Watchdog Says Report of 5,958 Toddlers on Psychiatric Drugs Tip of the Iceberg—23,489 0-5 year-olds and 191,970 0-17 year-olds are being Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs in Washington State
A new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding children being prescribed psychiatric drugs in the U.S. provides us with the details. According to documents CCHR obtained from IMS health, a staggering 5,958 0-1 year olds are being prescribed psychiatric drugs in Washington State [based on population percentages]. [IMS, Vector One: National (VONA) and Total Patient Tracker (TPT) Database, Year 2013, Data extracted April 2014, for all Psychiatric Drugs and Per Class for Ages 0-17.]
Here are the statistics for Washington State (based on CDC report, and population percentages):
0-1 year olds 5,958
2-3 year olds 8,063
0-5 year olds 23,489
6-12 year olds 89,816
13-17 year olds 78,666
Total 0-17 191,970
How can this happen?
An investigative report by the magazine Mother Jones determined, “Pharmaceutical companies have come up with a new strategy to market their drugs: First go out and find a new mental illness, then push the pills to cure it.”
Disorders are determined by what psychiatrists call “consensus,” which in reality is no more scientific or sophisticated than a vote, the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) contains more than 300 mental disorders. Unlike medical diseases, there is no blood test, x-ray or chemical imbalance test to determine the existence of a psychiatric disorder. Dr. Thomas Szasz writes, “There is no blood or other biological test to ascertain the presence or absence of a mental illness, as there is for most bodily diseases.”
In a study entitled “Depression: A Disconnect between the Advertisements and the Scientific Literature” and published in Plos Medicine (Public Library of Science, a non-profit group), confirmed there is no chemical imbalance causing depression and that advertising stating as such is seriously misleading.
In an American Sociological Association study determined that research claiming America is full of “depressed and dysfunctional” people is pure “fiction.” For example, a National Institute of Mental Health study had asserted that 48% of Americans suffered from a mental disorder. However, Allan V. Horwitz of Rutgers University and Jerome C. Wakefield of New York University said that statistics claiming a high incidence of depression and anxiety are based on subjective survey questions that are calculated to get a normal reaction to stressful life, which then gets classified as mental disorder. The researchers blamed the DSM, saying it contributes “to the medicalization of many problems….” Further, “Pharmaceutical companies have also capitalized on these survey findings, which create a broader market for their products.” This has led to an “explosive growth in antidepressants,” the researchers said.
Study after study has confirmed that children are abusing stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, a cultural trend that the media has dubbed “Generation Rx.” The link between stimulant use and illegal drug taking is now broadly publicized. Per report, teens that abuse prescription drugs are 12 times more likely to use heroin, 14 times likelier to use Ecstasy and 21 times likelier to use cocaine, compared to teens that did not abuse such drugs.
Studies report that psychiatric drugs do not improve academic performance and that on the contrary, they cause death. A study by the Oregon Health & Science University, Evidence-Based Practice Center reviewed 2,287 studies—virtually every study ever conducted on “ADHD” drugs—and found a lack of evidence that they could affect “academic performance, risky behaviors, social achievements, etc.” Further, no drug trials showed their effectiveness.
Whether you are a legislator, a parent of school-aged children, a teacher, an employer or employee, a homeowner, or simply a community member, our failure in the war against drugs is due largely to our failure to put a stop to the most damaging of all drug pushers in society: psychiatrists.
A diagnosis requiring any form of treatment must be determined and verified by a physical test. Otherwise, it is no different to and just as dangerous as prescribing chemotherapy to someone when no cancer cells are evident. Mental healing treatments should be gauged on how they improve and strengthen individuals, their responsibility, their spiritual well-being, and thereby society. Psychiatric drugs cannot achieve this. They do not cure but they do harm. A workable and humane mental health system is what the Citizens Commission on Human Rights is working towards.
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