Over a Million Children Under Six Take Psychiatric Drugs in America
According to the Natural News, the psychiatric drug use is on the rise in the U.S. The statistics show that one out of every six Americans now is taking some medication in this category. These medications are highly concerning because of the scary side effects that they cause, as well as the poor effectiveness of many of them. One thing that is particularly disturbing is the extraordinary number of children who are taking such drugs.
Mental health watchdog group Citizens Commission on Human Rights raised the attention to the fact that more than a million kids younger than six in the U.S. are currently taking psychiatric drugs.
Can you imagine that 275,800 of them are younger than a year old and about half of these children are four to five years old? Can everyone imagine that babies are being given psychiatric drugs? Unfortunately, the number rises for toddlers aged two to three (370,778 kids in this category taking psychiatric drugs overall).
The situation only gets worse as kids get older and the statistics from IMS Health shows that, 4,130,340 kids aged 6 to 12 are taking some type of psychiatric drug.
Antipsychotics and antidepressants put forth some surprising figures, however, the most common category of these psychotic drugs given to children are the anti-anxiety drugs. Nearly 248,000 of those are aged four to five and only over 227,132 babies under one that takes these medications.
Actually, experts believe that these estimates are far too low and the real numbers are actually much higher, which is really shocking. The reason why the experts are suspicious is the fact that many doctors tend for some to hand out psychiatric medications for “off-label” uses. Giving out a drug to treat something that it is not indicated for is a risky practice.
Safer alternatives to giving kids mind-altering meds
Giving the psychiatric medication to adults is not a problem because they can choose to take them or not, but it is not the same with the children. Children lack the cognition to fully understand the impact of such a choice, and the amounts to forced medication.
It is well-known that many doctors have a financial motivation to get young people to start taking these drugs, but it is strange why their parents are so willing to get on board.
Many of children are also taking psychiatric medications, which has practically become a way of their life, and many people think that these meds are harmless.
The side effects of these drugs are linked to heart attacks, suicidal ideation, psychosis, diabetes, stroke, mania and sudden death. Besides those bad things, there’s also the fact that many of the high-profile public shootings recently were perpetrated by young people on such drugs. This increases the risk of the kids of dying when they take these medicines and could also take out a whole classroom or movie theater with them.
The child’s brain chemistry is drastically affected by psychiatric medications, which could impact their development in irreversible ways. For that reason, it’s important for doctors and parents to reserve them as an absolute last resort.
People should be aware that some degree of anxiety is normal in children when they begin to understand the way the world works. By understanding the ups and downs of the life, children learn how to cope strategies to apply throughout their lifetime. While they’re young they will have a valuable skill that can serve them well later.
Children should learn lots of good coping mechanisms that can help them with different condition such as anxiety, depression, and those who have been labeled with ADHD, including art therapy, yoga, physical exercise, breathing exercises, and many others.