In today’s society, a lot of emphasis is placed on administering drugs and medicating people with psychological issues; however, most of these ailments and issues have the ability be treated through the use of talk therapy rather than medication. Americans are particularly guilty of over medicating when it comes to our more common mental health diagnosis such as, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. We as a society expect things to be done at the snap of a finger; in our advancement of science, we have been able to discover ways of offering the results we want quickly, inexpensively, and with little effort. Unfortunately, although the use of medications, also known as psychoactive drugs, occasionally remove the symptoms, but they do little to
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Even with all of the aforementioned negative effects revolving the problem with over medicating, the matter has not been hidden behind closed doors. One of the more publicized issues is in regards to children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, and the means used to treat those children. According to data published by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 9.5 percent of children in the United States, 4-17 years of age, have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2007. And of those children, 66.3 percent are reported to be receiving medication or drug treatment for the disorder (United States, CDC). This diagnosis is so common, you have probably met or at least know of a child who has received an ADHD diagnosis. They might be in your family or maybe even your own children. So why then, if this issue hits so close to home, do we allow medication to be such a frequent stopgap for this issue?
The number of young children who are receiving medication in the United States for this disorder is far too high. In France the number of children diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is far lower, less than a mere 0.5 percent according to Marilyn Wedge. Ph.D., a family therapist and the author of Suffer the Children: The Case Against Labeling and Medicating and an Effective Alternative. In an