A Horrifying Article on Prescribing Psychotropic Drugs for Children

by Oct 10, 2012Health & Vaccines1 comment

There is an absolutely horrifying article in the New York Times about drugging our children.

There is an absolutely horrifying article in the New York Times about drugging our children. Under the headline “Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School”, the Times reports about how one Dr. Michael Anderson, a pediatrician in Cherokee County, Georgia, drugs his young patients. Anderson describes ADHD as a “made up” disorder used as “‘an excuse’ to prescribe the pills to treat what he considers the children’s true ill—poor academic performance in inadequate schools.”

That is to say, this so-called “doctor” diagnoses his patients with ADHD, even though he doesn’t think there is any such disorder, just so he can prescribe drugs for them. His justification for this is as abhorrent as his practice: “I don’t have a whole lot of choice,” he says. “We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid.” He is a “social justice thinker”, he says, who is “evening the scales a little bit.”

How nice. This quack makes himself out to be some kind of savior, doing what is necessary to correct the dysfunction of society by “modifying” children with drugs. And perhaps making a little profit from selling the expensive drugs, to boot.

Anderson, the Times notes, is one of a growing number of so-called “doctors” who are “prescribing stimulants” to children “not to treat ADHD, necessarily, but to boost their academic performance.”

As if drugging kids for the made up disorder of ADHD wasn’t bad enough already, now this?

The Times comments about “wealthy students” who “abuse stimulants to raise already-good grades in colleges and high schools”. So it’s only drug abuse when it comes to older students who are more capable of making their own choices and who already get good grades. But if drugs are given to younger children against their will, so long as they aren’t already doing well in school, then this isn’t considered “abuse”.

The article quotes another so-called “doctor”, Ramesh Raghavan, echoing Anderson, saying, “We are effectively forcing local community psychiatrists to use the only tool at their disposal, which is psychotropic medications.” So these so-called “doctors” have “no choice” but to drug kids.

Dr. Nancy Rappaport similarly said, “We are using a chemical straitjacket instead of doing things that are just as important to also do, sometimes more.” Notice this quack, too, isn’t objecting to this practice, but approving of it, describing it as “important” to give psychotropic drugs to children, to use “a chemical straitjacket” on them.

These people practice medicine? On children? These quacks are the ones who need to be put into a straitjacket, not their poor, innocent child victims.

“Reported side effects of the drugs”, the Times gets around to pointing out halfway through the article, “have included growth suppression, increased blood pressure and, in rare cases, psychotic episodes.” The DEA classifies these psychotropic drugs as “controlled substances” because, the Times also notes, “they are particularly addictive.” Furthermore, “Long-term effects of extended use are not well understood”.

The Times cited a study that indicated that at least 20% of doctors don’t follow the guidelines published by the American Academy of Pediatrics for diagnosing ADHD, preferring to rely on “personal instinct” as to whether drugs intended to treat the made up disorder should be given to their child patients.

It cites another so-called “doctor”, William Graf, a pediatrician and child neurologist in New Haven, Georgia, who defended this kind of practice even while admitting that the children being drugged “are still in the developmental phase, and we still don’t know how these drugs biologically affect the developing brain”.

And then there are the parents. One Jacqueline Williams “said she can’t thank Dr. Anderson enough” for diagnosing her kids with the made up disorder of ADHD so that she could forcefully drug her 15, 14, and 11 year olds, who, she is quoted observing, “don’t want to take it”. She also pointed out that Medicaid covers her costs of forcefully drugging her kids against their will.

At the Rocafort family’s home, in the kitchen, “sits a wire basket brimming with bottles of the children’s medications, prescribed by Dr. Anderson: Adderall for Alexis, 12; and Ethan, 9; Risperdal (an antipsychotic for mood stabilization) for Quintn and Perry, both 11; and Clonidine (a sleep aid to counteract the other medications) for all four, taken nightly.”

The Times goes into some more detail on how the drugs affected Quintn. He was initially “disruptive” at school, but “immediately settled down and became a more earnest, attentive student” after being drugged, only to start getting “into fights at school because, he said, other children were insulting his mother. The problem was, they were not; Quintn was seeing people and hearing voices that were not there, a rare but recognized side effect of Adderall. After Quintn admitted to being suicidal, Dr. Anderson prescribed a week in a local psychiatric hospital, and a switch to Risperdal.”

Just wait, it gets even scarier. The Times continues:

“While telling this story, the Rocaforts called Quintn into the kitchen and asked him to describe why he had been given Adderall.” Their once “disruptive” little boy, not an obedient zombie thanks to their drugging him, replied, “To help me focus on my school work, my homework, listening to Mom and Dad, and not doing what I used to do to my teachers, to make them mad…. If I don’t take my medicine I’d be having attitudes. I’d be disrespecting my parents. I wouldn’t be like this.”

Quintn’s parents continued to use Aderall with Alexis, 12, and Ethan, 9. Neither had ADHD, these sorry excuses for parents said, but they forced them to take the drug anyway “merely to help their grades, and because Alexis was, in her father’s words, ‘a little blah.’” The dad, Rocky Rocafort, added, “If they’re not feeling positive, happy, socializing more, and it’s helping them, why wouldn’t you? Why not?”

Um, because it caused one of your sons to have psychotic delusions, to name just one obvious reason, you repugnant creep!

This “Doctor” Anderson and his ilk are not “social justice thinkers” going about the business of fighting the ills of our society. They are very much a part of the disease.

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  1. Mary Jane Lane

    You have not even begun to scratch the surface of this problem as of yet – the information in this article is nothing – you want to hear an hear full of real facts – contact me! Follow the money!


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