11,000 Minors on Antipsychotics in Belgium

Nadia Mahjoub

February 25, 2012

More and more children and young people in Belgium are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs. In 2010, these drugs were doled out to 11,000 minors. Of these, 485 were children less than six years old. It’s a dangerous development because of the many side effects of the drugs, psychiatrists say.

The use peaked among 6-to-12-year-olds, with 4,380 patients, and among 12-to-15-year-olds, with 4,581 patients, according to official national figures.

The anti-psychotics in question are olanzapine, quetiapine, risperidone and aripiprazole. The latter two in particular are used widely on young patients. Prescriptions of the two drugs to minors have leapt by almost 20% in four years: from 9,066 under-age users in 2007 to 11,008 in 2010.

Bipolar Disorder
The increase stems from a change of the diagnosis ‘manic depression’ to ‘bipolar disorder’, which allegedly also affects children. Well-known Irish psychiatrist and critic David Healy says: “For more than a century everybody agreed that children do not get bipolar disorder. Ten years ago, this attitude changed.  Children can now be bipolar. Sometimes even two-year-olds: one minute they’re happy, the next they’re being incredibly naughty, or all of a sudden angry or hysterical. That’s typical for kids that age. We used to call it ‘the terrible twos’. Now they call it ‘bipolar mood swings’. To avoid this, we’re told to give kids anti-psychotics. ”

“In the last few years we’ve seen a huge trend in the use of this diagnosis for young people and children,” says Professor of Psychiatry Walter Vandereycken of KUL, the University of Leuven. “After criticism of the over-use of ADHD drugs, many ADHD diagnoses are now being replaced by bipolar disorder.” The symptoms? Separation anxiety, tantrums, and a lot of mood swings.

Vandereycken says: “Often anti-psychotics are used on kids with short tempers and changing moods who are hard to handle. These drugs are meant to deal with delusions and hallucinations, but now they’re also being used to suppress emotional peaks.”

Higher Suicide Risk
Another explanation for the rise is the theory that psychosis is emerging among fifteen-year-olds. Vandereycken: “As soon as a symptom arises, these young people are given medication, when in fact we could be dealing with the temporary fall-out of drug or alcohol experimentation. If you give medication immediately, you can’t work out if the psychoses were real.”

Anti-psychotics are heavy drugs with many side effects. David Healy says, “They can cause severe weight gain and diabetes, and lead to premature cardiac risk factors, as well as an increased suicide risk and neurological problems. And you lose almost all joy in life.”

“The problem is that you basically need to take them for your whole life,” says Vandereycken. “That’s a very tough decision. Besides we have no idea of the long-term effects. An older anti-psychotic, Haldol, causes irreversible Parkinsonian symptoms. There are clearly too few lessons being learned from that experience. Putting difficult children in a chemical straitjacket, is a dangerous trend.”

Source: Belgian Newspaper De Morgen (24 February 2012)

Nadia Mahjoub

Mad in Belgium: Nadia is convinced there are better ways to help people in crisis than what is provided generally in psychiatric care in her country today. In this blog, she will write about (her search for) alternatives, the local user and survivor movement and news about mental health in Belgium.

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  1. Ten Years Ago This Attitude Changed: Actually the Harvard Psychiatrists Joseph Biederman and Janet Wozniak, proclaimed that they were expert Authorities, and that the subjective non-Medical APA, DSM label “Bipolar” needs to be applied to teens, adolescents, children and toddlers.

    Tufts University “prominate psychiatrists” participate in this crime as well. The death by Psychiatry of Rebecca Riley is a recent event that has had publicity.

    Dr. Kayoko Kafuji followed the Authoritative dictates of the Professional Leadership as it were.(Just following orders.) Rebbecca Riley was “diagnosed,” at 2 years, of age by Kayoko – and was dead at 4. Kayoko prescribed the toddler Rebbecca clonidine, valproic acid, Zyprexa, and Seroquel. Zyprexa and Seroquel are nerotoxins – Patented dopamine 2 receptor clogger drugging agent chemicals, neuroleptics (from the Greek for brain seizing). These are the most toxic of the APA NAMI Psychiatry’s centrally-acting Patent drugs, known as chemical state-jackets they make the victim more vegetable like (according to the Delay and Deniker inventors of Thorazine the first of the Dopamine 2 antagonist agents) by blocking dopamine pathways these druuging chemicals block the brain-reward system – block initiative, initiation of action and thought, motivation, drive, zest, interest, caring. The dopamine brain-reward system declines with age after ~ 22 years of age, a person, say, in their 90′s has parkinsonian symptoms do to the loss of dopaminergic cells, and neuroleptic drugs such as Risperdal, Haloperidol (as in Halogen atom)(also, after which Risperdal was named) and Zyprexa make the victim like a 90 year old.

    Thorazine – Neuroleptics
    http://www.sntp.net/drugs/thorazine.htm

    “In 1954, Canada’s Heinz Lehmann described the “emotional indifference” and specifically called it the “aim” of the treatment. Like Deniker and Delay, he found “the patients under treatment display a lack of spontaneous interest in the environment. . .”. Contrary to today’s psychiatric PR, the early pioneers plainly stated there was no positive cure or reduction of the patient’s delusional symptoms or hallucinatory phenomena. With stronger dosages, there is a marked dulling and blunting of the patient’s overall awareness, motor control and “thereness”. A 1950 textbook candidly reported the “lobotomylike” impact of Thorazine, and in 1958, Noyes and Kolb summarized in Modern Clinical Psychiatry:

    If the patient responds well to the drug, he develops and attitude of indifference both to his surroundings and to his symptoms”.

    “The common factor is that the drug strongly reduces awareness and interest with the result the patient doesn’t lose their symptoms, they lose interest in them.”

    Professor Judith Rapoport serves the same function for Big Pharma and USA Psychiatry in the area of “ADHD.” She promotes drugging children for the DSM labels of supposed “ADD” and”ADHD,” as well as the “Bipolar” labeling. ( http://www.parental-intelligence.com/HTAPATTSM.pdf )

    Rebecca Riley’s doctor on the defense http://www.patriotledger.com/news/cops_and_courts/x905416295/Rebecca-Riley-s-doctor-on-the-defense

    Dr. Carlot
    http://tuftsjournal.tufts.edu/archives/661/psychiatry-on-the-couch-2 ““I think there is a really genuine argument to be made that the pharma industry does influence the DSM, if indirectly,” Carlat says. “They are the ones that have a big financial incentive to get psychiatrists to diagnose more and more disorders, because the more disorders that are diagnosed, the more of their medications get prescribed.”

    Carlat cites the example of diagnosing bipolar disorder in toddlers. In 1996, a prominent psychiatrist published a study arguing that nearly a quarter of the children he treated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) met his criteria for bipolar disorder. “Up until then, bipolar disorder was almost unheard of in younger children, but this study, published by such an influential figure, prompted psychiatrists throughout the country to dig for bipolar disorder in children,”

    Rebecca Riley’s estate gets $2.5 million in lawsuit settlement with psychiatrist
    http://www.patriotledger.com/news/cops_and_courts/x1097217973/Rebecca-Riley-estate-gets-2-5-million-in-lawsuit-settlement-with-Kifuji

    Medical Malpractice Lawyer Ben Novotny Discusses Rebecca Riley Case on CNN
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRoHaDOgxbg

    Lubin & Meyer’s Andrew C. Meyer, Jr. and Benjamin Novotny Secure $2.5 Million Settlement in the Overdose Death of Toddler
    http://www.prweb.com/releases/rebecca-riley/settlement/prweb5015234.htm

    APA/NIMH/NAMI/ACNP Psychiatry suppressed its Professions best researchers when they added non-drug chemicals such as B-Vitamins, antioxidants and Aminoacids to their therapeutic approach. For USA Psychiatry the only chemical treatments that were ever spoken or written of were Patented neurodrugging agents – drug the brain and the Psyche is Instantly Changed – like instant coffee and microwave overs – very Modern and Scientific. By never speaking of their more advanced researchers (including Abram Hoffer, Linus Pauling and Carl Pfieffer) work – and asserting the 3 exclusive treatment modalities were Electroshock and Insulin Coma, Psychosurgery, and Psychopharmacology; USA Psychiatry intentionally commits the Big Lie.

    More Info Re Orthomolecular Treatment forDepression/Schizophrenia by John Hammell http://www.iahf.com/world/981011a.html
    “The APA Task Force Report titled “Magavitamins and Orthomolecular Therapy in Psychiatry” was so incredibly biased that it couldn’t even SEEM to be objective. They examined only negative studies, never positive ones, and
    didn’t include anyone with any experience with orthomolecular medicine on their panel for the sake of debate within committee.”

    Want to be a MEDLINE Informaton Censor? http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v06n07.shtml http://www.doctoryourself.com/medline.html

    Relentless and Tragic Marketing: Psychiatric Drugs from Before the Cradle to the Grave
    by John Breeding PhD and Amy Philo
    http://uniteforlife.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/relentless-and-tragic-marketing-psychiatric-drugs-from-before-the-cradle-to-the-grave-by-john-breeding-phd-and-amy-philo/

    From,
    Daniel Burdick, February 2012

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