Many more boys than girls are diagnosed with ADHD. In some schools – including two school districts near Virginia Beach, Virginia – as many as 20 percent of the boys are now given Ritalin daily.
The strongest advocates of drugging children are the Department of Education, educational bureaucrats and psychiatrists. The U.S. consumes over 90 percent of Ritalin produced in the world. What bureaucrats don't tell parents, however, is that Ritalin has effects similar to amphetamines and is listed by the Drug Enforcement Agency as a Schedule II controlled substance.
Despite these problems, bureaucrats often insist that "ADHD children" be given Ritalin and other drugs. Parents who resist are increasingly being threatened with charges of child abuse and threats of having their children taken away from them. For instance:
Dr. Peter Breggin, founder of the Center for the Study of Psychiatry, raises many chilling questions about the consequences of drugging millions of children, in his recent book, "Talking Back to Ritalin." Breggin states:
Dr. Breggin also explains that Ritalin is so harmful that the U.S. military rejects applications from young men who have been taking it.
Dr. Breggin is part of a rising chorus of medical authorities and psychologists who oppose the wholesale drugging of children. Dr. Kevin McCready of the San Joaquin Psychotherapy Center is particularly outspoken in his opposition to the growing use of drugs on children:
"The massive drugging of children in America is an absolute scandal. ADHD is a myth, and an excuse to drug children to make them more easily manageable – with no thought about the long-term mental and health consequences for the children.
"Millions of children are being conditioned to take drugs thanks to their daily dose of Ritalin, Prozac and other drugs.
Dr. McCready advocates dealing with child behavior problems through an innovative psychological approach that involves neither drugging nor coercion.
For parents interested in alternatives to drugging their children, Dr. McCready can be reached at San Joaquin Psychotherapy Center:
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