Below is an article shedding some light on exactly what goes on behind the scenes, when it comes to why so many little children and kids in general are being identified with a mental health diagnoses by psychiatrists.Let me be clear that as I have said before, not all doctors practice this way, and I am not saying there is no need at all for mental health treatment.
However, after working in and around the groups in the mental health field for 20 years- I will admit that the entire reason I started Don’t Label My Kid was due in most part to what I saw happening in person to the thousands of kids I worked with.
I think most parents are careful to at least think about what is about to happen to their child before they go in to the psychiatrist’s office. However besides knowing that they aren’t leaving without a nice new label for your child, and of course some ” wonder meds “- there needs to be much more understanding about how that ” label ” will impact the child.
Most kids with mental health labels have a totally different view of themselves once it settles in. They begin negative self talk, negative thinking about their abilities, and then the worst part- the ” I’m going to live this thing out if that’s what I am”- the point that kids rebel, do whatever they feel like and then the parent starts to buy into the label and its all downhill from there. Why am I touching on this? I am touching on this to hopefully raise some awareness about how/why many children are medicated anyway. This short article put out by the Washington Post will quickly make your jaw drop. Within it you will see these 2 stats; 94% of doctors have a relationship with a drug company. How about this one- about 1 BILLION dollars per year is paid to doctors by the drug companies who see that the doctor continues to write patients for their medicine.
Over 500,000 doctors in the USA have received payments from drug companies. So you may wonder how this occurs so much. One reason is the prescribing of super expensive drugs over the same generic version. Anyone know someone who takes Crestor? Its 200-300 bucks a month to fill. Funny thing is that Lipitor has been doing the same results as this ” designer” drug for years. Guess what though- A script for lipitor only costs 15 bucks per month to fill. Hmm. I wonder why any doctor would write anyone for a script that costs 15x more but does the same thing? $tarting to $ee the picture yet?
Anyhow, I hope you take 5 and check out this article….more to come. Please do comment on any experiences you have had in this area!