Posted by Questionmark on July 8, 2006, at 23:36:49
In reply to Re: great statement » med_empowered, posted by ed_uk on July 8, 2006, at 16:55:53
> Hi Med
> >The 4% number strikes me as a little low, actually
> Low! Really? 4% is a lot! What worries me is that the effects of stimulants on the developing brain have not been properly studied.
Yeah, I'd just like to say for the record (and as a U.S. citizen & former stimulant user) that I completely agree, Ed. It is absolutely freaking ridiculous that this many children are being force-fed uppers in our country. I've been wondering for awhile if the next generation of young adults are going to have extraordinarily high rates of psychological and social problems due to the high rate of chronic, heavy (for kids at least) stimulant use as children. I wouldn't be surprised if we have a group of people with anxiety and depressive disorders and quasi-schizoaffective traits (possibly with mild to moderate paranoid traits) in a decade or two (or more) referred to as PCSUDs-- or people with Post Childhood Stimulant Overuse Disorder. And they'll inevitably have some sort of pharmaceutical specifically marketed to that condition-- and it will of course be over-prescribed. I'll shut up now.
But yeah, it sickens me to see all of these young PRE-ADOLESCENT children (like 5 to 8 years old oftentimes!!) on doses of these powerful psychostimulants that would be too high for me to even want to be on. It really is sick in my opinion.