From The Anchorage Daily News— these kids seem to be wiser than the typical adult who is so blithely ready to take psychotropic drugs:
Before a roomful of important adults, foster kids and graduates of the system talked about being put on powerful psychiatric drugs and undergoing “treatment” when what might have helped more was a chance for a regular life with sports and clubs and jobs….
….Too many foster children are prescribed psychiatric drugs, the kids said. They are labeled as disturbed, defiant or anxious when in reality they are just reacting to the trauma of their broken families and the difficulties of living in state custody. (emphasis mine)
….”There are natural things in life that stress you out. You get depressed. You get sad or you get angry or anxious. They are natural emotions. I feel being in foster care and being on as many anti-psychotics and anti-depressants that I’ve been on — they see me for a week and they assume that’s the way I’ve always been,” Tucker said, her voice soft but her manner open. Later she explained that she’s shy, but wants to make life better for other foster children if she can. (continue the article here)
The over-medicating of children and in particular foster children is a huge problem nation wide. I hope what is happening in Anchorage starts happening all over the country with kids aging out and telling the truth!