Psychotropics Contribute to Suicides Among Military Children


The Marine Corps Times writes of a dramatic increase in prescriptions of psychiatric medication for children of active-duty military personnell during their parents’ deployment and re-integration; a trend seen as contributing to a rise of suicides among military children. “The psychiatrist never once told me Celexa was a risk” said one parent, “I didn’t find out the seriousness until after he died.”

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. I read this story with disgust.

    Did no one tell these families that war is bad for families and that wives and children of serving soldiers are often traumatised? this is not an illness, it does not need medicating, there is no illness here.

    This is neglect of children and stupidity made worse by drug companies.

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