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BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS

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BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 16, 2006 02:05PM
Soaring numbers of American children are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs — in many cases, for attention deficit disorder or other behavioral problems for which these medications have not been proven to work, a study found.
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The annual number of children prescribed anti-psychotic drugs jumped fivefold between 1995 and 2002, to an estimated 2.5 million, the study said. That is an increase from 8.6 out of every 1,000 children in the mid-1990s to nearly 40 out of 1,000.

But more than half of the prescriptions were for attention deficit and other non-psychotic conditions, the researchers said.

The findings are worrisome "because it looks like these medications are being used for large numbers of children in a setting where we don't know if they work," said lead author Dr. William Cooper, a pediatrician at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

The increasing use of anti-psychotics since the mid-1990s corresponds with the introduction of costly and heavily marketed medications such as Zyprexa and Risperdal. The packaging information for both says their safety and effectiveness in children have not been established.

Anti-psychotics are intended for use against schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses.

However, attention deficit disorder is sometimes accompanied by temper outbursts and other disruptive behavior. As a result, some doctors prescribe anti-psychotics to these children to calm them down — a strategy some doctors and parents say works.

The drugs, which typically cost several dollars per pill, are considered safer than older anti-psychotics — at least in adults — but they still can have serious side effects, including weight gain, elevated cholesterol and diabetes.

Anecdotal evidence suggests similar side effects occur in children, but large-scale studies of youngsters are needed, Cooper said.

The researchers analyzed data on youngsters age 13 on average who were involved in annual national health surveys. The surveys involved prescriptions given during 119,752 doctor visits. The researchers used that data to come up with national estimates.

Cooper said some of the increases might reflect repeat prescriptions given to the same child, but he said that is unlikely and noted that his findings echo results from smaller studies.

The study appears in the March-April edition of the journal Ambulatory Pediatrics.

Heavy marketing by drug companies probably contributed to the increase in the use of anti-psychotic drugs among children, said Dr. Daniel Safer, a psychiatrist affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, who called the potential side effects a concern.

Safer said a few of his child patients with behavior problems are on the drugs after they were prescribed by other doctors. Safer said he has let these children continue on the drugs, but at low doses, and he also does periodic tests for high cholesterol or warning signs of diabetes.

Dr. David Fassler, a University of Vermont psychiatry professor, said more research is needed before anti-psychotics should be considered standard treatment for attention deficit disorders in children.

"Given the frequency with which these medications are being used, there's no question that we need additional studies on both safety and efficacy in pediatric populations," Fassler said.

Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 16, 2006 09:26PM
Yeah...
God Bless America, and our parents

~Spread Light
~~PKW
papa ray
Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 17, 2006 06:31AM
BG, we have met the babylon and dey have prescriptions fo' us....

Seriously, in some cases this is a situation of being between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea. I believe(nothing profound here) attention-deficit mind-set
is produced, if nothing else, by the youth being exposed to multiple hours of TV
every day. Given the propensity of sugar-over-load in the diet, digital image
fast/edit flash to the retina non-stop, and a cocktail of food additives & growth hormones sprinkled on top, many become zombies incapable of focus and long attention span.

And I speak of the experience of marrying a woman with 2 daughters, one of which has the above symptoms. She was briefly on Ritalin and we decided we'd rather
have a (more or less) happy space cadet who's grades in school will never be that great to an 11-year old that does her homework but clearly has speed-induced
anxiety attacks.

My other daughter loves Bitty Mclean.
Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 17, 2006 08:01AM
These conditions, ADD, Depression, are created by doctors and drug companies to line their pockets.

I was fed ritalin at the age of 7 or 8, i think. My mother had the sense to stop it aftere a few months, because she noticed no difference in my behavior.

So a kid is distracted easily and wants to look out the classroom window at the trees instead of being spoon fed garbage about columbus. Parents and teachers dont like it when the kids act like kids and make their job harder, so they want to suppress it. They buy innefective drugs and shove them into the unwitting kids mouths and think they are doing something about the "problem".

Same way with depression. People in western culture lead shallow lives and wonder why they are not fullfilled.

papa ray
Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 17, 2006 08:03AM
DJ, the last sentence of your message simply nails it.
Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 17, 2006 08:33AM
alot of teachers now days are recommending that the children be put on something. my cousins childs teacher said she wasnt paying attention in class and wanted her to take her to the doctor to have her put on something. the doctor prescribed ritalin.she gave her the medicine and that night she said her daughters heart was racing fast like she was tweaking and she couldnt sleep. they went back to the doctor for a lower dosage.she ended up just not giving her the medicine anymore. i have taken care of this child many times over the years shes 9 and i never noticed her having problems. i was thinking her teacher just needed more patience.
BG
Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 17, 2006 08:43AM
" People in western culture lead shallow lives and wonder why they are not fullfilled"
^^^^^^^^^^BOOOOOOOOOM!^^^^^
jb welda
Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 17, 2006 08:51AM
>i was thinking her teacher just needed more patience.

you mean the underpaid, overworked, unappreciated glorified baby sitter?

its never a simple problem though i definately agree with the "shallow lives" part.

one love
jah bill
Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 17, 2006 10:47AM
Not tryin to hear it myself, the whole antidepressant or ADD/ ADHD Meds. They tried to get me to give my son the medicine in kindergarted for ADHD. Baaahhh.

How can I (Dad) give my child a pill today to "help" him focus and turn around tomorrow and tell him to "just say no" to Thizz pills and sythentics of the sort. Chuuh.

What kid doesn't have attention deficit from time to time or hyper activity for that matter.
Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 17, 2006 10:59AM
Anyone ever see the Movie 'Equilibrium' (sp) ???? Worth watching. It is about medicating society with mood stabilizing drugs in the effort to create societal harmony. In the movie, the government forces everyone to take the drugs or be executed. Pretty interesting.
Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 17, 2006 11:05AM
"She goes running for the shelter of her 'mothers little helper'..."

We have been a drugged out society and now it's reaching down to our childern - sad.
jb welda
Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 17, 2006 11:32AM
>the government forces everyone to take the drugs

the sad truth is they dont have to be so forceful, just turn on a tv and everyones pacified.

nice rolling stones reference of the day there dubguy.

one love
jah bill
Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 17, 2006 11:52AM
In the words of Chris Rock... "There ain't no money in a cure!" Keep the people medicated = big money for pharmicutical companies. Babylon for sure...

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Re: BABYLON AH TRY MEDICATE WITH PSYCHO-POISONS
March 17, 2006 12:06PM
In many cases depression is clinical/chemical, and medication is the only long-term solution. I agree children are generally too young for this kind of diagnosis still...

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