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Posted by Shocked on March 15, 2000 at 07:52:04:

In Reply to: Re: Anti-Depressants posted by Mary on March 04, 2000 at 12:37:51:

ALL kids go through stages where they seem to have problems. I bet every child out there can fit into the criteria for depression or ADD when actually it most times can be attributed to a learning disorder like dyslexia or self esteem problems. I am an adult who has been through hell trying to find a medication that works, I have a bunch of different diagnosis and side effects are hell. I cant imagine being a kid going through this. If I feel crazy and not normal now, imagine how your children feel being toted to the doctor, taking meds when all their friends dont have to, etc. In some cases I agree that medication is very beneficial. But a lot of time children are being overdiagnosed with ADD or depression or whatever.....it makes me so mad to read some of these posts! What ever happened to spending time with them and focusing on raising their sefl esteem instead of making medication and analysis of their minds a main focal point in their lives? It's not right! Starting a kid on meds this early in life will only make sure that they are on them forever. PLEASE seek every other alternative first. ASk them how THEY feel about all this. It's really not right.

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