Essay On Diagnosing The Sugar Rush

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Ending The Sugar Rush: All about the overmedicating and diagnosing children in America 8301645 08/15/12 When you phone is ringing off the hook, what do you do? I can tell you what you wouldn’t do. You wouldn’t throw it across the room and take a risk that you may have a cracked screen when you go pick it up later. As you think about that, let me ask you another question. If you see a 10 year old child playing; would you medicate them after asking a series of irrelevant questions? Did you know that over the last 20 to 25 years, medicating and diagnosing youth under 18 has been over 100 times in all of the 50 states? Well, this informative research paper is about the overmedicating and diagnosing of children…show more content…
The diagnosing process includes a screening test that has particular questions that are said to irrelevant to the reasons for medicating but sadly, that is enough to diagnose and medicate a person.(4) In the year 1998, a serious drug called Prozac was prescribed to 3,000 babies with no reason given as to why or what purpose it was supposed to serve for the children.(1) The Alliance for Human Resource Protection (AHRP) has researched and given many articles that related to mental health and relating services in that area. Studies show that 6 to 18 year olds on Medicaid were prescribed to antidepressants. 31% of these children were in foster care and 22% were either in detention centers, jail, prison, or a mental hospital.(1) During a series of tests for Pre-K through 4th graders, 85% of the 5-9 year olds and 49% of the Pre-K children met the criteria to have ADHD. Keep in mind, these are elementary school children….not full grown teenagers. I do believe that when children are that young, they have a “natural high” so that shouldn’t determine if they have a mental disorder at such a young age. I read a story about a 9 year old girl named Aliah from Miami. Aliah was a

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