This post has been inspired by this episode I found. You need not watch it to get the gist- some of these kids are on 13 fucking meds, Seroquel, Lexapro, Adderall, Risperdal, et al. Most of them are simply sufferers of abuse at the hands of adults they should have been able to trust. Rather than give them counseling and one on one time to work through these issues, they are labeled problem kids and handed bottle after bottle of pills. Most of which I don’t even think are fit for adults, let alone little kids. Starting to label and medicate children at age 4 for bipolar sickens me to the nth degree. These kids talk about the weight gain, feeling like a zombie, like a brick is on their head…This is a bad enough world to live in when your issues are legitimate. It’s downright disgusting when there’s absolutely no cause for them to be prescribed. This is where I take an anti medication view. If you need them, fine. But for all everyone who needs them, there are ten being handed a bottle of Prozac and being labeled as something they’re simply not.
Unfortunately, this is a huge problem in the United States.
Frankly, I blame “Prozac Nation”. Now of my plethora of failed meds, Prozac was one of the few that benefited me. But when it was launched in the 80’s, every person having a bad week who went to the doctor was handed a script. This is where the stigma has stemmed from, the way doctors pass them out without any real cause. I don’t disagree with this. But I do take issue with the blanket mentality that because doctors pass out scripts for the stuff left and right, that negates the need by those who are bipolar, depressed, etc. It’s a fine line, indeed, and education is the key, not ignorance, not stigma and judgment.
In spite of my issues with my own child..There is no way in hell I want her labeled, at six, bipolar or ADHD, or any other diagnosis. I don’t want her shoveling pills unless there comes a time when it is for her own benefit. Being defiant and rebellious are not mental disorders. Being hyper is not a disorder, especially when it doesn’t present any behavioral or learning issues for her in school. I have a high spirited headstrong child and it will be over my dead rotting corpse before I let them slap her with a diagnosis and med regime until I deem there’s a real problem. As a bipolar parent, I’m especially keen on the signs, early signs, no less, and I am aware of her propensity for mental illness due to it hanging from every branch of her family tree. It won’t escape my notice as I am vigilant. I don’t want her on meds, I hope she dodges this bullet with every fiber of my being…If she doesn’t..Well, we cross the bridge when we come to it.
I never wanted meds. I tried therapy alone. For some of us, it’s a necessary evil.
For others, it’s just a bandage slapped on a wound to the soul. If we medicate ’em so they can’t feel their pain, all is well. That’s the mentality that has to change. Especially in abused children. Hearing about a seven year old hanging himself…Meds can’t undo abuse and neglect. Love can’t even heal those wounds.
Just like Prozac and Seroquel aren’t gonna cure a bad month for someone whose issue is situational.
On a side note, in my opinion, because this show highlights the use of antipsychotics…It’s the cross labeling of antipsychotics as bipolar and depressive treatment options that has turned it into a common medication. This is shit I wouldn’t give my pegacorn. (If it helps you, yay, but coma queen is not my goal in life.) Cross labeling can be good, since my mood stabilizer is technically an anti seizure drug. But the antipsychotics for bipolar and such have gotten to a point of commonality, and the general public thinks they are for psychotic behavior, that it’s giving mentally ill people more stigma to deal with.
Educate, educate, educate. And put down the damned script pad until you’ve spent enough time with anyone- man, woman, or child- before you deem a pill to be the cure all.