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Frontline: The Medicated Child
Frontline The Medicated Child
Directors: Marcela Gaviria, Will Cohen
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 0min

Ten years ago, stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall were the drugs of choice to treat behavioral issues in children. Today children as young as four years old, are being prescribed more powerful anti-psychotic medications ...  more »


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Directors: Marcela Gaviria, Will Cohen
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 03/04/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Damian M. (ratchet)
Reviewed on 3/11/2009...
A PBS documentary about the huge increase in the number and range of psychiatric medications given to very young children. Though they did show the evidence that the doctors that are most promoting these meds are funded directly by the drug companies, they still refrained from calling it utterly ridiculous. Lithium for 5 year-olds? Why not let their personalities develop so they learn to control their quirks? These dont solve anything, just mask symptoms. One med after another to "fix" what the previous med caused – reminded me of:
There was an old woman who swallowed a fly,
I don't know why she swallowed a fly,
Perhaps she'll die.
There was an old woman who swallowed a spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
Perhaps she'll die.

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The medicated child
Jane P. Cox | 04/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video was excellent. It broke my heart to witness the results of the bright-eyed little boy after being put on medication for the rest of his life. He stands out because you can see the results of many years of experimentation. We certainly like to play God, don't we. The Nazis had nothing on us when it comes to damaging the minds of our young. Who says that every child given us is supposed to fit into a certain mold. What if they do daydream, forget instructions, have fits,'s our job to train them, not medicate them. I guess we don't have time. This, of course, seems much quicker since we must rush off to our important business of the day. What right have doctors, teachers, or parents for that matter have to alter the entire personality of a person. I would like to see more of this type of documentation."