They claim that ADD/ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, etc., are medical conditions, and consider them on par with cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. But in reality there is no actual evidence that proves that psychiatric disorders are indeed medical conditions. They simply diagnose a child by using a behavioral checklist.
There are 20 million children in the United States who have been diagnosed with some kind of psychiatric disorder and drugged for it. It's practically an epidemic. Innocent children are being turned into patients for simply acting like kids.
Not to mention that all those who are licensed by the government who can "legally" prescribe drugs are paid huge amounts of money by the pharmaceutical industry to write prescriptions of their drugs. But has anyone considered the side effects that these drugs have on children?
In 2001, Matthew Smith, 14, was skateboarding with his cousins when he collapsed and started turning blue. By the time the paramedics arrived Matthew couldn't be revived and suffered a heart attack.
According to Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic, the cause was Ritalin. Matthew Smith was only six years old when his parents followed the school social worker's advice and placed him on Ritalin. She claimed Matthew had "ants in his pants" and wouldn't sit still. After the autopsy, Matthew's heart showed the same signs of vessel damage that are caused by amphetamines and cocaine.
Ritalin is a methylphenidate, and classified as a Schedule II drug. The DEA reserves it as one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs allowed to be legally prescribed. Some of the serious known side effects are heart palpitations, heart attacks, and cardiac arrhythmia. Why in the world would they prescribe this to children?
What is being done to these kids is truly child abuse. If children are not running around, being loud and constantly playing, then I'd be concerned. Forcing them to sit still and act like adults is unrealistic and cruel.
There's so much that we can learn from our children if we stop and observe them. They are always in the moment. All they require is patience, understanding, and love. Not drugs.