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 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.

And yet, despite these dangers, many school systems actually work with government agencies to force parents to drug their children, threatening those who refuse with the prospect of having their children taken from the home unless they cooperate.

www.youtube.com
on Fri, Dec 14 2012 · 12,050 Views
Load Comments
You Might Be Interested In
68 min · Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain. Focusing on the industry's marketing practices, media scholars and...
3 min · Blame for problems with schooling in America is often assigned to insufficient funding or the inherent failings of today's kids. In rare cases, parents, teachers, and administrators are also implicated. However, all efforts to improve the quality of education are doomed to...
56 min · IF YOU'RE EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS WITH THE VIDEO ABOVE, WATCH THE FILM FOR FREE AT THE OFFICIAL PBS WEBSITE In 'Medicating Kids,' FRONTLINE examines the dramatic increase in the prescription of behavior-modifying drugs for children. Are these medications really...
4 min · Aims to trace the journey of the Child for the parents and for the employer. Parents have no idea what happens to the child once he/she goes missing or taken to city with a promised dream of life changing employment. Employers have no knowledge of how did the child reach from...
123 min · The words "health care" and "comedy" aren't usually found in the same sentence, but in Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore's new movie 'SiCKO,' they go together hand in (rubber) glove. The film weighs the plight of the uninsured (and the insured who must deal with...
New
Like us on Facebook?