[PLUG-TALK] Kids and risks

Russell Johnson russ at dimstar.net
Sat Dec 3 22:38:55 PST 2011

On Dec 3, 2011, at 9:58 PM, Russell Senior wrote:

> As a current parent that is qualified to comment, I think that the
> whole medicate-the-child thing, to the degree that it ever existed, is
> mostly a thing of the past, a fad or trend that was arrested and
> reversed.

I hope you are right. I know that both my son, and my step-son, were on meds for much of their growing up years. In my step sons case, the teachers at his elementary school told his mother that if she did not take him to the doctor and get him on meds, he would be removed from school as he was a disruption to the rest of the class. 

My son is now a productive member of society, and my step son is back to looking for work, after a bought of self-medicating when he left home several years ago at 17 and could no longer afford the prescribed meds. I believe he is off his meds, both legal and illegal, and doing what he can to better himself. 

I can only hope that we as a society have moved past the 'medicate it if it moves' mentality and realize the not everyone learns in the same way.

Russell Johnson
russ at dimstar.net

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