From they are taught to wake up, go

From a
young age, children are taught to follow the guidance led by their parents. Whether
it be right or wrong, they do as they are told not knowing any better. All
children are different, and all children require different needs and assistance
to guide them through life. Like any normal day for a child, they are taught to
wake up, go to school, hang out with friends, and go to sleep to prepare to do
it all again the next day. But for some, their idea of normal is a little
different. When asked what is normal, the idea of consuming addictive, mind
altering, and possibly deadly medications, does not usually come to mind, but
for many, that is their idea of “normal”. In our society today, approximately
20% of children have a diagnosable mental illness. As early as the age of six,
many children will already be diagnosed with mental illnesses such as anxiety,
depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Psychiatric medication should
never be a substitute for teaching kids self regulation, dealing with a stressful
family situation, or to sedate a child who is causing problems.