Never is it justified to put a small child on medication that can hinder their mental and physical growth. Parents seem to often underestimate the long term effects some of these medications have on their children. I’d rather see parents learn to cope with their child’s instabilities rather than looking for an easy way out of periodical aggravating conflict. Your child, as it grows, is going to experience hardships and emotional strains that may come across as obscure, hell, even damaging. But doping your child up on a mass amount of pills could set them up for a disaster in the waiting and can potentially hinder their ability to adapt and grow as individuals. If monitored improperly, and prescribed at random, these medications can cause more harm than good.

I don’t normally call med bottles beautiful, but these melatonin bottles really are. Even the eyedropper is glass.

Not that I care for the marketing on the bottle, mind you. “Drug free” is far from accurate. Just because something’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s not a drug, or that it’s better for you than something synthetic.

But I’m saving all these bottles. I’ll take the wrappers off and put something or another in them. They’re too pretty to waste.

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm turning 18 and I live in the US. I feel I need to go on anxiety medication and/or antidepressants. Any advice? Also, how can I attain them without my (borderline abusive) mother finding out?

hi anon,

The best thing for you to do is to go to your doctor. Start there and they will be able to recommend you to a psychiatrist/therapist to help you out. Sometimes,although i think it’s rare, a PCP will prescribe you psych meds but usually not. They will likely want you to be in therapy as well as medication so that will be something to look into as well.

When it comes to your mother finding out, this really depends on the particular situation. Since you are turning 18 you are legally allowed to do this yourself, but if you are on her insurance she may find out. I can completely understand you not wanting her to know, but she might find out. Hopefully you can explain to her why this is something you need and why it is important to you. I hope if it does come to that, your mom allows you the help you need and understands you to the best of her ability.

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The extent of the bad drug problem is laid out in 17 papers in a special supplement of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In 16,800 samples of anti-malarial and anti-tuberculosis medicines, antibiotics and anti-leishmaniasis drugs, testing showed that between 9 and 41 percent of the medications failed to meet quality standards.

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