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April 20, 2010

An American Phenomenon
The Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers

The United States has become the psychiatric drugging capital of the
world for kids with children being medicated at a younger and younger
age. Medicaid records in some states show infants less than a year old
on drugs for mental disorders.

The use of powerful antipsychotics with privately insured children,
aged 2 through 5 in the US, doubled between 1999 and 2007, according
to a study of data on more than one million children with private
health insurance in the January, 2010, "Journal of the American
Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry."

The number of children in this age group diagnosed with bipolar
disorder also doubled over the last decade, Reuters reported.

Of antipsychotic-treated children in the 2007 study sample, the most
common diagnoses were pervasive developmental disorder or mental
retardation (28.2%), ADHD (23.7%), and disruptive behavior disorder

The study reported that fewer than half of drug treated children
received a mental health assessment (40.8%), a psychotherapy visit
(41.4%), or a visit with a psychiatrist (42.6%) during the year of
antipsychotic use.

"Antipsychotics, which are being widely and irresponsibly prescribed
for American children--mostly as chemical restraints--are shown to be
causing irreparable harm," warned Vera Hassner Sharav, president of
the Alliance for Human Research Protection, in a February 26, 2010

"These drugs have measurable severe hazardous effects on vital
biological systems, including: cardiovascular adverse effects that
result in shortening lives; metabolic adverse effects that induce
diabetes and the metabolic syndrome," she wrote. "Long-term use of
antipsychotics has been shown to result in metabolic syndrome in 40%
to 50% of patients."

The lead researcher on the study above, Columbia University psychiatry
professor Mark Olfson, told Reuters that about 1.5% of all privately
insured children between the ages of 2 and 5, or one in 70, received
some type of psychiatric drug in 2007, be it an antipsychotic, a mood
stabilizer, a stimulant or an antidepressant.

Psychiatric drugs bathe the brains of growing children with agents
that threaten the normal development of the brain, according to Dr
Peter Breggin, founder of the International Center for the Study of
Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP), and author of about 20 books,
including "Medication Madness."

The drugs themselves are causing severe disorders in millions of
children in the US, he warns. "Substances like antidepressants,
stimulants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotic drugs cause severe,
and potentially permanent, biochemical imbalances."

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