|9 Jul 2014 @ 16:07, by Gerald Vest|
I am pleased to offer up this article written by Tina Olson, that appeared in the Santa Fe News related to Children being Diagnosed and Labeled for Life with a "psychic tattoo." Jerry Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT, Professor Emeritus and Organization Leader.
Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 7:00 pm
According to news sources, since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, there have been anywhere from 50 to 74 additional school shootings (depending on how they are counted). The numerous theories attempting to explain these can leave the average person shaking his head in despair and confusion.
From research done by my organization, let me dispel the mystery as to why these mass shootings continue in a seemingly epidemic proportion.
It’s time to connect the dots between psychiatric drugs and violence and suicide.
Harvard University’s Dr. Joseph Glenmullen warned that antidepressants could explain the rash of school shootings and mass suicides over the last decade. People taking them feel like jumping out of their skin. They cause irritability and impulsivity that can make people suicidal and homicidal.
Between 2004 and 2012, there have been 14,656 reports to the Food and Drug Administration’s Med Watch system that psychiatric drugs caused violent side effects. More than 1,400 of these report that psychiatric drugs caused homicidal ideation/homicide. Nearly 3,300 reported mania and 8,200 reported aggression.
Nine out of 10 children who are seen by a psychiatrist are prescribed dangerous mind-altering drugs for attention deficit disorder, depression, anxiety, etc. Yet there are 286 drug regulatory warnings citing the dangerous and life-threatening side effects of these psychiatric drugs to children.
At least 31 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs, resulting in 162 wounded and 72 killed.
I’ve been surveying parents here in New Mexico and found there is tremendous societal pressure to put their children on psychiatric drugs. Not a single one of these parents I surveyed was aware of the horrific side effects. I also found that parents are not told by the psychiatrist that there are non-drug alternatives to handle behavioral problems. Now we have nearly 20 million children on these clearly dangerous drugs. I know parents, for the most part, do not know what to do when their child is misbehaving and they are told by school personnel that they should have their child seen by a psychiatrist. Alternatives are rarely suggested to these parents.
Children diagnosed with a mental disorder may be experiencing malnutrition, head injuries, early onset diabetes, heart disease, worms, viral or bacterial infections, allergies, mercury or manganese exposure, and hundreds of other possible minor, major or even life-threatening medical problems.
They also may simply need more physical and creative activities or additional help and attention that one cannot get by taking a dangerous, mind-altering drug that only masks the child’s real problems.
Let’s think outside of the box. Don’t accept a non-verifiable psychiatric diagnosis that your child is mentally ill. Let’s work to prevent future deaths of our children.
Tina Olson is executive director of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, New Mexico Chapter and a Health Promotion Team Member of the southern New Mexico Alliance of Injured Warriors and Families.