Thought-provoking lecture excerpt! In my experience, no school official has ever said, “if you don’t medicate your child we will kick him/her out of school.” However, if a doctor has prescribed medicine for a child and the parent accepts it, records it on school paper work, and the child communicates they don’t have it, need a refill, parents don’t give it regularly, etc., then we do have school social workers who will get in touch with parents to see how they can help. I see that those in poverty may perceive that communication in a coercive light. Some parents view schools as part of the establishment that controls them. I would like to see a paradigm shift in this regard, so that these parents come to see school officials as partners in their child’s development. Parents do have the right to refuse the doctor’s prescription and they can file paper work with the school from the doctor that states it is in the child’s best interest to discontinue medication and pursue other interventions, such as counseling, time management, and so forth. In my personal experience, I have received more valuable information from nutritionists and gastroenterologists than I have from psychologists…and I have as much confidence in the psychiatrists I have encountered as I have in fortune-telling potion sellers…NONE! I am a firm believer that good nutrition, good elimination habits, and adequate rest will balance most people’s brain chemistry. I know there are people who REALLY need medication and agree with the analogy, “Diabetics can no more will themselves to regulate their body’s insulin than Mentally ill persons can will themselves to regulate their brain’s chemistry.” I am thankful that their are pharmaceuticals available for those in need, but I find it unethical that they are so easily distributed without attempting other interventions first. Fortunately, even when I thought one of my children had ADD, her pediatrician was firm about using other interventions first and saving the process of counseling and psychiatric evaluation which would lead to medication as a last resort. I thus became a big fan of animalagentz.com.
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“The Mental Health System: Who’s Crazy?”
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