“Anatomy of an Epidemic”: A Book Review and my Thoughts, Part 3

In this series of posts, I review the book, “Anatomy of an Epidemic” by Robert Whitaker, and highlight parallels between my own experience as a Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP) survivor and the points Whitaker makes in his book.

In my last post, I explained how the psychiatric infrastructure is all too happy to medicalize mood and drug up people, even if it appears to cause disease rather than relieve it. In this post, I cover the part of this issue where Whitaker discusses how this affects a particularly vulnerable group of patients – children.

Kid with asthma inhaler

Drugging Kids as an Industry

The most disheartening part of Whitaker’s book is when he discusses the drugging of children.  Children as young as four or five are now being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression, and other conditions you really can’t get at age four and five, and the drugs, which were once only meant for adults, are now being marketed to children.

First the stimulants, then the antidepressants, and later the atypical antipsychotics.  A young child, whose brain is just beginning to grow, is now being drugged.  The class clown of yesteryear is now on Adderall; the shy kid is on Xanax or Paxil for social anxiety. The industry is creating new problems (hence the constant revamping of the DSM, with more diagnoses in each edition!) that are then solved with up and coming pharmaceuticals.

Thus is the reason for drugging of the children: the market needed to be expanded, and children are a ripe new market, ready and able to be drugged!  And how convenient – the drug companies came up with child-friendly liquid forms of their most popular antidepressants!

Nurse providing prescriptions to kids.

Parallel to MSbP

Horse on a carouselThe end result of both MSbP perpetration, and the collateral damage of the psychiatric infrastructure, is a bunch of people who are sick and drugged up, poisoned by medicines that either they do not need to be on, or are doing more harm than good.  Victims of MSbP and psychiatric patients alike are on the merry-go-round of doctors visits, hospitalizations, and medications. Believe me, this is not a fun merry-go-round to be on.  It’s quite sickening.

I can say from personal experience that drugging up kids leads to lasting effects. In my last post in this series on Whitaker’s book, I talk about how what this book says connects with my personal experience.

Are you on psychiatric drugs?

If so, you might seek the advice of a “drug information specialist”. Don’t know what one is? Read about it here.

Photograph of girl with inhaler by US Food and Drug Administration. Photograph of man with children by US Navy. Photograph of carousel by Gaelx from Madrid/A Coruna.

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2 thoughts on ““Anatomy of an Epidemic”: A Book Review and my Thoughts, Part 3

  1. mchance, you understand how your mother was against you, making allegations and all.

    Robert Whitaker does not look at this aspect. He is only concerned with showing that the drugs are harmful. This is a crucial angle. But he and his people on Mad In America do not see how it is the parents who get one into the psychiatric system in the first place.

    So since they don’t care about this, I am on Moderation. Very hard for me to get a post up there, because their people don’t want to deal with what I am saying. Many of them think it is all “The Government”, and so some are actually making subverting of laws designed to protect children into a political cause.

    mchance, you should know different.

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  2. What struck me here was that it reflects my own repugnance for medicating children for being *children*. Mommy and Daddy want a quiet obedient child, let’s go to the doctor and have a perfectly normal toddler’s activity and attention span diagnosed as ADD/ADHD so we can drug them into not-being-a-nuisance. It’s equivalent ot my late father’s family dosing baby bottles with whiskey to quiet “colicky” (crying) children.
    When you mess with neurochemistry before it is fully realized, that is, matured, you’re asking for generations of future addicts to pharmaceuticals. THeir brains literally have been changed, so they cannot function without the meds, which to some extent replace their natural neurochemicals/transmitters. It’s child *abuse* to give them whiskey to calm them down, but “medical care” to decide a child has bipolar? What nonsense!

    The question here for me is not even how much of this comes down to medical systems abusing children, but to parents using the medical system to have “trouble-free” children. Also, many such issues as social anxiety, attention deficit, etc., are part of the stages of *growth*. Now they’re diseases? Bollocks.

    Over the long term, this neurochemical havoc leaves us with teens and young adults in genuine neuro-psych distress, at an age when a cautious doctor would readily admit htey’re not even physically matured enough yet to be definitely diagnosed with anything psychiatric. Adolescence of itself is, clinically speaking, a form of madness, thanks to the redirection of energy on what parts of the brain grow, and the effects of hormones.

    Irresponsible parents, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies are all twisting children for their own means, whether it be “I can’t cope with a kid whoc ries” or “the CEO wants a new island for Christmas”.

    Our children are being sold and being sold out. It is inexcusable.

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