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Unplug - Don't Drug Policy: are we drugging TV and videogame addictions?

The past decade has seen an epic explosion in technology, with childhood TV and videogame addictions now reaching epidemic proportions. Diagnosis of physical, mental and social disorders in children continue to rise at alarming rates, often accompanied by prescription of psychotropic (mind altering) medications. While research into correlations between these two trends is inconclusive and requires further investigation, health and education professionals should develop policies that ensure TV and videogame addictions in children are addressed, prior to diagnosis and medication.

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Drugging Kids to Keep Them Quiet

This stunning news report finds that children, even toddlers as young as 2, are being given powerful psychotropic drugs in order to manage their behavior. Are these children being drugged because it is cheaper and easier than providing real care -- and because the practice is very lucrative for the pharmaceutical companies?

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The Tragic Consequences of Drugging Our Children

The number of prescriptions for psychotropic drugs for children has more than doubled between 1995 and 2000. This revealing documentary by Gary Null details the devastating consequences of this excessive medicating of our children with mind-altering drugs.

The film focuses on children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), even though evidence to verify such a diagnosis is lacking.

Instead, kids are often labeled with ADHD simply for acting like kids: fidgeting, speaking out of turn, not wanting to sit still, and being hyper.

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ADHD drug linked to suicide attempts: Health Canada

A drug commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) disorder in children, teens and adults has been linked to numerous adverse reactions, including suicide attempts, Health Canada has warned.

http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2008/07/03/adhd-drug-warning.html
 
Social Skills and The Flickering Screen
by Elsje de Boer, Lawyer and Foster Parent

It is nearing twelve noon, a bright, cool spring day. Their morning assignments completed, the ten students aged eight to twelve who do their lessons around my extra-large kitchen table explode out of the house for their lunch break. All of them have learning problems, several of them have behavior problems, and none of them fit in with the other kids in school.

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July 2008
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Cris Rowan is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, author, speaker and champion of easing the job of learning for all children.
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