Pathologization Of Childhood. Pain Drowned In A Capsule

Children are often prey to their emotions. Unable to express their suffering in words, they act tempestuously or in the deepest sadness. Medicating them only drowns the pain for a few hours and has serious consequences.

The daily life of the infant has been medicalized. This leads to thousands of children who are certainly not suffering from any medical disorder, taking medication. It seems that no one is able to see that children suffer for many reasons and the concern they express is the effect of that discomfort. The simplest way is to medicate them. However, if we continue down that path, in a few years we will have a society of addicted and dependent adults, unable to face the simplest problems in life.

Children do not have the capacity of adults to express in words their anguish, their absences and their fears. Most of the children are not sick. It’s just that, to put it this sad way, in classrooms children spend long hours sitting while spring gives new shoots; and when they get back from school they will discover the beauty of the flowers in HD, to suffer because mom hasn’t come yet and dad is a photo on the dining room modular.

Reasons why life gets involved

The DSM

(Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders) which is almost like the Holy Medical Bible, it is a manual of mental disorders, it is now in its fifth edition. In my opinion as a psychologist, everyday life is pathologized there, and the pharmaceutical industry maintains that health and happiness come in multicolored capsules and pills. Suffering, normal life events, sins and excesses are taken into the category of “health problems” and then things like not studying, apathy, lying, tantrums, bad mood, lack of goals, the consumption of pornography, stealing, lying, are diagnosed and treated with medications.

Dismissal of child suffering and new realities

Sometimes children ask for limits by moving from one place to another or having an outburst in the supermarket on the corner, at other times the loneliness leads them to be floating in the clouds in class, and what to say about the suffering at recess time, or of the climbing anguish that rises up to their eyes and drowns them in uncontrolled tears because they have failed again. Thus, the increase in divorces, the failure in the role as parents, are dismissed and the children’s reactions to these new realities are seen as pathologies.

In the educational system there is no place for creativity and imagination,

Your child’s potentials are annulled if he expresses himself out of time or shows pleasure in inventing, it may happen that they tell you that he is imaginative, rebellious or schizophrenic. However, he learns to be silent, not to play freely and to ignore his emotions or enjoy his body in motion.

Diagnosis brings relief

, statistics show that the feeling of well-being increases when the parents of the supposedly ill child receive a diagnosis, this contains a morbid danger that often leads to you accepting the diagnosis without question, because after endless studies, finally someone has told you something, calming your fears.

We have lost common sense and forgotten to read the scriptures

In a few decades ago no one labeled a child as pathological, at most he was a poorly learned child, but of course grandmothers put cold cloths on his forehead, gave a bowl of hot broth or sat down to talk with their children, darned pants and broken hearts and caressed the heartbroken soul with the reading of a psalm, they prayed on their knees in storms and hope was bathed in chocolate in the ladies’ meeting, while life was strung with meaning and dreams of eternal life when reading the Bible.

Consequences of medicating children

Options to prevent your child from being medicated

Be a mental health agent for your child

, a mental health agent is anyone who impacts the life of another, for better or for worse. Choose to positively impact the development of your child, giving them values, space to listen to their needs, containment in their conflicts, limits in their overflows, tenderness in their fears and security in their insecurities, cultivate their faith in God, in their adversities, and he cherishes his hopes through reading the scriptures, among other things.

Provide tools for them to achieve good emotional development,

To do this, teach them psychosocial skills and competencies that favor the acquisition of a healthy lifestyle and minimize risk behaviors, such as self-knowledge, empathy, assertive communication, interpersonal relationships, decision-making, problem solving and conflicts, thinking creative, critical thinking, managing emotions and feelings, managing tensions and stress.

Our society squints its eyes, anesthetized and alienated in its sensitivity. Almost no one teaches children to feel their pain and give it meaning; they are taught to drown it with pills every 4, 6 or 8 hours. Make the difference, start now, with your healing presence.

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