What is your Alternative?
Last September, an FDA report found that the number of anti-psychotic prescriptions dispensed to children (0-17 years) had risen 22 percent over the previous 5 years.
The FDA examined 6 anti-psychotic drugs: Seroquel® (quetiapine); Zyprexa® (olanzapine); Risperdal® (risperidone); Abilify® (aripiprazole); Geodon® (ziprasidone); and Invega® (paliperidone).
In 2008, of the 32 million prescriptions dispensed for these drugs, 4.8 million were dispensed to children (15 percent of the total).
That same year, one million individual children were prescribed these anti-psychotics (19 percent of the total of 5.5 million individuals). Here are the numbers, by age group:
1,770 children aged 0-2
64,664 children aged 3-6
414,451 children aged 7-12
540,760 children aged 13-17
Diagnoses applied to the infants and toddlers (aged 0-2) included: Attention Deficit Disorder; Mental/Behavior Problems, Behavioral Problems; Other Emotional Disturbances, and Residual Schizophrenia, a diagnosis that can be made on the basis of “odd beliefs and unusual perceptual experiences.”
This information is baffling. It is very disheartening to see, in such statistical corroboration, humanity undermining itself with such a diabolical incentive. How can we contribute to the counter of this epidemic. It seems intuitive to construct as clear and widespread an awareness of such grim realities as possible and adjure creative holistic processes as solutions and alternatives. Obviously there are cases where certain diagnostics meet the necessity for particular pharmaceutical solution, but we are fighting a deeply convoluted capital monster. Before dismissing the matter as too far out of reach of restoration, simply begin by reflecting on where you can bring awareness and healing solutions into your life and those around you.