Renowned Family Physician and Psychologist Cites Bad Parenting As Root Cause For Prescription Medication Excess Among American Kids

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In CMRubinWorld's new interview with Dr. Leonard Sax, author of “The Collapse of Parenting”, he reveals why parents are responsible for American kids being 10 to 90 percent more likely to be on prescription medications than kids from any other nation.

In his book "The Collapse of Parenting" Dr Leonard Sax devotes an entire chapter to "why American kids are now 10, 20, 50 or 90 times more likely to be on prescription psychiatric medications compared with kids in other countries (the rate varies depending on the diagnosis in question)." According to Dr. Leonard Sax, in America, drugs are regarded as the first resort in treating childrens’ possible mental conditions. In other countries, however, prescription drugs are the very last resort. With lack of medical studies that test long-term effects of these drugs on young people, “We are, as a society, doing a huge experiment on American kids,” notes Dr. Sax.

Busy schedules put another strain on kids, making them more anxious. Overscheduling doesn’t only make kids worry but also devalues family time. “When family time is the lowest priority, kids are more likely to become anxious and depressed,” says Dr. Sax. He recommends canceling a few playdates to have family dinners.
 
And the educational system does not improve the situation either. Dr. Sax believes that computer screens in classrooms decrease academic performance. “Outside of North America, electronic screens are regarded largely as having little place in the classroom, because screens undermine the teacher-student relationship.”
 
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Dr. Leonard Sax earned both a PhD in psychology and an MD from the University of Pennsylvania. He has spoken on issues of child and adolescent development all over the world and wrote several books including “The Collapse of Parenting” which provides valuable insight into raising healthy children.
 
CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a highly regarded trailblazer in the renaissance of 21st century education, and occupies a widely respected place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an extensive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.
 
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