What do you call a hat that you wear in the cold?
B. Stocking hat
What do you call the place you relieve yourself in?
c. Water closet
d. The Loo
In the United States, the usage of psychotropic medication for children has begun to increase since the 1990s (Loewit-Phillips 32). Loewit-Phillips and Goldbas states that “the United States medicates their children more commonly and more frequently than any other country,” (32). These medications are prescribed to young children to help improve children’s behavior not their psychosis. In fact, the risk-to-benefit of these drugs towards children is rarely taken into consideration. The efficacy of most psychotropic drugs is not clearly understood for adults, let alone children. The psychotropic medication comes with some strong adverse effects that have resulted in death. These adverse effects have been studied, yet are ignored during the process of “fixing” a child’s behavior. Also, the children being prescribed psychotropic medication(s) are often times misdiagnosed because of outside factors within the child’s life that are not evaluated at all. The environment of the child can have a huge factor in how a child will interact and behavior. If U.S. would slow down and find alternative methods for dealing with children’s behavior, we would not have to worry about the development of our children, physically and socially.
The usage of psychotropic drugs in children first became popular around the 1960s when Ritalin was used to treat ADHD in children, but then the usage of psychotropic drugs increased from 0.5% of children to 1% of children in the ‘90s when psychotropic medication was introduced to help control the behavior of preschool children between the ages two and five (32). From 2002 to 2008, the rate went from 1.7% to 1.9% (Huefner 617). This increase is due to several different bases including: teachers pressuring parents to...