Meds I mean “Mood” meds and sleeping pills…
I really want to start off and say “Are you that STUPID” but I won’t. But most kids don’t need meds to control them. But I am going to back up here. Medicating kids for ADD, AHAD, ABC and OMG and every other acronym you can think of started way before today. But in today’s society it is in a full blown epidemic.
Just the other day I saw a 20 something year old mommy tell her 5 year old that its time to go home and take his sleep medicine. I already know the kid is on mood medicine because he is “hyper”. What a crock of shit. You know what the majority of the problem is?
It’s you. THE PARENT…
Hear me out.
I was a Ritalin kid too in the 70′s. I too was “hyper”. I was told that if I didn’t take it daily I could die. So yea, there are some old issues there but in reality you know what I needed? As old Dr. Kennedy once told my Mom (grandmother, another story)…He said “Nadine, you just need to bust his ass”.
When kids are unruly they don’t need meds to chill them out. First off, unlike most of you adults that also medicate yourself with Lortabs, Adderall, and or Vyvanse, because, well, life to is just too hard for you. A kid has an unlimited amount of energy and all you have is excuses. They are still growing. Muscles need working out. Legs need to run and jump. They don’t need to sit in front of a tv all day or play video games all day. I don’t think there is anything wrong with video games or tv but kids need to be outside doing what their growing bones need. A good work out. Everyday. not just for 30 minutes in P.E. if they have that.
Since the 1980′s most kids born after that didn’t go out and play like the kids born before that time. Those kids grew up and became parents. So now those parents really have no parenting skills. You listen to Dr. Who de Do, or who ever and put your precious children on drugs. Legal drugs but still drugs. You are raising a generation of zoned out and tuned out kids. Timothy Leary would be dancing in tall cotton. Tune In and drop out…
one reason could be because..
from a website…
“Busyness of parents. Often as busy parents, our children often suffer attention deficit disorder, a deficit of attention by the parents. Oft times the kids will act out just to get their busy parents’ attention. An interesting, but sad side note is that it seems some of the highest percentages of children on medications occur in more affluent suburbs. Is this because the parents have access to conventional medical care and insurance, or because they’re too busy to want something more lasting, more permanent in results, or is it because they are used to dealing with their problems with medications such as Prozac or Valium.”
Is there any hope for our kids? Go here:
I really don’t mean to offend you as a parent but why do you do this if you are? I realize some parents don’t medicate their kids but I suspect the majority do. And why? Because you feel they need it or the doctor tells you to. Look at these Stats. I underlined some of it and highlighted it in RED….Please slow down and pay attention
from a website:
“Over promotion of ADD as a main stream condition. Studies done ~12 years ago showed that 3-5 percent of school age children exhibit ADD-like behaviors. Of the 70 million school age children that means that ~4 million children exhibit the symptoms. A potentially huge market for pharmaceuticals. So companies like Novartis (makers of Ritalin), makers of Dexedrine, Cylert, Adderall began heavily promoting psychotropics as the “one-pill-cures-all” fix for ADD. “Grass root” non-profits such as C.H.A.D.D. were funded by the pharmaceutical companies with the inevitable result that they began to promote psychotropics. The American Psychiatric Association (also funded in large part by the pharmaceutical companies) began to promote psychotropics as the solution for ADD. With billions in revenues, hundreds of millions of dollars has been spent promoting awareness of ADD in the American society with the consequent promotion of psychotropics. The sad, but inevitable result is that 90% of the world’s market for Ritalin is in the USA.”
So in America, Parents don’t want mess with their kids. Schools don’t want mess with the kids. So you throw them away to drug reps (Legal drug dealers) to make a buck off you by prescribing your kids meds to “control” them. It’s that old adage for your kids…”Out of sight Out of Mind”. But in reality, if you kid is unruly you bust their ass (that don’t mean beat) but for God’s sake don’t put them on drugs because you can’t handle their rowdiness.
How do we get out of this mess?
I don’t claim to have all the answers but for one, if you are a parent and you self medicate. You need to stop. You need to slow down. You need to spend time with your kid. I don’t want to lay a guilt trip on you so don’t take it that way. Just open your eyes from the fog. Some kids need meds for being sick, allergies and aliments. I get that. But the majority of kids on mood meds and sleeping pills just need an outlet and not an inlet to drug use. You as a parent, take them to the park. Buy them bike and make them ride it. Take them walking. Let them interact with other kids in real life and not a virtual one all the time. In the late 70′s and early 80′s kids were always outside. These days they are holed up in the house. It’s time to change this. Buy them a basketball and take them to a ball court. In other words, DO SOMETHING before its too late…
You have a gift, a gift from God. Don’t poison them with all that junk. Let them express themselves. Let them be creative. Stop letting Doctors and drug reps turn them in zoned out zombies…They are your kids not theirs….educate and not medicate..discipline and not poison.
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For the most part are strung out on Lortabs or Oxycontin, Adderall or some other “I can’t deal with real life” type of self medication? How can you tell your kids or I tell my kids its all going to be ok when most of you yourself can’t even deal with life in general? Hell people I am not tooting my own horn but I am 46 and I won’t even hardly take an aspirin but I see it over and over adults eating these drugs like they are coming out of a Pez Dispenser and on top of that you put your own kids on ADHD medicine because you don’t want to deal with an energetic kid… I was on Ritalin as kid. You know why? My Grandmother should have just busted my ass when I got out of line but instead it was pill time. I remember way back in 1979 in a mandatory class most of us in junior high had to take called “substance abuse” class. We watched a film about the future where if a baby is crying and the adult can’t take the stress take a pill. Bills piling up? Take a “happy” pill and everything gets better…
Well, here we are and it’s a reality far realer than any reality show on tv… Welcome to the Self medicating America. It’s rampant and it’s a sad. Who’s at fault? I don’t know but you will have to ask yourself, that is if you are one of the “most” adults that do it . Excuse my grammar in that last sentence but ask yourself “why” you do it. Is life that hard??? What are you telling your kids? That it’s ok to eat lortabs or whatever like candy? If you had a bad day its ok to knock the edge off with four or five little pills? Is it ok to chase doctors’ and buy and sale prescriptions like produce or soft drinks?
Now I am not knocking those people, or folks as we say here in the Midwest that treat pain. real pain that is. Doctors’ prescribe pain medicine for pain so if you are taking your prescription and following the dosage I don’t think that is abuse but if you are buying or selling them or over taking them then you are part of the problem.
Do you really need examples. I have a few…
First example, a local place that sales used car parts. I won’t mention the parts or location but I was recently in there doing business buying a part for the truck. The young kid (early 20′s) that was assisting me said it was a shame about a certain family member of mine that is addicted to lortabs. He was going on about how it effected our family and it was really tragic. He couldn’t believe someone would be addicted to lortabs and how this person was so irresponsible. And then he added out of the blue. “I only take four or five a day” and that’s my limit. ………. Now here is a young kid eating these damn things like crazy, calling out an older adult family member of mine and he himself is doing the same thing…
Another example? Husband and wife both have prescriptions for lortabs for “back pain”. The both run out of their scrips before the end of the month and then they have to buy them from other people. Do they take the prescribed amount? Of course not, they mix it with beer and even though they are good people they stay fucked up all the time… To them it’s “normal life”.
Had enough? How about the person my wife and I know that took Vicodin to lose weight since it’s one of the side effects of taking it. It’s supposed to be a pain reliever…You want to lose weight? Walk more eat less. Rules I too should follow but I won’t take the Vicodin or anything else to lose weight.
I don’t walk on water or purpose that I am perfect but i am really tired of seeing kids coming up that are considered hyper because their parents don’t want to play with them or let them “be a kid” so they dope them up. I see my kids seeing adults that are supposed to be role models eating these pills like candy.
Is there any hope? I dunno… Some will say “Hope In Jesus”. Well, nothing wrong with that but I feel like we, as in America, are in deep trouble if we don’t do something about it… So what should we do? It’s an epidemic.. If you are one of the “many” that are pill poppers. Why and what should you tell you kids? That it’s ok? Not ok? What if you aren’t one of the multitude that pops pills or what ever to “escape life”. How can you say everything is ok when it’s not… Suggestions?
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