More on foster care
A quote from the article:
Now there is a Government Accounting Office (GAO) report confirming that foster children in five states — Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon and Texas — are receiving shocking amounts of psychiatric drugs. In the words of ABC News, they are “being prescribed psychiatric medications at doses higher than the maximum levels approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in these five states alone. And hundreds of foster children received five or more psychiatric drugs at the same time despite absolutely no evidence supporting the simultaneous use or safety of this number of psychiatric drugs taken together.”
Consider the following article quote in light of what Social Role Valorization teaches about the impacts of societal devaluation and wounding, of heightened vulnerability, of rejection and disastrous discontinuity of place and relationship:
Is this widespread psychiatric drugging medically appropriate or indicated? Absolutely not. First of all, these are young children, even infants, who have already been through extremely traumatic experiences. All of them have been taken from their homes and most of them will not have had a stable replacement home. Beyond that, one can only imagine their horrendous living conditions prior to being removed from their families of origin. These children do not need psychoactive substances — they need the best human, caring services that our society can provide. The drugs may make them temporarily more docile, but by disrupting and suppressing normal brain function and development, they add new stressors to their lives and prevent them from adapting and growing as best as possible.
Dr. Breggin writes in this article, among other things, of the critical importance of home, parents and family, adult relationships, and school for these young people; all quite consistent with the idea of the culturally valued analog for example; of starting from what is typical and valued in the culture, what most people are familiar with and hold positive expectations of. Rather than turning to mind drugs, how can we strengthen the valued social roles of son and daughter, brother and sister, niece and nephew, neighbor, family friend, kid in the neighborhood and neighbor, student, athlete, choir member, baby-sitter, team member, artist, etc., etc., for these vulnerable young people? Please share your comments, stories and examples on this topic.
For more on the topic of mind drugs from an SRV perspective, see this previous blog entry and these resources:
• Lemay article on ‘Social Role Valorization versus drug therapies’
• Wolfensberger article on the ‘growing threat to the lives of handicapped people in the context of modernistic values’
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