Dangerous Trend: Antidepressant Use In Children Soaring

by | Apr 24, 2016

sad childThe number of children prescribed antidepressants is on a steep upward trend.
In 2004 there was a fall in the use of these drugs after warnings of suicidal risk. But between 2005 and 2012, the increase shot up by more than fifty percent in the UK alone. The same study showed substantial rises worldwide; in the US there was a 26% increase, and there has been no indication of a slowdown in prescribing these drugs to kids in the ensuing four years.
The World Health Organization’s Director of Mental Health, Dr. Shekhar Saxena, is troubled by the trend. He states, “Anti-depressant use amongst young people is and has been a matter of concern because of two reasons. One, are more people being prescribed anti-depressants without sufficient reason? And second, can anti-depressants do any major harm?”
In answer to Dr. Saxena’s first question; unfortunately, the “sufficient reason” is left up to the prescribing psychiatrist or MD based on ailments listed alphabetically in a heavy tome known as the DSM. This “Bible” of the psychiatric profession is loaded with disorders voted into reality by nothing but a show of hands.
One does not have to search far and wide to answer Dr. Saxena’s second question, “Can anti-depressants do any major harm?”
Prozac, the only antidepressant approved by the FDA in treating children, has these common side effects, none of which most people would care to see their children suffer through:

  • Anxious
  • Chronic trouble sleeping
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Feeling like throwing up
  • Head pain
  • Indigestion
  • Involuntary Quivering
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nervousness
  • Rash
  • Sinus Irritation
  • Throat Irritation
  • Yawning

Here are some less common, but quite severe side effects that could affect a grade school child on Prozac:

  • Chills
  • Hives
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Abnormal Dreams
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm
  • Chest Pain
  • Confused
  • Cough
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Fast Heartbeat
  • Feeling Restless
  • Fever
  • Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Frequent Urination
  • Gas
  • Hair Loss
  • Heart Throbbing or Pounding
  • Hyperactive Behavior
  • Incomplete or Infrequent Bowel Movements
  • Itching
  • Joint Pain
  • Problems with Eyesight
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Taste Problems
  • Weight Loss
  • Widening of Blood Vessels

The rare, but obviously still occurring side effects include:

  • Abnormal liver function
  • Bleeding of the stomach, intestine or uterus
  • Spasm of the larynx
  • Giant Hives
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hepatitis
  • Life-threatening allergic reaction
  • Mild degree of mania
  • Very rapid heartbeat
  • Teeth grinding
  • Loss of memory
  • Loss of one’s own sense of reality or identity
  • Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (characterized by fever, muscular rigidity, altered mental status, and autonomic dysfunction; this would include a dysfunction of breathing, heartbeat and digestion)

Some of these side effects are life threatening. All of them are obvious signals that Prozac is nothing but a poison. Yet the FDA has approved it for use on children as young as eight years old. Even more disturbing is the increase in the prescribing of Prozac for children aged two and younger, which has risen 23 percent in just one year.
You read that right, there are now 83,000 babies on Prozac.
One marvels how far we have slipped into justifying irreversible psychiatric damage to our children. Fortunately, there is still time to do something against this erosion of our future and stop the downward spiral of innocent children’s lives.


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