It would be interesting to go around and around with this... Unfortunately, we end up in a battle of extremes and I'm also not nearly prepped for class! Most people would agree we toss too many pills around and often medicate when its not necessary. As a former elementary school teacher, I'm well aware of parents who can't be inconvenienced by an energetic and high energy child. The other side of the coin is a set of parents (one of whom chose to stay at home and aid in the child's classroom during all school hours) doing EVERYTHING at their disposal to help their child. They barely sleep, neighbors won't let their kids play at their house, the child has a bad rep at school, and they spend 24 hours a day trying to out think a child that WILL eventually hurt someone or something. Again, until it is your home/your child...and you try for years as you watch your friendless wounded child develop greater emotional complications because they just can't slow down enough to put some forethought into their actions... saying things like, "walk in the woods" and "go play so more catch"....honestly makes you part of the problem. People do have genetic tendencies, do they all need pills? Of course not. Tex also made reference to not being associated with these people because of their life attitudes (I believe lazy or something to that effect), NEWSFLASH there are people around you who value your friendship, think you are a smart guy, and know how you feel about mental illness... they just hide their problems/scrips from you. I DON'T ADVOCATE PEOPLE RUNNING TO THE DOC WHEN THEIR LIFE IS NOT PERFECT. IF THE CHOICE IS BEING MISERABLE, HURTING THEMSELVES, AND OTHERS... let them have the meds. In the mean time, if this is really an "issue" and you want to truly help, use your d**mn T-14 degrees to separate the doctors from the drug companies. Get the bean counters at the HMOS to stop advocating meds instead of more expensive treatment. Truth is until it happens to most people, they won't do a thing. There is no money in it....why help the lazy anyway?
separate the doctors from the drug companies.
Wow, BigTex, it's really impressive how you can take your limited experience with your wife's post-partum depression and assume that what was true for her is true for everyone else. That kind of massive, unwarranted generalization from your own limited experience seems pretty irresponsible, especially for someone who's going to be a lawyer one day.