Monday, April 11, 2011
America's Medicated KIds
When we were in New Orleans having coffee outside one morning we met a woman from Holland who was attending a conference for anxiety disorders. She was a researcher and we started talking about the United States attitude towards prescribing drugs, for the "kickbacks" doctors get for writing prescriptions and how many other countries look down upon parents giving their kids drugs, yet the United States seems to have more and more parents giving their kids drugs. She recommended the documentary above.
If you get a chance, watch this documentary, its an hour long but very interesting. I found spectacular that one family even gave their dog anti-anxiety medications. Ive signed several petitions in Canada to ban the prescriptions of SSRIs to children (SSRIs for children are banned in England) and this film further observes on the reasons of why parents would give their kids drugs.
1) Interview from The Guardian
2) In 2008 Frontline had a segment on "the medicated child". This show totally upset me and haunted me for months. You can watch it at their website here. In recent years, there's been a dramatic increase in the number of children being diagnosed with serious psychiatric disorders and prescribed medications that are just beginning to be tested in children. The drugs can cause serious side effects, and virtually nothing is known about their long-term impact. "It's really to some extent an experiment, trying medications in these children of this age," child psychiatrist Dr. Patrick Bacon tells FRONTLINE. "It's a gamble. And I tell parents there's no way to know what's going to work."
3) A review of the documentary.