I woke up this morning at 3:00 am and this was on. I highly recommend that anyone who has a child on medication for any type of disorder watch this show. You may also watch it online.
The psychiatrist who prescribed our son prozac for depression seemed to be gauging my reaction when he initially suggested Lithium. I said no way, he's not that bad! It's amazing to me how Dr's will freely prescribe medication to children without taking into account all the possible outcomes!
Doctors really seem to take the easy route more often times than not and prescribe children stimulant meds containing Ritalin (which contains methamphetamine) which imo is horrible!
In the past our son has been passed off as having ADHD (without proper diagnosis) and given Focalin, Medadate, Daytrana and Adderall all of which were horrible! He didn't stay on any of them long but we did notice a difference in his behavior last Summer so we stopped all medication.
The first psychiatrist that I took him to see late last year prescribed him Adderall after I explicitly told her he has horrible reactions to stimulant medication! She asked me to trust her and stupidly I did (never again!). The next day he took one adderall and when I went in for a school get together later that day for his class he was a zombie! I took him home straight away (my heart was broken) and called this lady and bitched her out, and threw away the bottle of adderall. Prior to this he was receiving these meds from his pediatrician. Needless to say we've switched pediatricians.
He is now taking 20 mgs of prozac in the morning which does help with his emotions. Other than being emotional he is a wonderful kid. I am now homeschooling him because I was tired of the school and their behavior towards him. Everyday he was coming home with notes saying he had a bad day. Not that he was bad, but he gets overwhelmed in a large group setting. He is doing very well now and I'm glad I decided to take him out. My plan is for him to return to school, but only when he's ready.