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Children in the West are routinely diagnosed as depressed, hyperactive or bipolar, and systematically plied with powerful drugs.
In the U.S. alone, it's a market worth $130 000 per second.
But if we were allowed access to proper
information, would we really be doling these pills out like sweets,
to get our troubled children off our nerves?
At the 1991 Prozac trials, scores of impassioned victims affirmed that the drug pushed them to the brink of despair:
Countless others weep for dead relatives. But this moving footage is only the tip of the iceberg: most of the tapes are now lost.
...have worked hard to silence these
angry voices and reduce the available information to a mere whisper.
At the core of the whole affair is the drug companies' ruthless pursuit of profit:
Current research is working to discredit the smiley Zoloft rock of the TV ads, while lawyers lobby for structural changes to the industry.
But in the absence of drastic change, the epidemic of overmedication continues to grow, spawning a whole new set of disorders. While Prozac is linked to a host of problems, from early-onset diabetes to increased risk of suicide, Ritalin is known to cause brain atrophy and has been likened to a "chemical lobotomy".
Experts fear that unnecessary damage done by one drug will trap patients in a cycle of chemical imbalance and further drug dependency:
In this era of mercenary medication, are we forgetting what it is to be human?
One expert sums it up:
Just a few decades ago, it was accepted that kids sometimes get sad; kids sometimes get restless.
Now, it seems we are panic-prescribing against phantom defects, trying to make human beings into happiness-machines, a plan that backfires with heartbreaking frequency.
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