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.
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!
Parallel to MSbP
The 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.