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Paul T. Riel, Ph.D. and Rhonda Robinson


It’s the Family Stupid and Pills Can’t Fix it

2010 September 17

Kyle developed temper tantrums, and mother was at her wit’s end. She contacted various doctors, who marched out the usual suspects: autism, bipolar disorder, hyperactivity, insomnia, oppositional defiant disorder. Along with diseases came the drugs to treat them- and Kyle got several: the antipsychotic respirdol, the antidepressant prozac, two sleeping medicines and one for attention deficit disorder.

Did I mention Kyle was only 18 months old?

No more temper tantrums, but no more Kyle. His mother told The New York Times:

“I didn’t have my son. Its like, you would look into his eyes and just see blankness”.

This case is not unusual. It is part of a disturbing trend in prescribing drugs originally developed to treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia in adults being prescribed for children with behavior problems.
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