Are your grandchildren taking meds they don’t need?

This is a touchy subject for sure.  So many children are put on medication at an early age for Attention Deficit Disorder.  It is suppose to help them to sit still in their classrooms and concentrate on their studies and not cause the teacher any trouble.  It is an “artificial means of behavior”.  Teachers are no longer allowed to discipline the children like they were back when we were little.  If we acted up in class we got a few licks with the old paddle and had to go sit in the hall for awhile.  By the time we came back to the classroom, we were too embarrassed to try anything else!  Children have not changed, they are still energetic, inquisitive, can’t sit still, and don’t have a real long attention span.  They had rather be playing than in the classroom.  That’s not a disease, that is called being a child!

I have lots of friends that are teachers, and most of them agree with me.  I know that every situation is different, this is simply my opinion.

Now, on the opposite end we have our elderly in nursing homes.  You would not believe how many medications some of these people are on!  Some of them are things they need, of course.  But some of them are just to keep them calm and complacent so they don’t cause any trouble to the staff.  The poor people sit around like zombies and are treated like children instead of adults.

I guess my whole point is that half the American people are on medication starting when they are a child,  then medications for stress and high blood pressure, and then when they get too old to decide for themselves, more medicine.

Don’t get me wrong, modern medicines have been a life saver for a lot of people, myself included.  I am fortunate to have a wonderful cardiologist who spends lots of time visiting with me when I go for an appointment.  But some of the doctors who work at clinics and hospitals are expected to see so many patients in a day, and it is a madhouse when you go.

I write what’s on my mind, and I have thought about this for a while.  I welcome your comments on the subject, so I hope I hear from you soon!

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2 Responses to Are your grandchildren taking meds they don’t need?

  1. Judy Nickles says:

    Meds = peace and quiet and convenience for teachers and nursing home employees. Not all, mind you, but too many. It is an appalling situation. Parents can be turned over to child welfare (don’t get me started!) for medical neglect if they refuse the meds. Patients in nursing homes are at the mercy of their care providers if they don’t have family to advocate for them. It’s all a matter of convenience for those who want to give the meds and a matter of money for those who provide them. My opinion based on experience–experience counts for more than theory.

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