Learning, behavior disorders are sometimes too quickly diagnosed

In many countries today, there are very few families or teachers whose lives have not been interrupted in some way by the widespread drugging of children with prescribed, min-altering drugs. In the United States alone, current estimates are that nearly 6 million children are prescribed these drugs for supposedly educational reasons. The sheer magnitude of this drugging effort alone could be enough to convince parents or teachers that there is a potential new threat to their children’s future- something they know little about, should be wary of, and certainly something to listen to informed advice about. Often, parents are told by a psychiatrist or psychologist that their child suffers from a disorder affecting their child’s ability to learn- commonly known as a Learning Disorder. The disorder is also commonly labeled Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While some parents have been happy to leave the decision to the ‘experts,’ the recent appearance of conflicting and alarming information on the use of mind-altering drugs on schoolchildren has many parents now demanding exact answers to their questions. In fact, the issue of child drugging has become highly controversial. It takes courage to speak up when all one hears from psychiatrists and psychologists is that the drug treatment is a proven and perfectly safe method of handling their child’s properly diagnosed, educational difficulties; that the parents would be irresponsible in not drugging their child; that their ‘medical’ opinion is based on irrefutable science. In fact, it can feel like fighting a solitary war against an overwhelming enemy. However, ADHD is a stigmatizing psychiatric label for children. Once labeled, your child is considered to have a psychiatric disorder. This label can negatively affect a child’s and others’ perceptions of the child, both now and in the future. This label should not be taken lightly and parents should be urged to question such a diagnosis.

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