go deeper. My sibling about 5 years my senior has a history of strokes and now developed onset of Dementia. She kept falling and no one could quite figure it out. Her communication skills would not allow her to express things well or sequence what happened. We talked to the nurse at the assisted living and all came to the conclusion she was going into a panic mode. It boiled down to her always falling in the TV room and her getting up to leave.

Finally in desperation we took her to a walk in clinic. We talked to the doctor who had seen her a few times. I told the doctor what we saw happening and what we thought was the cause. He said let's try Valium then. We got her back to the center and the nurse gave her the Valium. Within 15 minutes it was like a switch was thrown. She could communicate within reason and comprehension, express herself, and had much better coordination. The calls about falls went from several a week to once every few months. The Valium toned down her sensory system so she could function. Many would think step up the sensory system and enhance sensory transmission as is done with SSRI's etc. When the receptors and the processing system is damaged all you get is sensory flooding on inaccurate or corrupted impulses that causes the computer {brain} to crash. The computer can only task so much.

Yea I was called stupid and Tard a lot growing up. The special ED/physical rehab school added to it but the school was what trained me to adapt and bought me 20 more years before point of disability. They worked on eye-mucle coordination two years. But I will never pass a Field Sobriety test LOL. Seriously I about got a DUI one night even though I hadn't been drinking. I had been pulled over for speeding.

I can't as such study nor now at this point into it read books. Books especially technical ones are look in them for specific information for a specific issue. Math concepts like Geometry and Algebra were not possible either. But yet the more educated ones in the family ask me how much things cost plus tax LOL. I learned shortcuts and do fast rounding off in my head.

I don't discount the fact many kids simply have disciplinary issues especially in today's society. But I also see parents who apply proper discipline have kids who have not only behavioral but learning issues and it's a lot more than when I was a kid. Being a troubleshooter my nature is too look and see what was changed? My generation in the 60's had black and white TV no real special effect thrills. This generation had Lion King and that movie puts me into major sensory overload. Look sometime at the extreme flashing in it and the fast scene changes. Epileptic in nature perhaps but not detectable on the EEG?

I passed all diagnostics like EEG, CT, MRI fine no problems. Yet my attacks produce severe upper torso seizures. It stays above the arms hits shoulders and neck like ice water or a cattle prod for 3-5 seconds. No pain but can very quickly exhaust me. A Xanax under the tongue will stop it sometimes it takes two if I'm away from the house. OR If at home I can pick up my acoustic guitar and play it and stop the seizures most of the time.

I believe many people have forms of this going back to undiagnosed and overlooked cerebellar-vestibular disorders. It is to what degree that will determine how much it effects them as kids and adults.

In my first cousins case he spent thousands of dollars on testing and doctors. I told him with his history of tubes in his ears as a kid he likely had what I did. Finally he went to a semi retired General Practitioner who had been there done that seen all and the generation where a GP treated all. He asked my cousin were you in Nam? Yes. Did you wear ear protection? He laughed and said what was that back then? He said and you had tubes and ear infections as a kid? Yep. You have Inner Ear Damage or a related Disorder was the doctors answer. His mother my dads sister also had it. It's more common than people think. Doctors due to time constraints and specialized medicine rather than the old GP Doctor of all Trades is missing it.

46 posted on 08/10/2012 8:38:36 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: CodeToad
BTW I knew that compared to other kids abilities I was in fact not normal. Sports was hell. Gym as hell. I could do something most of my friends and classmates could not. I could camp alone all summer on the lake and be happy. There might be another camp a few hundred feet up the lake but I was on my own with the boat, dog, and food. dad checked me every day or so brought in ice etc. I could not run the mile and was always last. But in my teens I could out walk any jock on a ridge and cover likely twice the ground LOL.

Finally getting the answers as to just what the heck was wrong with me allowed me some Inner Peace about myself and I no longer saw myself as a failure. I'm also a pretty darn good unlicensed nurse :>}

47 posted on 08/10/2012 8:54:28 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: To-Whose-Benefit?; beaversmom; the invisib1e hand; Third Person; TSgt; CodeToad; RoseofTexas; ...
Years ago My sister called me up crying that the school wanted her to have my nephew put on Ritalin. I asked her what test they had done to determine that he needed this drug. She told me they wanted the doctor to test him.

I told her I would be over on Saturday to test him myself. I had two lawn chairs and fishing poles and a cooler of cokes and sandwiches. I took him to a spot I knew didn't have a single fish.

I taught him to bait his hook cast and reel in. I told him had had to sit quiet and still or the fish would not bite.

That child sat for over three hours casting and reeling in very slowly. He got up to pee once and ate a couple of sandwiches.

I took him home told my sister he didn't have ADD or ADHD, that he was bored.

I told her that the school could have him tested (At the schools expense) only if they tested his IQ first (again at the schools expense).

Two weeks later she called me up and said that his IQ was above normal and they wanted to move him up a grade.

I told her they were now going to the opposite extreme and to leave him where he was but with a different teacher.

The very next year he was given student of the month two months in a row.

48 posted on 08/11/2012 5:30:49 AM PDT by verga (Forced to remove tag line by administrator)
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To: silverleaf

Message received and I will not Ping you with any Alarmist Drivel.

But as for the Doctor ALWAYS explaining the side effects, THAT Dear Silverleaf is impossible. If they did they’d be thrown into prison. The FDA knows the stuff causes murders. Do the Doctors tell you that these drugs take 25 years of a person’s life expectancy?

Since Breggin is hyperbole to you, perhaps others here would appreciate Dr Grace Jackson’s take on antipsychotics.

http://psychrights.org/states/alaska/CaseXX/3AN-08-493PS/JacksonOnNLtoxicity.pdf

For those who haven’t seen this, I left it on another post.

The Psychological Arts as they’re called, are an openly hostile abomination diametrically opposed to every tenet of conservatism.

Carl Jung is their current Guru: their antidote to the human condition.

http://home.earthlink.net/~thetabus/eugenics/eutt-6.htm

“1939 An interview with psychiatrist Carl Jung is published in Hearst’s International- Cosmopolitan. In it, he calls Mussolini a man of style and good taste who was “warm and human.” About Hitler, he says, “There is no question but that Hitler belongs in the category of the truly mystic medicine man. As somebody commented about him at the last Nuremberg party congress, since the time of Mohammed nothing like it has been seen in this world. This markedly mystic characteristic of Hitler’s is what makes him do things which seem to us illogical, inexplicable, curious and unreasonable...So you see, Hitler is a medicine man, a form of a spiritual vessel, a demi-deity or, even better, a myth.”

This anti-semitic Hitler worshipper, and his science, were researching seances.

http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/3847/the_occult_world_of_cg_jung.html

Want to know who Freud really was? English Prof. Frederick Crews is the go to guy.

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=96726&sectioncode=26

How about Alfred Adler?

http://www.lifecourseinstitute.com/Adler.htm

The 3 of these A**holes are the founders of the art of Depth Psychology, upon which all the other subdivisions of psych are based or derived.

How about a page of quotes from the psych field?

http://psychquotes.com/

“Psychiatry’s Views on Conservatives

“In August 2003, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the results of their $1.2 million taxpayer-funded study. It stated, essentially, that traditionalists are mentally disturbed. Scholars from the Universities of Maryland, California at Berkeley, and Stanford had determined that social conservatives, in particular, suffer from ‘mental rigidity,’ ‘dogmatism,’ and ‘uncertainty avoidance,’ together with associated indicators for mental illness.”

Source: B.K. Eakman, Chronicles, October 2004, pp. 28-29.
“Political conservatism as motivated social cognition” By Jost, John T.; Glaser, Jack; Kruglanski, Arie W.; Sulloway, Frank J. APA Psychological Bulletin, May 2003, Vol 129(3), p 339-375”

As for Edward Bernays and Goebbels, Goebbels owned Bernays complete works, which were originally titled Propaganda, and were only subsequently re-labeled as public relations After it was discovered that Goebbels had made extensive use of them.

Whether it’s called psychology or psychiatry it’s all the same knowledge base and its end game is to sell disability and drugs. Here’s what it’s costing us from science writer Robert Whitaker whose spent 25 years covering the psychiatric beat.

http://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Epidemic-Bullets-Psychiatric-Astonishing/dp/0307452425/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344443915&sr=8-1&keywords=anatomy+of+an+epidemic+by+robert+whitaker

“Pg 245
The Disability Numbers

There are no good studies yet on the percentage of “early onset” bipolar patients when they reach adulthood, end up on the SSI and SSDI disability rolls. However, the astonishing jump in the number of “severely mentally ill” children receiving SSI speaks volumes about the havoc that is being wreaked. There were 16,200 Psychiatrically disabled youth under 18 years old on the SSI rolls in 1987, and they comprised less than 6 percent of the total number of disabled children. Twenty years later, there were 561,569 disabled mentally ill children on the SSI rolls, and they comprised 50 percent of the total. This epidemic is even hitting preschool children. The prescribing of psychotropic drugs to two-year-olds and three-year-olds began to become more commonplace about a decade ago, and sure enough, the number of severely mentally ill children under 6 years of age receiving SSI has tripled since then, rising from 22,453 in 2000 to 65,928 in 2007 (98)

Moreover, the SSI numbers only begin to hint at the scope of the harm being done. Everywhere there is evidence of a worsening of the mental health of children and teenagers. From 1995 to 1999, psychiatric-related Emergency Room visits by children increased 59 percent. (99)

The deteriorating mental health of the nation’s children, declared U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher in 2001, constituted a “health crisis.” (100) Next, colleges were suddenly wondering why so many of their students were suffering manic episodes or behaving in disturbed ways; a 2007 survey discovered that one in six college students had deliberately “cut or burned self” in the prior year. (101) All of this led the U.S. Government Accountability Office to investigate what was going on, and it reported in 2008 that one in every fifteen young adults, eighteen to twenty-six years old, is now “seriously mentally ill”. There are 680,000 in that age group with bipolar disorder and another 800,000 ill with major depression, and, the GAO noted, this was in fact an undercount of the problem, as it didn’t include young adults who were homeless, incarcerated, or institutionalized.

That is where we stand as a nation today. Twenty years ago our society began regularly prescribing psychiatric drugs to children and adolescents, and now one out of every fifteen Americans enters adulthood with a “serious mental illness.” That is proof of the most tragic sort that our drug based paradigm of care is doing a great deal more harm than good. The medicating of children and youth became commonplace only a short time ago, and already it has put millions onto a path of lifelong illness.

98: Social Security Administration, annual statistical reports on the SSI program, 1996-2008, Social Security Bulletin, Annual Statistical Supplement, 1988-1992
99: Pediatric Academic Societies, Pediatric Psychiatric admissions on the rise,” May 16, 2000 press release
100: D. Satcher, Report of Surgeon General’s Conference on Children’s Mental Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2001).
101: B. Whitford: “Depression, eating disorders and other mental illnesses are on the rise, Newsweek, August 27, 2008”

Here’s a 13pg pdf that presaged his book’s release.
http://psychrights.org/articles/ehpppsychdrugepidemic(whitaker).pdf

“CONCLUSION
A century ago, fewer than two people per 1,000 were considered to be “disabled” by mental illness and in need of hospitalisation . By 1955, that number had jumped to 3 .38 people per 1,000, and during the past 50 years, a period when psychiatric drugs have been the cornerstone of care, the disability rate has climbed steadily, and has now reached around 20 people per 1,000. (Table 2) . As with any epidemic, one would suspect that an outside agent of some type-a virus, a bacterial infection, or an environmental toxin was causing this rise in illness . That is indeed the case here . There is an outside agent fueling this epidemic of mental illness, only it is to be found in the medicine cabinet . Psychiatric drugs perturb normal neurotransmitter function, and while that perturbation may curb symptoms over a short term, over the long run it increases the likelihood that a person will become chronically ill, or ill with new and more severe symptoms . A review of the scientific literature shows quite clearly that it is our drug-based paradigm of care that is fueling this modem-day plague.”

And yes the drugs are involved, and responsible for decades of mass shootings as they’re concurrently eating us out of house and home in dollars and cents.

Does any of this disgusting nonsense look like a Win in any way for Anyone, let alone Conservatives?


49 posted on 08/11/2012 8:49:56 AM PDT by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: verga

Great story! The problem is that the liberal school systems are full of morons that are unable to address smart students. There was a movie years go whereby smart kids were dumbed down and stupid kids were artifically made smart just so every kid was “average”.


50 posted on 08/11/2012 9:37:33 AM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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Gee! I am glad to see that your tag line has changed.


51 posted on 08/11/2012 9:47:21 AM PDT by wintertime (:-))
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A lot of kids with some learning issues {and I'm going beyond ADD ADHD} can be helped and have a lot more productive classroom time simply by classroom modifications. We learn in classrooms by sound and sight. Many classroom today are not focused on the sight aspect. Sight is important even in hearing especially to someone who can either not hear well or process auditory data at full ability. They can not see the teacher to read the teachers lips. That is one of the means persons with auditory issues uses to compensate even if they are unaware they have a problem.

I've seen in my grand-kids classrooms and often the desk are grouped or in a circle rather than all in a line pointed toward the teacher. That makes for a poor learning environment. Perhaps 80% of the kids in class can function in that enforcement the other 20% to some degree mild to severe will have difficulty. Those will likely be pegged as having learning disabilities and the catch all diagnoses is ADD ADHD.

It is also very likely when a kid has lets say vision problems that they have some form of auditory processing issue and vice versa. The focus for 50 years has been on ADD ADHD rather than other more likely possibilities. ADD ADHD means more money to the schools. Central Auditory Processing Disorders means nothing because basically it is simply a classroom modification issue and the parents getting medical treatment for the physical/neurological issue.

In high school Shakespeare bored me too tears. In the 5th grade I could quote Robert Service writings off the top of my head. At age 16 on a month long family vacation in the early 1970's we went from East Tennessee to Fairbanks, Alaska in a pick up truck with a shell cover on the back in which we slept in. We went through Dawson City and I saw town and the places that inspired Service and Jack London.

Schools are not set up to promote learning nor to help a kid discover their interest and build upon it. I was poor in Math and did great in history except when a few teachers decided they wanted maps drawn. I lack the fine motor skills to draw them correctly. That in turn hurt my grade. Creative Writing was an elective in my high school English classes. I aced that class LOL.

Our earliest pioneers in this nation such as Boone, Lewis and Clark, who would leave civilization behind to explore places in todays world might be labeled learning disability students. Was it their desire or the peace they found being away from crowds what actually drove them? Read Service "The men who don't fit in" or read Kipling's The Explorer. What were they seeing even then in persons?

Your nephew had more patience than me. As a kid I loved hunting and fishing. But at hunting especially deer hunting the notion of being still all morning was a horror LOL. I would do what is called still hunting. That is basically walking and looking. I could cover ground in the morning that had my dad amazed LOL. I saw more deer in the process. At 55 the idea of sitting still in the woods for over four hours hunting deer is not one I like. Arthritis doesn't like it either.

52 posted on 08/11/2012 5:24:58 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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