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.
Are psychiatric diagnoses valid? I'm beginning to wonder. At best, they are sometimes misapplied to the point of becoming meaningless. At worst, they are causing great harm both psychologically and physically.
"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"
He is six years old. His mother begins the intake stating that he is "ADHD" and "Bipolar". She tells me his 3 year old little sister is also "Bipolar". I'm horrified. She's only 3 years old! The mother states this as if it were a fact. She continues...
A recent article on the Child Psychology Research Blog, "ADHD Medications and School Performance" cites a research study which shows that "medication alonemay not have a significant impact on" the childrens' school functioning.
I really have a problem with the recent surge in diagnosing children with Bipolar Disorder. The children I see with this diagnosis are often the victims of serious issues at home, issues which may even include abuse. Some struggle with PTSD and the mood swings which are inherent in a traumatized individual are attributed to "Bipolar Disorder" and medicated.
The field of psychiatry claims to be scientific and evidence-based when it diagnosis and prescribes medications for mental "disorders". They often cite research to back up their claims that disorders are "biochemical imbalances" or disturbances in the brain which require chemical intervention. However, if the evidence which they are citing is tainted or biased then they are not practicing good science.