anti-psychotic and other prescribed drugs: part of the problem?

From recent articles, we read that the brain in humans may not be fully developed, fully interconnected (fully grown) until about age 25.  If the research to support this claim is correct, then one must, yes, must question the wisdom of prescribing potent psychoactive drugs for children and adolescents.  Powerful prescription drugs are given to young children to control hyper-activity and ADHD.  Anti-depressants and anti-psychotic meds are prescribed for teenagers and young adults.

Dare we question the doctors about this?

We wonder how many of these relatively young mass shooters in the past several years here in the US were taking or had taken previously in their lives such powerful brain altering drugs.  Is it too much of a stretch to think that the consumption of powerful pharmaceutical drugs for any length of time during childhood or adolescence may actually alter the interconnections within the  developing brain of those patients?  Could these anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs be worse in their effects than the conditions and diseases that these are supposed to treat?

Common sense would dictate caution in this area of prescribing drugs to children.  The larger issue is that of a society that for the past several decades has bought into the idea that health and cures can be found in the drugs doctors will prescribe for you.  It seems, in too many cases, the prescribed drugs are only treating the symptoms and not the underlying causes of these various ailments.  And, of course, the side effects of these drugs are terrible.

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2 comments

  1. Mental illness is a serious issue. With some quick searches one can find statistics showing either 1 in 5 and even 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have a diagnosable mental condition. With up to 25% of the population suffering from a mental disorder, that either makes the U.S. a very ill nation or something is inherently wrong with how individuals are diagnosed and treated.

    1. Yes, good observation. Mental illness is indeed serious and too many Americans (it is in the millions) are on various prescriptions for their mental illness. Big Pharma makes billions off these prescriptions, especially considering the immoral markups or profit margins that are orders of magnitude greater than in most other industries.

      Of course, there are many who view extreme liberalism with its incapacity for objective analysis as a form of mental illness. If we accept that premise, then the true rate of mental illness in the US is likely around 50 per cent.

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