Someone sent me a link to the story of Brigitte Harris who accidentally killed her father after she found out he was intended to molest other children as he had molested her. Unfortunately, her story is not rare. But she said something which deeply saddened me.
A two year investigation by the Government Accountability Office has shown that foster children are prescribed psychiatric durgs 2.7 to 4.5 times more than non-foster children and at much higher doses.
Today Moms has an interesting article asking just that question.
Some excerpts from the article:
“I give my younger daughter Benadryl and Tylenol almost every night – she loves the taste and begs for it.”
“I gave my child Benadryl to go to sleep – years later now, I am still embarrassed to admit it.”
“I gave my child Benadryl when he was mildly congested to guarantee he would fall asleep on time so I could get to bed at a decent hour.”
But turning to medication just to get your kid to sleep indicates a deeper problem. According to Dr. Nancy Snyderman, medicating your children “every day is not OK. Drugs are never an OK substitute for parenting.” “If a mother is drugging a kid that much, it’s a parenting issue.”
And Today's Moms contributor Wendy Mogel states, “Moms are so nervous – what if she doesn’t get to sleep, then she’ll be tired and she has a math test tomorrow and then after the math test we have to go right to soccer practice…” Mogel told TODAY.com, her voice trailing off to indicate the never-ending to-do list that lives in every mom’s mind. “We’re taking shortcuts because parents are desperate.”
"To call normal children diseased, abnormal, chemically imbalanced. To make patients out of them for profit. This is not only anti-scientific, it is contrary to our Hippocratic oath. It is immoral, and it should be exposed and stopped."
Dr. Fred A. Baughman, MD Neurologist and Author As quoted from the movie, "Generation RX"
Hello loyal readers. I apologize for my absence, but I had to get some things straight in my own life. So I quit my job working for an abusive boss and asked myself what kind of counseling I would do if I could any kind at all. I've seen a lot of violence and I've learned that there is only so much I can do to stop it. Though I can't change the entire world, I can create a safe place in my little corner of it. And if there are two things I want most in this world, it is to save children and animals from violence. So I created a nonprofit organization which rescues animals, rehabilitates them and works with them to provide animal assisted therapy to children who have experienced violence. We are small, but growing and you can visit the website for my new organization, TherapyWorks.
As for this blog, I shall now take up my "pen" and try to return to regular posts. I am reading all of your comments during this past year (I'll try to catch up on responding to them) and appreciate your patience.
"If you don't live what you sing about your mirror is going to find out." Ani DiFranco, "The Million You Never Made"