This is pharmocological barbarism. From Chris Campbell at lfb.org:
Why “two steps back, one step forward” can be a recipe for success…
Over a million kids in America six years old and under are on psychiatric drugs — mostly to treat anxiety.
Let that sink in.
I have to ask. Is the U.S. really becoming this out of touch? And I mean that literally.
Author Ray Williams, a contributor to Psychology Today, offered an important question back in 2010: “In our desire to have a politically correct and safe social environment, or an environment of instant communication, have we lost sight of the most important aspect of human development and culture — physical touch?”
The science is in: After food, water and shelter, there’s little more important to kids, especially babies, than human contact. Without simple human contact, in fact, babies can die.
This is the case, actually, to varying degrees, for all mammals.
In many litters of puppies and kittens, for example, there are sometimes one or two animals that come out enfeebled — as the “runts.”
The weakness of the runts, felt by the mother during nursing, is a sign to the mother it likely won’t survive. To make sure her genes have the best chance for survival, she must use her limited resources wisely.
As a result, the mother doesn’t lick or nurture the runt. The mother still allows the runt to feed (other species don’t even go that far), but it refuses to show the runt affection.
It’s hard to understate how catastrophic this is for the runt. A certain amount of maternal licking and nuzzling is necessary. The affection, we now know, turns on the production of a certain growth hormone in the brain. Without it, food cannot be metabolized properly and healthy growth and development is impossible. If the runt continues to be ignored, even if it still gets plenty to eat, it will eventually shrivel up and die.
It’s the same for humans. Without human contact at the earliest of age, the immune system is essentially shot. The affected becomes vulnerable to all sorts of ailments and diseases.
To continue reading: Babies On Drugs In America?
Having recently retired, I’ve begun working as a volunteer EMT for my community fire department. One thing that has impressed me is the fragility of people in the post-Greatest Generation groups. They call the ambulance because of nose-bleeds, dizziness and stomach aches. These same people medicate their children at the drop of a hat. Remember ADHD? For a time, every kid was catching the diagnosis and too many parents fell for it. So it is not a stretch to believe that so many children are being diagnosed with anxiety and being medicated for the ‘condition’. Excuse me, those are the normal fears of childhood. Parents need to step in, reassure their children and in many cases help them face their fears. Otherwise, this next generation will be even more fragile than this one.