This article about a program created to get kids off meds has been passed around my email groups today. Reactions have varied from excited, to “well 90% of the solution is better than not at all” to cynicism as long as any kids are left on meds at all.
The doctor running the place says:
“Non-medical mental health interventions are generally more effective and should be tried first,” says Dr. Irwin.
I’m with the people who see it as progress even if not enough. Yes we need to learn how to deal with children without neurotoxins poisoning their little developing brains at all, but I support positive change where I see it. I don’t have to be 100% on board with the doctor running the program to see that it saves a large percentage of children who would otherwise have their little brains fried needlessly.
Simply seeing the FACT in writing that non-medical interventions are generally more effective is an awesome improvement. Too many docs see no options at all to drugs.
And maybe, just maybe this thinking will be contagious and maybe just maybe, someone will have the guts to open a clinic for children with alternatives being the only option. We can see it as a process towards good, no?