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Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 03:29 am
Utsu: drugging the ordinary sadness of Japanese and children

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krskrft
krskrft
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)

What's sad about this is that there are people who can obviously use and benefit from these types of medication. But the medical community, which is firmly in the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies, sets the bar extremely low for positive diagnosis of very real psychiatric problems. Like, I don't deny that ADHD, for example, is a real, distinguishable issue that prevents many people from functioning as they would like to in their every day lives, but when little children are diagnosed attention-deficit just because they won't sit completely still all day in school (what normal kid does sit still all day in school?), that's fucked up. Because not only are these kids being unduly medicated. That's, oddly enough, the less important issue. The bigger problem is that these kids are told that they have a mental problem, and so they grow up feeling dysfunctional and broken, and the illness becomes an excuse for anything that goes wrong (leading to self-hatred and depression, in many cases). The most damaging aspect of it is the social labeling, not the unnecessary medication.


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wolodymyr
wolodymyr
wolodymyr
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)

I tutor, and I see a lot of kids diagnosed with things that require drugs whose necessity I question. But just about every time, the situation in the home is emotionally/ psychologically extreme.

In order for the kids to be medicated, there are two things that need to happen, and the complicity of the medical community is only one of them. The other thing that has to happen is that a parent has to pay to have the prescription filled, and likely often make sure the drug is taken.

In order for the parent link of the chain to be broken, we'd have to be more okay with talking far more openly about parent-child relations.

Chicken-egg question of the day - what's going to happen first? Big Pharm stops directing medicine, or parents say "I have a problem" before they say "my child is a problem"?


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qscrisp
qscrisp
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
symptomless coma

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=LNZM78aXWh4


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qscrisp
qscrisp
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: symptomless coma

Sorry that was meant to be general, not a reply to a comment here.


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