Watching this episode made me so angry for the real damage we are causing.
As a parent there is nothing more difficult to have our kids on mind altering drugs such as anti-depressants etc.
Points to remember are:-
1. During adolescence there is rapid growth in the our kids physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and sexually. Therefore by altering the chemistry during this time, can have an adverse effect immediately and later in life.
2. Listen to what the child is saying and doing, it might be a cry for something else, some of it is normal growing pains. Validate the child and find solutions that best suit your kid. Look at the big picture.
3. Often when kids are taken out of class for counselling sessions etc kids feel stigmatised, other kids think it is funny to label these kids and this can result in kids missing classes, which further puts them behind in their studies and school becomes a hated place. This sets up a cycle which is hard to break.
4. Besides this series, there was another study by Stanford university that indicated that often the pharmaceutical companies did not disclose the raw data from their research, which indicated the adverse side effects of these medications were multiple times greater. The treatment is worse than the cure.
5. Pharmaceutical companies often re-badge the same product with a different name if there are too many law suits. So check, check and recheck.
6. What your child is going through is real, the medications are real and the side effects are very real. Adults find it hard to get off some of these medications. If it doesn't feel right it, it aint right.
7. Ensure your children are having a healthy diet of spray free vegetables, lean meats, adequate sleep, manageable stress loads, good friendships and if you can introduce meditation in their daily routine, there is enough of research for this. Remove all foods in a packet, read the labels.
8. (Hate saying this...... but we need to look at ourselves as parents, about what is going on in our lives and our homes that could impact our children and sometimes we need to get our act together)
Love & hugs