Exhibit Exposes Dangers Of Psychiatric Drugging Of Children

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Traveling Exhibit opens in Sacramento, exposing the dangers of psychiatric drugging of children and graphically revealing the results of 40 years of investigation into psychiatry and its treatments.

Two Roseville students, 14 year old Karina Trippe and her sister Marisa cut the ribbon for the recent opening of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) traveling exhibit, “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” in downtown Sacramento and warned families about the dangers of psychiatric drugging of children. The exhibit which continues through October 20th is being hosted by CCHR's Sacramento chapter to raise public awareness of psychiatric abuses.

The girls, who were guest speakers at the opening event, see the exhibit as a very effective means to educate other teens and their parents about the deadly side effects of using psychiatric drugs, something Karina has first hand experience with because she was misdiagnosed with ADHD and nearly committed suicide as a result of being prescribed these drugs.

According to Renee Carlander, Executive Director for the Sacramento Chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, the lives of more and more children are being endangered by psychiatric drugs. “Based on the FDA's Adverse Drug Reactions reports, a child commits suicide attributed to psychiatric drugs every week. Every week, a child goes into a coma because of psychiatric drugs. Every month 4 children die from psychiatric drug side effects,” Carlander said.

Despite these dangers, a 2009 issue of Health Affairs reported that prescriptions of psychiatric drugs for American children increased by 50 percent from 1996 to 2006. In 2006 alone, a total of $8.9 billion was spent treating children 0 to 17 years old for mental disorders per a report from the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

“People need to know the harm that psychiatric drugs can do to their children. That's why Karina and her family want their story known,” said Carlander.

That story started when Karina was an 11 year old student at a Citrus Heights school. Her teacher contacted Patsy, Karina's mother, with concerns that Karina was exhibiting symptoms of ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and encouraged her to get her daughter “tested.” Although Patsy did not see any outward signs of ADHD, she took her daughter to see a psychiatrist who, using a short series of questions, diagnosed her with the disorder. He convinced Patsy that she needed to put her daughter on a powerful narcotic.

What he did not tell Patsy and Karina is that there is no biological test to confirm the presence of ADHD. Even the American Psychiatric Association admits in its Diagnostic Statistical Manual-IV that there are “...no laboratory tests that have been established as diagnostic” for “Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”

After starting to take the prescribed drug, Karina began to exhibit erratic behavior, including pulling her hair out to a point of damage. Startled and concerned, Patsy took Karina back to the doctor complaining that something was wrong. The psychiatrist diagnosed her with another psychiatric condition called trichotillomania (hair pulling) and prescribed another drug to medicate her. Karina’s health continued to deteriorate to a point of attempting suicide.

Before these drugs, Karina had never exhibited this kind of behavior and the desire to commit suicide did not occur until after taking them. It was only later that Patsy learned that many psychiatric drugs contain FDA mandated Black Box warnings for dangerous side effects including aggression, hostility and suicidal ideation. She was shocked because at no point did anyone make an effort to explain these dangers.

Once she learned the facts, Patsy was able to get her child off all medications and is thankful that, as she puts it, she got her daughter back.

Public are invited to tour the free exhibit which is open from October 8th through October 20th at 429 J Street in downtown Sacramento. In addition to the in-depth section on the drugging of children, there are documentaries and displays revealing the results of 40 years of investigation into psychiatry and its
treatments. Tours are available Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturdays from 11:00 to 5:00 and Sundays from 11:00 to 3:00. For more information go to http://www.cchrcalifornia.org

The exhibit's theme is patterned after a museum at the Los Angeles headquarters of Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR), a psychiatric watchdog group with 170 chapters worldwide. Co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, CCHR investigates and exposes psychiatric violations of human rights.

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