Life is pain. Life is inconvenience. Life is a tall, cool glass of F**k You. Step away from the Prozac and Xanax, and Drink Up, Bitches. Refills are on the house

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the european medicines agency has recently ruled that “in combination with on-going therapy” prozac can be given to children as young as eight. now, whilst there will allways be special cases i fear there is a lot wrong with this ruling. or our increasing soma-like dependancy on medication as adults is bad enough but we are becoming very pill happy with our kids too. it seems like every second child has at least one ‘learning difficulty’ such as adhd for which they are being pumped full of ritalin and so on. as adults (by which i really mean 18 upwards) it is (in both my experience and that of far too many of my friends) beyond easy to gain accsess for anti-depressants as many g.p’s seem more than happy to prescribe them with very little diagnosis. the magic words ‘i’m depresses’ are often all is needed to open the medicine cabinet starting a process which can, for many, take if not months then years to wean yourself from. in many cases the problem was never a medical one but a ‘life’ one in the first place. a bad relationship that needs ended, a job that needs left, a problem that needs dealt with…
for some anti-depressants are a vital/only way of allowing them to live a normal life, for some they help them deal with life issues such as grief untill they are on an even keel – but for many they are an unecessary and vicious circle that was begun in a five minute doctors apointment. the thought that we may be handing this down to our children is terrifying.
whilst i am sure that at the moment it will be the exeption rather than the rule for 8 year olds and will take considerable diagnosis – how long before that is not the case? how long until every child who has a crappy home life/ has been abused/ has had a death in the family etc. is simply diagnosed ‘deprsseive’ and medicated? before progressing to nice full-blown prescription (or non) drug addictions as adults.
it’s not that i don’t see where it could be hlpful in some cases but frankly i find the possiblities/probabilities for the future chilling.

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0 thoughts on “Life is pain. Life is inconvenience. Life is a tall, cool glass of F**k You. Step away from the Prozac and Xanax, and Drink Up, Bitches. Refills are on the house

  1. I’m a firm believer in the idea that children should never receive behavior- or mood-altering drugs. Ever.

    Kids are all drama queens. I can remember being 12 years old and thinking the world was surely ending because the Cosby Shot got preempted for a presidential address.

  2. lol

    but seriously you’re right. and i do agree with you. i was trying to be as ‘see both sides of it’ as possible but i know that my whole teenage years were an absolute bottomless well of angst and self pity for which i probably would have wholehearted embraced a ‘clinical’ reason for. the main clinical reason being in fact adolecence and 3 billion and 4 hormones whacking about your body. when we start telling kids this is clinical depression we have a big problem on our hands. like i said i allready think that not enough is done to acertain adult patient suitability/need for these drugs but children don’t even have a choice!

    brrrrr.

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