Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. The woman is still going on about how American loves to drug their children. I’ll concede one point, I think that, while there are some children who are medicated and shouldn’t be, to broadly brand certain drugs as evil is extremely narrow-minded. The whole thing comes off as if she’s pushing the Scientology agenda. Do it the Scientology way, or you’re wrong.
“If you are talking about the drugging of kids, I’m for giving parents all the information,” Preston said today on “Good Morning America.”
“The FDA [Food and Drug Administration] has issued two separate warnings that these drugs cause hallucinations, suicide and violence.” In June, the FDA announced that it planned to add new warnings for Concerta, prompted by reports of psychiatric side effects, including suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and violent behavior. Concerta is a long-acting form of the drug also known as Ritalin, a medication for treating ADD.
She says her “Jerry Maguire” co-star is right to question psychiatry, but is at a disadvantage to speak out about postpartum depression because he’s a man, and therefore would never know firsthand about post-pregnancy struggles. “I had a kid. It’”s a real medical condition. Absolutely,” says Preston. “It’s a physical thing that happens to a woman.
“But here’s the point with this [postpartum depression] being marketed as a mental illness, even when they are saying the hormones are out of control. Why then drug it?” she says. “It would be better to monitor depression in new mothers.” Preston believes that fewer new mothers would opt for antidepressants if they better understood what they were going through.
Obviously knowledge is key to anything. But a stack of vitamins isn’t the cure-all either.
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