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America’s Overmedicated Children
In parts of Africa they use to say that a good remedy comes from the roots of the trees. This translates to the people trusting and believing in nature because it has great secrets regarding health. One observation that can be made is that people in America are addicted to medication without paying attention to the side effects and without looking first at natural remedies. Each year, more and more children under the age of 18 are prescribed medications. Since the 1990’s, America is facing a growing number of children diagnosed with mental disorders and more specifically adolescent bipolar disorder. Although adolescent bipolar disorder was once thought rare, caseloads of patients examined for federally funded studies have shown that “approximately 7 percent of children seen at psychiatric facilities fit the research standards for bipolar disorder” (Geller 927). The parents of these children diagnosed are being left with difficult decisions to make. Should they allow their children to be placed on medication for this diagnosis? Should they seek psychiatric help and where do they find it? The hardest part is that most parents aren’t ready for these issues and usually just do what the doctors tell them. More parents need to be better educated on the types of medications that are being prescribed to their children, the dangers that may come along to their child’s short and long term health and the reason why these medications are being prescribed.
Medications for bipolar disorder in adults have been studied very well and over a longer period of time. However, there has not been much research completed on how well the medications work and if they are safe for children. In 2002, a statistic from Ann Cl...

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...but they are actually harming their children. There have been known deaths caused from overdoses, as well as social ticks that children have developed from a variety of these medications that are advertised by psychiatrists and drug companies to help stabilize mood and prevent anxiety. Modern medicine is a wonderful invention in American society, but when it is abused by misguided parents- it can be life threatening and damaging to the next generation of the country. The children are being overmedicated and misdiagnosed by the people that are supposed to be helping them cope with their problems and normalize their lives. More parents need to be better educated on the types of medications that are being prescribed to their children, the dangers that may come along to their child’s short and long term health and the reason why these medications are being prescribed.

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