Stop Stigmatizing Mentally Ill Children on Medication

If you’re not following the Bipolar Burble blog on Facebook, you likely missed it but we had quite a conversation last night about an image that’s going around Facebook. The image says, “STOP PSYCHIATRIC DRUGGING OF KIDS.” The image is of an innocent, sweet-faced child holding up a sign with the words. The image is attributed to a user on Facebook whose political views are listed as “anarchism.” Righty-then. Regardless as to who made this image, the image itself has been circulating in, you guessed it, antipsychiatry circles. (I won’t bother drawing lines between antipsychiatry and anarchism, but, you know, I probably could.) Not surprisingly, one reader with a mentally ill child took offense to this image and all the passing around of it. This image suggests that:
  • Giving psychiatric medication to children constitute “drugging”
  • Parents shouldn’t be giving their children medication
  • Children shouldn’t be taking medication
  • Parents who give their children medication are doing something wrong.
In other words, it stigmatizes both parents of, and mentally ill children themselves.


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