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Should medications be used to aid chilidren (18 or less) with mental illnesses?

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Mental Illness meds

Post by CivBase on Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:55 pm

So, should they be used? If so, how often?

Personaly, I don't think these meds should be used near as often as they are. I do realise that there are people that need them to function anywhere near correctly in society (and maybe to even live), but they seem to just hand them out like the AOL CDs you used to get in the mail every 5 days.

I have some friends with some minor mental illnesses, and they are nice. However, they were put on these drugs and they have become dependent on them. If they don't have them, they start to act terribly (each in a different way). They are phisicaly dependent on the drugs. And how do the doctors compensate for this? More drugs of course! It just drains the parents of their money and secludes the person from society.

Believe it or not, I myself was once thought to have a mental illness. Durring preschool, the school talked to my parents about having me tested, and they flat out refuesed. They had seen what happened to people that had failed the tests. Now I have many friends in school, participate in activites, and get good grades (average between 85% and 90%). Some of my friends that have these illnesses and actualy took the tests aren't as lucky. At a very young age they were put on meds and many of them are a grade behind or failing and have few friends.

So what do you think? Should children (18 years of age or less) be given meds for mental illnesses?
They seem to have gotten along rather well all these years before.

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Re: Mental Illness meds

Post by PiEdude on Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:59 pm

I have ADD...
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Post by Onyxknight on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:01 pm

i believ it should only be for sevier*SP* cases and its sad they have gotten dependant on thses drugs and i too have freinds that act differently without them and are only "normal" with them while they only have ADD but i may just not understand the illnesse.
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Post by BBJynne on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:43 pm

PiEdude wrote:I have ADD...

blame it on the media

that's what I always say.

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Post by team dfc on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:51 pm

Don't put the blame on me

Just blame it on my ADD

Watch it
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Post by BBJynne on Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:01 pm

I love nigahiga!

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Post by team dfc on Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:02 pm

Evil Jasha wrote:I love nigahiga!
*high five*
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Post by CivBase on Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:13 pm

team dfc wrote:Just blame it on my ADD
Now that's an excuse I find extreamly old....
I've got a girl in my grade that blames half of her actions on her OCD tendency. She acts as well as anyone else in society, but that excuse gets kinda old after a while.

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Post by team dfc on Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:15 pm

CivBase wrote:
team dfc wrote:Just blame it on my ADD
Now that's an excuse I find extreamly old....
I've got a girl in my grade that blames half of her actions on her OCD tendency. She acts as well as anyone else in society, but that excuse gets kinda old after a while.
it's a song from nigahiga

and I don't have ADD or atleats we don't know that yet
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Re: Mental Illness meds

Post by CivBase on Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:16 pm

Be that as it may, it's an excuse I find very old...

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Re: Mental Illness meds

Post by KristallNacht on Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:38 pm

are we speaking of FORCING meds? or just providing? because we should provide meds for all of the above, but only FORCE meds on those that could cause harm to themselves or others.

I am getting ADD meds soon, btw
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Re: Mental Illness meds

Post by Toaster on Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:20 pm

PiEdude wrote:I have ADD...

Yeah, and so does every other kid in any industrialized nation of the 21st century. I shall cite a quote from the great Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari:

“Many kids with (attention deficit disorder) have been misdiagnosed, they're actually bored with teachers, as most won't even blink at concentrating on video games for hours,”

ADD is not a condition, it's human nature. We are a bored people.
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Post by KristallNacht on Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:32 pm

Eh, I actually have ADD. As even playing most games I can lose attention.

Furthermore, even when I have a strong will and intention to accomplish necessary things, I fail to be able to. I've actually taken some of my friends meds a few times and during the time of their effect, I could do exactly those things with ease to a near OCD level of attentiveness.
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Post by Rotaretilbo on Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:31 pm


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Re: Mental Illness meds

Post by Toaster on Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:37 am

Well, I certainly cannot EVER focus on doing homework... but that's not so much a disorder. You, NT, may be one of the few that ACTUALLY have a "condition," but most people (including many of my friends) are diagnosed as ADD when really they just get bored with school related work.

Again, I cannot focus on homework for the life of me, but I can replay the same level in Left 4 Dead on extreme, all night, for 5 nights in a row
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Re: Mental Illness meds

Post by PiEdude on Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:17 am

ReconToaster wrote:
PiEdude wrote:I have ADD...

Yeah, and so does every other kid in any industrialized nation of the 21st century. I shall cite a quote from the great Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari:

“Many kids with (attention deficit disorder) have been misdiagnosed, they're actually bored with teachers, as most won't even blink at concentrating on video games for hours,”

ADD is not a condition, it's human nature. We are a bored people.

You sun of a bitch.

I actually have a fucking condition.
I sit in Math class, and I can't fucking focus.
I swear to God, no matter what I do, I just can't concentrate on it.
It's not how you think it is, I can't just start listening and I get it.
I actually can't pay attention.
I try to listen, I try to watch, but my mind just wanders.
Yes, I'm bored in the class, but even when I'm bored with something I can try and focus, but I usually can't.
So don't you tell me I don't have a condition when you don't, and just assume I'm wrong, the doctor's wrong, and it's something else.
I stopped using these drugs years ago, and my concentration has plumeted.
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Re: Mental Illness meds

Post by CivBase on Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:36 am

Ummm... I just procrastinate Razz

I do agree with Rots post too. Atari makes an excellent point.

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Post by Rasq'uire'laskar on Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:10 pm

Yeah...

Don't suffer from any kind of ADD. To me, it's got a stigma attached to it. I don't hold it against people who have it (I hold their actions against them) but if I had it, I would not be a pleasant person to be around.

I do suffer from depression and mild OCD, and I take a little medication for that. I get thinking about a problem, and I can't help but focus all my attention on how something or someone is WRONG, and this goes on for days until I crash.
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