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Increasing Awareness for the Psychiatric Drugging and Labeling of Children and Informed Consent
Every school year, thousands of parents are called into school and told their child is likely suffering from ADHD. The psychiatric drugging of children is becoming an epidemic, with 1 in 13 children taking psychiatric medication in the US as of 2014. Many of these children are put on medication because their parents are told they need it by the school system. Many of these parents aren’t fully aware of the risks of this medication, whether or not their child truly needs it, and their right to refuse to medicate their child if they don’t feel they need it.
AbleChild, a 501c3 non-profit organization, has been established to raise public awareness regarding the psychiatric labeling and drugging of children, and the risks of mandatory mental health screening. Psychiatric labeling in children is something that needs to be taken more seriously, and parents often aren’t given enough education regarding the risks associated with the psychiatric drugging of children to provide informed consent.
AbleChild acts as an independent advocate on behalf of parents whose children have been subjected to mental health screening, psychiatric labeling, and prescribed psychotropic drugs without informed consent from the parents. Parents should never feel pressured by educational institutions to agree to medicate their child or place a psychiatric label such as ADHD on them if they don’t feel comfortable doing so.
Just as any individual, children endure mental and emotional struggles often stemming from difficult life circumstances. Often, children are just lacking the life skills or emotional support they need to feel emotionally and mentally healthy. This does not necessarily make them mentally ill. In many of these cases, psychiatric labeling or drugging of children only makes the situation worse.
Ablechild champions human rights to protect all children and teens by disseminating all necessary information to educate parents and caregivers on the real risks of psychiatric drugging in children and inform them on alternative resources for behavior and attention issues.
Ablechild’s intent is to refocus or redirect schools onto educational issues as opposed to psychological ones.
Ablechild works as an independent proponent for children in foster care who are improperly treated with dangerous psychotropic drugs, many time off-label, without informed consent, and without benefit.
AbleChild works steadily to influence critical national policy debates as they unfold in legislation. Our purpose is to provide a voice for caregivers and children to ensure that no law is passed that infringes on the rights of anyone to full informed consent and choice related to mental health screening, psychiatric labeling, and drugging of children.
AbleChild is not affiliated with any religious or political organization.
“We must act now to protect for this and succeeding generations not only our human and material resources, but our free institutions as well.” – Public Education and Political Consequences. The Gaither Report of 1957