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There is no clearer example of the negative consequences of our need for labels, segmentation and fixes than the current epidemic of diagnosing children – and then subjecting them to an unapproved regime of mood altering stimulants or tranquillisers.

“Since 1993, the rate of antipsychotic drug prescribing to children increased by a factor of nearly eight, while prescribing to teens quintupled and in adults nearly doubled, according to a new study. Virtually all of this growth was seen in prescriptions for second-generation, or so-called atypical antipsychotic medications, which are often dispensed off label — meaning the drugs are prescribed for conditions that they are not specifically approved by the government to treat.”
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Often desperate mums and dads, working all hours God sends, are longing for a simple fix that will bring their children into a compliant, ‘normal’ state. But the long term prognosis of these treatments is that mostly they do not outperform a placebo and that always they have serious side-effects – some indeed going as far as to alter psycho-physical structures in developing brains. This eloquent video is an appeal to allowing our children their right to a unique personality and to the freedom to be kids.

This is another in the examples of an oppressive over-regulated, medicalised view of childhood that ineviably falls hardest on poor children and continues the disgraceful use of kids as targets for legal drugs.

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As a psychologist, psychotherapist and research practitioner of 40 years, I've had the benefit of the experiences of more than 100,000 people around the world. They've talked about their daily lives, hopes, fears, ambitions and needs. These experiences have helped me to contribute to innovations from Beds in Business and the Fast Track for airlines to television drama and online communities. Specialties:Large groups, facilitation, application of psychological theories to commercial issues