In the U.S., depression and suicide rates among teens have been increasing steadily. Anxiety, depression and suicide rates on college campuses have been on the increase over the past 10 years, and the rates of mental health issues and suicides have increased by 10 times in U.K. universities.
What is causing all this dysfunction?
Apparently, younger kids are exposed to more and more sophisticated material and graphics which influence their thoughts and behavior.
There is also the irrationality that society is imposing on today’s youths. Kids who are harmless and are merely acting like normal kids are misdiagnosed with ADHD (being “hyper-active” or having an “attention-deficit,” etc.) or autism, and are needlessly medicated.
Besides the misdiagnoses, as the Rutherford Institute’s John Whitehead points out, innocent behaviors by kids are criminalized as well. For example, if a kid cuts a sandwich into the shape of a gun, the zero tolerance zombies actually call the police on him.
A major study released last year showed that antidepressants can increase the risk of suicide. Some common antidepressants include Zoloft, Luvox, Celexa, Prozak, and Paxil. (Xanax has also been prescribed for depression, although it is actually an anti-anxiety drug. Like the aforementioned drugs, Xanax has been associated with disastrous side effects, as I wrote here.)
Among antidepressant possible side effects are the worsening of the user’s depression, or causing an increase in stress or anxiety. In some cases, antidepressants can actually cause someone to be depressed.
According to psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin, antidepressants have been shown to cause long-term depression and other side effects.
Dr. Breggin has published this series on the Michelle Carter case. That’s the teen who was recently convicted of “texting her boyfriend into committing suicide.” Dr. Breggin’s series is quite extensive on that whole case. According to Dr. Breggin, who gave expert testimony at that trial, Ms. Carter and her late boyfriend had been taking prescription antidepressants for years up to that terrible moment. Dr. Breggin considers them both “victims of psychiatry.”
Dr. Breggin has also written on the hazards of prescribing Ritalin to children diagnosed with ADHD, and has written on the misdiagnosing of children, noting how anti-ADHD drugs have been shown to stunt kids’ growth and cause brain shrinkage, among other problems. (Here is Dr. Breggin’s informative page on children and psychiatric drugs.)
Dr. Breggin has also noted how pharmaceutical companies’ marketing strategies have pointed them toward the U.S. armed forces, some of whose members are taking dangerous combinations of drugs, and in which the suicide rate of servicemen is at an all-time high. According to military psychologist Col. Bart Billings, the military psychiatrists “have no clue about what they’re doing.” (So reassuring, isn’t it?)
Incidentally, if someone wanted to stop taking antidepressants, to prevent dangerous withdrawal symptoms see Dr. Breggin’s book on psychiatric drug withdrawal, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families.
Besides those kinds of drugs poisoning the kids and stunting their physical, emotional and intellectual growth, there are also vaccines (and too many of them), the harmful chemicals in processed foods and food dyes, and harmful street drugs.
By the time they’re at the end of their k-12 careers, it’s no wonder many of the youths are so troubled.
Besides all those factors, some further irrationality that could be troubling today’s youth includes the climate change/global warming cult with which the schools and activists like Al Gore have been indoctrinating and terrorizing the kids. “The coasts will flood with rising sea levels and there will be world-wide poverty,” the hysterical alarmists inaccurately warned.
Some of what the impressionable youngins have been indoctrinated with includes the idea of human-caused climate change as “settled science,” rejecting the scientific method and skepticism. That “settled science” really consists of an ideological mantra that must not be questioned, or else one is labeled a “denier.”
Do the climate change/global warming activists ever wonder what caused any of the several ice ages from several hundred million years ago to eventually warm up? Were there cars or industries back then? Were there any Al Gores polluting the air with their private jets on the way to the latest global warming conference? I think not.
But, the fanatics sure did terrorize and propagandize the kids in the schools, which is exactly what Gore’s movie, “Inconvenient Truth” did, in my view. And that climate propaganda is in addition to the post-9/11 hysteria imposed by Washington on the rest of the world.
And with the “transgender” agenda, the activists and bureaucrats of the schools are messing with the kids’ most private aspects of their lives, their sexuality, and confusing the kids.
Believe it or not, there are actually only two genders, male and female. Now that’s “settled science.” As Brendan O’Neill put it, while a male has a right to say he is a female, the rest of us also have a right to say the truth, that he is a male.
It is unfortunate that some people are gender-confused, but I think that probably reflects a confusion over their general overall self-identities.
In my view, a lot of young people’s understanding of themselves, relationships and intimacy has been abused by manipulative social activists. This has terrible negative effects like the drugs and other abusive treatments and misdiagnosing.
Doing further harm to children are the ignorant parents pushing their kids to change genders at young ages (like pre-school young), just because the child expresses an interest to be like the opposite gender. Johns Hopkins psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh has stated that most of those kids naturally outgrow such feelings over time.
And according to Dr. McHugh, some doctors give gender-confused kids “puberty-delaying hormones … (which) stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility.”
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 41% of transgender people have attempted suicide, compared to the national average of 4.6% of Americans in general.
With the activists’ destructive social agendas, the psychiatric industry’s drugs and the street drugs, the chemicals in processed foods, and the daily propaganda forced on the youths, no wonder they are “triggered” by the littlest things, need “safe spaces,” are flooding school counseling offices, and rates of depression and suicide are so high now.
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Addendum: I sent this piece to one website as a formal article, and they replied that it was “confusing.” Is it really confusing? I don’t think so. And so I made some slight changes and sent it to a 2nd place, who also turned it down. If you think this piece is confusing or has problems with it, I’d appreciate some feedback, and thanks.