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The Drugging of Our Children (2005)

Excessive talking, fidgeting, or squirming. Often loses things. Difficulty remaining seated, playing quietly, or sustaining attention. Sound like your child? The American Psychiatric ... See full summary »

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Excessive talking, fidgeting, or squirming. Often loses things. Difficulty remaining seated, playing quietly, or sustaining attention. Sound like your child? The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) lists these as the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Once diagnosed, these behaviors would make your child a candidate for Ritalin, Prozac, or both. In this investigative documentary, acclaimed public health advocate and filmmaker Gary Null examines the increasingly common practice of prescribing psychotropic drugs for children, including preschoolers as young as age 2 to 4, who have been diagnosed with ADD, or ADHD. Psychiatrists may write these prescriptions without first exploring other causes or aggravating factors, like diet, or environment, and without making it clear to parents that these medications can have severe side-effects, including insomnia, loss of ... Written by Gary Null & Associates

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Very interesting documentary
8 November 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Although every documentary should be taken with a grain of salt regarding their intentions and motives, this one reflects on a side of everyday life that most of us don't know much about and raises some interesting points.

It describes the vast increase in prescription medicine among children with so called behavioral dis-functions and their often devastating side effects. It raises the question of us being a society looking for an easy way to deal with problems by simply medicating them. It shows a parallel between kids shooting their classmates (Columbine etc.) and those kids being on prescription drugs. It all makes sense and makes you wonder in what kind of sad and crazy world we live.

This is not a documentary to watch when you are in need for something to cheer you up. Its a sad story and it makes you even sadder when you think that this is not a well known issue, although it definitely should be.


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