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vickitulsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-24-06 08:28 AM
Response to Reply #120
139. Absolutely correct.
I repeated his age to make it clear I was not saying a five- or six-year-old might go that far or even had that capability. This child was barely nine, but he was NINE, not five or six. HUGE difference!

But it was also disturbing that the investigators determined he had been experiencing major depression episodes for at least three years. Many people are unaware that some medicos are now prescribing anti-depressants -- which have been tested ONLY ON ADULTS, btw, and in very limited clinical trials often performed ONLY by the Big Pharm companies -- to children as young as eight or nine. Hundreds of thousands of adolescents and teens are on the drugs.

I'm sure this off-label use has saved some lives and eased a lot of suffering for some individuals. But I'm also very concerned that the adverse side effects many people have, particularly to the SSRI class of anti-depressants, can be devastating and result in deaths.

My primary intent was simply to offer some information based on real life experiences for whatever it is worth. I've seen way too many parents and others caring fulltime for young children simply ignore serious warning signs in those kids. Being alert and caring enough to pay attention if indicators do appear is what's important, IMO.

Never meant to overstep my bounds or imply that a five- or six-year-old might have the capabilities that nine-year-old did. Thanks for pointing that out!

I sure hope parents are taking some care to do what they can during these times of constant frightening news of war and fears of widening war to shelter young children from the impact of such information. The young ones cannot distinguish between what is nearby danger and what is faraway danger not likely to affect them. I well remember the anxiety-producing impact the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 had on me when I was 13....


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