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Growing numbers of children on medication
http://www.newstimes.com ^ | June 7, 2010 | Eileen FitzGerald

Posted on 06/07/2010 8:12:07 PM PDT by Maelstorm

Here's just one statistic that Danbury school psychologist Charles Manos worries about: 42 percent of all kids in foster care are taking three or more mood-altering drugs.

"All kids in foster care have some story of trauma, like abuse or neglect, so we need to ask the question `How are we dealing with trauma?'" Manos asked.

Overall, children are receiving more prescriptions than ever before to treat medical, emotional and psychological problems, according to a May report from Medco Health Solutions.

More than one in four children with health insurance in the U.S., and nearly 30 percent of all children from 10 to 19, take at least one prescription to treat a chronic condition. The most substantial increases over the past nine years have been in antipsychotic, diabetes and asthma drugs, according to the Medco report.

In some cases, students take medications at home. In many cases, school nurses dispense it.

For instance, Danbury schools health coordinator Sue Levasseur said 80 middle school students receive asthma medication each day at school and another 14 to 15 children receive a psychotropic drug at school.

Part of the school system's job is to educate parents, said Manos, who has worked in local schools for more than 30 years and also has a private practice.

"I think we have become a society that says it's OK to medicate the symptoms of kids. Medication is easier. I think as a society we are quick to change behavior rather than understand it," Manos said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arth; drugged; druggedkids; drugs; fostercare; kids; medicate; medication
A lot of people are not being taught how to deal with their history and are not learning how to heal. These kids who have been abused are going to be just as angry, suicidal, and screwed up when their prescriptions run out and far too many are having their futures stolen from them in the name of helping them.
1 posted on 06/07/2010 8:12:08 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm; metmom; Tired of Taxes

Very true & very sad.


2 posted on 06/07/2010 8:14:50 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Obama as President is a DISASTER FOR AMERICA)
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To: Maelstorm

Agreed. Unfortunately, it’s just easier to give ‘em a pill and send them on their way. Healing takes hard work.


3 posted on 06/07/2010 8:17:34 PM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: Maelstorm

Too many kids in this country with a lack of Ritalin in their diet.

Dope ‘em up, that’ll calm the little buggers down.


4 posted on 06/07/2010 8:19:13 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (No Romney,No Mark Kirk (Illinois), not now, not ever!)
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To: 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; AlmaKing; AngieGal; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

I am absolutely convinced that if my kids had gone to public schools, they would have been labeled ADD/ADHD and they would have insisted on putting the kids on medication.

All they ever needed was enough exercise. When they were active enough and could burn off the extra energy, they were happy and well behaved (usually).

You can't just go sticking boys at desks all day and expect them to be perfect, self-controlled little angels. Boys need to move. They are meant to move.

5 posted on 06/07/2010 8:20:43 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Maelstorm

Just watch the sci-fi movie, “THX 1138” directed by George Lucas. It shows children taking mind altering prescription drugs.


6 posted on 06/07/2010 8:30:56 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Maelstorm
How many are medicated due to the ever-growing fraud of "Autism Spectrum Disorder".
7 posted on 06/07/2010 8:51:29 PM PDT by montag813 (http://www.StandWithArizona.com)
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To: Graybeard58

As Bob Dylan once said:

“Everybody must get stoned.”


8 posted on 06/07/2010 9:02:00 PM PDT by married21
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Interestingly you mention it. I have it on my netflix instant queue.


9 posted on 06/07/2010 9:10:40 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Tyranny thrives when the people are silent.)
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To: metmom

I agree with your concerns. What gets me is how little science goes into some of the ideas behind diagnosis of some types of disorder while individuals with obvious behavior disorder are labeled normal. A child that asserts they desire to be a member of the opposite sex is catered too while a boy that desires to run and play is considered abnormal. We live in an increasingly insane culture that selectively applies reason based upon desire for certain political and activist outcomes. One big desire of the left is the deconstruction of masculinity.


10 posted on 06/07/2010 9:17:02 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Tyranny thrives when the people are silent.)
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To: Maelstorm

You can watch the whole thing on YouTube.


11 posted on 06/07/2010 9:19:02 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Maelstorm

“What gets me is how little science goes into some of the ideas behind diagnosis of some types of disorder while individuals with obvious behavior disorder are labeled normal.”

It’s about taking the easy way out. That’s the whole point behind this medication. Parents don’t want to parent or actually have children with minds of their own. In their minds, children are to behave like dogs, showing endless devotion and obedience.

With the actual nutcases, they keep trying to ‘understand’ them while the people around them suffer.


12 posted on 06/07/2010 9:33:41 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Maelstorm

“These kids who have been abused are going to be just as angry, suicidal, and screwed up when their prescriptions run out and far too many are having their futures stolen from them in the name of helping them.”

And I can’t fathom what they will do to their parents when they are at the mercy of their children.


13 posted on 06/07/2010 9:41:58 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: metmom; pandoraou812; Maelstorm
I am absolutely convinced that if my kids had gone to public schools, they would have been labeled ADD/ADHD and they would have insisted on putting the kids on medication.

Same here... with our middle son. We always knew what the school would say. He fits the stereotype so perfectly:

Boundless amounts of energy. Always laughing and joking. But, his attention flits from one thing to another. Often he'll talk nonstop, and then he's changing subjects - and no one can follow along. I can't even explain it. You'd have to see him in action to understand. Up to recently, he rarely looked straight at anyone talking to him, either. He always had difficulty keeping his eyes focused on me or anyone else who's talking.

But, what most people don't realize is that he's LISTENING the whole time. And he'll REMEMBER everything you said, if he deems it important enough. And his behavior changes when he's interested in something. He'll sit for hours to focus on something that interests him. He's very creative and imaginative. And, if you want something done, he's the kid to ask. He just jumps in there and does it. Fast.

The last doctor noticed some of his behavior and accused me of neglecting his socialization by homeschooling, even though my other sons were sitting right there behaving very differently. I was just glad she didn't try to diagnose him with something. They'd have to kill me first before I'd let anyone medicate him. Really. I would fight them off to my death. I truly believe these children have a special gift, and the rest of the world just doesn't know how to handle it. My husband says these kids are wired for instantaneous information in the internet age, but the educational establishment is stuck in the Stone Age.

Anyway, I'm always looking for inspiration. My husband's grade school report cards serve as my inspiration now: Every single one of his report cards, through the eighth grade, says: He's disruptive; he can't stay in his seat; he can't keep his hands where they belong; he doesn't listen courteously when other people talk; he interrupts; he has to be reprimanded daily. And on and on. By high school, those comments end, and he's at the top of his class. :-)

Also, once, I attended a seminar held by researchers, and it made so much sense. The researcher told me most of the students diagnosed with ADHD are usually kids who just use a technical/confluent learning pattern. Here's more info for anyone interested.

I also came across a special school advertised on the internet for "boys with ADHD." It called them the "Tom Sawyers" of their generation. It takes these boys out into the wilderness for adventure and hands-on learning.

14 posted on 06/07/2010 10:23:19 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

Thanks for the link. My middle son was a problem for the school. The school wanted him on meds & we said no. I don’t agree with the child study teams who just want to drug children.


15 posted on 06/07/2010 10:32:38 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Hey 0 whose a$$ are you going kick? lmao!)
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To: metmom
Best reason to home school:


16 posted on 06/08/2010 1:06:52 AM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: Niuhuru

“These kids who have been abused are going to be just as angry, suicidal, and screwed up when their prescriptions run out ...”

The libs are ‘counting’ on this. More need for the social worker and nothing mom or dad can do without getting arrested.


17 posted on 06/08/2010 5:30:07 AM PDT by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Maelstorm

The BEST part is how society is SELLING our kids on the idea of medications! My teenage daughters have “begged” me to get them a prescription for Adderol (sp?) so they can “focus” better.

I told them to shut the damn cell phones off and they’ll be able to “focus” just fine. No one can focus when a text message comes in every 3.8 seconds that “must” be responded to. I also told them to stop chewing gums with phenylalanines and quit drinking anything with HFCS in it.

(I shut off the texting on the 14 y.o.’s phone and there has been an amazing shift in her overall well-being...no more “cattle prod” effect with the texts - she can relax!)


18 posted on 06/08/2010 5:35:33 AM PDT by Dasaji (On a beach somewhere in my head...)
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To: montag813
How many are medicated due to the ever-growing fraud of "Autism Spectrum Disorder"

I hope that by "fraud" you are referring to those parents that seek out the diagnosis deliberately in order to obtain drugs for their kids, rather than those of us whose children actually are on the spectrum.
19 posted on 06/08/2010 5:50:50 AM PDT by Famishus (North of the equator, the Death Spiral is clockwise.)
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To: Maelstorm

It takes an adult’s faith, time, patience, wisdom and love to heal an emotionally broken child or a handicapped child. Since all intangible human spirit has been erased from our public culture and replaced by Marxism, it is no suprise that all the State has to offer foster children is drugs.


20 posted on 06/08/2010 7:17:39 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Tired of Taxes

My son is 20 now and I am so proud of him.

He still has tons of energy and is not very tolerant in that when he sees no reason to do something the standard way, it just irritates him to no end, but he does what he has to.

But he is ambitious and hard working and responsible and creative.

It’s a matter of teaching them to channel all that energy into something productive. And that takes time and energy and hard work itself, but pays untold dividends in the end. It’s not what people who are looking for the lazy way out want to deal with. Public schools are wasting so much potential.

My son is going to make a wonderful husband and father and once he’s out of school (after watching how good he treats he girlfriends already) and will provide for his family, as he feels that responsibility strongly.

And he’s a flaming conservative to boot.

Hang in there. You’re doing the right thing and it will pay some day.


21 posted on 06/08/2010 7:34:29 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: George from New England

At some point this country is going to collapse in on itself and I think that this is the only solution at this point.


22 posted on 06/08/2010 8:01:13 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Famishus
I hope that by "fraud" you are referring to those parents that seek out the diagnosis deliberately in order to obtain drugs for their kids, rather than those of us whose children actually are on the spectrum.

I am also referring to the shady docs who are always increasing the "spectrum" to include kids who are not "autistic" in any way.

23 posted on 06/08/2010 8:02:39 AM PDT by montag813 (http://www.StandWithArizona.com)
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To: Maelstorm

May God help U.S.!

Medicating the symptoms is not getting to the ROOT CAUSE and helping the child overcome it. We have a screwed up generation coming up and LAZY ADULTS and “cargiers” are to blame. Kids don’t have a choice.


24 posted on 06/08/2010 9:12:47 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Maelstorm
ALL of these high school shooters were on some kind of an antidepressant drug. It appears to be ineffective when they reach their teens. May God help us.
25 posted on 06/08/2010 9:14:00 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Tired of Taxes

He will turn out fine.

He has SMART parents!

You are right - DO NOT LET ANYONE USE CHEMICALS like that on your son. He’ll be fine.


26 posted on 06/08/2010 9:17:35 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: metmom

Your son sounds like a wonderful young man. It’s always heartening to hear that everything worked out well for another very active boy. :-)


27 posted on 06/08/2010 1:36:55 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: nmh
Medicating the symptoms is not getting to the ROOT CAUSE and helping the child overcome it.

Amen. It's so sad that such a large number of children are medicated to control their behavior.

28 posted on 06/08/2010 1:59:02 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes; nmh
...can't have boys acting like boys, ya' know!


29 posted on 06/08/2010 2:03:13 PM PDT by WVKayaker ( Ridicule is the best test of truth. - Philip Dormer Shanhope, Lord Chesterfield)
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To: WVKayaker

That looks like my son and dog when he was little! Except my son would still have most of his clothes on. The people at the dog park hated us. For some reason they thought the huge mud puddles were to be avoided at all costs. By both children and dogs!?


30 posted on 06/08/2010 2:06:17 PM PDT by 21twelve ( UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MY ARSE: "..now begin the work of remaking America."-Obama, 1/20/09)
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To: Maelstorm

So what’s the problem with being on asthma meds?


31 posted on 06/08/2010 6:13:02 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: TASMANIANRED

There is nothing wrong with them but there is a lot of evidence that kids are over medicated. That was the point of the story.


32 posted on 06/08/2010 7:55:40 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Tyranny thrives when the people are silent.)
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To: Maelstorm

They lump all drugs together.

Way to many psycho active drugs in kids.


33 posted on 06/08/2010 8:09:42 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: WVKayaker

LOL. Great photo.


34 posted on 06/08/2010 10:15:05 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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