“10 year study of inpatient kids: 44% got antipsychotics. Is that a lot? Yes. It’s a lot.
And most of the time, not even for psychosis. 44% of the PTSD and ADHD kids got antipsychotics.
You can wrack your brain trying to figure this out or blame the usual suspects, but the answer is right there in the article:
Variables associated with antipsychotic use [included] male gender, age 12 years and under, being nonwhite, and a length of stay 13 days or longer.
You’ll observe that none of those words is “diagnosis” or “severity.”
The cause of these high levels of medications is so simple you’ll recoil from the truth of it, but pour yourself a drink and take it like a man: the kids showed up. That’s it. The kid is in front of you and you have to do something, now, that results in an acute change. Not better grades 4 years out, or less sadness over the teen years; change the sleep tonight, make the kid less hyper now, and when it “stops working” you can up the dose or change the med.
It doesn’t matter what the diagnosis is or what the symptoms are, really, whether he ate his dog or got a C on a test he’s going to be getting something at qd and hs because that’s what you get when you put psychiatry as the cornerstone of a Multidisciplinary Treatment Team.”
“When a kid is presented to a psychiatrist, the psychiatrist is pressured, obligated, to do something pharmacological. If a psychiatrist looked a single parent a joint away from a nap right in the eye and said, “nope, he’s acting out because of X, Y, Z, and medications aren’t going to fix this” that doctor will get his head handed to him by parent or by lawyer. Justice will be done, you negligent elitist.
And the simple reason why the kids showed up is that the parents and the schools and the cops and the courts were told that’s where you go when a kid punches another kid or becomes hispanic. That’s why outside the oakwood offices of the private docs the shingle says “Practice of Psychiatry” in Palatino Linotype, but get within fifty blocks of a black kid and the whole thing is labeled “Behavioral Health” in what I think is Erasermate.
Yes it is entirely likely that eventually we will be able to medicate any bad feeling, any bad behaviour right out of your mind. Today we have a drug that can remove any traumatic memory from your mind if you see us straight away after its happened.
And we certainly can ensure well-behaved children so you won’t be so inconvenienced. Now all is settled so off to work with you. Ah money.
Oh and no Mrs. Green it doesn’t matter that you keep thumping your kid and screaming at them…medications will settle them down.
My up coming posts will be specifically focused around these issues and will cover thoughts such as:
*The medicating of emotions; avoiding pain to our detriment
*When medications are and aren’t appropriate for emotional/behavioural issues
*A paradigm of the human psyche
* Parenting; the good the bad and the truly ugly
I hope they will be interesting. I hope they will provoke some questioning. I hope you will share your thoughts. Please read my qualifications and about page if you wonder where I’m comming from on these matters.