The following articles provide more information on the use — and misuse — of psychiatric drugs on children and teens.

Something we can all agree on

In this highly politicized season (election 2008), is there something we can all agree upon? I think so. From the political left or right, we should be able to come together around the idea that it’s bad to use psychiatric drugs to control children. There are better ways to intervene in the lives of children […]

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Pregnant Mothers Should Not Take SSRI Antidepressants

originally posted on Dr. Breggin’s blog at the Huffington Post  On June 28, 2007 more than 250 headlines around the world promised that SSRI antidepressants (such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Celexa) are safe for pregnant mothers and their developing babies. “Mom’s Antidepressant Use Poses Little Danger to Baby,” heralded the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Antidepressants […]

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School calls child services on parents who take child off of Ritalin

(Reprinted with permission of the Times Union of Albany, New York)  Ritalin use splits parents, school By RICK KARLIN , Staff writer Times Union, Albany, NY Sunday, May 7, 2000 Berne — District marks parents as alleged child abusers for wanting to take their 7-year-old son off the medication Like thousands of children, 7-year-old Kyle […]

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Dr. Breggin Testifies Before US Congress Re: Ritalin and ADHD

Peter R. Breggin M.D. Testimony September 29, 2000 Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Committee on Education and the Workforce U.S. House of Representatives I appear today as Director of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP), and also on my own behalf as a practicing psychiatrist and a parent. […]

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U.S. Attention Deficit On Legal Drug Risks

  By Arianna Huffington December 7, 1998 (Thanks to Arianna Huffington for permission to reprint) Ten days ago (November 27, 1998) the Food and Drug Administration issued new rules that require drug companies to study a lot more thoroughly the safety and effectiveness of drugs for children. Staggering though it is to believe, many drugs regularly […]

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Fenfluramine damage to the brain and mind

RECENT FDA DECISION HIGHLIGHTS ETHICAL ISSUES IN DRUG RESEARCH ON CHILDREN by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. April 21, 1998 The FDA has put the interests of drug companies and the psychiatric research establishment ahead of those of America’s children. It is time for the public and concerned professionals to take a stand against unethical pharmacological […]

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