According to a 2018 study, there were over 8 Million U.S. Children on Psychiatric Drugs and the number is rising.
Alarmingly, over the last 15 years the consistently sharp increases in “diagnosed” child mental disorders, has reached epidemic levels, with 1 in 5 children being diagnosed with a mental health problem. In turn, more children than ever before are on psychiatric drugs.
And this issue is not just in the U.S, but stretches across the Western World.
It would seem that there is a pill for everything. If you feel happy, sad, stressed, have trouble sleeping, trouble pooping, or don’t like the colour blue, there is a pill for it. But what is truly alarming is the age at which Medical Doctors are prescribing these harmful and addictive drugs, with nearly 300,000 babies under the age of one-year-old being given prescription drugs.
For me as a doctor I find it very important to spend as much time with my child as possible. Helping them cope and teaching our children about life is the true role of a parent.
Are we simply handing our children over to the state to do what they want? With work pressures and increasing cost of living, the debt cycle means that these days both parents go out to work to pay for the house that they spend less and less time in together as a family discussing life and dealing with challenges together as a family. Is the focus now more towards the material than the true substances of life?.
Mental Disorders disturbing Stats
Could the rise in mental disorders be more to do with the push for increased psychiatric drugging that began in and around the 1990’s, with these truly alarming statistics:
- ADHD (Attention Hyperactivity Disorder) is now well over 40%
- In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- For children aged between 10-14 years of age suicide rates have risen by 200%
- Teenager depression – up at 37%
- Anxiety disorders affect an estimated 11 to 40 percent of children and teens on the autism spectrum.
- Depression affects an estimated 7% of children and 26% of adults with autism.
Psychiatric drugs – breaking down the figures
The different age groups and corresponding figures making up the well over 8 million children on psychiatric drugs in the U.S.A alone can be summarized:
Under 6 year-olds – 1,146,530 (yes, that’s well over a million!) and breaking down this figure:
- Less than 1 year olds – 274,804
- 2-3 year olds – 370,778
- 4-5 year olds – 500,948
- 6-12 Year olds – 4,130,340
At 6 years old the psychiatric drugging increases greatly because school starts. If a child is constantly disrupting a class of say 20 to 30-odd other children, then drugging is seen as the easiest way to ‘neutralize’ or sedate the disruptive child.
13-17 Year olds – 3,617,593
Parents not informed about the well-documented serious risks
Of course, parenting can be difficult at times. In this era, parents face new complex challenges such as, for example, how to make the right choices for their children’s mental health. But the fact is parents are up against Big Pharma’s highly deceptive psychiatric criminal drug cartel that cares more about profits than people.
I can say as a medical doctor there is no science to back up any psychological testing. Its mostly heresay and is not clinically proved in any way. And as a Mexican I am very close to my family, for me family is everything, we pass on our knowledge and experience, we grow and learn together.
But much like the ill informed and lucrative sales of opioids to adults form deeply immoral and corrupt doctors. These unnecessary drugs are deeply harmful and addictive drugs and the cartel families that run these operations should really be held liable to the damage these drugs will have on our children and our future generations.
It begins with the parents who are informed of their child’s “mental disorder” that is all based on pseudo science at best.
The parents are then told that their child needs “medicating” without being given the full facts and often in secret without the prior knowledge and consent of the parent.
They’re not told about the dangers of prescribing their child psychiatric meds that could cause serious side-effects, based on a mental disorder than has no science: No confirming medical tests to support a “diagnosis” that is based purely on a subjective opinion from the child’s behavioural checklist.
For example, consider the flaws in the case of giving a one year-old antidepressants.
What good can this do long term? By the very nature of developing into a fully rounded adult we must learn how to face challenges, how to cope with our own emotions, to know what the boundaries are and to understand the consequences of our actions. To learn how to build an independent sense of self away from anyone else’s opinion. If these feelings are blocked then they cannot be experienced, we simply cannot grow the coping skills and emotional life skills that are vital for surviving the world as an adult. How to cope with the hard times in order to enjoy the good times.
How far will this reckless endangerment go? It pays no heed to the pressing issue of informed consent. In the name of freedom, the right to refuse meds needs to be preserved before every single child ends up medicated.
It’s no great secret either that psychiatric drugs don’t cure. Psychiatrists and suchlike have openly admitted this. However, if parents refuse to get their child medicated on a potentially life-destroying psychiatric drug then they could find themselves charged with “gross medical neglect” by the CPS (Child Protective Service).
What about those non-invasive, non-toxic alternative therapies? –No money to be made on those for Big Pharma, so these options are neglected.
The effect of this medication is that it will strip the gut flora, drastically lowering the immune system and leaving the body prone to many disorders, allergies, and serious disease like cancer and other autoimmune diseases. It is proven that a course of antibiotics will wipe out one third of the immune system within 5 days.
For both children, or adults, every day, millions are affected by mood-altering meds. Some reach their breaking point, culminating in horrific violent outbursts on others, or as suicides (or attempted suicides).
Whether it’s Columbine, Parkland, or other schools, after a pupil goes on a headline-making, killing rampage, there’s one thing that always ends up as “speculation” when people ask why it happened. Be it, for examples, from mainstream media or with politicians when debating gun laws, rumours abound, that “speculation” is the suggestion that the school shooting violence was brought on by the affects of psychiatric meds.
But it’s not speculation. The link between the violence and psychiatric meds is a well-documented fact. Be it with school shootings or adults, many of these infamous mass-killers had either been on or were coming off psychiatric meds.
As long as the paid-off politicians turn a proverbial blind eye to this obvious link, while allowing the Big Pharma psychiatric industry a highly lucrative cosy pathway that leads to the drug sales, then we remain an endangered race.
As famous psychiatrist Peter Breggin tells us in so many words, the equation is quite simple: more psychiatric meds = more mass shootings.
Combine this to the ever increasing rate of Vaccines
It is proven that no child should have a vaccine before the age of 5. The body is simply not developed enough to cope with this amount of toxins, as it causes the body’s immune system to work against the body. If the baby is allowed enough of the natural stem cells it receives from the uterus, then this makes for a strong enough immune system to cope with toxins and to build the immune system naturally.
Firstly, parents need to connect the dots; educate themselves on how to make informed choices for the mental and physical health and well-being of their children.
For optimal health and well-being
Stand alone, “band-aid” toxic drug treatment capable of assaulting the mind, body and spirit should only be a last resort. A holistic approach incorporating an IEP (Individualized Education Programme), family therapy and nutrition can be used…
The following advice is not only for children but also for adults. Bear this in mind when 1 in 6 adults are on psychiatric meds.
My advise for optimal health and well-being:
The importance of a good diet cannot be overstated; it is always the number one issue. A healthy diet greatly promotes good mood, the ability to concentrate and has even been shown to reduce violent behaviour. Avoiding processed foods that have been proven to increase the autistic spectrum and avoid refined sugar products.
And instead focus on good diet that consists of natural wholesome organic seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables…etc. Make sure of a good supply of quality fats will also make a big difference to any child’s behavior.
Please see the Wes case study and the recovery of a severely autistic child (this is truly dear to our hearts)
- Drink plenty of water
Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juices that contain heavy metals as these cause serious health issues.
Many of those suffering from mental health problems are also known to be seriously dehydrated. For example, schizophrenics have this disposition. The human body is around 75% water. So, it goes without saying that drinking good water promotes health and well-being. The brain has the highest water content and so needs constant hydration in order to perform at its best.
- Maintain good gut health
Gut microbiome greatly influences mood and behaviour. Fermented foods, probiotics and B-vitamins promote beneficial gut microbiome. A healthy gut produces good levels of the feel-good chemical serotonin.
- Get lots of sunlight
Those suffering from depression are known to have low vitamin D levels.
One of the things I find alarming, is the way we have all moved indoors. We see children getting larger and paler and not out playing outdoors as we did when I was younger. There are more complex reasons of course, but parents included, we seem to have an irrational fear of the sun and the outdoor world. The sunscreen agenda and pseudo science behind the push for everyone to wear sunscreen every day is meaning that one of the biggest threats to our health today is simply a lack of Vitamin D
Traditionally, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. But increasingly, research is revealing the importance of vitamin D in protecting against a host of health problems.
In days gone by, medical doctors could prescribe a healthy dose of exposure to the great outdoors, but with the demonization of the sun and the increasing indoor lifestyle habits of modern living we are losing knowledge of the simple fact that increased sunlight exposure raises the bodies vitamin D levels and thus effectively treats depression.
How about getting sunlight by spending time outdoors and in natural surroundings where children can learn about the world around them and get a daily dose of Vitamin D, the “happiness hormone”, this has such an immediate effect on our emotional balance.
- Handle stress levels
Out-of-balance stress and mental health problems are inextricably linked. Therefore, to return to balance it’s necessary to handle stress levels naturally and to discuss the problems of childhood calmly with your children. Teach them how to handle situations and they will be far better equipped as adults to handle life’s challenges.
Meditation and yoga are excellent ways to handle stress. They have shown to be good for treating metal problems such as depression. Children love Cosmic Kids for example, as a fun way to introduce the stress busting Yoga.
- Reduce EMF exposure
Overexposure to EMF/RF wireless applications have been known to cause nervous, hormonal and behavioural problem, so try to minimize this. Especially with children as they are more susceptible. Children should be limited when using tablets and cell phones, as the dangers are well documented.
Coping with School Stress
These 5 tips can help kids cope with school stress and homework pressure — and ease school anxiety for kids of all ages as standardized tests now start in Grade 1 and continue for the rest of the child’s education.
Is this the best way to learn? Is short term memory really a sign of intelligence, or does freedom to play and learn give our children freedom of the mind to develop their own interests and skills?
When it comes to school stress, Hannah O’Brien has seen some extremes.
The 17-year-old junior at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California, has witnessed students crying in class after getting low test scores, she says, while others have gone without sleep a few nights in a row just to keep up with homework.
“I personally have seen so many of my closest friends absolutely break — emotionally, physically, mentally — under stress, and I knew a lot of it was coming from school work,” she says.
School stress is serious business. A 2007 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report suggests that for children and teens, too much work and too little play could backfire down the road. “Colleges are seeing a generation of students who appear to be manifesting increased signs of depression, anxiety, perfectionism and stress,” the report says.
Young Kids Feel School Stress, Too
A great deal of the pressure and anxiety about school stems from the college admissions race: “Students are being really pushed to make great academic gains, with No Child Left Behind,” says Jim Bierma, a middle-school counsellor in St. Paul, Minnesota. “A lot of students are stressed out about college already – in junior high.”
But younger kids feel pressured, too. Even among her elementary students in Harrisburg, Arkansas, school counsellor Joy Holt sees academic stress. Young kids are terrified of failing the standardized tests now emphasized heavily during the school year, she says.
“Even the little ones, they know how important [testing] is, and they don’t want to fail,” Holt says. “They cry. They get sick. Students have actually thrown up on their test booklets.”
Of course, not all students find the classroom such a crucible. But in today’s landscape of high-stakes testing and frenzied college admissions, experts worry that school stress takes a toll on too many.
If you choose to send your kids to school, as opposed to home schooling, here’s what parents can do to help ease the burden
- Watch for signs of school-related stress.
With teens, parents should watch for stress-related behaviors, like purposely cutting themselves, or expressions of despair, or hopelessness, however casual the comments may sound. “Those are off-hand remarks that you need to take seriously,” Pope says.
Younger kids may have more subtle signs of school stress, like headaches, stomach aches, or reluctance to go to school, she adds.
- Teach kids time-management skills
With today’s heavy homework loads, time-management and organizational skills are crucial weapons against stress, experts say.
Teach kids to budget their time wisely with homework. “Try to do something every night instead of cramming at the last moment,” says Delores Curry, a California high school counselor and secondary level vice president of the American School Counselor Association.
Stress-Relieving Homework Tips
- Teach your kids to use a planner to keep track of assignments, says middle-school counselor Bierma. When they finish each assignment, kids can check them off for a feeling of accomplishment.
- If kids struggle with tracking their homework, help them by following along with homework if their school posts assignments online.
- Give your child a quiet place to study, free of distractions, away from TV and video games.
- If possible, have kids study earlier rather than later in the day. “The later it is for most students, the shorter their attention span,” Bierma says.
- Ask the school about resources if your child is struggling academically, Bierma says. Many schools now have homework clubs, math clubs, and tutoring programs after school.
3. Consider whether your child is over-scheduled.
Over-scheduling is a big source of school stress, experts say. Many high-school students enroll in more Honors or Advanced Placement courses than they can handle, and then pile extracurricular activities on top, says Denise Clark Pope, PhD, a lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education in Stanford, California, and author of Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students.
If parents filled their kids’ schedules with more sleep, down time, and family time, Pope says, “We would not be in the situation we are today. It would be that dramatic of a change.”
As a fellow student, O’Brien agrees: “Kids are so consistently worried about keeping up with ‘what’s next’ and ‘what’s next,’ that it’s hard to sit down and say, ‘Wow, I’m stressed out. Let’s find out why.'”
Elementary students can be over-scheduled, too, Holt says. “There are so many things to do now. It’s not like you just go outside and play. Now there are clubs, sports, ballet, gym – plus you’re trying to get homework in there,” she says. “As a society, we’re just in a whirlwind. We’ve forgotten: We are dealing with children.”
Some children thrive under a “driven schedule,” the AAP report says. “However, for some children this hurried lifestyle is a source of stress and anxiety and may even contribute to depression.”
The challenge is to strike a balance between work and play. If your child feels overly stressed and overwhelmed, look for ways to cut back on school work and extra activities – though that’s not easy for overachievers to hear.
“Kids just have this idea that they need to be Superman,” O’Brien says.
Worried about the physical and emotional costs of academic stress, Pope founded the Stanford-based “Stressed-Out Students” (SOS) program. SOS partners with middle schools and high schools to survey kids’ stress levels and find ways to reduce stress in school.
“There has been a serious problem with sleep deprivation,” Pope says. “It’s not unusual for 30% or 40% of [the students] to get 6 hours or less. Almost none are getting the required hours that an adolescent needs – which is 9 ½ hours.” Adequate sleep alone would make a big difference in teens’ stress levels, she says.
Holt advises exercise to help cope with stress. “If all you have is academics,” she says,” [stress] is going to build up, and it’s got to go somewhere. It’s going to help if kids are being physically active.”
Both Holt and Pope agree: Family time is also crucial for cushioning stress. Pope suggests mealtimes as a way to connect with your child – “a minimum of 20 minutes sitting down together at least 4 to 5 times a week,” she says. “Listen to your children, and communicate with them.”
- Watch the parental pressure.
Some parents may not realize they’re making school stress worse by pressuring their kids to excel. But parents who want to ease kids’ stress must shift their perspective, says Pope.
“Really think about how you’re defining success in your family,” she says. “If the first question out of your mouth is, ‘How did you do on the history test today?’ then you’re sending a message that you value grades more than anything else.” (And worse: It could prompt academic cheating.)
Instead, my question is always: “What’s the best thing that happened to you today?” “What exciting new thing did you learn today?” At first, the conversations may be awkward. “It’s going to take some practice,” Pope says. “But just asking the questions in that way is starting to send the right message” and if you have done this since early on it is easy.
It’s a way of thinking that highlights the positives and makes sure that you are reflecting on the good that happened in your child’s life and that you value these experiences over the regimented academic regime that is constructed by an institution.
It’s not easy for some parents to let up. As the AAP report says: “Even parents who wish to take a lower-key approach to child-rearing fear that slowing down when they perceive everyone else is on the fast track.” Try to keep in mind that a few, low test grades won’t torpedo your child’s lifelong plans and that academic success is not the be all and end all.
Some of the smartest people I have met did not attend a school and we learn more from life than we do in any class room.
This article is for educational purposes only and we hope that this helps parents when it comes to approaching these complex issues.
Article Posted By: Md Fermín Celma Simón
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