Polypharmacy increases; drugged toddler numbers double

Prescribing combinations of psychiatric drugs, or drug cocktails as they are called, one the least effective and most detrimental forms of psychiatric treatment known, is on the rise according to a study released just yesterday. This is according to a National Public Radio story, Increase In Psychiatric Drug Combos Increase Safety Concerns, on the subject. Alarmingly “the authors found that patients are commonly prescribed untested combinations of drugs, where the efficacy and possible side effects of the combos are unknown”.

These researchers found that from 1996 to 1997, 47% of patients were prescribed 2 or more psychiatric drugs, and those figures sharply jump to 60% for years 2005-2006.

The study looked at more than 13,000 visits to office-based psychiatrists from 1996 to 2006 using annual data from a national survey.

“There is growing evidence regarding the increased adverse effects associated with such combinations,” the authors write. For example, they cite studies that have found some combinations have resulted in weight gain and increased cholesterol levels.

I have seen studies indicating that people die at a younger age for every psychiatric drug they are given, and so I don’t see this trend as a very positive one.

Another even more alarming trend is the drugging of small children which, according to an article in Business Week, has doubled in recent years.

The overall numbers of children prescribed antipsychotics remains small, at less than one half of one percent of the national sample. But the numbers are rising. In 1999-2001, about one in 1,300 were being treated with antipsychotics. By 2007, that had risen to one in 630, according to [Mark] Olfson.

For 5-year-olds, about one in 650 were being treated in 1999-2001. That doubled, to one in 329, in 2007, he noted.

As you may have gleaned from reading this blog, I don’t regard neuroleptic drugs as very adequate baby sitters, nor do I regard them as suitable surrogate parents. When children are presented with challenges in life, their parents should be there to help them deal with those challenges. Drugs won’t make any such challenges go away.

The most common antipsychotic drug prescribed to children was risperidone (Risperdal), which accounted for nearly three-quarters of antipsychotic prescriptions. In adults and teens, risperidone is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Risperidone is also approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat unstable mood or irritability in children with autism aged 5 and up.

Giving psychiatric labels and prescribing damaging psychiatric drugs to small children is child abuse, pure and simple, and it’s not the kind of thing parents should be doing to their babies.

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5 Responses

  1. If you can’t measure the method of persuasion to change someone, it doesn’t exist scientifically and legaly as abuse.
    As the psychiatrist control the terminology, the meaning of words, and judge what is success and failure, the only thing that might stop this is the dead, and the injured children.
    I say might stop because when something bad happens it will be the mental illness’s fault and when something good happens it will be due to psychiatries medicine.
    Win win situation for psychiatry.

    Too bad for those side effects. We just need more research into controlling human free will .

    Kids have misbehaved since the beginning of time and will continue to do so, until they are born robots, or born as adults I guess.

    • There are more than one school of psychiatry, and there are other schools of thought. Psychiatrists have their jargon, and other specialties have their jargons, and then there is plain English. There is no law against people speaking their minds and, in fact, laws have arisen to insure that people can speak their minds.

      I don’t see it as a win/win situation for psychiatry. Those ‘medicines’ cause structural brain changes and serious metabolic health conditions. They can lie about that, but they can’t change it. Eventually the truth should prevail. Right now, most psychiatrists are trained merely to drug people. Hopefully this situation will change in the future.

      We’re not talking about ‘side effects’ either. We’re talking about direct effects. The drugs do have effects, true, the myth is that those effects have something to do with ‘mental illness’. The predessors for these pharmaceutical products were used for other things, pesticide, for instance, before they were used on mental patients.

      I think you’ve hit on something when you mention ‘controlling human free will’.
      If it’s free will, it’s not subject to outside controll. Kids will misbehave, sure, but misbehavior isn’t a sickness, it’s a matter of free will. Adults should have learned to have more internal controll over their free will, but when either go too far, well, you’ve got law enforcement to bring them back in.

  2. To mindfreedomvirginia
    re `”There is no law against people speaking their minds”
    When you are locked up on a psych ward you just try that. See if the law will help you there. See if the law will help you in court when a psychiatrist believes he-she can see your future (wrong…criminal?) actions, and needs to protect you from their possibility of happening.

    re”Eventually the truth should prevail.”
    Tardive dyskinesia is known and ignored. ECT brain damage is known and ignored. Diabetes is known and ignored. What are you going to do with the TRUTH? They need to control people with chemicals, and they do.

    ’side effects’ was a sarcastic joke if you read the next sentence “controlling human free will”

    The history of the discovery of psychiatric drugs is not relevant.

    Psychiatry is for when a persons emotion rules their reason, and emotion is not a medical disease.

    • You are dead right when you say freedom is curtailed on the psych wards. Mental health law with its forced treatment represents a blind spot in our US Constitution by taking away those rights it was designed to protect. People have for some time been fighting for those rights that are being denied, and they will continue to fight for those rights until they are regained.

      Ignorance of the facts does not make those facts go away. While there are psychiatrists ignoring the facts, there are also experts who are getting the facts out there, and letting people know how bad these drugs actually are. TD, brain damage brought on by ECT, and those metabolic changes produced by atypical drugs are not top secret highly classified information. I would accuse anybody who does not make a big to do about these matters of being in on the cover up of these matters going on throughout the psychiatric pharmaceutical industrial complex.

      I didn’t get the joke at first, but now I do.

      The history of the discovery of psychiatric drugs is relevant. The history of mental health treatment is a history of torture and state sanctioned violence. It is a history primarily of mistreatment. That torture and state sanctioned violence is still taking place to this very day. I imagine a time when psychiatric drugs will be a thing of the past. Unfortunately many doctors are not on board with this vision of the future yet.

      Emotions are not illnesses, and emotionality doesn’t need suppressing. Psychiatrists would target the emotions through psychiatric drugs, but the drugs are not so discrete, and they also affect the higher thought processes, that reason you were speaking of, adversely.

      I think Patch Adams put it best at a book signing I went to a few years back when he said, “I wouldn’t give psychiatric drugs to anybody I liked.” Patch is a trained physician. He should know.

  3. There’s a document called the “Michigan Implementation of Medication Algorithms”. It’s a suggested protocol for prescribing for “mental illness”. Google it. It would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic and harmful.

    http://www.bonkersinstitute.org lampoons mainstream psychiatry very well.

    Check out “Schizophrenia Treatment in Seven Easy Steps”

    Rod Jackson ( search words: psychiatry Junction )

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