Suicide is the leading cause of death for children age 15 to 24, and studies cite 90% of these teens had some type of “mental health disorder,” with the majority having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.1
The above facts were discovered in an online publication by The American Academy of Pediatrics.
One can rightly assume that a diagnosis of “mental health disorder” was most likely made by a psychiatrist. And since most psychiatric treatment today involves psychoactive drugs, the possible connection between increased suicide in teenagers and drug prescription by a psychiatrist must be intensely scrutinized.
What of the claim the American Academy of Pediatrics article makes that “A mood disorder is an illness of the brain,” thus justifying the use of psychoactive “medicines”? According to WebMd, brain diseases consist of such things as infections, tumors, trauma, abscesses, seizures, stroke and other physically caused disorders.2
In other words, bipolar disorder is not an “illness of the brain” and the pediatricians supporting the American Academy of Pediatrics article should know better. Stating that “brain illnesses” lead to mental problems has led to a terrifying increase in the prescribing of psychoactive drugs to all children, even infants.
The recommended bipolar drug regime is often a veritable cocktail, and can include antipsychotics, antidepressants and antianxiety drugs.3
Dr. Peter Breggin, long-time whistle blower for his psychiatric profession, has this to say about the drugging of children with supposed “bipolar disorder.”
“It will be very difficult, if not impossible, for any child to outgrow his early behavior problems, and become a normal adult, while being pharmacologically overwhelmed with toxic agents for most of his childhood. The growing brain is literally being bathed in substances like antidepressants, stimulants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotic drugs that cause severe, and potential permanent biochemical imbalances. All of these drugs have been shown to distort the shape of brain cells (neurons) and in some cases to destroy the cells. Some of the drugs, including Risperdal, Zyprexa, Geodon and other so-called ‘anti-psychotics’ expose the child to permanent and potentially devastating drug induced neurological injury called tardive dyskinesia. They also cause potentially fatal diabetes and pancreatitis, as well as morbid obesity.”4
Dr. Breggin states in no uncertain terms that the drugging of these children has been wildly successful – not for the children, but for the drug companies and the psychiatrists who earn their living by this sanctioned child abuse. There has been a forty-fold increase of a bi-polar disorder diagnosis in kids in less than 10 years, from 1994 to 2003.
Dr. Breggin’s disgust with this practice is manifested in these words “…children were being given the most toxic psychiatric drugs, the so-called antipsychotic drugs, than a similar group of adults labeled bipolar. Psychiatry is bombarding children more heavily than adults with similar diagnoses, even though the drugs are not approved for these purposes in children.”
Since “bipolar” teens are given a cocktail of drugs, the advantage to the pharmaceutical companies increases. After all, daily prescription of a number of drugs only increases their bottom line.
It is common knowledge that many psychiatric drugs actually induce suicidal thoughts or attempts. The black box warning on many of their prescribed medications attest to this.
Anti-epileptic drugs such as divalproex (Depakote), lamotrigine (Lamictal), and carbamazepine (Tegretol) are often prescribed for bipolar patients. According to The Psychiatric Times, “The FDA is forcing manufacturers of all antiepileptic drugs to include new warnings of possible suicide ideation.” 5
Children are not laboratory rats. Psychiatrists continually experiment on our children with toxic drugs not even the psychiatrists themselves understand.
Since pharmaceutical companies and psychiatrists are unable or unwilling to police themselves regarding their damaging “treatments” perhaps they will yield to increasing number of lawsuits as the victims of their avarice reach adulthood.
Meanwhile, parents can research the knowledge offered by psychiatrists such as Peter Breggin. Here one discovers unbiased data on the real effects of psychiatric drugs. 6 No mother or father should have to suffer the loss and guilt accompanying a tragic teen suicide due to these dangerous pharmaceuticals.